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UK welfare is 'poor relation'

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

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Britain is one of the worst developed countries in the world for low-paid workers and Labour will substantially raise the national minimum wage to help deal with it, Ed Miliband has said.

The Labour leader, hinting at the role of new election strategist David Axelrod, said he would follow in the footsteps of US president Barack Obama and make boosting workers' wages a "basic principle" for his party in government.

Admitting higher welfare spending is not the best way to help the poor, Mr Miliband told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he would consult with businesses before pushing ahead with plans to establish a link between the minimum wage and the earnings of other workers.

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