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Campaign for £10 per hour living wage for security staff

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A £10 per hour living wage would free our members from claiming benefits orpay day loan sharks and go some way to reversing inequality of income fromwork says GMB. 

A campaign for a living wage of £10 per hour for 350,000 workers across the securityindustry was launched today at GMB Congress in Nottingham. GMB members in thesecurity industry are calling for an end to poverty pay and demanding respect at workand a decent wage they can live on. 

GMB Congress was told that according to recently published official figuresWolverhampton has an average gross household disposable income per head of£12,632 which is the lowest in the West Midlands region. 

The average gross household disposable income per head for UK is £16,791.Grossdisposable household income is the amount of money that all of the individuals in thehousehold sector have available for spending or saving after income distributionmeasures (for example taxes, social contributions and benefits) have taken effect.Included are wages and salaries, rental income and interest on savings and socialbenefits received and other current transfers. 

Solihull has an average household disposable income per head of £18,384 which isthe highest in the West Midlands region. 

Set out in the table below is the data for areas in the region. See notes to editors forsource, geographies and definitions of the latest available data which was releasedon 14th June 2014. 

Average household disposable income per head of £14,744 in the West Midlandsregion means it ranks eighth in the regional league. See notes to editors for regionalleague. 

Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI) per head in the West MidlandsRegion 

£ per head 


United Kingdom 16,791
England 17,066
West Midlands 14,744 

Rank 1 

Solihull 18,3842 
Warwickshire 17,7823 
Worcestershire 16,7324 
Coventry 16,7225 
Shropshire CC 16,6726 
Staffordshire CC 15,6857 
Telford and Wrekin 14,4518 
Coventry 13,3749 Dudley 13,13010 
Sandwell 12,84811 Birmingham 12,79312 
Walsall 12,686 

6 Primary resources comprise operating surplus, mixed income, compensation ofemployees and property income and relate to the income earned by thehousehold and NPISH sector as a result of productive activity or the ownership ofproductive assets. They include wages and salaries, rental income frombuildings, income from self-employment and income from the ownership offinancial assets, such as interest on savings. 

7 Social benefits and imputed social contributions are the main source ofsecondary resources, the amount received by the household sector in theredistribution of income. They include national insurance fund benefits, such asstate pensions and unemployment allowance, and non-contributory benefits suchas Child Benefit and tax credits. Imputed social contributions are those paiddirectly by employers to current and former employees. 

8 These statistics provide an overview of economic diversity and social welfare atregional, sub-regional and local area levels. They supply information about theavailability of disposable income throughout the UK. Disposable income is aconcept which can be used to approximate the ‘material welfare’ within thehousehold sector, although the term ‘welfare’ is commonly used in ways that gobeyond financial wealth and, as such, cannot be measured by a single statistic. 

9 Average Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI) per head by region inUK 

£ per head 


United Kingdom £16,791
England £17,066
Wales £14,623
Scotland £16,267
Northern Ireland £13,902
London £21,446
South East £19,126
East of England £17,630
South West £16,914
Scotland £16,267
East Midlands £15,206
North West £14,939
West Midlands £14,744
Wales £14,623
Yorkshire and The Humber £14,575
North East £14,393
Northern Ireland £13,902

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