The DomPost is a highly manipulative paper. If they publish a piece that is in conflict with their own editorial viewpoint some trick will be employed to twist it.
Today's prime example is the appearance of this headline in BusinessDay:
Living wage good for singles
Naturally I look first for the author. Eric Crampton. Well there is no way Eric Crampton would be plumping for the living wage.
The guts of his column deals with how the living wage is not an effective tool for lifting the living standards of those with dependent families because of the commensurate loss of WFF assistance. The majority of council workers are not supporting families so the living wage fails in targeting those most in need. He says central govt is better placed to design income support via the tax system. He then works through some of the negative but "logical" effects of the WCC imposing the living wage on contractors (ruling pending in the courts).
The implication can be drawn that the living wage is good for singles despite not helping the partnered-with-children.
But is isn't good for the ratepayers (everyone directly or indirectly, including singles) if it leads to "higher rates, fewer services, or more debt" .
It also won't be good for singles, particularly the young, if it drives up unemployment.
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