Ed Miliband has promised an increase in the national minimum wage to £8 per hour should his party win at the next general election.
The Labour leader has said it is "not good enough" that one in five people in the UK "are in low pay".
Ahead of the Labour party conference in Manchester this week, Miliband revealed plans to provide a £60 a week boost Britain's lowest-paid workers to the press.
Miliband told the Sunday Mirror the increase would "show how we can change and how we can become a country that rewards hard work once again. Because Labour is the party of hard work, fairly paid."
In response, Conservative culture secretary Sajid Javid said "Ed Miliband would make people worse off with the same failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place - more wasteful spending, more borrowing and higher taxes."
Yet for many Labour's rise will still be insufficient. Earlier this month Trade Union Congress (TUC) delegates passed a motion calling for a minimum wage of £10 per hour, while the Living Wage Foundation argue that in London workers require a wage of £8.80 per hour just to cover the basic cost of living.
Bank of England governor Mark Carney acknowledged the detrimental affects low wages were having on business in a speech to the TUC:
The weakness of pay has, in effect, purchased more job creation. It has not resulted in an unusually high level of profits.The burden of the Great Recession has been shared across the UK. Profits have been squeezed almost as much as labour costs. Employees have seen their real incomes reduced, but more people are in work as a result.
The fall in real wages in the UK since the financial crisis is the largest such drop since the 1920s. Speaking to The Observer, Miliband said the current government's record was perhaps one of the worst ever in terms of the longest fall in living standards, wages falling, wages rising slower than prices."
John Longworth, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, argued that although the current minimum wage was too low, businesses did not believe the government should intervene.
There is no doubt that the widening pay gap and a lack of social mobility is detrimental to the UK economy. As the economy continues to improve, businesses agree that the minimum wage must rise.However, businesses are in favour of an evidence based approach to the minimum wage rather than political parties using it to gain support from voters. The government should not intervene in such matters, unless there is market failure. A range of existing mechanisms, such as the Low Pay Commission and Living Wage Commission, are already in place to determine the optimal resolution for workers, businesses and long term economic growth.Politicians should instead focus on implementing policies to raise productivity and improve skills in the workplace – which are the keys to higher wages for all in the future.
Alex Salmond believes "No" voters in the Scottish independence referendum have been misled by false promises of more devolutionary powers.
Speaking to the BBC's Sunday Politics programme, Salmond claimed the three main UK party leaders' devolution vows were "cooked up in desperation for the last few days of the campaign."
Scotland voted against independence on Thursday, with the "No" campaign beating the "Yes" campaign by 2,001,926 votes to 1,617,989.
Salmond, who has announced his decision to stand down as Scotland's first minister and leader of the Scottish National party in November, said those persuaded to vote "No" were "misled, gulled, tricked".
I am actually not surprised they are cavilling and reneging on commitments, I am only surprised by the speed at which they are doing it. They seem to be totally shameless in these matters.
The Prime Minister wants to link change in Scotland to change in England. He wants to do that because he has difficulty in carrying his backbenchers on this and they are under pressure from UKIP.
I think the vow was something cooked up in desperation for the last few days of the campaign and I think everyone Scotland now realises that.
Downing Street has responded with the insistence that "this government has delivered on devolution and we will do so again".
Yesterday Gordon Brown told an audience in Fife that the promises made by the leaders of the three main UK parties prior to the referendum would be "locked in".
A parliamentary notion by the three parties lays out strict steps and a timetable for further devolution. A "command paper" detailing new powers for Scotland is due to be published next month, with a new Scotland Bill to be published in January 2015.
However, already there have been disagreements between the three parties about the devolutionary process. David Cameron indicated his support for English votes for English MPs, however Labour are more cautious. Party leader Ed Miliband said "this isn't a simple issue" when questioned on the Andrew Marr show this morning.
Mobile network operator EE is in talks to buy 60 Phones 4u stores following the retailer's collapse into administration, according to reports.
The collapse was triggered by EE, Phones 4u's last remaining network partner, terminating its distribution agreement with the retailer soon after Vodafone had done the same.
Phones 4u described EE's decision as a "complete shock", while founder John Caudwell tweeted that his company had been "brought to its knees by ruthless so-called “partners” moving in for the kill!!!"
And now EE could be set to swoop in and pick up the pieces. The Sunday Times reports that the network is working with Phones 4u administrators PwC to finalise a deal to buy the stores before tonight's deadline.
On Friday Vodafone announced it had agreed the purchase of 140 Phones 4u stores, saving 887 jobs. Dixons Carphone has also pounced, purchasing 160 outlets and agreeing to take on 800 staff.
Such a sad day for @Phones4u and all its employees! Brought to its knees by ruthless so called 'partners' moving in for the kill!!!
— johncaudwell (@johndcaudwell) September 14, 2014
Following the company's collapse, Phones 4u's private equity owner BC Partners had launched a scathing attack on Vodafone.
Representative Stefano Quadrio Curzio said Vodafone's behaviour "appears to have been designed to inflict the maximum damage to their partner of 15 years, giving Phones 4u no time to develop commercial alternatives."
The UK government has pledged £12m to France to help it stop illegal immigrants making their way from Calais to Britain.
An agreement between home secretary Theresa May and her French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve will result in the two countries working more closely together to reduce the scale of the problem.
Part of that is a the significant donation from the UK to France - the money will be spread between a number of preventative measures, such as bolstering security at the French port and introducing enhanced technologies for detecting migrants hiding in large vehicles.
Law enforcement agencies in both France and Britain will target organised crime gangs responsible for trafficking and smuggling across the border, according to immigration minister James Brokenshire
The number of immigrants living illegally in Calais is thought to have increased by 50 per cent over the past year, with a growing number of people fleeing humanitarian crises in the Middle East and east Africa.
An estimated 1,500 are now based at the French port town, with many camping or living in squats.
May and Cazeneuve said in a joint statement that they would would "ensure that all measures taken will deter illegal migrants from congregating in and around Calais."
They also promised to "respond to health emergencies and protect vulnerable people”, including victims of human trafficking.