From today’s Telegraph (print edition), emphasis mine:
Sir–I welcome the principle that everyone should receive a living wage, rather than have the taxpayer subsidise businesses which only pay the minimum wage.
The nursery that I run was the first in Britain to be certified as paying the living wage, nearly two years ago. However, 50 per cent of my income comes from Early Years Childcare, which has been frozen for next year, meaning I will make a loss of £1 an hour for each child.
Any enterprise in the child care sector will need more realistic funding from the Government if managers are to aspire to pay the living wage.
Keith Appleyard, Brighton