Nicola Sturgeon calls for minimum wage powers

Nicola Sturgeon wants the minimum wage to be devolved. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Nicola Sturgeon wants the minimum wage to be devolved. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on Westminster parties to “do the right thing” and devolve control of the minimum wage to Scotland.

She said the current UK-wide minimum wage did not offer the flexibility needed to help people struggling to make ends meet.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Scotland badly needs more powers over employability and welfare to ensure that we are better equipped to tackle inequality and undo the damage of Westminster’s unfair cuts that hit the poorest hardest. We have already demonstrated that where we have the power, we act to make a difference.”