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Cornwall's Wage Crisis

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12:34pm 24th February 2014

Pirate FM has learnt almost four out of ten workers in St Ives are struggling to make ends meet.

It is as Cabinet Office figures show how many of us earn less than the so-called living wage, around a third across the southwest.

The national minimum wage is significantly lower than how much it is estimated we need to survive - at £6.31

This as demand at the Duchy's foodbanks soars.

Last week Pirate FM revealed how 150,000 meals have been dished out in the last year.

The Reverend Mike Firbank from Camborne church said: "Most people are on the minimum wage. Very few people are on the living wage and the living wage now most charities have said; including the Citizen's Advice Bureau no longer allows you to live.

"People increasingly are making the choice between bills or food which is why we've seen an increase of 300% in the number of people using foodbanks across Cornwall. So people who are going out to work, who have got all that pride in providing for themselves are now realising that they can't. They can't actually make ends meet."

12:34pm 24th February 2014

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