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South-East Cornwall Pay Gap

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:15am 26th September 2012 (Updated 4:06pm 26th September 2012)

South-east Cornwall's poverty crisis is being revealed.

Pirate FM has learnt workers there earn up to five and a half thousand pounds less than other parts of the Duchy.

The average annual salary is around 14 thousand which is way below the UK average.

Officials think wages are staying low because the number of people travelling to Plymouth to work means the need for jobs on this side of the Tamar is not as high.

St Austell dad Damon Mulready works in Liskeard admits he has had to cut back:

 
Officials have called for action at a meeting.

Campaigner Andrew Long:

"When you're on very, very low wages you have to think about feeding yourself and keeping yourself warm. That spreads out into the economy as a whole in south east Cornwall. You can't partake in the luxury items, the going down the pub, having a meal, going out to see a show, going to the cinema.

"I don't think that there's a case that it can't work. It must happen. We have an incredible base of entrepreneurs in Cornwall. What we need to do is give them some support but, we also need to ensure that that support comes back to the people who already live in Cornwall"

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