Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has said statistics published by the Office for National Statistics in London, showed households in the north have lower average incomes than households in Britain.
Raymond McCartney said:
“These figures very clearly highlight that the north remains a low wage economy.
“We need to see the powers to set the minimum wage transferred to Stormont so that local politicians can set a minimum wage which enables people to have a decent standard of living.
“With the British government’s proposals to target billions of pounds in cuts towards in-work benefits, this is an opportune time to make this move.
“We can only protect working people from these cuts through increasing their earnings and removing the need for corporate subsidies for low-paying employees.
“The introduction of a living wage is the direction of travel we should be urgently moving towards to ensure we have a fair and sustainable economic recovery for all of our citizens.”