Ireland is looking at imposing a living wage on all employers.
Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds was understandably sceptical of Rishi Sunak's claims to be "helping the poorest the most", but Tories are moving in the right direction.
Many key workers are among the UK's lowest paid.
Promised increases from both sides are a striking new feature of UK politics and could be transformative for many.
The legal minimum wage is vital for regulating low pay and preventing exploitation. But it is insufficient on its own to reduce poverty for working people.
The UK desperately needs a more robust system to lift standards in low paid sectors and protect workers.
Until you reach 25, employers can pay you less than your older colleagues.
Crucially, they differ in how they are calculated and the ages of workers that they apply to.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claims they do. Two academics assessed the facts.
Boris Johnson says so. But the reality about EU minimum wages and the effect on migration is more subtle.
Cities don't have much control over national policies – but that doesn't mean there's nothing they can do.
Plans to stop universal credit payments in favour of a 'national living wage' will not address the long-standing poverty of many people in paid employment.
Low-income families will actually end up worse off, if Osborne's cuts to welfare continue.