MSP Angus MacDonald backs calls for early pay after Christmas
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 13:45
Financial burden can be eased by bringing forward January payday
MSP for Falkirk East Angus MacDonald is backing calls for employers large and small to follow the lead of Aberdeen City Council and bring forward January’s payday to give people financial breathing space after Christmas.
Angus MacDonald, SNP MSP for Falkirk East, is concerned that December pay has to last six weeks over a very expensive period, and he is asking organisations to consider the impact on their staff's personal budgets.
Mr MacDonald said he will be approaching the Chief Executive of Falkirk Council to see if similar measures can be taken to that of Aberdeen City Council who have implemented the change.
"I have spoken to many people employed in both the public and private sector, who have told me that they often struggle financially in January due to the early pay date in December.
"I acknowledge that paying early in December makes sense for payroll convenience, and also to allow staff access to their pay during the expensive festive season.
"But in isolation it is short-termist and makes for a very long January when bills start coming in and the everyday outgoings mount up and can lead to people turning to payday loans and into further debt.
"At the same time, I feel the four-week month of February presents an opportunity to equalise the pay windows across the year, and am backing calls for employers to consider making the change to the January pay date.
"I will be raising the issue with the Chief Executive of Falkirk Council. While I recognise it is too late to implement such a procedural change this year I hope Falkirk Council and other employers will follow suit and help ease the burden on household budgets in January."