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THE UK government can take little comfort from the unemployment figures showing more people are now in work when conversely the national insurance and tax revenues are falling.

This highlights the poor ­conditions of employment being offered including zero-hour contracts and minimum wages that leave many firmly stuck in the poverty trap.

Unless minimum wage levels are increased to a realistic living wage and zero-hour contracts are outlawed we will continue to see many working families struggling to get by and facing yet another miserable winter where hard decisions have to be made of whether to eat or heat.

It seems in the supposed ­enlightened age we live in we are tolerating Dickensian conditions of employment ensuring the poor get even poorer.

Dennis Forbes Grattan

Mugiemoss Road

Bucksburn, Aberdeen

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