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A survey of political experts has named the minimum wage as the most successful government policy of the past 30 years. Researchers at the well-regarded Institute for Government polled 159 members of the Political Studies Association for the project, as the policy beat other popular initiatives such as Sure Start children’s centers and the Northern Ireland Peace Deal.

The minimum wage was introduced in April 1999, as Labour acted upon one of their core manifesto pledges in the run-up to the 1997 general election.

The minimum wage was £3.60 per hour when it was first introduced, and has been raised incrementally over the past decade to its current rate of £5.93 an hour. The rate is lower for workers under the age of 21.

Mark Woodhead, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council, commented: “The research indicates that the most popular and successful policies are the ones that have a positive impact on a large number of the population. The minimum wage has seen the wages of thousands of cleaners increase while giving

employers a clear benchmark of their obligations to their workers, and despite the early hostility to the policy, it is now a well- established part of our national identity. I hope that politicians of all stripes will take note of the findings, as it is clear that beyond the day to day goings on in Westminster, they will be really remembered for implementing policies that make a difference to people’s lives.” Email:

commercial nous, he was admired and respected by everyone around him.

Trevor William Storer was born in Oldham, Lancashire, in 1953. After an early career as a painter and decorator, he joined the wipers division of I & J Hyman plc as a salesman in 1977. Promotion quickly followed and in 1985, then as sales director, he was part of a management buy out which saw the creation of DTK Limited.

Trevor Storer founded and was chairman of one of the fastest-growing and most successful businesses in the paper disposables and hygiene sector, the Meltham-based Disposables UK Group.

A salesman by nature and inclination, he was widely acknowledged to be an effective and enthusiastic communicator who was passionate about his company and the need to build long-term relationships with customers, both in the UK and more recently in Europe. Independent minded with considerable

In 1987, along with his wife Diane, he decided to go it alone and founded Disposables UK working from a small office in Milnsbridge, Huddersfield. The business has since grown into an award-winning group of companies handling some of the best known brands in the away from home market.

Under his leadership the Disposables UK Group was also the first company in the UK away from home market to hold the coveted EU Eco-label.

Away from the office - and never one to say no to a good cause - he spent much of his time raising money for worthwhile organisations, particularly charities connected with children. Over the years he helped raise thousands of pounds for the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust, the Hollybank Trust and Kirkwood Hospice.

At his funeral, attended by more than 600 mourners, Holme Silver Band - a local band sponsored by the Disposables UK Group - played Hail Smiling Morn. Those who knew Trevor, himself an accomplished euphonium player, will think this a fitting tribute to a man who consistently brought a smile to everyone’s face through his engaging and charismatic personality - and, of course, his infectious and irrepressible sense of humour.

Trevor died suddenly on 5th November 2010 after a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Diane, who now becomes company chairman, and his daughter Emma and son Paul.

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