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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2001): Minimum Wage - UK

THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE: MAKING A DIFFERENCE: THIRD REPORT. VOL. 1

Low Pay Commission

London: TSO, 2001 (Cm 5075)

Recommends that the national minimum wage for adults aged 21 and over should be increased to £4.10 per hour in October 2001 and £4.20 per hour in October 2002. Argues that the new rate remains prudent enough not to have any adverse effect on employment, but bold enough to make a significant difference to low-paid workers.

RAISING THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE

L. Britton

Working Brief, issue 122, 2001, p. 15-17

The initial rate for the National Minimum Wage was set cautiously low, and rises since have not kept pace with inflation. Author argues that a significant increase is called for.