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

IMPACT OF THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE ON DISABLED PEOPLE

J. Schneider, K. Simons and G. Everatt

Disability and Society, vol.17, 2001, p.723-747

Reports the results of survey which found disparities in the impact of the National Minimum Wage legislation on disabled people. These were associated with age, gender, impairment and type of employment setting. The main problem with implementation of the minimum wage was that it caused people to lose entitlement to other benefits, such as Income Support. Evidence was found of paid hours being reduced to implement the minimum wage with no net increase in earnings, possibly to enable people to retain benefits entitlements.

MIXED FEELINGS ON MINIMUM WAGE

Anon.

European Industrial Relations Review, no.331, 2001, p.21-23

Research confirms the overall national picture that the "prudence" with which the minimum wage was set means that it does not in practice have much effect on the micro-businesses in the poorer parts of North London. However, it also uncovers important differences in awareness and compliance, linked to ethnicity.

YOUTH, JOBS AND THE MINIMUM WAGE

R. Lucas and M. Langlois

New Review of the Low Pay Unit, no.70, 2001, p.13-15

Study looked at the impact of the national minimum wage on young workers in the hospitality and retail trades. Results show that the minimum wage had virtually no effect on the employment policies of hospitality and retail firms.

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