Scottish Affairs Committee
London: TSO, 2003 (House of Commons papers, session 2002/03; HC 335)
There is incontrovertible evidence that a sizeable proportion of industrial homeworkers receive less than the National Minimum Wage. In order to eliminate abuses as far as possible, the Committee recommends that:
Low Pay Commission
London: TSO, 2003 (Cm 5768)
The national minimum wage has boosted the earnings of vulnerable groups such as women, part-time workers and young people. There is no evidence that it has reduced job opportunities or fuelled wage inflation through large claims for wage rises from public bodies such as the NHS. Proposes that the national minimum wage for adults should be increased to £4.50 in October 2003 and £4.85 in October 2004. The development rate for young workers under 21 should be increased to £3.80 in October 2003 and £4.10 in October 2004.