National minimum wage: government response to the Low Pay Commission's 2015 report

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Great Britain. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Date of publication
1 March 2015
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This document explains the government’s responses to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) recommendations on national minimum wage rates. The LPC has recommended that the hourly rates for the national minimum wage should increase in October 2015:

  • From £6.50 to £6.70 for adults.
  • From £5.13 to £5.30 for the development rate that covers workers aged 18 to 20 years old.
  • From £3.79 to £3.87 for 16 to 17 year olds.

The government accepts these recommendations in full. The government has also concluded that the apprentice rate should be £3.30. This is an increase of 57p an hour (21%) from £2.73 to £3.30 for the apprentice rate.

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