Press release

How does the minimum wage impact you? Low Pay Commission visits Newport and Gloucester

Low Pay Commissioners will visit Gloucester and Newport on 3 and 4 October on a fact-finding visit about the National Minimum Wage.

The Low Pay Commission (LPC), whose purpose is to provide advice to the government on matters relating to the minimum wage, apprentice and youth rates, is visiting Gloucester and Newport on 3 and 4 October.

Kay Carberry, Peter Donaldson, Neil Goulden and Professor Stephen Machin would like to meet a number of representatives in and around Newport and Gloucester to hear first hand what impact the National Minimum Wage is having in these areas.

Peter Donaldson, LPC Commissioner, said:

Listening and understanding the impact the minimum wage has in different regions across the UK and in different business areas is vital to our research and informs our recommendations to the government.

We are keen to understand the impact the minimum wage and youth and apprentice rates have in the Newport and Gloucester areas and to meet with those affected.

This is one of a number of visits the LPC is making around the UK during 2013 to gather information on how the minimum wage is operating and the impact it has on businesses and employers. Each visit informs the annual report which is submitted to the government in Spring 2014.

Notes to Editors

  1. LPC is a statutory body whose role is to advise the government on the National Minimum Wage.
  2. LPC has produced 14 reports. These are available from the Stationery Office Bookshops or the LPC website.
  3. The members of LPC are:
    • David Norgrove (Chair), Deputy Chairman of the British Museum and a member of the Finance Committee for Amnesty International UK
    • Susan Anderson, a consultant to the CBI on employment issues and a member of ACAS Council
    • Peter Donaldson, Managing Director of D5 Limited
    • Professor Bob Elliott, Professor of Economics and Director of the Health Economics Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen
    • Neil Goulden, Chairman (emeritus), The Gala Coral Group
    • John Hannett, General Secretary of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
    • Professor Stephen Machin, Professor of Economics at University College London
    • Kay Carberry, Assistant General Secretary of the TUC
    • Heather Wakefield, Head of Local Government, UNISON
  4. The National Minimum Wage for those aged 21 and over is £6.19 per hour. For those aged 18 to 20 the rate is £4.98 per hour. The minimum wage for 16 and 17 year olds is £3.68 an hour. The Apprentice Minimum Wage is £2.65 per hour for those aged under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship.

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How to meet a Commissioner in Gloucester or Newport

If you would like to meet LPC Commissioners on 3 or 4 October or would like further information, please get in touch with Roz Hands.

Email: rosalind.hands@lowpay.gov.uk

Tel: 020 7271 0451