Corporate report

National minimum wage: government response to the Low Pay Commission’s 2013 report

The government's responses to the Low Pay Commission main recommendations on national minimum wage rates.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



Explains the government’s responses to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) recommendations. The LPC has recommended that the hourly rates for the national minimum wage (NMW) should increase in October 2013:

  • the rate for adults should increase from £6.19 to £6.31
  • the development rate which covers workers aged 18-20 years old should increase from £4.98 to £5.03
  • the rate for 16-17 year olds should increase from £3.68 to £3.72

The LPC recommended that the apprentice rate should remain at £2.65.

The government accepts most of these recommendations but explains why the apprentice rate should also be increased by 3 pence from 1 October 2013.

Published 16 April 2013