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.