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Clause 3 — Abolition of starting and savings rates and creation of starting rate for savings

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 8:45 pm on 28th April 2008.

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Photo of David Howarth David Howarth Shadow Solicitor General, Ministry of Justice 8:45 pm, 28th April 2008

Another problem with using the minimum wage is that it will not help two obvious groups of people: first, those whose overall pay is low because they are part-time, even though their hourly rate is greater than the minimum wage; and, secondly, self-employed people such as jobbing builders and low-paid freelancers of various sorts—window cleaners, for example—who will not be benefited by an increase in the minimum wage.

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