Minimum Wage: North West

Treasury written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell Liberal Democrat, Hazel Grove

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) penalty notices and (b) financial penalties have been issued to employers in each local authority area in the North West for paying employees at rates below the national minimum wage in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Digital Britain) (also HM Treasury), Financial Secretary (HM Treasury) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Prior to 6 April 2009, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) issued penalty notices to those employers who failed to comply, within 28 days, with an enforcement notice.

From 6 April 2009, the national minimum wage (NMW) enforcement regime includes the issue of an automatic penalty in most cases of minimum wage non-compliance.

The information requested at a regional level is provided in the following table. HMRC does not maintain statistical information by local authority areas. All penalties issued have a financial amount payable.

NMW penalty notices issued by HMRC to employers in the north-west
2005-06 0
2006-07 0
2007-08 1
2008-09 1
2009 (to February 2010) 33 notices of underpayment issued with penalties

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