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Minimum Wage

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of times an accommodation offset was deducted by an employer from an employee’s wage packet in each year since 1998.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Department does not hold this information.

Accommodation is the only benefit in kind that can count towards the minimum wage and employers can offset the cost of providing accommodation to workers up to a maximum daily limit. The Low Pay Commission is currently reviewing the accommodation offset and is due to report to Government in February 2013. We will consider its report carefully once it has been received.

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