Government Departments: Living Wage

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Matthew Pennycook Matthew Pennycook Labour, Greenwich and Woolwich

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to ensure that the London Living Wage is paid by all Government Departments and their contractors.

Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government policy is that all workers in the UK are paid the statutory National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage. This is based on the advice of the Low Pay Commission. In April 2019, the National Living Wage increased to £8.21 per hour, handing a full-time worker a further £690 annual pay rise. By 2024 the National Living Wage will rise to £10.50 per hour, reaching 66% of median UK earnings. The scope will be expanded to everyone aged 21 and over and is expected to benefit over 4 million low paid workers.

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