Living Wage

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 17th November 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of raising the National Living Wage to take people out of in work poverty; and to what level he plans to increase the National Living Wage by 2025.

Photo of Kevin Hollinrake Kevin Hollinrake Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage (NLW) rates are set on the independent and expert advice of the Low Pay Commission, who take account of the impact on business and the economy. On 1 April 2022, the Government increased the NLW for over 23s by 6.6% to £9.50. This keeps the Government on track to achieve its manifesto commitment for the NLW to equal two-thirds of median earnings by 2024 subject to wider economic conditions.

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