Conservatives announce big rises in the Minimum Wage for under 25s and apprentices

Wallasey & Moreton

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Conservative councillors and candidates in Wallasey and Moreton have welcomed the news today that the rates of the minimum wage affecting workers under 25 and apprentices to apply from 1 October 2016 will increase.

Following recommendations by the Low Pay Commission, the effective new minimum wage for 21-24 year olds will increase by 3.7 per cent to £6.95 an hour while the Youth Development Rate, affecting 18-20 year olds, will rise by 4.7 per cent to £5.55 an hour.

Those aged between 16-17 Year will see pay increase by 3.4 per cent to £4.00 an hour while apprentices who, under Labour, were excluded from the Minimum Wage, will see an increase of 3 per cent to £3.40 an hour.

Former Councillor Ian Lewis said: “We know that those workers aged 25 and over will soon benefit from the new £7.20 National Living Wage but it’s important that we also see younger workers…

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