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BIS - Department for Business Innovations & Skills : Low Pay Commission visit to Harlow College

09/21/2012 | 08:52am US/Eastern

Susan Anderson, Neil Goulden and Heather Wakefield will meet a number of representatives at Harlow College to hear first hand what impact the National Minimum Wage is having on businesses and workers.

Low Pay Commissioner Heather Wakefield said: "Hearing directly from those affected by the National Minimum wage is an important part of the Commission's work and informs our recommendations to the Government. Our visits take us around the UK and we welcome the opportunity to hear how the National Minimum Wage has affected people working and studying at Harlow College."

Notes to Editors

1. The Low Pay Commission is a statutory body whose role is to advise the Government on the National Minimum Wage.

2. The Commission has produced thirteen reports. These are available from the Stationery Office Bookshops or the Commission's website at: http://www.lowpay.gov.uk

3. The members of the Low Pay Commission are: David Norgrove (Chair), Deputy Chairman of the British Museum and a member of the Finance Committee for Amnesty International UK; Susan Anderson, a consultant to the CBI on employment issues and a member of ACAS Council; Peter Donaldson, Managing Director of D5 Limited; Professor Bob Elliott, Professor of Economics and Director of the Health Economics Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen; Neil Goulden, Chairman (emeritus), The Gala Coral Group; John Hannett, General Secretary of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers; Professor Stephen Machin, Professor of Economics at University College London; Frances O'Grady, TUC Deputy General Secretary and Heather Wakefield, Head of Local Government, UNISON.

4. The National Minimum Wage for those aged 21 and over is £6.08 per hour. For those aged 18 to 20 the rate is £4.98 per hour. The minimum wage for 16 and 17 year olds is £3.68 an hour. The Apprentice Minimum Wage is £2.60 per hour for those aged under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship. From 1 October 2012 the National Minimum Wage for those aged 21 and over will rise to £6.19 per hour. For those aged 18 to 20 the rate will be £4.98 per hour. The minimum wage for 16 and 17 year olds will be £3.68 an hour. The Apprentice Minimum Wage will rise to £2.65 per hour for those aged under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship.

Low Pay Commission
6th Floor
Victoria House
Southampton Row
LONDON
WC1B 4AD
Tel. 020 7271 0451

http://www.lowpay.gov.uk

Notes to Editors
Contact Information Name BIS Press Office Job Title Division Department for Business, Innovation & Skills Phone Fax Mobile Email bispress.releases@bis.gsi.gov.uk
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