Employment and Skills

National Minimum Wage, welfare to work and employment

National Minimum Wage, welfare to work and employment

Last week the Government wrote to the Low Pay Commission setting out the remit for their 2013 report.

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has been asked to:

Monitor, Evaluate and Review the levels of each of the different NMW rates and make recommendations on the levels it believes should apply from October 2013.

It will also:
Review the contribution the NMW could make to the employment prospects of young people, including those in apprenticeships.

Consider the implications of the introduction of the Raising of the Participation Age in England on youth employment and apprentice rates.

Evaluate the regulations for salaried hours workers and consider whether there are any measures that the Government could take to ensure that it is as simple and easy as possible for employers to make sure they are paying at least the NMW and for individuals to be confident that they are being paid at least the NMW.

In evaluating and making recommendations, the LPC is asked to take account of the state of the economy, employment, unemployment levels, pensions’ reform, universal credit, the raising of the personal tax allowance and other Government reforms that may affect the NMW.


The LPC is asked to report to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by the end of February 2013.

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