The Government is making major changes to the UK minimum wage rates and has asked the Low Pay Commission (LPC) to report and gather evidence on these new arrangements.
It has asked the LPC to report on the future level of the existing UK minimum wage rates, by February 2016. Secondly it has asked the LPC to report on the future level of the new National Living Wage (NLW), which will be introduced in April 2016 and applies to workers aged 25 and over.
This consultation is relevant to organisations and individuals that are affected by the National Minimum Wage rates, for example:
- employees on low wages
- employers of low-paid workers, particularly those in low-paying sectors such as retail, hospitality, social care, cleaning and hairdressing
- young people and apprentices
- representative bodies of the above groups
- other organisations such as charities and voluntary organisations with an interest in the National Minimum Wage
- training providers