Minimum effort on the minimum wage
Responding to the Business Secretary's announcement that the national minimum wage will rise by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18-to-20 year olds from October 2013, Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of national charity Citizens Advice said:
"Raising the minimum wage by 1.9% amounts to 12p an hour. This increase is welcome but will not resolve the difficulties faced by people in low paid jobs who are finding that work doesn't pay. Inflation is running at almost 3% and as the recent case of 197 telesales workers for whom HMRC won national minimum wage arrears of almost £100,000 shows, there are still too many employers who think they can get away with paying below the national minimum . The taxpayer should not have to pick up the bill for topping up people's take home pay through means tested tax credits - this is a moral and economic travesty."
Notes to editors:
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