Low Pay Commission Consultation on the National Minimum Wage

Low Pay Commission Consultation on the National Minimum Wage

The Low Pay Commission is seeking evidence for their consultation document on the Government's proposed changes to the national minimum wage and introduction of the national living wage.

The Government is making major changes to the National Minimum Wage and has asked the Low Pay Commission (LPC) to report to it twice in relation to the new arrangements. Firstly it has asked the LPC to report on the future level of the existing National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates, by as early as possible in February 2016. Secondly it has asked the LPC to report on the future level of the new National Living Wage (NLW), which is introduced in April 2016 and applies to workers aged 25 and over. On this, the LPC has been asked to make recommendations by October 2016 for the rate in April 2017.

In response, ACS has found that the introduction of the living wage will cost the convenience sector £167m in the first year alone. ACS' research into the impact of the living wage has foudn that 62% of convenience retailers said they would delay investment or expansion plans; 61% said they would reduce staff hours in their business; 58% said they would reduce the number of staff in their business; 40% said they would have to increase the number of hours that they work in the business themselves.

 

Living Wage


ACS' submission: