Worcester’s MP, Robin Walker, has today welcomed the increase in the Personal Allowance and the National Living Wage meaning over 2 million working people benefitted from a pay rise on 1st April 2017.

On Saturday 1st April, The National Living Wage for those aged 25 and over increased from £7.20 per hour to £7.50 per hour. That means over £1,400 a year more for a full-time worker on the National Living Wage since its introduction. There have also been increases in the National Minimum Wage for those aged under 25 – including apprentices.

The announcement follows last month’s news that wages in Worcester have surpassed the national average, with gross weekly earnings having risen for the sixth consecutive year.

At the same time as the National Living and Minimum Wage increases, the Conservative Government has increased the tax-free personal allowance so that hardworking people keep more of the money they earn. An increase to the personal allowance, to £11,500 on 1st April, will see a basic rate tax payer take home an extra £100 each year. The point at which those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland pay the higher rate of income tax has also increased to £45,000.

Commenting on the news, Robin said:

“I am delighted that this Conservative Government has provided such significant support for those on low incomes, aged 25 and over through the National Living Wage. The rise in the Personal Allowance is a further boost, and together these rises will mean more money in the pockets of hard-working people in Worcester.”

“These are policies I campaigned for before they became party policy – I was very happy when they were adopted as Conservative manifesto commitments, and I am even happier that they are now being delivered by a Conservative Government.”

“Worcester deserves a pay rise and I’m very proud to be part of a Conservative Party that is delivering the higher-wage, lower-tax, lower-welfare economy we all want to see. Boosting wages and making sure that more families have the security of a decent, regular pay packet, while ensuring that people are always better off in work, are at the heart of the Government’s long-term plan.”

“While Labour continues to talk down our economy, the Conservatives are busy delivering policies that boost economic growth and encourage hard work and aspiration. The unemployment rate nationally is at its lowest since 1975, and in Worcester we have seen 21 consecutive months of unemployment at 1.6% or below.”

“This pay rise, and the continued strength of the UK labour market, means that for more people than ever work is paying in Worcester.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

For more information on the increases in the National Living Wage, National Minimum Wage and Personal Allowance, please see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/spring-pay-bump-for-britains-workers-as-tax-changes-come-into-effect

To check pay rates and read more about the Government’s ‘A Step Up in Pay’ campaign, please see:

https://checkyourpay.campaign.gov.uk/

For Robin’s recent statement on record wage growth, please see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-welcomes-record-wage-growth-for-worcester-workers-ahead-of-budget-2017/

For Robin’s previous statements on wages in Worcester:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/conservatives-give-big-boost-to-the-lowest-paid-in-worcester-as-national-living-wage-begins/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/raising-wages-and-cutting-tax-is-better-than-complex-and-expensive-redistribution/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/today-marks-the-first-step-to-a-higher-wage-and-a-higher-productivity-economy/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/wages-are-rising-as-unemployment-falls-and-worcester-woman-is-leading-the-way/