Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed news that families in Worcester can look forward to receiving a well-earned pay rise with a new National Living Wage (NLW) of £8.72 per hour from 1 April 2020, its biggest cash increase ever – and a rise from the current value of £8.21

In the West Midlands, 272,000 people will benefit from a pay rise– equivalent to 11.8 percent of all workers across the region. Nearly 3 million people across the country will benefit from a pay rise of 6.2 per cent in April 2020 – an increase of £930 over the year for a full-time worker on the NLW, and of £3,600 since the Conservatives introduced the NLW in 2016.

The rise means the Conservative government is on track to meet its current target and previous manifesto commitment for the NLW to reach 60 per cent of median earnings by 2020. But there is more to do, which is why the NLW will increase further to £10.50 by 2024 on current forecasts. The Chancellor has announced his plans to expand the reach of the NLW to cover workers aged 21 and over within five years, benefitting around 4 million people.

By getting Brexit done, this One Nation Conservative Government will start repaying the trust placed in us by the people of this county, we will help people with the cost of living:

  • Bring in a ‘triple tax lock’ – meaning the rate of income tax, VAT or National Insurance will not be raised throughout the lifetime of the next Parliament;
  • Increase the National Insurance threshold to £9,500 next year saving people approximately £100;
  • Establish a £1 billion Flexible Childcare Fund, helping hardworking parents manage their work and family commitments.

Robin is a longstanding supporter of the National Living Wage and endorsed its introduction. Cutting taxes for working families by raising the income tax threshold has always been important to Robin and as a back-bencher Robin spoke often of raising the threshold up to the level of someone working full-time on the minimum wage.

Speaking in the House as far back as 2015 Robin said ‘the biggest change we can make to help people with the cost of living is to ensure they are paid better and keep more of what they earn by delivering a national living wage. I welcome the fact that not only is this key social reform being delivered by a Conservative Government, but that the Government are taking steps to help to ensure that businesses, particularly small ones, have the help they need to deliver it.’

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said:

“Hard work should always pay, but for too long, people haven’t seen the pay rises they deserve.

“Our government will put a stop to that, giving nearly three million people from Edinburgh to Eastbourne a well-earned pay rise, including the biggest ever cash boost to the National Living Wage.

“But that’s not all. As we enter a new decade, we’re setting our sights higher, to help people earn more over the next five years and level up access to opportunity across our great country.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, said:

“We want to end low pay and put more money in the pockets of hard-working families. This latest rise will mean that since we introduced the National Living Wage in 2016, the lowest paid will have had a wage increase of more than £3,600.

“But we want to do more to level up and tackle the cost of living, which is why the NLW will increase further to £10.50 by 2024 on current forecasts.”

Robin has welcomed the announcement, saying:

“This is exactly the kind of news people across my constituency want to hear. 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 economy we all want to see.

“We’re backing hard work and aspiration – creating opportunity for hardworking people across the country. This Government will start repaying the trust placed in us and delivering on people’s priorities, building a better Britain for everyone in this country.”

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Notes to editors

For Robin’s previous press releases on employment and pay, please see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/category/campaigns/jobs/

Regional figures

 

 

Number of people affected by minimum wage increases Percentage of people affected by minimum wage increases
North East 141,000 13.6
North West 356,000 11.7
Yorkshire and the Humber 287,000 12.6
East Midlands 250,000 12.8
West Midlands 272,000 11.8
South West 243,000 10.0
East 250,000 9.7
London 221,000 5.2
South East 303,000 7.8
Wales 149,000 12.3
Scotland 198,000 8.2
Northern Ireland 131,000 14.1
Total 2,801,000 9.9