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Low Pay Commission (National): Low Pay Commission visit to Barnstaple and Taunton

Press Release   •   Oct 04, 2010 12:43 BST

Two Low Pay Commissioners will visit Barnstaple and Taunton on 7 and 8 October on a fact-finding visit about the National Minimum Wage. This is one of a number of visits the Low Pay Commission is making around the UK during 2010 to gather information on how the minimum wage is operating.

Bob Elliott and Neil Goulden will meet a number of representatives in Barnstaple and Taunton to hear first hand what impact the National Minimum Wage is having on businesses and workers.

Low Pay Commissioner Bob Elliott said: 
“Hearing directly from those affected by the National Minimum wage is an important part of the Commission’s work and informs our recommendations to the Government. Our visits take us around the UK and we welcome the opportunity to hear how the National Minimum Wage has affected people in Barnstaple and Taunton. We are particularly interested to learn of reaction to the new rate for apprentices and of the labour market situation of young people in the area ”.

Notes to Editors

1. The Low Pay Commission is a statutory body whose role is to advise the Government on the National Minimum Wage.

2. The Commission has produced eleven reports. These are available from the Stationery Office Bookshops or the Commission’s website at:

3. The members of the Low Pay Commission are: David Norgrove (Chair), Chair of the Pensions Regulator and Trustee of the British Museum; Susan Anderson, Director of Public Services and Skills for the CBI; Peter Donaldson, Managing Director of D5 Limited, Professor Bob Elliott, Professor of Economics and Director of the Health Economics Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen; Neil Goulden, Chairman of the Gala Coral Group; John Hannett, General Secretary of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers; Professor Stephen Machin, Professor of Economics at University College London; Frances O’Grady, TUC Deputy General Secretary and Heather Wakefield, Head of Local Government, UNISON.

4. The National Minimum Wage for those aged 21 and over is £5.93 per hour. For those aged 18 to 20 the rate is £4.92 per hour. The minimum wage for 16 and 17 year olds is £3.64 an hour. The Apprentice Minimum Wage is £2.50 per hour for those aged under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship.

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