The Member of Parliament for Burton and Uttoxeter, Kate Kniveton has said that an estimated 5,638 people across East Staffordshire are set to benefit from the Government’s decision to increase the National Living Wage (NLW). The figure has been calculated using regional National Living Wage statistics and a proxy based on local authority population.
From 1 April 2024, the NLW will increase by 9.8 per cent to £11.44 an hour for eligible workers aged 21 and over. This represents an increase of over £1,800 to the annual earnings of a full-time worker on the NLW and is expected to benefit around 2.7 million low paid workers.
Since 2010, the minimum wage rate will have risen by £5.64. Young people and apprentices on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will also see a boost to their wages. Earlier this month, it was also announced the proportion of workers on low pay has halved since 2010, thanks to the National Living Wage.
Commenting, Kate Kniveton MP said:
“I am delighted that the Government’s commitment to increase the National Living Wage to over £11 an hour is set to benefit an estimated 5,638 people across East Staffordshire. A boosted National Living Wage will continue to drive down low pay and ensure that the focus of support is those on the lowest pay.”
Commenting, Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt said:
“Next April, all full-time workers on the National Living Wage will get a pay rise of over £1,800 a year. That will end low pay in this country, delivering on our manifesto promise.
“The National Living Wage has helped halve the number of people on low pay since 2010, making sure work always pays.”