National Living Wage to apply to 21 year olds

Date: Tuesday October 1, 2019 at 9:44am

The Chancellor yesterday announced his intention to lower the age threshold for the National Living Wage to 21, accepting advice from the Low Pay Commission.

In his speech to the Conservative Party conference, the Chancellor today announced his intention to reduce the age threshold for the National Living Wage (NLW), so that it applies to those aged 23 and over from 2021, and to those aged 21 and over within five years.

This follows a review of the youth rates of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) carried out by the Low Pay Commission over the past year. The LPC made its recommendations to the Government in a letter sent in August, and which we are publishing today.

This follows a review of the youth rates of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) carried out by the Low Pay Commission over the past year. The LPC made its recommendations to the Government in a letter sent in August, and which we are publishing today.

Bryan Sanderson, the Chair of the LPC, said:

"We are very pleased that the Government has accepted our advice to lower the age of eligibility to the National Living Wage from 25 to 21. Doing so in a phased approach balances ambition for the pay of young people with caution towards the impacts on businesses and the most vulnerable workers in this group.​​​​"


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