Last month the Government introduced a higher version of the minimum wage for those over 25, known as the National Living Wage.
While not inclusive of all workers and still far short of an actual Living Wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation, it was a positive step for the Government to concede to pressure and boost the incomes of those on low wages.
Unfortunately there have been a number of cases reported in the national press of employers attempting to get around the wage increase by cutting overtime and bonuses or by reducing pay for those employees under 25. I have also heard examples of some people being left worse off following the pay rise because of changes to in-work benefits.
I’ve yet to hear any complaints from my own constituents in the last few weeks, which could be a positive sign, but I know that most people wouldn’t think to contact the local MP just because their overtime had been adjusted.
What has your experience been? Have you benefited from the National Living Wage? Has your employer done anything to undermine the rise you should have received?
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