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National Living Wage plans a 10% climb, now at £11.44

National Living Wage update 

Good news for nearly 3 million low-paid workers in the UK! The government will be significantly boosting the national living wage, setting it at £11.44 per hour. This wage increase, recommended by the Low Pay Commission, is not just a number on paper; it represents a tangible step toward improving the lives of workers across various sectors.

Starting from April next year, the new rate marks an increase from the current £10.42 per hour. However, it's not just about the numbers – it's about positively impacting the lives of those who have been the backbone of sectors like retail, hospitality, and cleaning. This rise occurs amidst a backdrop of a cost of living crisis, marked by inflation reaching its highest point in 40 years at 11.1%

The Numbers Speak Volumes

Let's break down the key points:

  1. Rise Rise Baby: Next April all full-time workers on the national living wage will get a pay rise of over £1,800 a year.
  2. Sector-wide Impact: Sectors such as retail, hospitality, and cleaning will see a positive change as low-paid workers benefit from this increase. It's a recognition of their hard work and dedication.
  3. Age Inclusivity: Eligibility for the national living wage (NLW) will also be extended by reducing the age threshold from 23 to 21.

Monitoring Progress

The Low Pay Commission has assured that they will keep a close eye on the repercussions of this increase on both workers and employers. This commitment to monitoring and adjusting as necessary is crucial to ensuring a balanced and sustainable economic landscape.

In conclusion, the UK's decision to increase the national living wage is a step in the right direction. It's not just about numbers; it's about acknowledging the hard work of millions and ensuring that work truly pays. As we move into a fairer future, let's keep the conversation alive and continue working toward a society where every worker is valued and compensated fairly.

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