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March 1, 2015 9:21 PM

Hinckley and Bosworth Councillor Michael Mullaney has today welcomed the news that the independent body which advises the Government on the National Minimum Wage is to recommend that it be increased by 3%.

The above-inflation rise would take the adult rate from £6.50 to 6.70 an hour, the biggest rise since 2008.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said the Low Pay Commission's recommendations had always been accepted by politicians. If approved, the increase would apply from October. The Low Pay Commission's recommendations to the Government for the 2015 rates are as follows:

  • Adult rate - £6.70
  • 18-20 rate - £5.30
  • 16-17 rate - £3.87
  • Apprenticeship rate - £2.80

Michael Mullaney has called for increases to the National Minimum Wage to help make work pay.

Michael said: "Making it easier for people to get by has been a massive issue over the last few years. I'm delighted that, if agreed, this boost would represent an annual pay rise of £416 for a full time worker on the minimum wage. I have pushed with colleagues to give people on low and middle incomes an Income tax cut and increasing the minimum wage is another part of that. "