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Minimum wage rises to £6.50 per hour

By Alan Jones

The national minimum wage is to increase by 19p an hour to £6.50 later this year, giving more than a million workers a pay rise.

The rate for 18 to 20-year-olds will go up by 10p to £5.13 an hour – a 2% increase – while for 16 and 17-year-olds the statutory rate will rise by 7p to £3.79, also 2%.

The minimum wage for apprentices will go up by 5p to £2.73 an hour, with all the new rates coming into force in October.

The Government said it had accepted recommendations from the Low Pay Commission.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "The recommendations I have accepted mean that low-paid workers will enjoy the biggest cash increase in their take-home pay since 2008. This will benefit over one million workers on national minimum wage and marks the start of a welcome new phase in minimum wage policy.

"The experts will continue to advise government on future wage rises to help the low paid," said Mr Cable.

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