Each year, the LPC (Low Pay Commission) gathers evidence on the effects on employers and workers of increases to the NMW (National Minimum Wage) and the NLW (National Living Wage). It also invites views on business conditions and the economic outlook in order to make its recommendations.
Read more about the consultation at Gov.uk: Low Pay Commission consultation 2022.
Topics covered in the consultation
The LPC is particularly interested in hearing evidence about:
- Affordability and effects of an increase in April 2023 to an NLW on-course rate of £10.32 within a range of £10.14-£10.50.
- The path of NLW to 2024, when it currently projects a rate of £10.95 for all workers aged 21 and over.
- Impacts of increases in the NLW on workers, employers, the labour market and economy.
- The impact on 23- and 24-year-olds of lowering the NLW age threshold to 23 last year; and the potential impact on 21 and 22 year olds of the eventual lowering to 21.
- Effects of this year’s large increase in the Apprentice Rate, which aligns it with the 16–17-Year-Old Rate.
- Awareness, use and impacts of the accommodation offset, which allows employers to deduct some accommodation costs from minimum wage pay.
You can see a full list of the consultation questions in the LPC consultation announcement letter published at the Gov.uk website: Low Pay Commission consultation letter
How to respond
The consultation was open until 6pm on 20 June 2022.
The LPC did not expect people to answer all the questions in the consultation unless they were able to. Respondents were advised to focus on the areas which were of most concern and, where you could, provide the most comprehensive evidence.
Responding directly to the LPC
You were asked to respond directly by emailing your views to [email protected] before the 6pm 20 June 2022 deadline.
Sharing your views with the NFU
You were able to contribute to the NFU's official response to the consultation by 14 June 2022.