BEIS publish government response to LPC report

25 November 2016

BEIS have published the government’s response to the rate recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) for the National Minimum Wage as well as the National Living Wage as from 1 April 2017.

The publication section of GOV.UK was extremely busy in the hours that followed the Autumn Statement and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published the government response to the LPC recommendations for National Minimum Wage rates.

The Low Pay Commission report included the recommendations that:

  • The rate for 21-24 year olds of the National Minimum Wage is increased from £6.95 to £7.05.
  • The development rate (18-20 year olds) which covers workers aged 18-20 years old is increased from £5.55 to £5.60.
  • The rate for 16-17 year olds is increased from £4.00 to £4.05.
  • The apprentice rate (for apprentices aged under 19 or in the first year of their Apprenticeship) should increase from £3.40 to £3.50.

The LPC also recommended that the accommodation offset increases from the current £6.00 to £6.40 (from £42.00 to £44.80 a week) from 1 April 2017. This too was accepted by the government.