CIPP Policy/Low Pay Commission Think Tank on 10 June

29 May 2019

Calling all Full, Fellow, and Chartered Members – you are invited to join other CIPP members on Monday 10 June to meet representatives from the Low Pay Commission (LPC) in support of their annual review.


You should have received an invitation via email, however just in case it has somehow missed your inbox we would like to remind Full, Fellow, and Chartered members about this event as it will provide you with an opportunity to discuss the issues covered within the LPC annual review as they relate to the rates of the administration and affordability of the National Minimum Wage (which also includes the National Living Wage).


The Minimum Wage celebrated its 20th Anniversary earlier this year and remains as newsworthy and ‘fresh’ a subject as it was when it was introduced


This Think Tank will take place in Leeds on Monday 10 June 2019, hosted by Eversheds Sutherland at:


Bridgewater Place

Water Lane


LS11 5DR


The timetable for the day will be as follows:


10.30 am

 Arrival and refreshments

10.45 am

 Opening - roundtable introductions

11.00 am

 Consultation background and purpose

11.20 am


12.45 am

Roundtable with final comments

1.00 pm

Close and depart


CIPP comment

We would like to thank Eversheds Sutherland for hosting this event.


We would also like to remind members that we are holding more Think Tanks in the North as a direct consequence of member feedback. To enable us to continue holding events out with London, we need your support, so please do secure your place at this roundtable, by emailing us at policy by noon on Thursday 6 June 2019.



Further information about the event

The 2019 Low Pay Commission annual review is focussing once again on the viability of NLW, achieving its stated target of 60 per cent of median earnings by 2020 which is currently predicted to be around £8.67 per hour, which will capture:


  • Views on the affordability and effects of an increase to the ‘on target’ rate for April 2020
  • Evidence of the impact of increases in the NLW since its introduction – including the April 2019 uprating – on workers, employers, the labour market and the economy. This includes how firms are adjusting i.e. the impacts on pay, terms and conditions, income, hours, employment, prices and profits
  • Evidence of how employers are seeking to improve productivity – whether this is via investment, automation of some tasks, requiring staff to take on additional tasks or be more flexible, or other means
  • Evidence on how the economic outlook is affected by the process of leaving the European Union (including effects on the labour market and workers like a weaker currency, higher inflation, and possible changes to migration)


For the other rates which affect workers under 25 and apprentices, the LPC are seeking evidence to make recommendations on the traditional basis of ‘helping raise the pay for as many low-paid workers as possible without damaging their employment prospects’ and look to gather:


  • Evidence on the impact of the rates on younger workers’ employment prospects, including how widely the 21-24 year old rate is used, and what effect, if any
  • The gaps between the different rates have on different age groups’ labour market performance


As with previous think tank events the format will seek to provide the maximum opportunity for open and free-flowing discussion and debate with a focus on what is relevant and impactful to those present.