Low Pay Commission visit programme for 2019

07 February 2019

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has published details of their annual programme of visits which will allow them to hear directly from workers and businesses as to how their minimum wage recommendations are working ‘on the ground’.

The planned visits will provide the opportunity for individuals to speak directly to the commissioners and to influence a policy that affects millions of workers and their employers and engagers every year. Opinions and evidence gathered throughout these visits will feed into the work programme that is necessary to support the recommendations, to the government, that the commission will be making later in the year for the 2020 minimum wage rates.


2019 visit locations



20-21 March

Neath and Swansea

10-11 April

Ayr and Kilmarnock

15-16 May


5-6 June


3-4 July

Great Yarmouth

7-8 August

Wigan and Manchester


The visits are a vital part of the LPC’s consultation process and the Commissioners are always very grateful to people for giving up their time to share their experiences.

The LPC can host meetings, usually in the centre of the towns it visits and are also very keen to visit employers and workers to see first-hand the effects of the minimum wage. The LPC is also very interested in talking to public bodies, charities and other interested organisations.

The LPC will launch its consultation with a full list of questions in the spring, but the following topics cover most of what they want to hear about. However, if you have any other evidence on the minimum wage, the LPC would like to hear about that too.

  • The effects of the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates recommended, and business responses to recent increases. Issues the LPC is keen to hear about include:

    • Changes to employment and hours

    • Changes to pay and benefits

    • Productivity

    • Prices

    • Profits

    • Compliance and enforcement

  • View on future NLW increases – to £8.21 in April and a projected rate (subject to change) of £8.62 in 2020, based on a target of 60% of median earnings.

  • Evidence on the economic outlook more generally.

  • Workers’ and apprentices’ views on the minimum wage rates and their work more generally.

  • Views on the youth and apprentice rates –the review of these rates will be concluded in the summer, but the LPC is still keen to hear evidence on their use and level.


Do you want to meet the LPC?

The LPC takes very seriously what they hear on all their visits, so it is a chance for anyone with an interest to have their voice heard. If you are in any of the places that the LPC are visiting and you want to tell them about how you have been affected by the minimum wage, then get in touch via email or phone: