Low Pay Commission announces regional visit programme for 2020

27 January 2020

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has been making regional visits for over 20 years and classes the exercise as a crucial element of its annual programme. The body has now released information relating to the dates and places it will be visiting over the course of 2020 and encourages individuals to get involved.

The LPC confirms that data alone provides only a limited insight into the effect and importance of its work, but that meeting employees who are earning the minimum wage or employers who make decisions on the basis of its recommendations really adds value to the work it carries out. Face to face meetings in previous years have highlighted new perspectives and provided results that did not become apparent from data until much later on.

The schedule for 2019 included visits to flag-makers in Swansea, bartenders in Ayr, brewers in Hartlepool and fruit growers in East Anglia. Participants in the programme for last year included employees from a range of age brackets and employers from different sectors such as care, hairdressing and manufacturing, varying from local to national in presence, both small and large in size.

The LPC will be visiting Stoke-on-Trent, Belfast, Aberystwyth, Weymouth and Portland, Dunfermline and Fife and Sheffield on dates throughout March, up until August. The locations were carefully selected based on minimum wage coverage, local levels of employment and how long it has been since the LPC visited them last.

The body would be interested in meeting with workers, employers, local authorities and charities who are affected by the minimum wage. Anyone else with an interest is also encouraged to get involved. The LPC will visit participants directly or can arrange to host a meeting in the relevant area.

The LPC wants to hear about:

  • Specific impacts of minimum wage on young people and apprentices
  • Life on low pay and the difference the minimum wage makes, along with other factors which affect the quality of life and work for people at the bottom end of the labour market
  • How businesses have adapted to the increasing minimum wage and the pace of the uplifts over recent years
  • Other factors which affect businesses in addition to the minim wage, whether that be local or national, sector-specific or more general issues

CIPP comment

The CIPP would also like to arrange roundtables and meetings that discuss the topics laid out above and will provide feedback to the LPC. If you are interested, please contact Samantha Mann, Senior policy and research officer at [email protected].


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