BRC Director Helen Dickinson comments on the Low Pay Commission’s recommended increases to the National Minimum Wage

LONDON, 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Responding to the Low Pay Commission’s recommended increases to the National Minimum Wage, BRC Director General Helen Dickinson said:

“The LPC has once again done a careful job of balancing protection for economic growth, jobs and productivity and the need to continue to help raise the incomes of the lowest paid. This highlights the importance of the independence of the LPC. Decisions about the rate of the minimum wage need to be based on sound evidence and not political expediency. Instead, political attention should be focused on supporting those who find themselves stuck in lower paying roles to progress to higher rates of pay. Over the coming year, the BRC will be working with the retail industry to identify the problems some people can face. We hope that by addressing these issues we can help improve productivity and move more people out of low pay faster than could be achieved by arbitrary tinkering with hourly pay.”

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Notes
1) Please find a link to the Low Pay Commission’s recent recommendations here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/low-pay-commission-recommends-3-increase-in-the-national-minimum-wage-to-670

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