Boosting the incomes of the low paid goes straight into the economy and wage-led growth must be part of the recovery so we would have liked to have seen minimum wage rates go up further today, even if the government has rightly rejected calls for a freeze.
We will continue to press ministers to ensure the minimum wage is properly enforced particularly for apprentices where there is considerable evidence that many miss out.
And we will continue to urge the many employers who can afford it to implement a full living wage for their staff.
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