Osborne's words on minimum wage 'mean nothing'

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has tweeted:

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Given we are still waiting on Low Pay Commission for its recommendation on Minimum Wage - Osborne's words mean nothing. Positioning. Is all

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Is Low Pay Commission's job to advise on how far Min Wage can rise without affecting employment. Due mid-Feb. Osborne trying to get credit

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George Osborne backs minimum wage rise to £7 per hour

The minimum wage could rise to £7 an hour by 2015, Chancellor George Osborne has told the BBC. Osborne said the "economy can now afford" an above-inflation rise.