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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.

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PM: Minimum wage rise will 'help hardworking people'

David Cameron said previous cuts to the economy means the government can now afford to increase the minimum wage and help "hardworking people."

Prime Minister David Cameron has backed the minimum wage rise. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Prime Minister said: "Our long-term economic plan is securing Britain's future and helping hardworking people.

Posting on social networks, he said: "Because of the difficult decisions we've taken to fix the economy, we believe we can now afford to increase the minimum wage - putting more money in people's pockets and helping them provide for their families.

"We are doing all we can to make hardworking families financially secure - cutting income tax for 25 million people, freezing fuel duty and keeping mortgage rates low."

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