17 March 2015

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CBI responds to National Minimum Wage announcement

The CBI has responded to the Government’s National Minimum Wage announcement.

CBI responds to National Minimum Wage announcement

John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said:

"It’s positive that the Government has accepted the independent Low Pay Commission’s (LPC) recommendations on the adult and youth rates. The Commission struck a careful balance, helping many low-paid workers without damaging their job prospects.

"Therefore it's disappointing that the Government has rejected the LPC’s recommendation on the apprentice rate.

"The National Minimum Wage has been one of the most successful policies of recent years thanks to the independence of the Commission – its politicisation is worrying.

"Employers must be in the driving seat when it comes to apprenticeship funding, so we welcome the announcement of the voucher system and await further details."