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Minimum Wage

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the extent to which income at the rate of the national minimum wage is sufficient to meet the average cost of living. (321620)

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a key part of the Government's wider strategy for achieving a fair minimum income from work. Because individuals situations vary, the NMW needs to be considered along with other measures for alleviating poverty, such as tax credits. These take account of individual circumstances and can therefore better target resources on those who need it most.