News / UK and world by Press Association January 8, 2019, 2:41 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A minister has apologised after mistakenly claiming the Conservative Government introduced the National Minimum Wage. Minister for energy and clean growth Claire Perry was met by cries from the Opposition benches following her comments at the despatch box, but swiftly corrected herself as she sat down on the frontbench. Ms Perry’s comments came as Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy minister Laura Pidcock raised the issue of household debt, arguing it was at its “highest ever level”. In response, Ms Perry branded the TUC’s research “discredited” and then went on to claim the Government introduced the National Minimum Wage before later amending this to Living Wage. Speaking during Commons BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) questions, Ms Pidcock said: … [Read more...] about Minister says sorry after claiming Tories introduced the National Minimum Wage
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Iceland could be hit with a £21m fine after HM Revenue and Customs ruled that its Christmas savings scheme leads staff to be paid less than the national minimum wage. The supermarket allows employees to voluntarily set aside money from their weekly wages over the course of the year to help cover Christmas expenses. However, HMRC said the scheme means the supermarket is technically paying staff less than the minimum wage, with an alleged underpayment of around £3.5m a year for six years, according to the Times. HMRC also said the retailer should compensate staff for the cost of footwear, after employees were told to wear “sensible shoes” to work. Iceland’s chief executive and founder, Sir Malcolm Walker, told the Times that the company would fight the dispute in court if necessary, calling the claim “just madness”. City A.M. has contacted Iceland and HMRC for comment. … [Read more...] about Iceland to fight £21m claim that it pays staff less than the national minimum wage
Spain's government is set to agree a 22 per cent increase in the national minimum wage next week as part of a bid to ease tensions between Madrid and Barcelona. Prime minister Pedro Sanchez will hold a cabinet meeting next in the Catalan capital at which the rise to €900 a month is likely to be passed. The increase will move Spain’s legal minimum pay further ahead of neighbour Portugal’s which around €795 when adjusted for the cost of living. However, Spain will remain some way short of the UK where the full-time monthly minimum is around €1,270 on an adjusted basis In Germany it's €1,430. Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without … [Read more...] about Spain is about to increase the national minimum wage by 22 per cent
ALL workers received a pay boost when the National Living Wage was increased on April 1, 2018. But Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a further boost for some workers from 2019 - here's what you need to know. What is the National Living Wage and when was the 2018 increase? The National Living Wage is the amount of money all employees aged over 25 are legally entitled to. It used to be known as the National Minimum Wage, but it was re-branded in 2016. The National Living Wage increased from £7.50 to £7.83 for those aged 25 and over. The 33 pence-an-hour rise was introduced on Sunday April 1, 2018. The compulsory National Living Wage was introduced in 2016. The first National Minimum Wage was set in 1998 by the Labour government. In Budget 2018, Chancellor Philip announced that lowest-paid workers will get another payrise from next year to a minimum of £8.21 per hour. It's a five per cent hike, which will come into force from April, and will benefit around … [Read more...] about What is the National Living Wage 2018, how much is the UK minimum wage for 16, 18 and 25-year-olds and when did it increase?
The Directorate General for Reintegration and Prison Services signed a deal with the University and the Union of Parishes to allow selected inmates to get some work experience, for example in street cleaning, garden and park maintenance, mechanics and building techniques depending on their aptitudes. "The prison population is very diverse, we have people with very different skills," said Celso Manata, the Prison Service's Director General. Prisoners need to volunteer for the programme, already must have completed at least half of their sentence, have no blemish on their record of behaviour and must have been taking an active part in prison activities. The prisoners taking part in the scheme will receive the national minimum wage and will be supervised, depending on the sort of work they are involved in. Manata did not say how many inmates will be released on these work experience periods and did not know when the scheme will start as there is the inevitable paperwork to wade through. … [Read more...] about Algarve prisoners to receive the national minimum wage