Frances O’Grady says it is hard to celebrate when low-income families will see rise wiped out by cuts to tax credits

Tim Lezard Europe, UK,

cash-moneyThe TUC has said today’s rise in the National Minimum Wage is “hardly a cause for euphoria”.

The rates now stand at:

  • £6.70 per hour for workers aged 21 years old and over
  • £5.30 per hour for workers aged 18 to 20 years old
  • £3.87 per hour for workers above school leaving age but under 18 years old
  • £3.30 for apprentices under the age of 19 years old or aged 19 years old or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The increase in the national minimum wage is welcome but hardly cause for euphoria. It is hard to celebrate when many low-income families will see this and future gains wiped out by the Chancellor’s cuts to tax credits. And when under-25s will be excluded from the new supplement that comes in next April.

“Giving with one hand and taking more with the other is not the way to make work pay. Slashing vital in-work benefits will serve only to push more working households into poverty.

“We won’t have a recovery for the many by taking an axe to the welfare budget.”

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