Minimum wage goes up

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The national minimum wage for adults has risen by 12p to £6.31 an hour.

The rate for those aged between 18 and 20 has gone up by 5p to £5.03 an hour, while 16 and 17-year-olds will see their wage increase by 4p to £3.72 an hour and apprentices get 3p more at £2.68 an hour.

The government estimates more than 890,000 of Britain's lowest-paid workers will benefit from the increases.

In a statement, Business Secretary Vince Cable, said: "The National Minimum Wage is a vital safety net in protecting the low paid… But as signs of an economic recovery start to emerge, we need to do more to make sure that the benefits of growth are shared fairly across the board."

As of Tuesday 1 October, employers who break the law by failing to pay the enhanced minimum wage will be publicly named and shamed as well as being fined.

If you are being paid less than the minimum wage, your can report your employer to the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368.

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As the minimum wage goesup what about the minimum LIVING wage?