Chancellor's pledge

Javid promises ‘to end low pay’ with £10.50 national living wage

Sajid Javid: promises

Chancellor Sajid Javid has pledged to raise the National Living Wage to £10.50 within the next five years and invest millions in infrastructure.

Mr Javid said four million workers would benefit from raising the hourly rate from its current £8.21 and lowering the age threshold for those who qualify from 25 to 21.

He promised that the Tories would make Britaijn the first major economy to end low pay. The Tories renamed the National Minimum Wage as the National Living Wage in 2016.

Mr Javid’s announcement was met with a promise from Labour that it would introduce a £10 minimum immediately if it was elected as the next government.

John McDonnel, Shadow Chancellor, said: “This pathetic attempt at catch-up by the Conservatives will fool nobody.

“Labour will introduce £10 as a minimum as soon as we take office and, rising with living costs, it will mean everybody over 16 years of age will be earning comfortably more than £10.50 an hour by 2024.”

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