Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Daily Record: Budget 2012 - Young Scots on minimum wage to have pay frozen as George Osborne gives rich a tax cut

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"The millionaire Tory Chancellor, christened Gideon, will hand a windfall to fat-cats earning more than £150,000 a year by slashing the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p in tomorrow’s (Wed 21 Mar) Budget.

But he has frozen the minimum wage for 16 and 17-year-olds at a paltry £3.68 an hour. And young workers aged 18 to 20 will get no rise in their £4.98 rate.

Adult workers will get a rise of just 11p an hour to £6.19. That’s a 1.8 per cent increase – half the current rate of inflation.

The rate for apprentices will rise by 5p – to £2.65 an hour.

It’s the first time since the minimum wage was introduced in 1998 that it has not risen by above inflation. Young workers have also seen a rise each year.

Some observers fear yesterday’s decisions are the thin end of the wedge, and that the Con-Dems will eventually undermine the minimum wage."

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