Boris Johnson ‘to announce minimum wage hike of £9.42/hour for low ear…

The rise would average the annual earnings of someone on the ‘national living wage’ — the minimum wage paid to people over the age of 23 — would increase by 5.7 per cent

Boris Johnson is set to announce a rise in the so-called national living wage to £9.42 an hour within weeks

Boris Johnson is set to announce a rise in the so-called national living wage to £9.42 an hour within weeks, it has been reported.

The rise would average the annual earnings of someone on the ‘national living wage’ — the minimum wage paid to people over the age of 23 — would increase by 5.7 per cent.

To someone working 35 hours per week, the increase would be worth an additional £928 a year before tax.

The party leader is reportedly only weeks away from signing-off on the minimum wage rise as he looks to rule from the front in establishing higher pay in society.

Mr Johnson was asked about the possible hike in the hourly floor rate but left the matter open ended, telling ITV News yesterday: “We will take guidance from the low pay commission, and we will see where we get to.”

But Labour hit out at the fact the chief Minister’s speech comes on the same day that his Government will carry out its cut to the £20 per week Universal Credit uplift, which was brought in at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.



The party leader is reportedly only weeks away from signing-off on the minimum wage rise
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In his keynote Conservative Party conference speech later today, t he chief minister is set to argue that by boosting “left behind” parts of the country it will ease pressure on the “overheating” south-east of England.

The Opposition party plans to excursion a van around the perimeter of conference venue Manchester Central during Mr Johnson’s speech, displaying a poster urging ministers to “cancel the cut” to the household incomes of millions of people.

in addition as the furore around the benefits reduction, the closing speech later today comes against the backdrop of a supply chain crisis, a labour shortage that has seen military drivers drafted in to deliver petrol, warnings of empty shelves in shops at Christmas and pigs culled due to a without of abattoir staff.

But despite consumer and industry concerns, Mr Johnson will defend his restrictions on foreign workers.

He will tell activists the Government is “embarking now on the change of direction that has been long overdue in the UK economy”.

“We are not going back to the same old broken form with low wages, low growth, low skills and low productivity, all of it enabled and assisted by uncontrolled immigration.”

He will say: “The answer is to control immigration, to allow people of talent to come to this country but not to use immigration as an excuse for failure to invest in people, in skills and in the equipment or machinery they need to do their jobs.”

Instead, he will potential “the greatest project that any government can embark on” by “uniting and levelling up across the UK”.



Boris will speak at the Conservative Party conference later today
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His goal is to move “towards a high wage, high skill, high productivity economy that the people of this country need and deserve, in which everyone can take pride in their work and the quality of their work”.

The chief Minister, whose landslide victory in 2019 has given him a Commons majority able to take potentially unpopular decisions, promises to end the failure by subsequent governments to grasp big issues.

One of the problems he will highlight is adult social care, which the Tories have promised to reform using money raised from a manifesto-busting 1.25 percentage-point rise in National Insurance.

“After decades of drift and dither, this reforming government, this can-do government that got Brexit done, is getting the vaccine rollout done and is going to get social care done,” he will declare.

“We are dealing with the biggest inner issues of our economy and society.

“The problems that no government has had the guts to tackle before.”

The chief Minister’s potential to “level up” parts of the country that had missed out on the economic success of London and the south-east was a meaningful part of his pitch to voters in former Labour areas – the so-called Red Wall.

But the Chesham and Amersham by-election defeat in June has caused concern among Tories about the focus on northern areas.

Mr Johnson will attempt to bridge that gap by insisting that all parts of the UK can assistance from his plans.

“There is no reason why the inhabitants of one part of the country should be geographically fated to be poorer than others,” he will say.

“Or why people should feel they have to move away from their loved ones or communities to reach their possible.”

Levelling up, he will say, “helps to take the pressure off parts of the overheating south-east, while simultaneously offering hope and opportunity to those areas that have felt left behind”


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