Minister Kelly Tolhurst helps to bring in the biggest increase to National Living Wage ever

Today, 1.8 million workers will benefit from the biggest increase in the National Living Wage (NLW) since its creation – thanks to the work of Minister Kelly Tolhurst and other Conservative ministers.

The hourly rate for adults aged 25 and older has risen from £7.83 to £8.21, which works out as an extra £690 a year. This means that a full-time worker will be £2,750 better off than in 2015.

Kelly Tolhurst MP, in her capacity as the Minister for Small Business, Consumers, and Corporate Responsibility, has helped to bring forward this increase through changing the legislation to increase the National Living Wage. This work forms part of the Government’s commitment to protect the UK’s lowest paid workers through its modern Industrial Strategy.

Minister Tolhurst said:

“I am proud that this Conservative Government is delivering for the lowest paid workers in our country. Rising by almost 5%, this is the biggest increase for the lowest paid in twenty years.

“I have been part of bringing forward these increases through my ministerial work and am pleased that this change will help hardworking people up and down the country to get a fair day’s pay.”