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2nd October 2014 by Kate Bekir
The national minimum wage increases by 19p to £6.50 per hour for people aged 21 and over today (1 October 2014).
For 18- to 20-year-olds the rate changes from £5.03 per hour to £5.13. For 16- and 17-year-olds there is a rise of 7p to £3.79 per hour, while minimum apprenticeship rates see a 5p increase, bringing them to £2.73.
The improvements are based on advice given by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) in March of this year to increase the minimum wage by a higher rate than inflation for the first time since 2008.