Trade Bodies Urge Caution on Future Living Wage Rises

FWD and a group of trade associations representing the interests of over 388,185 businesses, employing 4,450,282 people, have written to the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark, urging caution over planned increases in the National Living Wage in the next four years. 

In the letter, the group raises concerns that the current plan for increases in the National Living Wage will damage employment prospects in a wide range of sectors, and calls for the Low Pay Commission to be handed back the power to objectively assess the impact of wage rates on businesses. 

The letter has also called on the Secretary of State to create a new steering group to allow businesses to talk to government about the impact of the Living Wage. 

Read and download the letter here

The letter has been signed by:  

Federation of Wholesale Distributors

Association of Convenience Stores

Federation of Small Businesses

Forum of Private Business

National Farmers’ Union

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers

British Beer and Pub Association

British Hospitality Association

Care England

British Holiday & Home Parks Association

Glass and Glazing Federation

Charity Finance Group

National Care Forum

Mental Health Providers Forum

National Day Nurseries Association

National Federation of Meat and Food Traders

British Compressed Air Society

Scottish Grocers Federation

National Federation of Retail Newsagents

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