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.
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
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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