Jeremy Hunt confirms pay rise for 2 million workers as he announces National Living Wage commitment

Jeremy Hunt talks about National Living Wage at Conservative Party conference

Jeremy Hunt has confirmed the National Living Wage will rise to at least £11 an hour

Jessica Sheldon

By Jessica Sheldon

Published: 02/10/2023

- 10:57

Updated: 02/10/2023

- 14:30

The national living wage sets out the minimum amount workers aged 23 and over can be paid per hour

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that the National Living Wage will rise to at least £11 an hour next year.

The increase means a pay rise of £1,000 a year for over 23s on the lowest wages.

The National Living Wage is currently £10.42 per hour, while the National Minimum Wage is an hourly rate of £5.28 for under 18s and £7.49 for 18 to 20-year-olds and £10.18 for 21 to 22-year-olds.

The National Minimum Wage applies to those who are of at least school-leaving age, but who are not yet 23 years old.

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In a speech at the Conservative Party Conference today, Mr Hunt said that whatever the Low Pay Commission’s recommendation for the National Living Wage next year is, the Government “will increase it next year to at least £11 an hour”.

He added: “That is a pay rise for over two million workers.”

While an increase is welcomed by the campaigning organisation Living Wage Foundation, its director Katherine Chapman, said it falls short of the “real Living Wage” – a voluntary rate which is based on the cost of living.

Ms Chapman said: “A rise in the statutory National Living Wage from next April is welcome news for low paid workers, but may fall short of the real Living Wage next year, the only rate that is independently calculated based on the cost of living.

"The new real Living Wage rates will be announced later this month on October 24, where we expect a significant increase.”

The real Living Wage is calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission.

Nearly 14,000 employers pay the real Living Wage to more than 400,000 employees.

The hourly UK Living Wage is currently £10.90, and £11.95 in London.

Once the new Living Wage rates for 2023-24 are announced, employers will have six months to implement the new rates.

Elsewhere in his speech, the Chancellor also pledged to "look again" at benefit sanctions, which could make it harder for some people to get support from the state.

The Chancellor will deliver his 2023 Autumn Statement in the House of Commons next month, on November 22.

Jeremy Hunt in Downing Street

Jeremy Hunt will deliver the Autumn Statement 2023 on November 22


Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester this morning, the Chancellor exclusively told GB News there will not be tax cuts for Britons this year exclusively told GB News there will not be tax cuts for Britons this year.

He told GB News presenters Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster that there is "no shortcut to tax cuts".

Mr Hunt continued: "We've got to be more efficient with the way we spend taxpayers’ money, and I'll be talking about that today.

“If I gave a big tax cut this year, it would be inflationary, because you'll be putting money in people's pockets which would boost up demand, which would ultimately mean prices go up as well."

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