Christopher Pincher welcomes a rise in pay for Tamworth workers

Families in Tamworth can look forward to receiving a well-earned pay rise with a new National Living Wage (NLW) of £8.72 per hour from 1 April 2020, its biggest cash increase ever – and a rise from the current value of £8.21

In the West Midlands, 272,000 people will benefit from a pay rise– equivalent to 11.8 per cent of all workers across the region.

Nearly 3 million people across the country will benefit from a pay rise of 6.2 per cent in April 2020 – an increase of £930 over the year for a full-time worker on the NLW, and of £3,600 since the Conservatives introduced the NLW in 2016.

The rise means the Conservative government is on track to meet its current target and previous manifesto commitment for the NLW to reach 60 per cent of median earnings by 2020. But there is more to do, which is why the NLW will increase further to £10.50 by 2024 on current forecasts.

The Chancellor has announced his plans to expand the reach of the NLW to cover workers aged 21 and over within five years, benefitting around 4 million people.

By getting Brexit done, this People’s One Nation Conservative Government will start repaying the trust placed in us by the people of this county, we will help people with the cost of living:

  • Bring in a ‘triple tax lock’ – meaning the rate of income tax, VAT or National Insurance will not be raised throughout the lifetime of the next Parliament;
  • Increase the National Insurance threshold to £9,500 next year saving people approximately £100;
  • Establish a £1 billion Flexible Childcare Fund, helping hardworking parents manage their work and family commitments.

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said:

“Hard work should always pay, but for too long, people haven’t seen the pay rises they deserve.

“Our government will put a stop to that, giving nearly three million people from Edinburgh to Eastbourne a well-earned pay rise, including the biggest ever cash boost to the National Living Wage.

“But that’s not all. As we enter a new decade, we’re setting our sights higher, to help people earn more over the next five years and level up access to opportunity across our great country.”

 

Tamworth’s MP, Christopher has joined the Prime Minister in welcoming the announcement, saying:

“This is exactly the kind of news people across our area want to hear. Tamworth deserves a pay rise and I’m very proud to be part of a Conservative party that is delivering the higher-wage, lower-tax economy we all want to see.

“We’re backing hard work and aspiration – creating opportunity for hardworking people across the country This People’s Government will start repaying the trust placed in us and delivering on people’s priorities, building a better Britain for everyone in this country, regardless of how they voted.”