Employment / 14 March 2016

BBPA comments on National Minimum Wage changes

The British Beer & Pub Association has commented on today’s increases in the National Minimum Wage to take effect from October 2016 for those under the age of 25.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments:

“Given the introduction of the National Living Wage in April for those over 25, and following our discussions with the Low Pay Commission, increases were anticipated. They are above inflation, but not the seven per cent increase seen for those over 25.

“However, the increases will have an effect on the cost of employment for pubs, the majority of which are small businesses, so we need the Government to retain a clear focus on tax cuts, in particular beer duty, but also business rates, and a look at VAT in the hospitality sector.”

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