Welcoming the rise in the National Living Wage

The MP for Angus, has welcomed a revolutionary change to the National Living Wage which will increase the pay of some 159,000 Scots.

On Monday, the National Living Wage (NLW) increased by the highest rate since it was introduced in 2015 – up almost 5% to £8.21 an hour.

Full-time workers on NLW will be more than £2,750 better off a year compared to 2015.

And the National Minimum Wage has increased to £7.70 for 21 to 24-year olds, £6.15 for 18 to 20-year olds, £4.35 for 16 to 17-year olds, and £3.90 for apprentices,

Scottish Conservative MP Kirstene Hair, said the measures will directly benefit a total of 2.1 million workers across the UK.

She said:

“The UK Government is determined to end low pay and ensure workers get a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

“Extra money in a family’s pockets will enhance their quality of life, and provide a direct boost to the local economy.

“This measure in Scotland will go some way to offsetting the effects of increased council tax charges, following the SNP government’s decision to cut local authority core funding in Angus.”