The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 have been laid before Parliament and will bring the National Living Wage into force on 1 April 2016.
As part of the July 2015 Budget, the government announced that it would introduce a premium, over and above the NMW, for workers aged 25 and over. This is known as the National living wage. The government will set the first premium in April 2016 at 50p which will effectively result in a higher rate of £7.20 for workers in the relevant age bracket.
The Regulatory Policy Committee, an independent public body that studies Government proposals, has found that the plan to raise hourly wages for low-paid workers will cost private-sector employers £1.1 billion.