Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he has had with businesses to encourage the paying of the living wage.
Answer: Nicholas Boles, The Minister for Universities and Science, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Jointly with the Department for Education)
From April 2016, the Government will introduce a new National Living Wage for all workers aged 25 and over.
This will mean that 6 million people will see their pay rise over this Parliament with a cash increase for a full-time worker of around £5,000.
We continue to support and encourage employers to pay more if they can afford it.