Low Pay Commission

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The LPC was established in July 1997 by the Labour government to recommend the level at which the National Minimum Wage (NMW) should be introduced and how it should be applied to young workers. The remit of the LPC also required it to take into account the likely social and economic consequences of the NMW and to consider the impact on levels of employment, inflation, the competitiveness of UK industry, and costs to business and the Exchequer. The LPC continues to recommend the level of the NMW to the UK government and to review its operation and impact. The Commission is a tripartite body made up of business and trade union representatives and independent academics. It is believed by some to represent a significant move towards social partnership within the UK industrial relations.

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