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National minimum wage to go up from April

Employees on minimum wage will see their salary increase this April, the chancellor has announced.

Setting out his Spring Budget in the Commons this afternoon, Rishi Sunak confirmed a raft of new measures to help the country get through the final months of Covid-19 restrictions.

From April 1, workers aged 23 and over will see their salary increase to £8.91 per hour.

The age threshold has also been lowered from 25 to 23 and over.

Currently, over 25s receive £8.72 an hour, while those aged between 21 and 24 receive £8.20.

Under the new rules, those aged between 21 to 22 will receive £8.36, workers aged between 18 to 20 will get £6.56 – up from £6.45.

Under 18s will get £4.62 – a rise from £4.55 – and apprentices will receive £4.30, up from £4.15.

The chancellor added that the £20 weekly increase for Universal Credit will continue for a further six months.

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