Autumn Statement: Millions to get pay rise as living wage is hiked to more than £10 an hour, Hunt confirms | The Sun

JEREMY Hunt confirmed a boost to the national living wage beginning next April.

The Chancellor revealed plans for a 10% hike, which will see the threshold rise from £9.50 to £10.42 an hour.

The move will mean a pay day for more than 2.5m Brits.

The national living wage is the minimum amount all employers have to pay staff aged 23 and over.

Those younger than 23 can be paid the national minimum wage instead, which is £9.18 for 21 – 22-year-olds and £6.83 for those aged 18 – 20.

The national living wage is different from the real living wage, which sits at £11.95 in London and £10.90 for the rest of the UK.

Read more about Jeremy Hunt's budget on the Autumn Statement live blog

The real living wage is set by the charity Living Wage Foundation, and isn't compulsory for bosses to follow.

However, 11,000 UK businesses voluntarily pay it to staff members.

Mr Hunt gave more details about the living wage hike during his Autumn Statement.

The Chancellor said: “High inflation is the enemy of stability. It means higher mortgage rates, more expensive food and fuel bills, businesses failing and unemployment rising. It erodes savings, causes industrial unrest, and cuts funding for public services. It hurts the poorest the most and eats away at the trust upon which a strong society is built."

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The budget detailed how the Treasury is going to fill an estimated £60bn black hole in the public purse.  

The gaping hole came about because of the pandemic, Mad Vlad Putin's war in Ukraine, soaring energy costs and Liz Truss' disastrous mini budget.

He attempted to address this through spending cuts and tax rises, including a hike in vehicle excise duty.

However, Mr Hunt is facing a growing revolt among Tory backbenchers over his 'scrooge' budget.

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Ex-Cabinet Minister Esther McVey said she would not vote to put up taxes on earners unless the £155billion “unnecessary vanity project” of HS2 is scrapped.

Other Tory MPs are also privately raging against the Chancellor’s “Austerity 2.0” package to tackle a £50billion hole in the national finances.

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