Low Pay Commission


The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is an independent body in the United Kingdom, established in 1997, that advises the government on the National Minimum Wage. It is an advisory non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

History and roleEdit

The LPC was established in July 1997 on a non-statutory basis before being confirmed in legislation by the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.

Each year, the LPC advises the government on what rates the different minimum wages in the UK should be, announcing its recommendation six months before it would come into force. It is then up to the government to accept or reject the LPC's recommendations. In the past, the government has usually accepted the wage levels advocated by the LPC.[1]


The LPC consists of nine Low Pay Commissioners who are selected by BEIS. The Commissioners are a mixture of employers, trade unionists and academics.[2]


Proposals for reformEdit

In March 2014 the Resolution Foundation issued the report More Than A Minimum which proposed that the LPC's role should be expanded to include publishing the following:

  • An indication of its intentions for the minimum wage one year ahead.
  • Analysis to show which sectors of the economy could afford to pay more than the minimum wage to encourage wage rises.
  • Advice for government on low pay policy in the same way that the Office of Budget Responsibility influences fiscal policy.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Minimum wage: The Low Pay Commission backs a 3% increase". BBC News. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Low Pay Commission: About". gov.uk. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  3. ^ Hencke, David (27 March 2009). "Margaret Thatcher adviser takes role as Low Pay Commission chairman". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 May 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Bryan Sanderson appointed interim Chairman of the Low Pay Commission". GOV.UK. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Mr Bryan Sanderson". GOV.UK. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  6. ^ Alan Tovey (12 March 2014). "Low Pay Commission needs shake-up to keep up with changing world". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 March 2014.

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