The government has announced what it called "the biggest cash increase ever" in the National Living Wage rate, which will take effect from April. The National Living Wage will rise by 51p from its current rate of £8.21, to £8.72 per hour.

The new rates are: for people aged 25 and above up 6.2% to £8.72; for 21-24 year olds up 6.5% to £8.20; for 18-20 year olds up 4.9% to £6.45; for under 18s up 4.6% to £4.55; and for apprentices up 6.4% to £4.15. The new rates were recommended by the Low Pay Commission.