Pay rise for East Renfrewshire workers

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Those earning the National Living Wage in East Renfrewshire are set for a pay rise, as the UK Government has accepted the Low Pay Commission recommendations.

The new rates, which will come into effect on April 1 , will see an employee over 25 given a 4.4 per cent hike in their pay packett, while an apprentice on the National Minimum Wage will see the biggest rise at 5.7 per cent.

In East Renfrewshire, it is estimated that 2,000 employees earn the National Living Wage, accounting for around nine per cent of those in work in the constituency.

Local MP Paul Masterton said: “This is good news for workers in East Renfrewshire, and with the personal allowance also going up it will mean workers keeping more of their hard-earned money. Since coming into Government in 2010, the Conservative Party has increased the National Minimum Wage by more than 24 per cent and taken many workers out of income tax all together.

“This income boost will be particularly welcome at a time when many of these workers will be hit by significant increases in their Council Tax as a result of decisions taken by the Scottish Government and the SNP/Labour Council administration.”