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Commenting on the new national minimum wage rates which come into force today (Wednesday), TUC Regional Secretary in the South West Nigel Costley said: 

"We are all indebted to the army of minimum wage heroes in the South West. Many – including care workers, supermarket staff, and delivery drivers – are currently on the frontline of the battle against coronavirus. They deserve every penny of this increase, and more. 

“Before the pandemic, thousands of workers were already struggling to make ends meet. And now in this crisis, we’re sure even more will face financial hardship.

“The best way to show our respect to our brilliant key workers is to get the minimum wage up to a real living wage as soon as possible.”

Editors note

The new NMW rates that apply from today (Wednesday 1 April 2020) are: 


April 2019 

April 2020 

Age 25 and above 















*16 year olds above school leaving age 

**Apprentices below age 18 and older apprentices in first year of training. Other apprentices are entitled to the relevant age-based minimum wage rate. 

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