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Pay day? Tackling Britain’s longstanding low pay problems
Tue 18 October 2016, 15:00 – 16:30 BST
Keynote speech from Business Minister Margot James
Britain has among the highest proportion of low paid workers in any advanced economy – a record that has barely changed in 20 years.
The National Living Wage will transform the countries’ low pay landscape and boost the pay of around six million workers. But will plans to raise the wage floor change amidst the current economic uncertainty the country faces? The NLW also brings huge challenges for employers. What can government do to ensure its success? And what else can be done to help workers escape low pay altogether?
At an event in Westminster to launch the Resolution Foundation’s report Low Pay Britain 2016, the Business Minister Margot James, who has responsibility for the National Living Wage, will deliver a keynote speech outlining the new government's strategy to help those on low pay earn more today and progress out of low pay. A panel of experts will then debate the kind of action needed to take on Britain’s low pay challenge.
David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation
Margot James, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility
Kate Bell, Head of Economics at the TUC
Seamus Nevin, Institute of Directors
Conor D'Arcy, Resolution Foundation
Geilgud Room, QEII centre, Westminster
Doors open at 3pm when drinks will be served.