By Daniel Hunter

The Government has written to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) today (Thursday) setting out its remit for its 2013 Report.

The LPC will continue to monitor, evaluate and review the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and its impact, and review the levels of each of the different minimum wage rates.

As part of its remit the Government has asked the independent body to:

· Pay particular attention to youth employment, including those in apprenticeships

· Review the regulations for salaried workers and consider whether they can be simplified

· Review the regulations that apply where employers provide accommodation for their workers

The LPC will report to the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills by the end of February 2013.

“The Government is committed to the National Minimum Wage as it provides much needed protection for low paid workers and encourages those out of work, to get back into the labour market," Employment Relations Minister Norman Lamb, said.

"We have asked the LPC this year to monitor the impact of the NMW, consult with all interested parties, and to make recommendations for the Government to consider next year.”

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