INCREASES to the minimum wage have been welcomed by Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.
He said the minimum wage was a flagship Labour Party policy and it would make a real difference to thousands of people in Huddersfield and millions of people across the country.
From October 1 this year the adult minimum wage hourly rate will increase from £4.50 to £4.85.
The youth rate for 18 to 21 year olds will be increased from £3.80 to £4.10.
And a new minimum wage for 16- to 17-year-olds will also be introduced set at an hourly rate of £3.
"Raising the existing adult and youth minimum wage levels will bring a real change to these people's lives, and the new rate for 16 to 17 year olds mean the protection of a minimum wage is now extended to more people than ever before," said Mr Sheerman.
"Younger workers are more likely to be exploited by unscrupulous bosses so I am very pleased they will have the protection of a new minimum wage."
Anyone who thinks they are not being paid the minimum wage should call the helpline on 0845 6000 678.