This paper tracks the evolving impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the labour market.
A Bill to make provision about the national minimum wage; and for connected purposes.
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The second reading paper may be updated as the Bill goes through Parliament; alternatively additional papers will be added to this page to reflect the Bill’s progress
The National Minimum Wage Bill: What it is, why it’s needed, and how it could be strengthened, Institute of Employment Rights, 29 October 2020
Why I’m introducing the national minimum wage bill, By Paula Barker MP, Labour List, 27 October 2020
Private Members’ Bill ballot , 9 January 2020
The National Minimum Wage: rates and enforcement, House of Commons Library Briefing, 11 April 2018
Progress of Bill – Parliamentary website. Text of Bill etc.
Parliamentary material on the minimum wage 2018– questions, debates etc.
Minimum wage, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
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Please note: for information on accessing food banks and food parcels during the pandemic please see our briefing Coronavirus: Support for household finances. For an account of developments in food bank activity over the crisis period see section 2 of this paper, Food Banks in the UK. Recent research means we have increasing amounts of data on food banks, giving us a fuller picture of their provision across the UK, and providing a more detailed picture of the characteristics of food bank users.
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.