Alun Cairns Welcomes Pay Rise for Workers in the Vale

Families in the Vale of Glamorgan can look forward to receiving a well-earned pay rise with a new National Living Wage (NLW) thanks to the UK Conservative Government.  From 1 April 2020 it will rise to £8.72 per hour, its biggest cash increase ever – and an increase from the current value of £8.21.

Mr Cairns has welcomed the increase in the National Living Wage as the first in a series of measures that he says will support workers in the Vale. Other measures include a ‘triple tax lock’ – meaning the rate of income tax, VAT or National Insurance will not be raised throughout the lifetime of the next Parliament.

In Wales, 149,000 people will benefit from a pay rise– equivalent to 12.3 per cent of all workers across the region.

The Vale MP said, “I’ve been keen to support job creation in the Vale and I am equally keen to ensure that people are well paid. We want to end low pay and put more money in the pockets of hard-working families. The Vale deserves a pay rise and I’m very proud to be part of a Conservative party that is delivering the higher-wage, lower-tax economy we all want to see.”

He added, “We’re backing hard work and aspiration – creating opportunity for hardworking people across the country. This latest rise will mean that since we introduced the National Living Wage in 2016, the lowest paid will have had a wage increase of more than £3,600. We’re repaying the trust placed in us and delivering on people’s priorities.”