Guernsey minimum wage increase approved

A review of the impact of Guernsey's minimum wage on the social security system is to be carried out amid concerns it is still too low.

The States has agreed to increase the adult rate by 15p to £6.30 an hour from 1 October and to drop the age for those it applies to from 19 to 18.

Deputies also approved a 14p rise to £4.50 an hour for those aged 16-17.

Commerce and employment minister said his department would carry out the review after concerns were raised.

Some deputies were worried the level was too low and meant workers had to rely on state benefits.

Deputy Kevin Stewart said it was not meant to be a living wage, but the extent of its impact on benefits and the island's economy would be investigated.

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