National minimum wage to rise by 20p an hour to £6.70

The government has announced that the national minimum wage will increase by 20p an hour to £6.70 from October.

The hourly rate for younger workers will also rise, and for apprentices it will go up by 20% – or 57p – to £3.30 an hour.

The rates were recommended by the Low Pay Commission but the government has gone further than the 7p an hour increase suggested for apprentices.