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Underpaid Workers Get Money Back

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8:58am 3rd June 2013

Over £180,000 has been given back to employees who were paid under the minimum wage across our region.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) say one employer in the South West had to give £50,000 back to 100 workers he underpaid.

The National Minimum Wage is currently £6.19 an hour for workers aged 21 and over. This will increase to £6.31 an hour from the 1st October 2013.

HMRC has ten National Minimum Wage compliance teams across the UK, working from 18 locations.  

In the 2012/13 financial year the Wales and South West team, based in Cardiff and Exeter, handled cases resulting in arrears of £186,968 being paid back and charged 82 employers with penalties.

Employment Minister, Jo Swinson told Wessex FM, "Paying less than the minimum wage is totally unacceptable. Whenever we find examples of businesses breaking the law we will crack down on them. Supporting fairness in the workplace is one of our key priorities and the National Minimum Wage is one way of making sure this happens. It supports as many workers as possible without damaging their employment prospects, which is why effectively enforcing the minimum wage is critically important in making sure it stays a success."

She added, "The figures from last year show that HMRC can really help individuals who have been underpaid to claim back the money they are owed."

HMRC are encouraging anyone with questions to call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368

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