Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Low Pay Commission
204. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will bring forward legislation this term to change the Low Pay Commission into a living wage commission; and if he will simultaneously expand the membership of the commission to include a representative of the living wage technical group. [30365/20]
The Programme for Government includes a commitment to progress to a living wage over the lifetime of the Government.
Consideration is now being given to how best to take forward this initiative and I recently met with the Low Pay Commission to discuss options for progressing this commitment and the role the Commission can play in meeting the commitment to progress to a living wage.
I recently confirmed that, as part of this initiative, consideration is being given to transforming the Low Pay Commission into a Living Wage Commission.
Issues regarding the legislative basis and the composition of such a Commission are currently being considered.