People in Nottingham have given a lukewarm reception to the wage increases announced in the Budget.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond announced a rise in the minimum wage across all age groups during his budget announcement.
The wage increase for young people is a positive thing according to Alan Smith.
The retired Nottingham resident said: “For somebody my age we tend to write these things off because when we were young you could always get another job if you didn’t like it that’s not the case now.
“They’re powerless aren’t they.”
The manager of Bun Mii Coffee in Hockley, Robert Wilson, was also supportive of the wage increase, but thinks that the amount it was rising by might not be enough.
He said “Despite the wage increase being negative from a manager’s point of view, it’s always good to know that your employees are getting paid more.
“Wages aren’t as high they should be with the cost of living rising, and 33p per hour isn’t going to affect us much.”
Mr Wilson’s concerns are also shared by Angela Nurse, 21, who works at Bagel Nash on Wheeler Gate.
“I think those who support the current government will say that the wage increase is a good thing, but realistically nothing much will change.
“Prices are still going to rise and people still won’t be able to afford certain things regardless of the increase.”
The Living Wage for over 25-year-olds will increase by 33p to £7.83, having been set at £7.50 since April 2016, a percentage rise of 4.4 per cent.
“Making work pay is core to the philosophy of this Government,” Mr Hammond said during his budget speech to Parliament.
Also announced in the budget were increases across all age ranges, with 21-24 year olds minimum pay being risen to £7.38, £5.90 for 18-20 year olds and £4.20 for 16-17 year olds.
A wage increase was also announced for apprentices, with their wages rising to £3.70 an hour.
The MP for Runnymede and Weybridge said that the Government was “supporting our young people with the largest increase in youth rates in 10 years and delivering a pay rise for over 2 million minimum wage workers”.
In his response to the budget, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn attacked the government’s record, saying that due to inflation “pay is now lower than it was in 2010, and wages are now falling again,” he said.
“Five and a half million workers earn less than the living wage – one million more than five years ago.”