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Chair of Low Pay Commission: there are areas we just can’t access

Bryan Sanderson advises the government on the minimum wage. He discussed the problem of enforcement and how Brexit could erode years’ worth of progress

By Alex Dean  

Sanderson speaking at an event in 2018. Photo: Richard Gardner

The introduction of the minimum wage in 1999 was one of New Labour’s greatest achievements. Overnight, millions of workers saw their pay leap up. Such was the level of success that in 2015 a Conservative Chancellor tried to get in on the act: George Osborne announced in his Budget a new national living wage.

This was really just a rebranding, but it confirmed that today there is something approaching consensus on the idea of a legal minimum. Few politicians on either…

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