Check payslips ahead of National Living Wage changes, goverment urges

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The UK government is urging workers to take steps to make sure they receive the new National Living Wage next month, after research reveals nearly one third of people never check their payslips.

The warning comes just over a week before the National Living Wage is increased by 50p to £7.20 for workers aged 25 and over.

A survey for the government’s Step Up Britain campaign finds that 32% of the lowest paid employees fail to check their earnings.

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When it comes to checking payslips across the UK, those least likely to check were in the North-West and East of England, where 41% of workers failed to do so. Just behind them were those in the West Midlands (40%) and London (37%).

Those most likely to check their payslips were in the North-East, where just 11% never bothered, followed by Wales and the South-West of England (21%), Northern Ireland (24%), Scotland (25% and Yorkshire and Humber (26%).

On the back of these findings, the government has advised workers to take three step to make sure they are eligible to receive the pay increase:

Visit www.livingwage.gov.uk to check if you are eligible
Use the website’s online calculator to see how much more you will be paid
Check your payslip after 1 April; if you don’t receive the extra, speak to your boss or talk to Acas for advice.

The Step Up For Britain campaign was launched in January to highlight the introduction of the National Living Wage on 1 April.

More than one million workers are set to directly benefit from the increase and many on a full time wage will see pay packets rise by up to £900 a year.

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