Apprentices to get the minimum wage

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Derbyshire County Council has announced it will now pay its apprentices the minimum wage.

Apprentices at the council are currently paid an hourly rate of £2.65 which is the apprenticeship rate established under The National Minimum Wage Regulations.

Cllr Kevin Gillott, the Labour Deputy Leader, said: “It is quite frankly appalling that for the last four years the Derbyshire Tories have been paying our apprentices only £2.65 an hour.”

The Labour group also announced a number of measures to help the apprentices get to work after it was found that often wages do not cover transport costs.