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Is it fair to pay under-25s less for doing the same job?

Should young people be paid the same minimum wage as older colleagues? Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Should young people be paid the same minimum wage as older colleagues? Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Young people from Norfolk will make the case for the minimum wage to be extended to under-25s to a city MP tonight.

Members of the Norwich Youth Advisory Board will discuss the issues with Norwich South MP Clive Lewis, ahead of a bill coming to Parliament in July.

The minimum hourly wage for over-25s is currently £7.83, falling to £7.38 for 21 to 24-year-olds, and £5.90 for 18 to 20-year-olds, even in roles where the duties are the same.

Jaz Mickleburgh, chairman of the Norwich YAB, said: “This is such an important issue for so many young people and from personal experience I know just how difficult it can be as a young person to get by on a minimum wage – we still have to pay for rent, bills, food and necessities, so why does that mean we should be paid any less?

“I hope that MPs across Norfolk listen to young people on issues such as this, and events like the Norwich YABs equal wage debate seeks to make it more accessible for young people to share their views and let representatives know what it’s like to be a young person in today’s society.”

Ruby Staton, young commissioner on the Norwich YAB, said: “This generation’s young people are the next generation’s voters. This level of inclusion is so important, especially on an issue like this which massively and directly affects the lives of young people. “Hopefully this event will encourage greater political involvement and inspire the next generation of voters.”

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