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In the long term, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) should aspire to be a living wage that keeps people out of poverty. This requires above inflation and average earnings growth increases as a standard approach for the annual uprating of the NMW. Attention must continue to be paid to the enforcement of the NMW. The rates at which the NMW are paid are vitally important, but the fight against in-work poverty will not be successful if these rates are not enforced.

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