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New National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates and New Vento bands

Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton

New rates in force from 1 April 2022

The new National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates to be in force from 1 April 2022 are as below:

Worker’s age                                                                                            Current rate       From April 2022

Workers aged 23 and over (the National Living Wage)                   £8.91                  £9.50

21-22 year olds £8.36    £9.18

18-20 year olds £6.56    £6.83

16-17  year olds £4.62    £4.81

Apprentices aged under 19/in first year of apprenticeship            £4.30                  £4.81

New Vento bands for injury to feelings and psychiatric injury have been released by the Presidents of England & Wales and Scotland.

A fifth addendum to the Presidential Guidance (which was originally published on 5 September 2017) was published on 28 March 2022. The addendum updates, but does not otherwise replace, the first, second, third and fourth addenda, which remain relevant to claims presented before 6 April 2022.

The updated Vento bands, which apply to any claims presented on or after 6 April 2022, shall be as follows:

a lower band of £990 to £9,900 (less serious cases);

a middle band of £9,900 to £29,600 (cases that do not merit an award in the upper band); and

an upper band of £29,600 to £49,300 (the most serious cases), with the most exceptional cases capable of exceeding £49,300.

In respect of claims presented in Scotland, the bands remain subject to paragraph 12 of the Presidential Guidance issued on 5 September 2017.

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