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    Im on an apprenticeship scheme which pays £85 a week and includes (as stated in my contract) free accomodation and free 3 meals a day.

    As I understand, the new apprenticeship minimum wage has now been raised to £95 a week. My employer is claiming that they are actually paying me £116.22 a week but deducting £31.22 per week for accomodation (resulting in the original £85 a week) and so they are saying they dont need to raise my final weekly pay as i am 'apparently' paid this £116.22.

    MY question is are they allowed to bypass the apprenticeship minimum wage in this way? Especially when my contract states that I will be recieveing free accomodation rather then having the cost of it deducted from my pay.

    Many thanks.
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    Free means free, they can't deduct anything. Contact the Citizens Advice Bureau. They'll be able to help more than i can

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    If your contract states that you will receive free accomodation then why are they deducting £31.22 per week for accomodation?
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    (Original post by sleekchic)
    If your contract states that you will receive free accomodation then why are they deducting £31.22 per week for accomodation?
    I do wonder
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    If your contract says free accomodation then you are entitled to the wage increase!

    Althought is it worth pissing off your employer for an extra £10 a week as they may then change your contract and withdraw the free accomodation!
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    (Original post by jsoh?)
    If your contract says free accomodation then you are entitled to the wage increase!

    Althought is it worth pissing off your employer for an extra £10 a week as they may then change your contract and withdraw the free accomodation!
    They cant just change the contract whenever they want, surely.
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    (Original post by Reue)
    They cant just change the contract whenever they want, surely.
    No they can't but it must come up for renewal at some point...

    For me personally £10 a week isn't enough to put a strain on my working relationship if they are going to be difficult about it, but it depends on your circumstances and whether it is really needed or not!
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    I'm not an expert but I believe they're right. The accommodation probably counts as "benefit in kind" and as such might well count towards minimum wage.

    However I wouldn't take my word on it, I suggest calling the Minimum Wage Hotline on 0845 6000 678 and asking them.
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    See here - employers can deduct some accommodation money and remain within the NMW.

    However, as ttx said, the help line would be able to advise you.
 
 
 
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