Earlier this week, it was announced that the government has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission to increase the national minimum wage.
The national minimum wage will be increased by 12p for adults, lifting it from £6.19 per hour to £6.31 per hour. It will also increase by 5p to £5.03 per hour for 18-to-20-year-olds and by 3p to £2.68 per hour for apprentices.
These rises will take effect in October 2013.
You can find comments from business organisations, business leaders and politicians about national minimum wage increase on BBC website.