AN EAST Lancashire MP has praised the impact that rises in the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage will have on his constituents.

National Living Wage for those aged 23 and over has increased by 2.2 per cent from £8.72 and hour to £8.91,

The government estimated it will see a pay rise for 266,000 workers across North-West.

Burnley Conservative MP Antony Higginbotham said: “The last twelve months have been incredibly difficult for workers across Burnley and Padiham, but as we recover from the pandemic, we’re determined to put more money into the pockets of our lowest-paid workers.

“These increases will benefit many, giving them a much needed pay rise as we steadily reopen the economy and get more people back to work.

“It will help to protect the lowest paid and put more money in the pockets of hard-working families, supporting our local recovery as we build back better from this pandemic.”