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Up to 20,000 nursery workers are illegally being paid below the minimum wage in England, analysis of government data by a childcare charity suggests

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The Department for Education data shows 10% of nursery staff earn less than £7.20 an hour the minimum for over-25s. The Family and Childcare Trust says the government must ensure the nurseries it subsidises do not flout the law. The sector is outraged by these suggestions saying that data was collected prior to the Living Wage increases last year and so is not accurate. Nursery World have reported the responses from Pre-school Learning Alliance and the National Day Nurseries Association who have both written in very strong terms against the findings. You can follow the links to read the BBC report and also the Nursery World report and the PLA response.

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