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The Low Pay Commission is an independent body, the main function of which is to advise the Government on the appropriate rate of the National Minimum Wage.

The Commission has also been requested, as part of its 2017 work programme, to review the allowances for board and lodgings provided for under the National Minimum Wage Act 2000. These allowances are amounts which an employer is permitted to deduct from wages where meals or accommodation are provided by the employer. Further information on the board and lodging rates can be found here.

In this regard the Commission is now seeking submissions from interested parties in relation to these matters.
1. The allowances for board and lodgings provided for under the National Minimum Wage - Closing Date Tuesday 10th January 2017
2. The National Minimum Wage – Closing Date Thursday 9th February 2017

Your comments, observations and submissions should be submitted, preferably by electronic mail, to:, or by post to the Low Pay Commission, Room 207A, Davitt House Adelaide Road Dublin 2. Please include this Submission Cover Page with your submission.

Please note that all comments, observations and submissions received will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2014. Consequently, when submitting material, parties should identify any information which they consider should not be released, and identify the grounds under the Act which support the non-release of the information. In general, our policy is to make responses to our consultation available on our website following the review.

We may also quote from submissions in our reports, and will list the names of those who have made submissions.