15 April 2015
No one earning the minimum wage will have to pay income tax, according to the Conservative Party's manifesto published this week.
If the Conservatives retain power, they have said they will ease the burden of taxation by raising the tax-free personal allowance - the amount you can earn before you start paying tax - to £12,500. This means those on the minimum wage will not pay income tax.
The party's manifesto pledges that it will pass a law so that the personal allowance automatically rises in line with the National Minimum wage.
The government has already pledged three million new apprenticeships in a bid "to achieve full employment in the UK".
The Labour Party and the Green Party also released manifestos this week. The Green Party's pledged to outlaw zero-hours contracts and raise the minimum wage, "so that the jobs taken by unemployed people are above a minimum standard".