It is over 15 years since the national minimum wage regulations came into force and they have since been amended more than 20 times. As  part of its red tape challenge, the Government has decided to consolidate and simplify them and has  published the draft National Minimum Wage (Consolidation) Regulations for consultation. The  consultation closes on 15 September 2014 and the Government intends to lay the draft regulations  before Parliament by early 2015, with a view to them coming into force later in 2015.