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.... “The scope for optimisation also depends on numerous external factors such as the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and the implications that follow,” it said. In a separate development, Frank Field, the Labour MP and chairman of the House of Commons work and pensions committee, has written to the pensions regulator asking for assurances that the new pension arrangements for Tata Steel workers are adequately funded in the long term, and that members can be certain they will receive the reduced benefits that they are now being promised. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Tata Steel to merge European operations with ThyssenKrupp image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 07:49:04 AM
.... “The scope for optimisation also depends on numerous external factors such as the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and the implications that follow,” it said. In a separate development, Frank Field, the Labour MP and chairman of the House of Commons work and pensions committee, has written to the pensions regulator asking for assurances that the new pension arrangements for Tata Steel workers are adequately funded in the long term, and that members can be certain they will receive the reduced benefits that they are now being promised. ...
What's your experience of being in debt? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of September 2017 08:31:16 AM
....The debt charity StepChange said the percentage of its clients falling behind on payments went over 40% in the first half of 2017, while the average debt of the people it helps has also risen, from £14,251 in 2016 to £14,367 in the first half of the year. Students who started studying in England in 2012 are expected to leave university with debts of almost £40,000, according to a House of Commons Library paper. ...
Murdochs' £11.7bn Sky takeover bid referred to competition watchdog image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 09:38:30 AM
....7bn takeover of Sky has been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority for further investigation. The culture secretary, Karen Bradley, told the House of Commons of the decision two days after signalling her intention to pass the deal to the competition watchdog for six months of in-depth scrutiny. ...
Labour to force vote in Commons on scrapping public sector pay cap image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 10th of September 2017 11:26:31 AM
....“We keep getting briefings in newspapers and suggestions that the government is sympathetic and wants to do something, and ‘Oh, it’s terrible and we accept that but let’s see where we get to’. “We’re bringing a vote to the House of Commons on Wednesday and those Conservative members of parliament who have sincerely said they believe the pay cap should go, we’re calling on them to vote with us, and I’m calling on your viewers to lobby those Conservative members of parliament and let me know what they say. ...
Rupert Murdoch's proposed Sky takeover reaches endgame image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 3rd of September 2017 01:29:22 PM
....It is difficult to establish how much weight this argument has with Bradley. Her Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has remained tightlipped during the process and insiders on both sides of the House of Commons say Bradley is determined to do things by the book when considering the deal. ...
Brexit: UK hopes of autumn trade talks 'will be dashed', says Slovenian PM image
....Should the second phase of talks be delayed until December or January, as Cerar’s comments seem to suggest, Britain will be left with 10 months at best to find agreement on a transitional deal to prevent a cliff edge for business in March 2019, when the UK leaves the EU. In that period they will also need to scope out how a future comprehensive trade deal might work, before any withdrawal agreement is put to the European parliament and the House of Commons. ...
Tax return fines: HMRC wrongly hunts ONE MILLION taxpayers for late filing penalties  image
.... . Nicky Morgan MP, chairman of the House of Commons Treasury select committee, said her committee would consider an investigation into why HMRC had tried to fine innocent taxpayers. ...
New Tata Steel scheme secures pensions for 130,000 workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of August 2017 08:48:29 AM
....“We are satisfied that separation of the BSPS [pension fund] from Tata Steel is necessary to avoid an insolvency of Tata Steel UK Limited,” said Allan Johnston, chairman of the trustees. Frank Field, the chair of the House of Commons work and pensions select committee, said: “It is always disappointing when pension promises are not met in full, but this deal should be cautiously welcomed as potentially preserving jobs and providing more certainty for British Steel pensioners. ...
For the first time ever I am defending banks. Here’s why | John Harris image
....Meanwhile, even bigger anxieties swirl around. Some relate to the disastrous possibilities of a cliff-edge Brexit, glimpsed this week in the letter written to the House of Commons Treasury select committee by the deputy governor of the Bank of England in charge of the Prudential Regulation Authority, which essentially exists to prevent financial crises. ...
Uber and Deliveroo chiefs face new grilling by MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 10:18:54 AM
....Uber, Deliveroo and other representatives of the “gig economy” face fresh inquiries by British MPs, which will involve their senior executives being grilled by a parliamentary committee over the companies’ working conditions. Rachel Reeves, the new chair of the House of Commons business committee, told the Financial Times (£) one of her priorities was to look at the world of self-employment. ...
State pension changes will cost 7 million people £10,000 each image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of July 2017 11:01:20 PM
.... The change will affect Britons born between 1970 and 1978, who will now have to wait another year to receive their state pensions, a move which the government found would save £74bn. New analysis from the House of Commons library found that each person affected by the change stood to lose around £9,800, which Labour called “disgraceful and unjustified”. ...
Recruitment sector tax scheme liquidates hundreds more firms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 02:17:53 PM
....The voluntary liquidations of the companies linked to Anderson followed initial questions posed by HMRC’s fraud and investigation service last year, which asked Anderson for details about the large numbers of VAT registration applications made on behalf of its clients. The Guardian’s investigation triggered a series of parliamentary questions by Frank Field MP, the chairman of the House of Commons work and pensions select committee, who last week asked the chancellor: “What assessment has [the chancellor] made of HMRC’s ability to investigate and recover tax revenue lost to aggressive tax avoidance schemes promoted by the Anderson Group and others?”. ...
Forced to work until you are 68! State pension age rise brought forward SEVEN years image
...."Failing to address this now would only store up problems for future generations.  “The Government could well face a serious battle to get this unpopular measure through the House of Commons, however. ...
State pension age to increase seven years earlier than planned image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of July 2017 01:44:22 PM
....Britons born between 1970 and 1978 will have to wait an extra year, until they are 68, to claim their state pension, the government has announced. David Gauke, the work and pensions secretary, announced the controversial rise for about 7 million people in their late 30s and early 40s just before the House of Commons breaks up for its summer recess. ...
Workers’ rights need more protection in the gig economy | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 04:37:34 PM
....The Taylor review posits that people in the gig economy who choose to work at off-peak times should not necessarily be entitled to the minimum wage. But when I raised this in the House of Commons, the minister could not have been clearer in her assurance: “Minimum wages rates are sacrosanct. ...
British companies must have voices heard on Brexit, says MP image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of July 2017 05:26:11 PM
. Rachel Reeves, the chair of the House of Commons business select committee, says she will use her powerful new role to ensure Britain’s companies can make their voices heard on Brexit. ...
Pension changes: Anger as workers hit with 'OUTRAGEOUS' tax hikes  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 03:42:00 PM
.... "Cutting the MPAA is an unnecessary measure in the first place, but it is particularly unacceptable to do so with retrospective effect. "How were savers meant to know in May who was going to win the Election? "This is an arrogant announcement based on the assumption that the DUP will vote with the Government on tax measures and so any tax change can be got through the House of Commons. ...
Heathrow night flights to continue until third runway is built image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 12:54:07 PM
.... The transport select committee will also need to restart its inquiry into the policy, which is unlikely to begin until after the parliamentary summer and conference recesses. Theresa May’s loss of her majority is unlikely to significantly affect the chances of the vote passing through the House of Commons. ...
Chancellor urged to recover money lost from recruitment sector tax avoidance image
....The chancellor is being asked to reassure parliament that he will recover any monies lost to aggressive tax avoidance in the recruitment sector, after a Guardian investigation exposed how millions of pounds could be lost to the exchequer. Frank Field MP, who is due to be reconfirmed as the chairman of the House of Commons work and pensions select committee on Wednesday, is also asking the Treasury if it has calculated the impact on tax revenues of the liquidation of companies linked to Anderson Group, one of the recruitment sector’s leading financial services firms that promoted a scheme where almost 2,000 mini companies are now being simultaneously wound up. ...
Casual work is still the root cause of destitution | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of July 2017 05:43:31 PM
....Noel WhitesideProfessor of comparative public policy, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick. • Is Andrew Harrop right to suggest more commissions are needed before Labour can properly focus on the issue of poverty and, I would argue, destitution (Labour has to return to first principles on child poverty, 7 July)? I know that that is a conventional way for Fabians to behave, but is it appropriate now, given that we can agree very quickly on our immediate programme? We are not now simply dealing with poverty as I have known it during my 38 years in the House of Commons. ...
'Shame on you!' Campaigners ERUPT as minister tells women hit by pension delay to RETRAIN image
. The pension minister's comments sparked outrage during a House of Commons debate, in which Tory backbenchers joined calls for the Government to help millions of women who say they have been "robbed" of retirement income. ...
Britons booking breaks online to get same protection as package holidays image
.... In the end LowCost’s administrators predicted that holidaymakers would each receive compensation of less than £10. The Atol bill, which is getting its second reading in parliament on Monday is the first to be debated in the House of Commons since the Queen’s speech. ...
Fixed-odds betting terminal review delayed until autumn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 30th of June 2017 06:11:07 PM
.... Process is really important on this issue. The comment, issued via Twitter, came 24 hours after she expressed “frustration” in the House of Commons that the review will be delayed until October, blaming the general election for slowing parliamentary process. ...
British Airways should come clean about computer chaos image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of May 2017 05:52:44 PM
.... This episode was also characterised by a near information blackout by the airline, prompting the Catalan authorities to drag in the company’s president to obtain some sort of explanation. The House of Commons transport select committee should follow their lead. ...
Investors should get a bigger say on executive pay, says IoD image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 06:25:49 AM
....The next government should take action to force stock market listed firms to give shareholders a second vote if a significant minority rejected a pay report, said the IoD. Oliver Parry, the head of corporate governance at the IoD, said: “UK company boards have been put under unprecedented scrutiny in recent months, with the government and the House of Commons business committee suggesting reforms to executive pay and the governance of private companies. ...
General election 2017: Lib Dems pledge winter fuel cuts to protect pensions image
....The triple-lock has seen pensioner incomes rise faster than average earnings since 2010. A cross-party House of Commons select committee report earlier this year described it as "inherently unsustainable" and recommended it should not be continued beyond 2020. ...
MPs' report on FOBTs found to breach parliamentary standards image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 05:51:21 PM
....The standards commissioner, Kathryn Hudson, highlighted four breaches by the all-party parliamentary group on FOBTs, chaired by Labour’s Carolyn Harris and backed by direct rivals to bookmakers, including casinos and the amusement arcade trade body Bacta. The group failed to record attendance at its meetings or take proper minutes and also did not print a disclaimer making clear that its FOBT report was not an official House of Commons publication. ...
Sports Direct agency Transline preparing for insolvency image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 10:49:04 AM
....The March parliamentary hearing was the second time Transline had been called to appear in front of MPs in less than a year, with the first hearing ending disastrously for the company when its finance director, Jennifer Hardy, was accused of misleading parliament. Her evidence provoked Iain Wright, Labour MP and chair of the House of Commons business, innovation and skills select committee, to call on Sports Direct’s founder and majority shareholder, Mike Ashley, to consider axing Transline, which he said had not been candid about the reasons for its lack of an operating licence from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, an industry watchdog. ...
Minister makes U-turn over £300m business rates relief fund image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:16:40 PM
....On Friday the Guardian was told by the Department for Communities and Local Government that although the consultation on how to distribute the money was complete it would require the approval of the new government – signalling a hiatus of several months until after the 8 June general election. However, speaking in the House of Commons on Monday the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, insisted there would be “absolutely no delay because of the general election”. ...
Bill sets out plan to tackle 'extortionate' UK overdraft fees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 04:51:46 PM
.... This is up to four times higher than the allowed maximum charges on a payday loan. Reeves, MP for Leeds West, has long campaigned on the issue and wants to introduce her unauthorised overdrafts (cost of credit) bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday. ...
Ding ding! All aboard the ex-Lib Dem minister's solar-powered bus image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 03:53:02 PM
.... There will be a cover of the Beatles’ You Can’t Do That and he will belt out the Reform Club’s own Piccadilly Circus, first released when Baker was at the DfT. “I left the House of Commons with a clear conscience,” says Baker. ...
Barclays whistleblower case sparks calls for more protection image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 11:59:31 AM
.... This includes the senior managers and certification regime, which is aimed at improving individual accountability within the financial services industry. Andrew Tyrie, the chair of the House of Commons Treasury select committee, said: “The senior managers and certification regime is supposed to ensure that whistleblowers are protected. ...
We’re in a fine mess if George Osborne is our last hope of halting Brexit image
....Back in 1983, when the Labour party was also letting down the nation, Gerald Kaufman MP famously described its manifesto as “the longest suicide note in history”. According to Labour peer David Lea, the 137-word article 50 bill – passed, to its eternal shame, by the House of Commons – is “the shortest suicide note in history”. ...
Police to examine 'Global Laundromat' money laundering allegations image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 06:33:29 PM
....Fraud investigators have launched a review of the activities of Britain’s high street banks following revelations in the Guardian about a $20bn money laundering scam that MPs described as a national disgrace and scandal. Forced to answer urgent questions in the House of Commons, the Treasury minister Simon Kirby announced the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) would be examining allegations that Britain’s banks processed vast amounts of tainted money from Russian criminals without noticing. ...
The woman taking on ticket website Viagogo image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 05:40:43 PM
...."It's affecting people worldwide and it's growing all the time," she said. Ms Turnham gave her experiences to a House of Commons select committee hearing about ticket abuse on Tuesday. ...
Article 50: Theresa May to trigger Brexit process next week image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 11:39:42 AM
....A No 10 spokesman said the UK's Ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, informed the European Council, headed by President Donald Tusk, earlier on Monday of the date that Article 50 would be triggered. Mrs May is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday shortly after invoking Article 50, setting out her aims. ...
Brexit-proof the UK economy with more R&D, say employers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 07:01:30 AM
....”. Having a measurable target will help focus government and business attention on the need to increase spending, the CBI says, citing evidence from other bodies, including the House of Commons science and technology committee, arguing for 3% as a level proven to boost growth and jobs. ...
George Osborne told to choose whether to be MP or Standard editor image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 11:32:55 AM
....Former Conservative foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind said Osborne the editor would face challenges: “The news stories will inevitably involve parliamentary colleagues and government policy, so that will be difficult. But it used to be standard practice for barristers who sat on the backbenches to come into the House of Commons after court. ...
Theresa May echoes Ed Miliband with promise to reform energy market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 04:53:15 PM
....”. During a House of Commons debate regarding energy bills, Conservative MP John Penrose reiterated his call for a relative price cap, where there is a limit on the gap between the worst and best deals. ...
George Osborne facing calls to quit as MP over Evening Standard job image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 12:51:44 PM
....Breaking: I will shortly be announced as editor of Heat magazine. £75,000 a year as MP for TattonOsborne will face conflicting loyalties to his constituents, who elected him on a Conservative manifesto to follow the party whip in the House of Commons, and to his readers, overseeing supposedly balanced news coverage holding the government to account – including over decisions he made while chancellor. ...
Sports Direct calls executive pay report 'fake news' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 09:59:54 AM
.... . A report by the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills committee said employees of the company were "not treated as humans". ...
How to beat UK energy price rises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 12:20:57 PM
.... “We still get lots of competition, lots of choice, but it does mean the most vulnerable of us or those of us with least time to switch suppliers don’t get ripped off,” said Penrose. Penrose has secured a House of Commons debate on Thursday on energy bills. ...
Deal to allow individual Britons EU rights must go both ways, Theresa May told image
....Meanwhile, it has been reported that May could trigger article 50, the formal process for leaving the EU, as early as Tuesday if the Brexit bill passes on Monday. The article 50 legislation, which passed through the House of Commons unamended, is due to be debated by MPs on Monday. ...
UK households spent £180m on 'unnecessary' power capacity – report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 06:01:24 AM
.... Last year Deepmind said it had cut total energy use at its data centres by 15% by using machine learning. The row over how much spare capacity the UK should have to pay for comes ahead of a House of Commons debate about energy bills on Thursday. ...
UK average annual rents fall for first time in six years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 06:00:24 AM
.... Despite the small decrease over the past 12 months, the average rent in Britain is still £112 higher than the previous peak in 2007, even though average incomes have only edged ahead since the financial crisis. The government’s white paper on housing last month acknowledged that England’s housing market is “broken”, with the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, telling the House of Commons that rents in many places swallow more than half of take-home pay. ...
No-deal Brexit 'would put UK in worst trading position of rich nations' image
....Open Britain, which groups a series of formerly pro-remain MPs from Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, said leaving with no deal would mean the UK “choosing the most extreme position of all major trading nations”. The research, by the House of Commons library, found that the EU does not currently trade with any G20 member without some sort of preferential trade arrangement in place. ...
Volkswagen pleads guilty to all criminal charges in emissions cheating scandal image
....3bn in civil and criminal penalties – the largest ever levied by the US government against an automaker –although VW’s total cost of the scandal has been pegged at about $21bn, including a pledge to repair or buy back vehicles. As recently as 20 February, the company’s executives insisted they had “misled nobody” in testimony before the British House of Commons’ transport select committee. ...
Striver? Tory architect of austerity George Osborne banks £1m fortune image
.... On 18 January he collected a further £51,829 for a two-hour speech to HSBC’s top clients at Davos, where he was pictured socialising with George and Amal Clooney. The House of Commons was also sitting when he gave speeches at Stanford University in California and for Palmex Derivatives in New York in October and to ITP Publishing in Dubai on 28 November. ...
George Osborne to be paid £650,000 for working one day a week image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 06:34:36 PM
....Last month, he justified the decision to take on multiple roles while also being an MP, saying his work represented a “varied and interesting” contribution to national life. While speaking on a panel as chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Osborne was asked whether his paid work outside the House of Commons, including BlackRock, represented a conflict of interest. ...
Theresa May must give Vauxhall assurances over Brexit, says Labour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 08:03:56 PM
.... Vauxhall employs 4,500 people at plants in Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, and Luton, Bedfordshire. Greg Clark, the business secretary, told the House of Commons on Monday that the government was “cautiously optimistic” about the deal. ...
Sick Parcelforce couriers can be charged up to £250 if they can't find cover image
....”. Frank Field MP, who chairs the House of Commons work and pensions committee, said: “It almost looks as though some companies are now engaged in a bidding war, to see who can slap the biggest penalty on workers who are sick. ...
Peugeot owner PSA close to deal to buy Vauxhall and Opel image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 07:26:55 AM
....Nonetheless, the current business secretary has promised the government’s “unbounded commitment” to protecting jobs at Vauxhall. Clark told MPs in the House of Commons last month the government would “do everything we can” to protect Vauxhall. ...
Government defeated on Brexit bill image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 07:06:57 PM
....The vote, by 358 to 256, is the first Parliamentary defeat for the government's Brexit bill. However, MPs will be able to remove their changes when the bill returns to the House of Commons. ...
Sir Philip Green's reputation 'still stained' despite BHS pension deal image
.... . He said Sir Philip's knighthood was a separate issue and nothing had changed in his opinion since the House of Commons unanimously backed a non-binding motion to strip Sir Philip of his title last October. ...
Tory £1bn inheritance tax cut 'will worsen north-south divide' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 07:20:48 PM
....She said that pressing ahead with the plans would show a “skewed sense of priorities” and make a “total sham” of the Conservatives’ claim to be on the side of working families who were just about managing. The research, carried out by the House of Commons’ library, showed that the four constituencies in the top 100 outside the south-east were Tatton (12. ...
Chris Grayling tells Japan: some of our trains are superior to yours image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 05:03:58 PM
....”. James Cleverly, a leading Conservative Brexiter who sits on the House of Commons’ influential international trade committee, spoke with officials at an event hosted by the Japanese embassy this month. ...
What’s the point of building a million new homes if they’re not fit to live in? | John Harris image
.... The most spectacular case is that of a development called Solomon’s Passage in Peckham, south London: four housing blocks completed in 2010 that were plagued with leaks, fire protection issues and defective balconies, until the housing association in charge – Wandle, which owns about 7,000 homes across the capital – decided to tear two of them down and start again. So what is going on? A report by the clunkily named House of Commons all-party parliamentary group for excellence in the built environment (the report today mysteriously disappeared online) and it is all there: “Housebuilders have targets to achieve … the quality is reduced as they rush … Builders substitute products specified by the architect with cheaper products … Housebuilders’ own quality control systems are not fit for purpose. ...
Sajid Javid: Budget help for firms hit by rates rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 08:42:17 PM
....In the face of opposition from business groups and some Conservative MPs, the government has defended the reforms and said 2017-18 "will see the biggest ever cut in business rates" and "three-quarters of all businesses, right across the country, will see their rates either fall or stay the same". But Mr Javid told the House of Commons he was "acutely aware" of problems for some others, saying: "There are clearly some individual businesses facing particular difficulties. ...
Amazon, Deliveroo and Uber 'still viable' with no gig economy workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 02:32:09 PM
....Senior executives working for the three firms, as well as the delivery company Hermes, told MPs that a change in the law being considered by the government to give more workers in the so-called gig economy basic employment protections would not force their businesses to close. The admission was made to the House of Commons work and pensions committee, which is chaired by the Labour MP Frank Field, during a 90-minute hearing in which senior MPs strongly criticised the companies for using self-employed workers to avoid significant costs including national insurance and pensions contributions. ...
Ministers expected to soften impact of business rate changes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 09:03:22 PM
....Communities secretary Sajid Javid is likely to join the chancellor, Philip Hammond, in adopting a more empathetic tone about the anger triggered by the decision to revaluate the rates based on updated property prices. The Guardian understands that Javid – who has been criticised for holidaying in Dubai at the height of the controversy – will face politicians in the House of Commons on Wednesday, where he is likely to promise to take action to soften its implementation. ...
Fears grow for Vauxhall jobs as government vows to do all it can image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:31:35 PM
....Fears are growing about plants in Ellesmere Port and Luton as the French owner of Peugeot and Citroën, PSA Group, presses ahead with talks to buy General Motors’ European business, which includes Opel in Germany and Vauxhall in the UK. Greg Clark told the House of Commons the government would “do everything we can” to protect Vauxhall and had held constructive talks with the bosses of GM and PSA. ...
Fancy some sun, sea and sand? Brexit means it will cost you 15% more image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 07:01:00 AM
. Far from the political arguments raging through the House of Commons, some of the first real-life effects of the Brexit referendum will soon be found in a deli in New York or a bar on the Costa Brava. ...
Osborne’s bleak Brexit forecast ‘has undermined the Treasury’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 12:04:29 AM
.... “His influence with her is not as strong as Osborne’s was with Cameron,” he said. Osborne told the House of Commons during the Brexit debates that the government had decided not to prioritise the economy in the forthcoming talks. ...
Government willing to admit UK housing market is
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
....5 times earnings in some places, while rents can swallow more than half of take-home pay. These figures were revealed by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid in the House of Commons, when announcing plans to solve the crisis. ...
England's housing market is 'broken', government admits in white paper image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 01:32:18 PM
....England’s housing market is broken, the government has admitted, with home ownership a “distant dream” for young families, as it unveiled a white paper promising a fresh wave of home building. The communities secretary, Sajid Javid, told the House of Commons that average house prices had jumped to 7. ...
PM to reaffirm green belt pledge despite plans to ramp up housebuilding image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 12:34:41 PM
.... It is unforgivable,” Mitchell wrote. The number of homes granted planning permission on green belt land rose fivefold from 2,258 in 2009-10 to 11,977 in 2014-15, according to the House of Commons library. ...
Britain’s rail franchise model unfit for purpose, say MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 10:07:02 AM
....Britain’s rail franchising model is no longer fit for purpose, not providing competition and letting passengers down, MPs have warned. A report from the House of Commons transport select committee said the government was failing to hold train operators to account, while “serious deficiencies” in the Department for Transport (DfT) meant the government should consider transferring some of its franchising powers. ...
Npower prices hike sparks crackdown threat against energy providers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of February 2017 10:09:47 AM
....The government is expected to address concerns about the energy market when it publishes a consumer green paper in the spring. Iain Wright, the Labour MP who chairs the House of Commons’ business, energy and industrial strategy committee, said the price hikes showed that npower took its loyal customers for granted. ...
Hermes facing legal challenge from its self-employed workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of January 2017 01:26:01 PM
.... The company has previously said it is “confident in the legality of our self-employed courier model”. Field, the chairman of the House of Commons work and pensions select committee, said he has supplied GMB and its lawyers with the details of 20 Hermes couriers who came forward to complain about working terms and conditions after the Guardian’s investigation. ...
'Zero tolerance' for pregnancy discrimination in workplace – minister image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of January 2017 12:01:02 AM
....Pregnant women and new mothers may need greater protection from redundancy, the government has said. Margot James, a business minister, promised a consultation on how to protect women from losing their jobs when they become parents, after a call for action from the House of Commons women and equalities committee. ...
Lloyds bank accounts targeted in huge cybercrime attack image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 12:20:26 PM
....”. Andrew Tyrie, chair of the House of Commons Treasury select committee, called for the financial services industry to create a single point of responsibility to tackle cyber risks. ...
Housing benefit claimants increasingly shut out of private rental market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 07:00:28 AM
.... It found there was just one studio flat. A recent House of Commons Library briefing paper stated that such restrictions were “unlikely to amount to direct discrimination, as income and employment status are not protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010”. ...

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