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.... If your USP as a brand is only about cheapness, the customer finds satisfaction in discomfort, like a skilled dieter “enjoying hunger pangs”. When Ryanair announces a new plan to halve seat sizes, ban books or remove toilets entirely and replace them with small cardboard beakers, a thrifty holidaymaker hears the comforting bell of frugality. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Sunday 26th of March 2017 12:01:15 AM
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.... Its drivers have been physically attacked in Paris, where two of its most senior European executives were also put on trial on charges of running an illegal transport service. Courts in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands have banned Uber’s low-cost UberPop service, which uses non-professional drivers, while an employment tribunal in London ruled its licensed drivers should be classed as workers with access to the minimum wage, sick pay and paid holidays. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Meanwhile, Air France will start long-haul services on its Boost subsidiary next year with the aim of "opening new routes, re-opening routes closed due to their lack of profitability and maintaining routes under threat". Next year BA plans to squeeze another 36 economy seats into its Boeing 777 planes that fly from Gatwick to holiday destinations in Florida and the Caribbean, bringing the total to 252. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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. A group of Deliveroo couriers is planning legal action against the food delivery firm to claim better employment rights including the minimum wage, sick pay and holiday. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....An employment tribunal has ruled that a self-employed courier for the firm Excel was actually "a worker". Cycle courier Andrew Boxer argued he was entitled to one week of holiday pay based on his work for Excel. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Friday 24th of March 2017 12:17:29 PM
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....I work for a sourcing and procurement firm in the City and am currently on maternity leave, with only statutory pay. I am fortunate enough to have some savings which I am using in order to make ends meet for a few extra months, but I will not have anything left for any incidents, or holidays, let alone another child. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Sunday 26th of March 2017 12:34:24 AM
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. Stay-at-home holidaymakers in the UK are likely to be rubbing shoulders with even more overseas visitors this summer, according to statistics that suggest Brexit could lead to an influx of foreign tourists. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 29th of March 2017 10:58:18 AM
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. A second cycle courier has won the right to paid holidays and minimum pay in a ruling that could cause major upheaval in the gig economy. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 24th of March 2017 12:56:13 PM
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. There has been a sharp rise in the number of children missing school in England because of unauthorised family holidays, according to the latest government figures. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 24th of March 2017 06:00:25 AM
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.... Criminal: those who pay significantly below the minimum wage and there are many indicators of forced labour in the way they operate. Dodgy: those who seek to minimise their costs at all levels by underpaying holiday, not paying SSP [statutory sick pay], opt[ing] out of personal accident insurance schemes and so on,” he said. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 28th of March 2017 10:15:04 AM
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....BT Infinity broadband claims about speed are on the line. Make sure you’re covered with great value annual holiday cover from Guardian Travel Insurance, provided by Voyager. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... We then have to take care of security and deal with any mishaps that occur on our shift, and secure and lock up the stores at 9pm, but this can sometimes be much later. When the living wage went up, we had a pay rise but we also lost any double pay for bank holidays. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....“[It] is really important that people have their eyes open and they know of the downsides as well as the earnings potential of any of these models and particularly if there is some cash commitment they are making,” Hinds said. Self-employed workers do not benefit from sick pay, holiday pay or auto-enrolment into the pensions system. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....I have just been told that Diamond Rail has ceased trading. I booked a holiday with it in August last year for this June, and paid £579. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Hammond was right to raise tax for self-employed, inquiry to say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 01:13:37 PM
....“[It] is really important that people have their eyes open and they know of the downsides as well as the earnings potential of any of these models and particularly if there is some cash commitment they are making,” Hinds said. Self-employed workers do not benefit from sick pay, holiday pay or auto-enrolment into the pensions system. ...
EU departure but … UK sees record-breaking increase in visitors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 10:58:18 AM
. Stay-at-home holidaymakers in the UK are likely to be rubbing shoulders with even more overseas visitors this summer, according to statistics that suggest Brexit could lead to an influx of foreign tourists. ...
Uber to shut down Denmark operation over new taxi laws image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 01:36:28 PM
.... Its drivers have been physically attacked in Paris, where two of its most senior European executives were also put on trial on charges of running an illegal transport service. Courts in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands have banned Uber’s low-cost UberPop service, which uses non-professional drivers, while an employment tribunal in London ruled its licensed drivers should be classed as workers with access to the minimum wage, sick pay and paid holidays. ...
Sports Direct workers paid less than minimum wage yet to get back pay image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 10:15:04 AM
.... Criminal: those who pay significantly below the minimum wage and there are many indicators of forced labour in the way they operate. Dodgy: those who seek to minimise their costs at all levels by underpaying holiday, not paying SSP [statutory sick pay], opt[ing] out of personal accident insurance schemes and so on,” he said. ...
Suddenly our Diamond holiday has lost its sparkle image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 07:00:22 AM
....I have just been told that Diamond Rail has ceased trading. I booked a holiday with it in August last year for this June, and paid £579. ...
Deliveroo riders plan legal action over employment rights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 04:37:56 PM
. A group of Deliveroo couriers is planning legal action against the food delivery firm to claim better employment rights including the minimum wage, sick pay and holiday. ...
Cheaper flights image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 02:50:44 AM
....Meanwhile, Air France will start long-haul services on its Boost subsidiary next year with the aim of "opening new routes, re-opening routes closed due to their lack of profitability and maintaining routes under threat". Next year BA plans to squeeze another 36 economy seats into its Boeing 777 planes that fly from Gatwick to holiday destinations in Florida and the Caribbean, bringing the total to 252. ...
'Backward on pay' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 12:34:24 AM
....I work for a sourcing and procurement firm in the City and am currently on maternity leave, with only statutory pay. I am fortunate enough to have some savings which I am using in order to make ends meet for a few extra months, but I will not have anything left for any incidents, or holidays, let alone another child. ...
Please bring back my old British Airways | Victoria Coren Mitchell image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 12:01:15 AM
.... If your USP as a brand is only about cheapness, the customer finds satisfaction in discomfort, like a skilled dieter “enjoying hunger pangs”. When Ryanair announces a new plan to halve seat sizes, ban books or remove toilets entirely and replace them with small cardboard beakers, a thrifty holidaymaker hears the comforting bell of frugality. ...
Second cycle courier wins holiday pay at gig economy tribunal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:56:13 PM
. A second cycle courier has won the right to paid holidays and minimum pay in a ruling that could cause major upheaval in the gig economy. ...
Cycle courier wins holiday pay battle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:17:29 PM
....An employment tribunal has ruled that a self-employed courier for the firm Excel was actually "a worker". Cycle courier Andrew Boxer argued he was entitled to one week of holiday pay based on his work for Excel. ...
How can I carry on as a store team leader now it is beyond stressful? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 07:00:26 AM
.... We then have to take care of security and deal with any mishaps that occur on our shift, and secure and lock up the stores at 9pm, but this can sometimes be much later. When the living wage went up, we had a pay rise but we also lost any double pay for bank holidays. ...
100,000 more children missed school for family holiday last year, figures show image
. There has been a sharp rise in the number of children missing school in England because of unauthorised family holidays, according to the latest government figures. ...
London now 'cheaper to live than New York and Tokyo', plus Viagogo snubs MPs image
....BT Infinity broadband claims about speed are on the line. Make sure you’re covered with great value annual holiday cover from Guardian Travel Insurance, provided by Voyager. ...
Next admits mistakes as profits fall for first time in eight years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 08:58:32 AM
.... One experiment involves renting space in its largest store, in Manchester’s Arndale centre, to a range of concessionaires including a hair salon, a prosecco bar and a florist to create an experience like a department store. Wolfson said he was “extremely cautious” about the outlook for the year ahead, identifying three key threats: shoppers spending less on clothes and more on eating out and holidays; price rises as a result of the drop in sterling; and weaker growth in consumers’ incomes. ...
What everyone assumes about rights in the gig economy is wrong | Jason Moyer-Lee image
.... A prime example is the case of the courier firm Hermes, which has been accused of abusive practices and failing to pay the minimum wage. Similarly, despite the fact that bike courier Maggie Dewhurst wears a CitySprint uniform, has a CitySprint ID and delivers goods only for CitySprint, the company claimed she was an ”independent contractor”, ie running an independent courier business, and used this as an excuse to not give her holiday pay. ...
Make your money go the distance this summer image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 10:02:00 PM
....Try somewhere new . Emma Coulthurst, holiday expert at price comparison site TravelSupermarket. ...
London cycle courier 'was punished for refusing work after eight hours in cold' image
. A courier delivering parcels in central London has described being punished for refusing work after eight hours of cycling in snowy weather, saying he received no paid breaks or holiday pay. ...
MP warns of housing strain caused by holiday lets image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 05:22:50 PM
....Illegal sub-letters and property magnates are taking advantage of Airbnb and similar-style sites to rake in tax-free cash, an MP says. Labour's Karen Buck said renting out properties for short holiday lets can produce up to three times the income of more traditional flat rentals. ...
Expedia may say ‘no’ when it really means ‘yes’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 07:00:30 AM
. In January I tried to book a £1,600 holiday using Expedia. ...
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THE CRUSADER: Holiday pair's hotel tangle image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:01:00 AM
. After relatives of Pam Croft and Rosalind Rawlings moved to the picturesque county, the pair decided to make a holiday of their first visit and treat themselves to a few nights in a boutique  hotel. ...
'Brothers bling': lawsuit puts Nick and Christian Candy in spotlight image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 09:00:35 AM
.... To escape them, he jumped out of a first floor window, fell into a ravine and broke his spine. The attack took place at his holiday home in the south of France in 2011, and Smith was hospitalised for months. ...
Torrey Canyon disaster – the UK's worst-ever oil spill 50 years on image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 08:00:33 AM
....At the time, the crisis ignited an incredible chain of responses. The government, led by prime minister and Scilly Isles holidayer Harold Wilson, unleashed RAF bombers to sink the wreck and released thousands of tonnes of detergent that proved toxic to marine life. ...
Gig economy companies trying to have their cake and eat it, say workers image
....The gig economy has become a focus of concern following the commercial success of companies such as Amazon, the ride hailing firm Uber and the delivery service Deliveroo. These companies employ workers on short-term contracts that can last just a few hours, allowing them to avoid paying employers national insurance, sickness and holiday pay. ...
Abta website: Holidaymakers hit by cyber attack image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 11:39:43 AM
....Mr Tanzer said the organisation was not aware of any of the information being shared beyond the infiltrator. ABTA is the UK's largest travel association, representing travel agents and tour operators who sell £32bn of holidays and other travel arrangements each year, according to its website. ...
Ultra-rich protect wealth with spread of 'family offices' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 01:44:49 AM
....As well as maximising financial interests and investments, such family offices can look after every aspect of the private lives of their employers. This can be everything from buying clothes and organising holidays to arranging divorces and making financial arrangements to prevent money being lost to in-laws. ...
Over-55s urged to wise up on pension advice image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 10:43:00 PM
....Almost two thirds fear they will not be able to afford a decent standard of living in retirement as they are not saving enough, with the self-employed particularly vulnerable. Old Mutual chief executive Paul Feeney said many people do not have sufficient disposable income to fund long-term savings: “They have only small sums that are often earmarked for short-term expenditure, such as holidays or property. ...
'Lots of nurses have already left': EU workers head for exit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 12:26:28 PM
.... He now does everything for the German client base. If he is sick or on holiday we have no German front office. ...
In the Hunt image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 12:03:41 AM
....". The report also points to how many people come from Ireland, stating "they make a holiday of it - they'll book up a year ahead, and save up and spend their money here". ...
Bogus self-employment exploits workers and scams the taxman | Paul Mason image
....Self-employed people pay lower contributions, and functionally lower taxes. This is rationalised as an incentive to take risk, and means they must support themselves while sick, or through maternity leave and holidays. ...
Asda offers staff a pay rise for 'flexible' contract image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 03:18:08 PM
.... . However, it means that employees must work on bank holidays if the store needs them to, or, if they want to take the time off, it must come out of their 28 days of annual leave. ...
Britons like vodka and Nike and won't consider Airbnb, survey reveals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 03:42:14 PM
....But nearly half of those surveyed said they are worried about rising living costs, with more saying their disposable income has dwindled in the last year than those who have more money to spend. Consumers looking to tighten their belts are most likely to ditch meals out but are less willing to dispense with their annual holiday, the survey found. ...
A helping hand with childcare: options to make your child and wallet happy image
....The cost of having a childminder caring for Annabelle, in addition to getting her to pick up Oscar from school during term-time, would have been about the same. “However, school holidays would have been a complete nightmare as childminders charge a fee of between £60 and £80 for each child per day. ...
Why is John Lewis tightening its belt? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 07:16:34 AM
....The introduction of the new minimum wage for over 25s – “the national living wage” – has increased costs for all retailers. John Lewis has always tried to attract better quality staff, and retain them for longer, by offering pay above the legal minimum alongside other benefits ranging from a decent pension to the use of company holiday homes. ...
Christian Candy adviser linked to Litvinenko and his alleged killer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 07:45:01 PM
....”. In his evidence, Christian Candy told the court that Smith flung himself out of the first-floor window of his holiday home and into a ravine to escape robbers. ...
No rights, more tax: this is Conservative ‘fairness’ for the self-employed | Frances O’Grady image
.... Think of the hairdressers, warehouse workers and construction workers who are forced into self-employment by their employers for tax purposes. They could miss out on the minimum wage, holiday pay, job security and family-friendly rights. ...
'This is grossly unfair': self-employed readers react to NICs increase image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:21:03 PM
....I’ll pay more NI overall – probably about £30 to £35 per year I think. It’s said it’s to level the playing field with those in employment but I already lack sick pay, holiday pay, and employer pension contributions and my work can get cancelled at any point with no compensation. ...
Budget tax rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 01:40:23 PM
.... The employed person typically gets paid at the end of the month. "I do not have holiday pay or sick pay or maternity pay, so how can I be deemed have parity with my employed counterpart?. ...
Southwold: welcome to the town where business rates are set to rise 177% image
....”. He added that at the turn of the century, two-thirds of the houses in Southwold were occupied by local residents; 17 years later, the balance has shifted so that now 57% of properties in the town are holiday lets or second homes. ...
Brexit, airlines' worst fear, has become their preoccupation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 06:29:50 AM
....Then there is the impact of the Brexit vote on passenger numbers. The slumping pound makes it harder for Britons to afford a foreign holiday, but easyJet puzzles over why it has not, conversely, lured in Europeans for a cheap break. ...
Budget 2017: NHS, families, cars - your questions answered image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 05:14:18 PM
....0% higher in 2021 than 2016," it adds. Paul McCabe asks: "How does the rise in NIC for the self-employed bring parity when the employed have access to paid holiday and sickness pay?". ...
Budget: National Insurance rise criticised image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 03:42:03 PM
....Others said it was unfair that the self-employed would have to pay more, when they do not receive the same level of state benefits. "Self-employees are subject to a lower national insurance contribution because they do not receive the same entitlements and benefits as their employed counterparts - such as holiday and sick leave," said Chas Roy-Chowdhury, head of tax at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. ...
‘Our ability to save is non-existent’ – people respond to UK budget image
....“At the moment, our ability to save is non-existent. Don’t get me wrong, we live well, we own our own home and we go on holiday at least once a year – but we have a large mortgage and our son, Henry, is three so we also have childcare bills to pay. ...
China sees first monthly trade deficit in three years image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 09:19:40 AM
. China has reported its first monthly trade deficit in three years, after imports surged and a slowdown during the Lunar New Year holidays hit output. ...
Budget 2017: £2bn for social care and tax rise for self-employed image
Blood couriers launch case challenging self-employed status image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 05:19:22 PM
....“I have been working for them for over five years and I don’t see my life progressing like this. I can’t get a mortgage, I have no pay when I go on holiday and I can’t get sick because I won’t get paid. ...
Sick Parcelforce couriers can be charged up to £250 if they can't find cover image
.... Parcelforce’s self-employed couriers typically earn about £200 for a shift of 12 hours or more, meaning the added penalty can see them lose out on £450 a day if they are ill. One courier, who asked not to be named for fear of being blacklisted, said drivers were being unfairly punished for illness, while many felt unable to take any holidays. ...
German chain store tycoon Schlecker in fraud trial with family image
....Mr Schlecker's lawyer argues that his client did not imagine that the business was facing collapse. The indictment includes the charges that Mr Schlecker spent €1m on a home renovation for his son Lars, a holiday for the children that cost tens of thousands of euros, and €800,000 in gifts for four grandchildren. ...
Drugs disaster image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 12:10:46 AM
.... . One day in 1928, Fleming failed to tidy up his petri dishes before going back home to Scotland on holiday. ...
Big returns image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 01:39:06 AM
....After inflation, that means a loss in real terms. Frankly, you would have got better value by blowing it on a holiday. ...
Memo to bosses: expect zero loyalty from your zero-hours workers | Barbara Ellen image
.... The oft-trumpeted flexibility has never been an advantage to people who need full-time, guaranteed work, many of whom have families to support. Nor does it let employers off the ethical hook about the disgraceful dearth of workers’ rights and protections, such as a minimum wage, holiday pay and sick pay. ...
Uber is smart, simple and seductive. But should we still be using it? image
....By classifying its drivers as self-employed, Uber not only saves on its tax bill, it shifts a huge amount of risk on to them. They have to buy their own cars and petrol, cope with periods of low demand, and finance their pensions and time off for sickness and holidays. ...
Sick DPD couriers face £150 charge if unable to find cover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 07:39:12 PM
....”. There is growing concern at Westminster that workers in the gig economy are missing out on important protections, including the minimum wage, sick pay and holiday pay. ...
Uber loses court case to block English-language written test in London image
....But the judge said TfL was entitled to force Uber to set up a 24-hour hotline dedicated to emergency calls. Uber also successfully argued that its drivers should not be required to hold minicab insurance for periods when they are not working, such as during the school holidays. ...
Shale gas firm Cuadrilla brands anti-fracking activists 'irresponsible' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 06:35:31 PM
....”. Robert Laycock, a resident in the district, said in response: “Our holiday cottage business, Flamingoland, Castle Howard and all the other tourist businesses in this area, will all be affected by that [fracking]. ...
ITV shouldn't get away with blaming Brexit for falling revenues | Nils Pratley image
....Terry Smith, former City analyst, former broker and now manager of the £10bn Fundsmith fund (disclosure: I am an investor) is off to Mauritius. It’s not for a holiday, you understand. ...
Nokia 3310 mobile phone resurrected at MWC 2017 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 04:30:03 PM
Jessops leaves me out of the picture over movie camera repairs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 07:00:23 AM
.... I seem to be no nearer to getting it back after more than seven months. I have missed important opportunities to use it, including summer holidays and Christmas. ...
The Crusader: How to keep travel insurance fit for your purpose image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 07:43:00 PM
.... My doctors made no mention whatsoever of any further treatment, so there was no cause for anxiety,” he explains. “I would certainly not have booked a holiday to the US if had had any inkling of what was to come. ...
Rate debate image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 08:58:04 AM
....The nation's workplace tribunal, the Fair Work Commission, slashed a pay benefit for workers in the hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy industries. Known as penalty rates, it afforded employees higher wages - as much as 200% in some cases - on Sundays and public holidays. ...
A London penthouse for £60,000 per week, plus the Isa offering 12% returns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 03:20:00 PM
....BT’s crossed wires over line rental refund. How can I trace the holiday my late husband bought on Booking. ...
10 companies you didn't know offered unlimited holiday from Netflix to LinkedIn image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 05:14:00 PM
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Work-around image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 12:56:12 AM
.... When these business people faced life-changing injuries and illnesses they set about creating their own companies which would work for them. Rob Smith had been studying engineering at Warwick University when he fell down a rock face and into a gully while on holiday with friends. ...
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. ...
How can I trace the holiday my late husband bought on Booking.com? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 07:00:01 AM
. My husband died in October last year after buying a holiday on Booking. ...
Fake apartment turns dream holiday into nightmare image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:49:00 AM
.... . “It was the holidays, we had just come off a long flight and were so worried. ...
Baby boomers don’t deserve to be punished | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 06:31:16 PM
.... If you worked hard, you were treated well. Unlike now, the average working man could afford to buy a modest house, or pay a fair rent, afford a car and take his family on holiday every year. ...
Even with price rises, there’s no place like home for bargain-hungry Brits image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of February 2017 07:00:33 AM
.... The French are being far more ripped-off than us. But while we may convince ourselves that we can pay for a holiday across the Atlantic by buying stuff cheaply, the reality is rather different. ...
UK enjoys record tourism as fall in pound boosts visitor numbers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 05:58:19 PM
....The UK proved particularly popular with North American visitors, after the valued of the pound dropped to three-decade lows against the dollar after the vote for Brexit in June. Americans visiting Britain paid less for hotels and got more pounds when they exchanged their holiday money. ...
Uber exploiting loophole to 'spread tentacles' across UK, union says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 05:55:20 PM
....In October, Uber lost a landmark employment tribunal, which ruled that its drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed. The ruling, which Uber is appealing against, could leave the company open to claims from its drivers, who are currently not entitled to holiday pay, pensions or working time controls. ...
Brexit vote begins to bite as rising food and fuel bills hit retail sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 12:51:52 PM
....There has been a silver lining to the pound’s fall, with the latest tourism figures from the ONS on Friday suggesting sterling’s devaluation has helped lure overseas tourists to the UK. A weak pound means their holiday spending money stretches further and hotels and department stores have already reported a boost from tourists. ...
Automated holidays: how AI is affecting the travel industry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 06:00:02 AM
.... According to the most recent EU statistics, although overall employment declined from 2008 to 2014, it rose in tourist accommodation and selected tourism industries: now tourism employs just over 12 million people within the EU. Companies like IBM, whose Watson tool is helping the travel company Thomson trial a smart chatbot for its customers’ holiday searches, pledge to “augment, not replace, human intelligence”. ...
Britons spend more on food and leisure, less on booze, smoking and drugs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 11:03:11 AM
....“There is a limit to the amount of stuff people can accumulate. People are spending money on experiences – holidays, seeing new exotic places, going to music festivals, eating out – rather than accumulating more things. ...
Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 07:01:36 AM
....The TUC estimates one in 10 workers are now in precarious work and it warns the cost to the public finances from changing employment practices could rise further. O’Grady said the onus was on firms using zero-hours contracts and bogus forms of self-employment, where workers should really be classified as employed, meaning they qualify for all the accompanying protections such as holiday pay and the national living wage. ...
Workers' feelings of powerlessness fuelling anger, says jobs tsar image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 05:14:03 PM
.... He is considering suggesting it should become the hiring company’s responsibility to prove a worker is genuinely self-employed. • Making it mandatory for temporary workers to receive written terms and conditions within a week of starting jobs to ensure they do not miss out on rights including paid holiday, something many migrant workers lose out on. ...
The baby boomers have enjoyed the good times – now a tax hike is due | Phillip Inman image
....It means retired BT engineers, school headteachers and middle managers across a wide range of businesses from BP to Unilever, and not Britain’s 31 million workers, are the ones pushing up average income figures. This group of baby boomers worked for employers with generous guaranteed pension schemes and can now enjoy several holidays a year, a 4x4 in the driveway and provide a deposit for their grandchild’s first home. ...
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. Holidaymakers this summer will see, for the first time, how the political turmoil, which overtook the world last year, will translate during their holidays. ...
Calling the latest Greek deal a sticking plaster does disrespect to the Elastoplast image
....On the morning of an annual general meeting, a company knows it is in for a rough ride when a shareholder issues a statement to proclaim it has voted against the pay deals on offer to the chief executive. This is what happened to Thomas Cook on Thursday, when Standard Life Investments, which owns a 13% stake in the holiday company, made clear its frustrations with the proposed pay rise for boss Peter Fankhauser. ...
Holidaymakers book early for summer to beat falling value of pound image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 12:05:30 AM
....Holidaymakers are paying for their summer breaks early in a bid to avoid plunges in the value of sterling which are feared once Britain initiates the process to leave the European Union. It is estimated that holidays in Europe and the United States this summer will cost an additional 15% because of drops in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote. ...

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