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Many MPs risk losing seats over Off-Payroll (IR35)

Eighty-five MPs are at serious risk of losing their seats in Parliament at the next, possibly imminent General Election, if they do not back contractors over Government’s controversial plans to extend the Off-Payroll rules into the private sector, according to research conducted by contracting authority ContractorCalculator.

Contributor: Dave Chaplin | Published: 5 December 2018

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Autumn Budget comments roundup

“There’s no doubt that office-to-residential conversions have had a positive impact on the number of new homes being built so any simplification of this process is to be welcomed. Empty commercial deadwood is helping to regenerate local neighbourhoods around the UK and it’s a trend that needs to continue."

Contributor: Various | Published: 1 November 2018

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Government urged to set up fuel pump pricing watchdog

What we pay to fill up our cars vans and trucks isn’t regulated at all. And having no government overseer or impartial pricing body means that how, when and why forecourt prices rise, and fall remains a closely guarded secret. FairFuelUK along with hundreds of MPs and their constituents want this to change.

Contributor: Howard Cox | Published: 30 October 2018

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Government accused of “shielding dangerous employers from legal action”

Trade union Unite is accusing the government of using a bill due to return to the Commons this week, to shield employers who play ‘fast and loose’ with the safety of workers from having to pay compensation to those they injure. Contributor Howard Beckett.

Contributor: Howard Beckett | Published: 1 September 2018

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Government must focus on the self-employed in economy recovery

The Government’s new ‘Bytes and Mortar’ construction deal is welcome, but must be combined with greater support for construction sector contractors. The joint Government-industry deal is worth £420 million and aims to transform construction by investing in new technologies to increase productivity and build homes faster.

Contributor: Andy Chamberlain | Published: 8 July 2018

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Government must not “bury its head in the sand” over Universal Credit failure

The Government must urgently reconsider the rollout of Universal Credit (UC) and heed the growing warnings about the damage the policy has caused. Contributor Jordan Marshall, IPSE’s Policy Development Manager, commented IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed). 

Contributor: Jordan Marshall | Published: 7 July 2018

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Jury’s out over CEO pay ratio disclosure

Theresa May first announced the Government’s intention to require this disclosure back in 2016. Since then, there has been much debate about the benefits – if any – of such a disclosure, and its dangers: companies with highly-remunerated staff, those which have chosen not to manufacture goods in the UK, or those which contract-out many services, will fare better than others.

Contributor: Alex Beidas | Published: 12 June 2018

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2018 the year the government must act on skills crisis

The apprenticeship levy is destined to turn into a “hollow and wasted opportunity” if the government doesn’t act urgently in 2018. A pressing issue in the New Year would be responding to a spike in demand for skilled engineers, fuelled by the government’s drive to install smart meters in homes nationwide.

Contributor: Chris Wood | Published: 5 January 2018

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Government risks electricity supply by increasing imports

Britain has therefore begun – with little public acknowledgment – to import an increasing amount of electricity from continental Europe. It is now projected that the UK will receive 67 TWh of power from undersea interconnectors by 2030, which is a tenfold increase in the projection made in 2012. 

Contributor: Press Release | Published: 1 November 2017

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Government should “cut Uni tuition fees and interest rates”

Tuition Fees: A Fairer Formula’ says that while the Government’s announcement of raising the repayment threshold is “an acknowledgement that a fairer funding split between students and the state is required”.

Contributor: Centre for Policy Studies | Published: 19 October 2017