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Managers give vote of no confidence on Coalition’s half term performance

The majority of managers in the UK (63 per cent) have little or no confidence in the Government’s current economic policy, according to new figures released today by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), with almost one in five (19 per cent) giving it a vote of no confidence. Business optimism is lower than it was…

Public sector pensions plans put on hold by ministers

Ministers have delayed Treasury plans to force public sector workers to contribute more to their pension pots. The Treasury confirmed it would not implement a 3% increase in public staff pension contributions – which was due to include local government staff – in March, and instead could introduce the new requirement later this summer. The…

Government ‘must take action on youth unemployment’

The government has been urged to do more to provide job opportunities for young people, after official data showed unemployment among youngsters had hit its highest level in a decade. Responding to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber claimed the economic downturn had hit the young particularly hard and…

Impact of spending cuts ‘unevenly distributed’

A new report has called on the government to take steps to assist cities hardest hit by public spending cuts and help stimulate private sector job creation where it is most desperately needed. Research from Centre for Cities highlighted areas such as Leeds, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Reading and Aberdeen as being most able to withstand…

CIPD issues cautious welcome to paternity overhaul

Plans to allow new fathers to take advantage of mothers’ unused maternity leave have received a “cautious welcome” from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg outlined the reforms at an event in London yesterday (January 17th 2010), revealing plans to hold a consultation on the issue and implying…

DRA guidance too little, too late, says CBI

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) criticised the government’s handling of scrapping the default retirement age (DRA), claiming employers have been given insufficient advice on how to adapt. Following the coalition’s confirmation that the DRA is to be phased out, CBI director general designate John Cridland claimed many firms will be left with something of…

BCC hits out over business regulations

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has criticised the government for what it considers to be a failure to reduce the amount of red tape affecting UK firms, suggesting that new and impending regulations are causing confusion. Speaking to the Telegraph, BCC employment adviser Abigail Morris warned that firms are faced with a deluge of…

Government criticised over migration cap

An expert has accused the government of pandering to tabloid newspapers by imposing a non-EU migration cap and warned that Britain’s businesses are likely to suffer as a result. Philip Bates, a partner and immigration department head at London law firm Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, claimed the debate over immigration has been distorted by the…

Workers will have the right to request flexible working arrangements from their employers starting in 2012, according to the new business plan recently published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). In the document, BIS revealed that it currently intends to analyse consultation responses and draw up legislation relating to flexible working and…