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Paul Sellers's Articles

#Budget2016 ignores housing crisis

16 Mar 2016, by in Society & Welfare

Sadly although Chancellor Osborne once again asserted that his party were “the builders”, today’s budget largely ignored the housing crisis. The best that can be said is that there was a commitment of £115 million to help the homeless and rough sleepers, who must be the highest priority. However, there was nothing else to address the UK housing…

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Unpaid overtime can’t be a blank cheque, says TUC

26 Feb 2016, by in Working Life

UK employees worked £35.1 billion worth of unpaid overtime last year, with 5.1 million employees putting in an extra 7.7 hours per week the TUC reports today for the twelfth annual Work Your Proper Hours Day. I can reveal that  there was some slightly better news, since the percentage of employees working  unpaid overtime has not kept…

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Why we need the Working Time Directive strengthened

26 Jan 2016, by in Working Life

Construction worker David Brown has won his case against his former employer after he was forced to work unacceptable hours. According to a report in Planning and Business Control Today: “Brown said he had raised concerns with his bosses on several different occasions, yet nothing was done to reduce his hours. Between June and October…

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Living Wage increase welcome – now pick up the pace

02 Nov 2015, by in Labour market

New Living Wage rates of £9.40 in London and £8.25 were announced this morning. just over 2,000 employers have signed up for this voluntary pay standard – double last year’s total. Accredited Living Wage employers have until April 2016 to put the new rates into effect. At a launch event at the law firm Linklaters this morning the Mayor of London …

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New Living Wage figures show recovery not shared fairly

12 Oct 2015, by in Labour market

Low wages are on the increase, the Office of National Statistics reported today.  The number of employees outside London  paid below the living wage has risen by 2 percentage points since 2012, Reaching 23% by 2014.  The increase in London has been much sharper though, with the latest figures showing 19% of employees living in the capital paid below than the Living Wage (April…

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