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Paul Sellers's Articles

Tax the rich with stamp duty!

26 Mar 2010, by in Economics, Society & Welfare

The stamp duty holiday for first time buyers of properties up to £250,000 announced in the budget will help a lot of people taking their first steps onto the property market. The maximum saving is £2,500 – which is enough to furnish your first home. It’s therefore sad that there has been whinging from some…

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Happy Community Day?

26 Oct 2009, by in Working Life

We have now truly bid farewell to summertime. The clocks have changed, the nights are drawing in and the leaves are starting to fall. Wouldn’t it be great if we had another bank holiday today to cheer us all up? The TUC has joined together with the main voluntary organisations to call for a new…

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Snow excuse for bad employers

03 Feb 2009, by in Working Life

I’ve just had a phone call from an employee whose boss told him that he would be treated as “absent without leave” yesterday, even though he had phoned his workplace and left a message saying that he would not be able to get to work because there were no buses running throughout the city. This took place on…

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Doom-mongers overplay holidays for the sick judgement

21 Jan 2009, by in Working Life

If you read “business attacks ruling on holidays” in the FT today, or the Sun’s lurid “fury over sick pay ruling” you might be excused for thinking that this week’s ruling from the European Court of Justice was all about the EU bashing British business. Luckily, much of the business reaction is either spin or bunkum.

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48 hour week key vote soon

04 Nov 2008, by in Working Life

I was saddened to read the FT story that shows that the Government still does not quite “get” the case for the Working Time Directive. The Employment Committee of the European Parliament is meeting today to discuss a report that includes the end of the so-called individual opt-outs from the 48 hour limit on average weekly…

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