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English businesses lost £3.2bn last year to dementia care crisis

New research from Alzheimer’s Society has revealed that businesses in England lost £3.2bn last year, because people had to quit their job or change their working patterns to care for someone with dementia. Of the 355,000 people of work...


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Call to scrap sick pay minimum earning threshold

One in ten female workers don’t earn enough to qualify for statutory sick pay, according to new TUC analysis published on 4 October. The analysis shows that 1.4 million women employees earn less than £118 a week – the qualifying...


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A third of businesses have no plan to meet carbon-neutral target

Carbon emissions targets set by Theresa May mean that the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions will need to be cut by 2050, and those remaining will have to be offset with new technology such as carbon capture and storage. But is anyone actually ac...


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EU introduces 'right to repair' rules for appliances

On 1 October the European Commission adopted new eco-design measures that will require manufacturers of appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions to make them easier to repair. The new rules are designed to re...


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RICS issues updated standard on cost reporting

RICS has published a new international cost reporting standard for the construction sector, which it says will help bring greater confidence to an industry that is critical to creating resilient and successful communities. The second edition of t...


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Thomas Cook insolvency – a lesson in employee rights

In a statement to Parliament, Grant Shapps MP has provided an update on the Thomas Cook collapse and outlined the steps being taken to support employees affected. He said: “The task before us represents the largest peacetime repatriation ...