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Government announces new start date for flexible working extension March 18, 2014

The Government has announced that the right to request flexible working arrangements will now be extended to all employees with effect from 30 June 2014, following a previous delay to the Children and Families Bill earlier this year. Currently, qualifying carers of adults and all parents of children aged 16 or under (or disabled children
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Cutting tuition fees ‘could fill skills vacuum’, says CBI March 18, 2014

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called on the Government to cut tuition fees for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, in a bid to fill the UK ‘skills vacuum’. According to the business group, key areas of the UK economy are encountering problems due to a lack of skilled workers, with a
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MPs call for ‘fundamental reform’ of business rates system March 5, 2014

The business rates system must be fundamentally reformed if it is to play a viable role in the economy, according to a committee of MPs. The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has warned that the existing system is not fit for purpose, and has called for a study into whether retail tax should be based
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Final quarter economic growth for 2013 March 5, 2014

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released official figures that show the UK economy grew by 0.7% in the final months of 2013, as was previously estimated. The ONS said that business investment in this quarter rose 2.4% from the previous quarter and was up 8.5% from the previous year. Other factors that influenced
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Business group says medium-sized businesses must be nurtured March 5, 2014

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called upon Chancellor George Osborne to support medium-sized businesses in the coming Budget. Access to finance and competitive banking are the key to improving growth for small and medium business, said the CBI, along with help for meeting high energy costs. In previous months, research by the business
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