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Government confirms start date for Plastic Packaging Tax May 25, 2021

The UK government has confirmed that its plastic packaging tax (PPT) will come into force on 1 April 2022. The PPT was announced in the Spring Budget and will be charged at a rate of £200 per metric ton of chargeable plastic packaging components of a single specification. It will apply to plastic packaging manufactured
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Record level of Apprenticeship Levy funds expired in 2020, research finds May 14, 2021

Research carried out by manufacturers’ organisation Make UK has revealed that a record level of Apprenticeship Levy funds expired in 2020 without being spent by businesses. The research revealed that £1,039 million in Levy funds expired in the nine months from May 2020 without being spent by firms. Expired funds cannot be used. Make UK
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Businesses planning to adopt ‘hybrid’ working after easing of COVID restrictions May 14, 2021

A survey carried out by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has found that businesses are planning to adopt so-called ‘hybrid’ working once the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions are fully lifted. The survey of 600 business leaders revealed that 63% of firms intend to shift towards one to four days of remote working per week. One
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Next step of roadmap out of lockdown to take effect from 17 May May 14, 2021

From 17 May, indoor hospitality businesses are permitted to re-open and households will be allowed to mix as the next step of the government’s roadmap out of the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown takes effect. Under the next stage of the government’s roadmap for lifting England’s lockdown, pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues are set to
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CBI calls for more clarity on COVID-19 roadmap May 14, 2021

The government must provide further details on its roadmap out of lockdown to bolster the economic recovery, says the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). At present, social distancing guidelines mean only two-thirds of employees can physically work on premises, and firms are operating at 81% of pre-pandemic capacity, according to a CBI survey. Consequently, without clarity on the future direction of travel for some
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