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Saturday, 17 March 2012 10:59

Cable Guy

Written by Jonathan Lord
Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched a consultation over plans that could make it easier for small firms to sack employees, sparking a split between employers and unions. Speaking at the British Chambers of Commerce's annual conference, Mr Cable called for views on the idea of "compensated no-fault dismissal" for small businesses with fewer than 10 employees. The notion means someone could be fired without explanation and with payment of a set amount of compensation. The Government's controversial plans to allow micro firms to dismiss employees more easily have gone out to consultation. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has launched a call for evidence on whether current dismissal procedures are too onerous, too complex and whether or not there is a lack of understanding in their application. Views are also requested on the idea of compensated no-fault dismissal for micro-businesses, that is those firms with fewer than ten employees. Under such a system, a business would be able to dismiss a worker from a micro-business, where no fault had been identified on the part of the employee, with the payment of a set amount of compensation. Announcing the plans, Business Secretary, Vince Cable, said: "The UK already has one of the world's most flexible, adaptable labour markets, making it one of our strengths and it stands up very well in international comparisons. However, we recognise that there is room for improvement which balances the needs of business while ensuring that the necessary employment protections are upheld. "We are…
Friday, 09 March 2012 11:46

Cash incentives to find jobs for ex-offenders

Written by Jonathan Lord
Companies and charities are to receive 5,600 each time they get an ex-prisoner back into work and keep them employed for more than two years, the Department for Work and Pensions has announced. Under a scheme revealed by ministers on Tuesday, anyone leaving prison in England, Wales and Scotland and claiming jobseekers' allowance will be referred to the government's work programme on "day one" of their release. The move forms part of wider efforts to reduce reoffending by getting prisoners to work a 40-hour week while in custody to prepare them for the routine and discipline of taking a job once their sentence is complete. The idea was first mooted in the aftermath of the summer riots when Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, said inmates would be "met at the prison gates" by work programme officials who would help them to avoid the "dismal cycle of repeat crime". The plan follows a lengthy project between the DWP and the Ministry of Justice to share information about prisoner releases and benefit claims. Official figures released on Tuesday show nearly half of offenders released in 2008 were on unemployment benefits two years later. Those who claim jobseekers' allowance on leaving prison spend on average 40 per cent more time on benefits over the next three years than the average claimant. Chris Grayling, employment minister, said that former inmates were left in a dangerous limbo as soon as they left prison because they were not eligible for benefits until a week after…
Friday, 09 March 2012 11:39

Try not to fall asleep

Written by Jonathan Lord
Chancellor George Osborne MP addresses the EEF Manufacturers' Dinner 2012. His full speech has been detailed below where he asks for companies to back his 'no fault' dismissal proposals. "Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. I am very grateful to EEF for inviting me to speak tonight. I want to congratulate Martin Temple and everyone at the EEF for their dedication to British manufacturing. Your campaigns on issues such as research and development tax credits, regulatory burdens and access to finance have shaped the Government's reforms, helping thousands of manufacturers across the country. As you know better than any, we're facing a tough economic environment right now. Although there are signs that confidence is starting to rise in the British economy, with some more positive economic data since the start of the year. And while recent action by the ECB has eased some of the immediate concerns about the euro zone, more needs to be done to reach a lasting solution. One of my concerns right now is the effect that tensions in the Middle East are having on the oil price, just as inflation has begun to fall. We don't get to choose the global environment which we operate in. We do get to choose how we respond whether we duck the choices facing our generation or whether we take the tough decisions that will secure Britain's long-term prosperity. I simply don't accept the argument made by some at home and abroad that the "the UK has no industry".…
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