Fact Service October 2017

Issue 42 - Strip blacklister of Big Ben contract; Retail price inflation remains at 3.9%; Weak earnings growth hits living standards; UK unemployment falls but claimants rise

Issue 41 (12/10/2017) Guidance on mental health in workplace


; Five blackspots for pension provision
; Young workers lose out by up to £6,300 a year

; High fives for unions and their good work
; Race equality audit highlights divide

; Factory output rosier; Zero-hours congrats

Issue 40 (05/10/2017) Membership of pension schemes grows; Suspension of wage enforcement extended; Lenient sentence for vicious dog attack; Call for investment in mental health training; UK's current account deficit grows

Issue 42

Strip blacklister of Big Ben contract
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Over 70 MPs have so far signed an early day motion (EDM) tabled by Labour MP Chuka Umunna which calls for Sir Robert McAlpine to be stripped of the ...
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Retail price inflation remains at 3.9% 
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Retail price inflation was unchanged, but it may not be the end of its rise.
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Weak earnings growth hits living standards
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TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady breathed new life into the “Britain needs a pay rise” slogan on the release of the latest average weekly ...
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UK unemployment falls but claimants rise
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There was a 10th consecutive fall in unemployment, latest official figures show.
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Guidance on mental health in workplace
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Mental ill health costs employers in the UK £30 billion every year through lost production, recruitment and absence, according to the employment ...
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Five blackspots for pension provision
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A TUC analysis has identified pension blackspots in the UK — industries where workers are not enrolled into a pension scheme.
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Young workers lose out by up to £6,300 a year
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Workers aged under-25 are missing out on between £820 and £6,300 a year because they are not entitled to the statutory National Living Wage (NLW). ...
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High fives for unions and their good work
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New evidence of the good unions do has been published by the TUC in a series of reports.
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Race equality audit highlights divide
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Glaring disparities between white Britons and British ethnic minorities have been revealed in a national audit of racial inequality in public ...
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Factory output rosier
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UK factories contributed to an overall increase in the output of the production industries, official figures show.
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Zero-hours congrats
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The UK’s leading supplier of outsourced hospitality and housekeeping services is to show the door to zero-hours contracts.
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Membership of pension schemes grows
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Auto-enrolment of workers into an occupational pension scheme has boosted pension membership to its highest level.
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Suspension of wage enforcement extended
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Unions have raised concerns over the government’s extension for another month of no minimum wage enforcement in the social care sector.
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UK economic growth lags competitors
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The economy grew at its slowest annual pace since 2013 in the second quarter of the year, according to revised official figures.
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Lenient sentence for vicious dog attack
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An inadequate court sentence handed to an 
irresponsible dog owner and the failure to have dangerous dogs put down have been slammed by the CWU ...
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Call for investment in mental health training
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Employers should invest in mental health training, says the Business in the Community (BiTC).
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UK's current account deficit grows
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The UK’s current account deficit widened by £0.9 billion to £23.2 billion in the second quarter of 2017 compared with the first quarter, the ...
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