Fact Service January 2018

Issue 3 (18/01/2018) - Retail inflation hits six-year high; Stiff upper lip rules or maybe not?; Economic insecurity more widespread; Blue Monday how I hate Blue Monday
; Watchdog unsure of benefits of PFI


Issue 2 (11/01/2018) - Twenty nine executives pocket over £70m


; Gender pay gap in civil service revealed; Unions welcome action on laser pens; Factory output at a 10-year high; Divest from carbon - UNISON guide

Issue 1 (04/01/2018) - Will Britain get a pay rise this year?; Companies that face shareholder dissent; Knight review on e-balloting by unions

; UK economy grows in third quarter 2017
; Pay penalty suffered by agency workers; Some improvement in balance of payments

Issue 3

Retail inflation hits six-year high
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Retail price inflation ended 2017 on a six-year high, official figures show.
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Stiff upper lip rules or maybe not?
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Health insurance providers have vying for attention with surveys on two topics presenteeism and sickness absence.
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Economic insecurity more widespread
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A stark warning that economic insecurity is more widespread than previously thought has been issued a think tank. 
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Blue Monday how I hate Blue Monday
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Monday 15 January is Blue Monday — claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. More than two-fifths (42%) of respondents believe that winter ...
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Watchdog unsure of benefits of PFI
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There is still a lack of data available on the benefits of private finance procurement, according to the public spending watchdog, the National Audit ...
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Issue 2

Twenty nine executives pocket over £70m
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Twenty nine executives who received a remuneration package of at least £1 million start off the Fact Service reporting season. 
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Gender pay gap in civil service revealed
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A number of civil service departments have published their gender pay gaps, with the Department for Transport recording the widest, at 16.9%.
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Unions welcome action on laser pens
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There has been a welcome from unions to government initiatives on the importing of laser pens and the misuse of such pens.
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Factory output at a 10-year high
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Manufacturing output continued its expansion in the second half of 2017 and was at its highest level for 10 years, official figures show.

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Divest from carbon — UNISON guide
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A campaign to encourage local government pension funds to divest from carbon has been launched by the public services union UNISON.
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Issue 1

Will Britain get a pay rise this year?
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Yes, says the CBI employer’s body. Companies will continue to match inflation pay awards where they can, according to its latest Employment trends. ...
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Companies that face shareholder dissent
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Pay-related issues top the list of shareholder concerns in the world’s first ever Public Register of listed companies that have faced significant ...
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Knight review on e-balloting by unions
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An official review, headed by Sir Ken Knight, into electronic voting for industrial action ballots has been described as a “missed opportunity” ...
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UK economy grows in third quarter 2017
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The UK economy grew 0.4% in the third quarter, unchanged from the previous estimate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
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Pay penalty suffered by agency workers
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Agency workers are losing out to a tune of £400 million a year because they are paid less than their employee equivalents, new analysis published by ...
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Some improvement in balance of payments
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The UK’s current account deficit narrowed by £3.0 billion to £22.8 billion in the third quarter of 2017 from the second quarter’s deficit of £2 ...
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