Fact Service April 2018

Issue 16 (19/04/2018) - Exposure to asbestos
; Inflation at its lowest for a year

; Number of jobless people resumes its fall; Total earnings growth takes a hit in February




Issue 15 (12/04/2018) - Factory output slows down this year and last; Lack of support for low-skilled staff; Forty directors pocket total of over £210m; MPs outline package of pension proposals


; University is trying to derecognise unions

Issue 14 (05/04/2018) - Splashing the cash on consultants and pay-off; Balance of payment's deficit narrows in 2017; Government consults on bereavement leave; Rights of workers in UK supply chain; Postal group fined over safety; New Acas guidance on agency workers; Growth in economy revised upwards

Issue 16

Exposure to asbestos
 (317 words)

Nearly one in four UK construction workers believe they may have been exposed to asbestos fibres, placing them at higher risk of contracting terminal ...
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Inflation at its lowest for a year
 (410 words)

Retail price inflation has fallen for a third consecutive month and is now at its lowest since March 2017.
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Number of jobless people resumes its fall
 (626 words)

Unemployed numbers fell for the first time this year, official figures show.
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Total earnings growth takes hit in February
 (609 words)

The erosion of average weekly earnings has continued in the second month of the new year.
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Issue 15

Factory output slows down this year and last
 (262 words)

Manufacturing output has continued its expansion in 2018, but at a slower rate, and 2017’s growth was not as healthy as first thought, official ...
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Lack of support for low-skilled staff
 (276 words)

Key challenges for three groups in the labour market are identified in a survey form the HR professional, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and ...
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Forty directors pocket total of over £210m
 (838 words)

Last year proved a healthy one financially for the 40 top executives in Fact Service’s latest tranche of 2017 remuneration deals in UK's largest ...
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MPs outline package of pension proposals 
 (425 words)

A simple package of measures to create better informed, more engaged pensions savers — and offer a default decumulation pathway to protect the less ...
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University is trying to derecognise unions
 (308 words)

The University of South Wales has been accused by the GMB general union of deliberately trying to circumvent unionisation in the ongoing university ...
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Issue 14

Splashing the cash on consultants and pay-off
 (440 words)

A private consultancy firm was paid more than £930,000 to make “efficiency” suggestions by Northamptonshire County Council, including £170,000 ...
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Balance of payment's deficit narrows in 2017
 (389 words)

Last year, the UK’s current account deficit narrowed substantially on the back of a lower trade deficit, official figures show.
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Government consults on bereavement leave
 (171 words)

The government has announced a consultation into parental bereavement leave and pay.
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Rights of workers in UK supply chain
 (502 words)

The government should give UK supply-chain workers the right to challenge their "parent employer" over minimum wage and holiday pay abuses, says the ...
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Postal group fined £1.6m over safety
 (211 words)

Royal Mail received its biggest ever health and safety fine last December, the CWU communications workers’ union has revealed.
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New Acas guidance on agency workers
 (291 words)

The employment relation service Acas has updated its guidance on agency workers.
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Growth in economy revised upwards
 (121 words)

The UK economy performed slightly better than previously thought last year.
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