Fact Service July 2019

Issue 29 (18/07/2019) - Retail price inflation cut to 2.9%


; Unemployment falls by a further 51,000


; How industrial change can deliver better jobs
; Welcome boost to average earnings

Issue 28 (11/07/2019) - Economy grows slowly; Courts again deny BT a change to indexation

; Wide pay gaps across various ethnic groups; Just transition to a greener economy; Firms fail to publish parental leave policies

Issue 27 (04/07/2019) - Pay bill for 34 executives comes to £84m; Working in hot weather; Stockpiling distorts UK economic growth data; Gig economy doubles in size in three years; Privatisation of care contract abandoned; Firefighters win in pension dispute

Issue 29

Retail price inflation cut to 2.9%
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Cheaper petrol offset by dearer household goods, such as furniture, helped cut inflation last month, according to official data.
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Unemployment falls by a further 51,000
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Unemployed dipped below the 1.3 million mark, official figures show.
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How industrial change can deliver better jobs
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Successful models for industrial transformation at local level are examined in a report from the TUC.
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Welcome boost to average earnings
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Average weekly earnings posted as second consecutive monthly increase in growth, according to the Office for National Statistics. 
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Issue 28

Economy grows slowly 
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The economy continues to grow, but at a slower rate, according to new official data.
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Courts again deny BT a change to indexation
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Telecoms giant BT has lost its most recent attempt to change the indexation arrangements of part of its pension scheme, after the Supreme Court ...
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Wide pay gaps across various ethnic groups
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Workers of Bangladeshi heritage have the lowest median hourly pay of any ethnic group, earning 20.2% less than white British workers, the first ...
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Just transition towards a greener economy
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A roadmap to meeting the needs of working people in the transition to a low-carbon economy has been published by the TUC.
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Firms fail to publish parental leave policies
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Less than a quarter of the top 100 firms publish their parental leave policies, according to the Mumsnet website.
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Issue 27

Pay bill for 34 executives comes to £84m
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Summertime and the living is easy. It certainly is for the 34 top executives, whose latest remuneration package is worth over £1 million a year and ...
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Working in hot weather
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Summertime brings with it the possibility of a heatwave and people having to work in sweltering conditions.
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Stockpiling distorts UK economic growth data
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Official figures show that the economy grew as first thought in the first quarter of 2019.
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Gig economy doubles in size in three years
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The number of people doing gig economy work has doubled in the last three years, according to new TUC and Foundation for European Foundation ...
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Privatisation of care contract abandoned (207 words)

NHS bosses in the north west have abandoned a plan to hand an urgent care contract to a private company following an outcry.
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Firefighters win in pension dispute 
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The FBU firefighters’ union has secured a major victory in its long-running dispute with the government over changes made to firefighters’ ...
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