Commission calls for calm over planned NLW hikes

Employers that were braced to absorb substantial changes to the national living wage (NLW) in Budget 2019 have been handed a stay of execution. The Low Pay Commission has held fire on recommending future NLW rates beyond 2020/21 and urged caution over the Treasury...

Election prompts mixed responses from business groups

Parliament's decision to push for a General Election on 12 December 2019 has prompted a mixed reaction from business groups. MPs overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call to hold an election by 438-20, with the bill set to be fast-tracked through the...

Businesses gripped by Brexit inertia

More UK firms plan to downscale business investment in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has claimed. The BCC polled 1,590 businesses of all sizes and sectors and found that 24% would revise investment plans down, while only 4%...

Carers’ allowance in line for reform

Changes could be made to the carers' allowance, following a select committee's stinging criticism of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The carers' allowance is paid to people who provide more than 35 hours a week of care, usually for a family member who...

Firms urged to step up no-deal preparations

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned that 24 of 27 areas of the UK economy face disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit. It issued the warning in a report, which also contained 200 recommendations to advise what measures businesses can take to...