BCC calls for NLW wage rise to help low paid manage inflation pressures

In its response to the Low Pay Commission Consultation, the British Chambers of Commerce calls for a rise in the National Living Wage (NLW) to help low paid workers deal with the consequences of inflation without pricing people out of jobs. The leading business organisation has recommended an increase of 2.7% in the National Living … Read more

Town centre parking charges set to increase for the first time in six years

Parking charges in St Helens town centre will increase for the first time in six years, as St Helens Council looks to make savings of £7.4 million in 2017/18. Tariffs in council run car parks and on-street parking in the town centre will increase from Monday 1st May. Free Parking on Saturdays and on weekdays … Read more

Government sets out plans to upgrade UK energy infrastructure and increase clean energy investment

First £290m of Contracts for Difference funding for renewable electricity; consultation on proposals to end unabated coal power generation by 2025 The Government has today reaffirmed its commitment to spend £730m of annual support on renewable electricity projects over this parliament, and set out further details for the next Contracts for Difference auction where companies … Read more

Public unaware of the factors that increase the risk of dementia

Just 2% of people in Britain can identify all the health and lifestyle factors that can increase risk of developing dementia. More than a quarter (28%) of the British public is unable to correctly identify any potentially modifiable risk factor for developing dementia, according to new findings from the British Social Attitudes survey, which was … Read more

TUC challenges surge in racist abuse following EU vote

Unions, employers and the government must redouble efforts to tackle the increase in racism following the vote to leave the EU, according to a new TUC report released today (Monday). The UK has seen a major spike in reports of racist and xenophobic incidents since the referendum, with the National Police Chiefs’ Council reporting a … Read more