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UK Must Ratify Paris Agreement According To Environment Secretary

The historic measures decided at the climate change discussions last year should be implemented without delay by the UK Government, Roseanna Cunningham, the Environment Secretary, said today. With the United States and China having confirmed their ratification of the Paris Agreement, Ms Cunningham has written to Greg Clark – the UK...


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Half Of Zero Hours Contract Workers Increase Is Among People Aged 25 Plus

The Resolution Foundation responded to the most recent ONS figures by stating zero hours contracts have gone beyond the student job market, with half of the increase attributed to workers aged 25 and over. The figures also reveal that the number of people on zero hours contracts has risen...


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Are Flies and Earthworms Next After Badger Cull, MPs Tell Minister

The Humane Society International UK, in response to the debate at Westminster Hall on the badger cull and bovine TB, has criticised the government for ignoring scientific evidence against culling badgers as a method for eradicating bTB. The organisation argues that, despite opposition to the cull from animal welfare campaigners,...


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Low Paid Workers Could Be £1,000 Worse Off

Resolution Foundation predicts some full-time workers to be £1,000 a year worse off by 2020 with women, the young and older workers affected the most. Earlier this year, the introduction of the NLW delivered an average 7.5 per cent pay rise to around 4.5 million workers aged 25 and...


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Reaction From Campaigners To Controversial Trans-Pennine Road Tunnel Plans

The government have revealed a shortlist of five potential routes for the Trans-Pennine road tunnel linking Manchester with Sheffield and Campaign for Better Transport have responded. Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said: “Building new roads generates new traffic, adding to pollution and congestion in communities at...


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Minimum Wage Dodgers To Be Named And Shamed

Further enforcement resources will be needed as the number of workers on wage floor is set to treble Commenting on the government’s publication (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/largest-ever-list-of-national-minimum-wage-offenders-published) of 200 employers who have been fined for not paying the National Minimum Wage, Conor D’Arcy, Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “There is no...


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Lords Legacy: Cameron’s Appointments Generates £13m Bill For Taxpayers

The 189 appointments to the House of Lords, as chosen by David Cameron, have already cost the taxpayer more than £13m since he became Prime Minister – before the 16 new appointments have even claimed expenses. According to new research by the Electoral Reform Society, the total cost of...


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Offshore Wind Industry Can Create Jobs In East Coast Ports To Boost Economy

A new strategic report of east coast port facilities has identified the enormous potential of the offshore wind sector to create jobs and accelerate wider economic growth on the east coast of Britain. It has found that east coast ports, from East Anglia to Scotland, have the capability to support the...


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‘Sorry Legacy’ For Cameron’s Lords Appointments

The Electoral Reform Society has expressed their disappointment at the appointment of 16 Peers courtesy of David Cameron’s resignation honours list, making the second chamber more expansive and costly than ever. Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said: “For a Prime Minister who promised to cut the cost...


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Hinkley Point C Review Gives Somerset Opportunity To Be Sustainable Energy Hub For England

A few days have passed since the Government shocked the energy industry by revealing another review of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, a few hours after EDF had approved the project. Although we may never know exactly what has gone on behind the scenes it is clear that...


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Government Misses Air Pollution Report Deadline

The government has failed to report to Parliament on its planned action to address air pollution, ignoring the deadline set by a committee of MPs. In April this year, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Efra), a cross-party parliamentary group which acts as a policy watchdog for Defra,...


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EU Emission Targets Don’t Meet Paris Agreement Goals

EU countries’ climate targets are too weak to prevent devastating climate change. According to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the Commission missed an important opportunity to scale up EU climate action in today’s proposal by failing to introduce a ratchet-up mechanism to increase targets over time and by refusing...


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‘Breakaway Unit’ Needed For Social Enterprise And Social Investment SEUK Says

Minister Rob Wilson has been moved from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK has responded to this decision. Holbrook said: “Social enterprises are businesses and need to be recognised as such by Government. We would...


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ClientEarth Reaction To IPPR Report

Alan Andrews, Lawyer for ClientEarth, has responded to the IPPR report into air pollution in the midst of ClientEarth’s case against the government over air pollution. Andrews stated: “This report should send a clear message to the UK government that an ambitious and bold Clean Air Act is needed for...


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Bottom-Up Approach Better Than Top-Down In Banking Culture New Report Suggests

A report recently published by NEST indicates that firms who rely on the mantra of “Tone from the Top” may not be achieving optimum results in terms of embedding the desired culture in their firms. The research, revealed at a CISI seminar this week, points to the need for engagement by...