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Chancellor announces get-fit regime

An extra £3 billion to prepare for Brexit over the next two years and a vision of an economy that is ‘fit for the future’ were at the heart of the Chancellor’s Autumn statement. And despite downgrading growth and productivity forecasts, after public sector net borrowing hit £8bn in October, Philip Hammond announced a raft of new investments. Alongside the £3bn set aside for Brexit, he plans to inject £6.3bn into the NHS and £500m to support emerging technological development, such as Artificial Intelligence.
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Lessons for business from the #metoo headlines

Following the allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein and other leading figures, businesses need to make sure they have clear policies to inspire the right culture in their workplace.

The initial revelations about the Hollywood mogul inspired many to open up about their experiences of sexual abuse and harassment, flooding social media with millions of posts and tweets using the hashtag #metoo.
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Family finances make divorce negotiations increasingly complex

Divorce rates are on the rise, according to the latest statistics, and with the increase in the value of family assets, couples should be more open to making arrangements in respect of their financial affairs during the good times according to professionals.

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the overall rate of divorce for opposite-sex couples has increased for the first time since 2009, at 5.8% in 2016, with men and women aged 45 to 49 recording the highest number of divorces. Women continue to be more likely to petition for divorce in opposite-sex marriages, at 61% in 2016, and this trend was reflected among same-sex couples, with female couples accounting for 78% of such divorces. The most common ground for divorce continues to be unreasonable behaviour, with 36% of all husbands and 51% of all wives petitioning for divorce on this ground. Continue reading

How enforceable is the Living Wage

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) has ensured that everyone gets a minimum amount of pay per hour, anyone paid less than this can bring a legal claim against their employer for the difference in pay received and the NMW.

However, the government has introduced the National Living Wage (NLW), which is mandatory for workers aged 25 and above, and is currently set at £7.50.  For workers aged under 25, though, the NLW is not mandatory, and employers can choose either to pay them more, or to stick to the mandatory NMW. It’s important to remember that the National Minimum Wage is mandatory across the board, regardless of an employee’s age. Continue reading

Can’t pay – Can they really take it away?

The popularity of programmes portraying the day to day encounters that High Court Enforcement Officers have with individuals and businesses highlights the sheer amount of personal and business debt in the UK today.  According to figures provided by the Money Charity, it is thought that the average debt per adult (including mortgage payments) is £30,277.  This is more than 114% of the average wage. Continue reading

The Rights of Grandparents

In a divorce, nobody really comes out of the process a ‘winner’. Difficulties between former spouses can sour relationships not just between them, but throughout the wider family group too. Courts do their very best to protect the interests and the wellbeing of the most vulnerable members of the family, the children. What about the older relatives? In a divorce situation, what rights do grandparents have, and how should they deal with what is always a very painful and emotional situation? Continue reading

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