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The humiliating U-turn over the National Insurance hike was necessary to maintain voters' trust, Philip Hammond said as he sought to protect his position. The Chancellor was forced into an extraordinary about-turn after coming under pressure from Tory backbenchers and business groups to drop the hike in contributions from the…
The average pay of public sector workers is falling following years of wage restraint coupled with rising inflation, a new report reveals. The Resolution Foundation forecast that average real pay will fall back below 2004/5 levels by the end of the current Parliament in 2020. On current trends, the average…
A self-employed woman forced to take a pay cut to become a full-time carer has urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to "see sense and reconsider" his controversial increase in National Insurance contributions (NICs), claiming: "You are risking my livelihood." Claire Hovey, 32, and partner Chris Edwards, also 32, have been live-in…
Caps on spending on agency staff in the NHS in England have been "largely unsuccessful" in luring temporary staff to work in the health service, a new report has found. In 2015, health officials announced a package of measures to clamp down on agency spending, including caps on the hourly…
The Government has named and shamed 360 businesses for underpaying thousands of workers a total of almost £1 million. The biggest ever list of offenders included employers in hairdressing, retail, hospitality and care homes. Excuses for underpaying workers included using tips to top up pay, docking wages to pay for…
The number of workers without guaranteed hours or basic employment rights has soared by more than 660,000 in the past five years, a study reveals. The TUC said its research showed those affected by the jump in so-called insecure work included waiters, care workers and education staff. The rise of…
Pregnant women and new mothers could be given greater protection from being sacked under Government plans. Business minister Margot James said there would be "zero tolerance" of discrimination against expectant or new mothers in the workplace. The Government will consult on options to make sure there are sufficient protections against…
Skills for Care’s latest briefing, Pay In The Adult Social Care Sector, uses intelligence from its NMDS-SC workforce model to focus on the impact of the National Living Wage on care providers. The report provides an early insight into the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) - which came…
Care homes are losing staff to Asda because of the funding crisis in the social care sector, a Labour MP has claimed. Kate Green said providers in her Stretford and Urmston constituency are "haemorrhaging" workers because councils do not have sufficient funding to commission services which pay people at a…
Tens of thousands of people who care for people with learning disabilities could face losing their jobs unless more money is pumped into the sector, a charity has warned. By 2020, rises in the National Living Wage (NLW) will add an extra £460 million to wage bills in the sector,…
Health workers' leaders are urging the Government to reconsider the controversial 1% cap on pay rises, warning that wages have dropped "dramatically" in recent years. A letter by 15 unions representing NHS staff calls on the Chancellor to stop putting pressure on the sector's Pay Review Body to keep rises…
The number of care workers on zero-hours contracts has jumped from one in 10 of the sector’s workforce to one in seven in the past year, according to an analysis of official data. There is no specific legal definition of zero hour contracts however they are similar to normal contracts…
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