Business and Other Briefings

DIUS:  The minimum weekly earnings for all apprentices in England will be increased from £80 to £95 a week from August 2009, Skills Secretary, John Denham and Children's Secretary Ed Balls have announced.
 
The average net earnings of an apprentice each week is £170 but the Government wants to ensure that the earnings of all apprentices are fair and that they should reflect the support given to young people pursuing other qualifications.  The new £95 minimum will benefit an estimated 26,000 (about 10%) apprentices, mostly those in traditional less well paid sectors such as hair dressing and social care - of whom 90% are women.
 Press release ~ Apprenticeship Pay: 2007 Survey of Earnings by Sector ~ Draft Apprenticeships Bill ~ Apprenticeships ~ World-class Apprenticeships ~ National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) ~ Fifth annual Apprentice Awards - Learning & Skills Council ~ Modern Apprenticeships - Scotland ~ Ofsed: ‘The impact of programme-led apprenticeships' ~ LSC - Programme Led Apprenticeships ~ A Strategy for Programme-led Apprenticeships in England 2007–2010 ~ Time to Train consultation ~ UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) ~ Unlocking Talent leaflet ~ Leitch Review ~ LSC: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives, Our statement of Priorities
 
LBRO:  The Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) has highlighted that some of Britain's biggest businesses and most innovative councils are to pioneer a new type of regulatory partnership designed to ensure that key trading laws are applied consistently across the UK.
 
Retail giants B&Q, Boots, John Lewis, Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose are gearing up to test the new Primary Authority partnerships with council regulators in Bracknell Forest, City of London, Dundee, Eastleigh, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Highland, Nottinghamshire, Wakefield, West Yorkshire and Westminster.  Government estimates suggest the scheme could eventually save business up to £48m a year.
 
The statutory Primary Authority scheme run by the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) will be available to all businesses that operate across many local authorities from April 2009, with the test phase running from October 2008 to March 2009.
Press release ~ Primary Authority partnerships ~ Hampton review ~ Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO)
 
HMRCRevenue & Customs 42/08
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