Business and Other Briefings

HO: The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has reviewed the following occupations: all healthcare & engineering occupations, chefs, teachers (further/higher, secondary, primary, and special needs education teaching professionals), town planners, managers in construction, quantity surveyors, ship & hovercraft officers, veterinary surgeons, sheep shearers, work riders, ballet dancers, skilled fish filleters, meat boners & trimmers.
 
All the occupations included in the original recommended shortage occupation lists have now been reviewed at least once since the first recommendations in 2008.
Press release ~ Shortage occupation list ~ Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)
 
FSCSIcesave or other UK Landsbanki customers wishing to be compensated need to send their claim to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) by 30 October 2009.  After this date customers may not be able to claim compensation.

Out of about 298,000 customer accounts only 1,500 accounts remain for which no application for compensation has been made.  There was more than £2.5m in these accounts when Icesave went into default.
 
Customers concerned about their application forms not reaching the FSCS, due to postal strikes, can submit a scanned version of their application form or email the relevant information to the FSCS.  Customers who want to submit a claim in this way should contact the FSCS on 0800 678 1100 or 020 7892 7300, or by email at enquiries@fscs.org.uk.
Press release ~ FSCS
 
HMRCRevenue & Customs Brief 66/09
Draft legislation and guidance on changes to the Sideways Loss Relief rules.
Multi-Agency Collaboration in UK Government: Latest report