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Living Wage campaign targets ‘unscrupulous’ bosses

The government has launched a new campaign to raise awareness among workers who are being underpaid. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is investing £1.7m to encourage workers to check their pay to ensure they are receiving at least the statutory minimum ahead of the national minimum and national living wages rising…
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Productivity push can help soften impact of NLW

Foodservice and hospitality businesses are failing to adopt existing practices and technologies to help them manage the impact of the national living wage. Instead, they are offsetting the higher wage bills by reducing overtime pay, for example, or raising prices – neither of which is sustainable in the long-term, according to new research by the…
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News review

Forget ethics, say consumers   HAS YOUGOV managed to deliver the first survey in which consumers have answered honestly in relation to their ethical purchasing habits? The pollster (along with Winkworth Sherwood) found that only 7% of the UK population say that ethical concerns about slavery, forced labour and human trafficking have the same or…
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Living wage hits £9.40 in London

THE LONDON living wage has risen from £9.15 per hour to £9.40, or 23% higher than the government’s new national living wage set to be introduced in April next year. Outside of London, the living wage has also been adjusted, increasing from £7.85 to £8.25 per hour, again much higher than the new minimum wage.…
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Numbers you need to know

Sign of the times More than 144,000 people signed a petition in support of a 7p charge on every regular-sized can of soft drink with added sugar. As is parliamentary protocol, the government considered the topic for debate. And then said no.   Hit hard in the pocket The hospitality sector’s wage bill will rise 3.4%…
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Pay attention

THE NATIONAL minimum wage for those over the age of 21 has just gone up from £6.50 to £6.70. Apparently, 74% of businesses didn’t realise. Apprentices also got their biggest ever pay rise this month – up 57p to £3.30 an hour. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills called the survey’s findings a “revelation”. It…
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News in review

SALT LINKED to obesity in new study. (Small) bonus for female workers. Blow for minimum price deal on alcohol. Be careful with burgers. Pop star’s plea on climate change.                             Salt in the spotlight CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS has been made to reduce the consumption…
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Apetito joins ethical trading initiative

APETITO HAS joined the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to support worker rights around the globe. The company, which provides frozen meals to hospitals, care homes and local authorities, has said it is committed to improving working conditions throughout their supply chain.   Apetito also recently committed to providing the Living Wage to 100% of its…
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Living wage could hurt future profits, says pub group

MITCHELLS AND Butlers has raised concerns over the impact of the National Living Wage after posting overall sales growth in its third quarter trading.                           The pub group warned that as “a major employer of more than 42,000 people”, the National Living Wage,…
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Ikea first national retailer to promise living wage

IKEA, THE Swedish retail giant, has become the first national UK retailer to promise to pay its staff the living wage. This means that staff throughout its 18 UK stores will receive a minimum basic rate of £7.85, or £9.15 if they are based in London. This is because the cost of living is higher…
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