Politics & Legislation


Payday lending: tougher new rules welcomed by government

UK HM Treasury News Story - 3 October 2013
New payday lending rules put consumers first, explains Economic Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid.

Tough new payday lending rules put forward by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are a clear signal to the payday lending market that they need to get their houses in order, Treasury minister [...]

Scrap metal laws to stop metal theft come into force

UK Home Office - 1 October 2013
Rogue traders who buy and sell scrap metal for cash face £5,000 fine under new laws designed to stamp out metal theft.
All scrap metal dealers will need to apply to their local council for a licence to operate under new rules which come into effect today (1 October 2013).
The [...]

Charge for single use carrier bags to be introduced

A five pence mandatory charge for single use carrier bags will be introduced from Autumn 2015, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced today.
Last year, over seven billion carrier bags were issued by supermarkets in England. Far too many ended up in landfill or scattered around our streets and rivers killing wildlife and costing tax-payers [...]

Councils’ fear for high streets

Revised planning rules coming into force in England could lead to new clusters of betting shops and money lenders, accoding to local councils.
See BBC web site for the full story.

Scrap metal dealers will have to hold licences

All scrap metal dealers will have to hold licences as strict new regulations penalising rogue traders became law today (March 1st 2013).
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act, which will come into effect later this year, will require metal dealers to satisfy their local authority that they are a legitimate trader. It will give local authorities and [...]

BBC News - Nursery ratios raised to cut childcare costs

The government announces plans to relax the official child to adult ratios in nurseries and other childcare settings.
See: BBC News - Nursery ratios raised to cut childcare costs.

Cameron speech on Britain’s relationship with the EU

BBC iPlayer - Recorded coverage of Prime Minister David Cameron making a keynote speech on Britain’s relationship with the European Union from Wednesday 23 January 2013
Recorded coverage of Prime Minister David Cameron making a keynote speech on Britain’s relationship with the European Union from Wednesday 23 January 2013
Cameron -
…[12.12] So, let me set out my [...]

European Parliament adopts deeply flawed unitary patent

European Parliament adopts deeply flawed unitary patent, gives up power over innovation policy
Today, the European Parliament has adopted a proposal to create a patent with unitary effect for Europe. This decision will leave Europe with a patent system that is both deeply flawed and prone to overreach. It also ends democratic control of Europe’s innovation [...]

Essex Business Seminar - The Bribery Act - implications for your business, March 6th 2012

Business Seminar: The Bribery Act - implications for your business
Date: Tuesday 6th March 2012
Time: 08.30 am to 10.00 am at,
Venue: Birkett Long, Basildon SS14 3EZ
The organisers, Birkett Long solicitors say:
The Bribery Act came into force on 1 July 2011 surrounded by a great deal of hype and uncertainty. Rather than jump in at the [...]

Summary of UK Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2011

The Chancellor has today delivered his autumn statement to Parliament, alongside the publication of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s updated forecasts for growth and borrowing. He announced permanent reductions in spending to ensure that the UK meets its fiscal targets, using some of those savings in the short term to fund infrastructure investment to generate [...]

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