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Len Shackleton
7 March 2013
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  As we move towards the budget we will be hearing more and more warnings about the impact of further cuts in public sector employment. One line, pursued repeatedly by the TUC and the...
Len Shackleton
20 February 2013
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Today’s labour market figures again present a largely positive picture, with unemployment falling once more, employment rising sharply, and economic inactivity falling. But there is plenty...
Len Shackleton
8 January 2013
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The Labour Party has created a stir in advance of today’s vote on restricting benefit increases by proposing a ‘jobs guarantee’ for 130,000 long-term unemployed. This would be...
Len Shackleton
15 November 2012
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This week Nick Clegg has announced the government’s intention to extend to all employees the right to request flexible working. This proposal seems not to have excited much concern amongst...
Len Shackleton
9 October 2012
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  After apparently backing away from comprehensive schemes for liberalising the labour market, the government yesterday made a small gesture in this direction. In his Conservative conference...
Len Shackleton
1 October 2012
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It is very difficult to deregulate the labour market. Here is a timely case in point – the continuing existence of the Agricultural Wages Board, which sets the new rates of pay for various...
Len Shackleton
20 September 2012
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  Patrick McLoughlin and Michael Gove are competent and well-thought-of Secretaries of State. As Conservatives, they presumably assert from time to time generalities about the virtues of...
Len Shackleton
11 September 2012
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Last week Ed Miliband suggested that a new Labour government could introduce a requirement for all government contractors to pay a ‘living wage’ well in excess of the national minimum...
Len Shackleton
9 August 2012
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  The UK’s centrally-planned universities could do with a real shake-up, and we need to create new institutional forms if they are to be effective in the future. One way to do this is...
Len Shackleton
21 June 2012
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I admit that I’ve never been a fan of Jimmy Carr and am surprised to learn just how much he has apparently been earning for his rather predictable anti-establishment comedy. But if...
Len Shackleton
24 May 2012
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Adrian Beecroft’s suggestions to lift some of the burden which employment regulation places on business deserve a fuller consideration than they appear to be getting from the government. The...
Len Shackleton
8 May 2012
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I am looking forward to the Olympics as I’m sure you are. But I’m also sure I’m not alone in wondering quite why we have needed to spend £9.3 billion (the Public Accounts...
Len Shackleton
27 April 2012
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Age discrimination is one of the fastest-growing categories of Employment Tribunal claim. In the last full year for which figures are available, there were 6800 claims, as against only 5200 the...
Len Shackleton
11 April 2012
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There is a scene in the old Marx Brothers film Horse Feathers where Groucho leads a bunch of academics in gowns and mortarboards in a song which goes:  ‘I don't care what you have...
Len Shackleton
27 March 2012
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  Two recent news stories indicate the pressures leading us away from a sensible policy on childcare and towards higher levels of public spending - in an area where the state was not...
Len Shackleton
22 February 2012
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The appointment of Professor Les Ebdon to lead OFFA, the Office of Fair Access, has been met with concern both from politicians – the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee rejected...
Len Shackleton
14 February 2012
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David Cameron’s trip to the Nordic-Baltic conference seems to have reinforced his view that companies should be pressurised into putting women on their boards. At present he favours Lord...
Len Shackleton
24 January 2012
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Vince Cable’s proposals on executive pay do not really amount to a great deal, but it is worrying that the coalition now seems to have firmly accepted that top pay in the private sector is...
Len Shackleton
12 January 2012
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Mark Blaug was the leading historian of economic thought of his generation, and the successive editions of his Economic Theory in Retrospect make the insights of the classical economists accessible...
Len Shackleton
9 January 2012
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The Prime Minister says that the government intends to act on what it sees as excessive executive pay. Apparently we “can’t tell people what they should be paid but (should act) where...