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Len Shackleton
5 July 2011
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The Office for National Statistics has published a new estimate of the size of the hourly pay gap between the public and private sectors. It shows that, after correcting for factors such as the...
Len Shackleton
10 June 2011
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One of the Coalition’s headline educational initiatives has been the introduction of the Pupil Premium, additional funding to schools for each ‘deprived’ child (the Department for...
Len Shackleton
19 May 2011
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I take no pleasure at all in reading about M. Strauss-Kahn, and of course remain agnostic about the truth of the lurid allegations against him. However I have a couple of observations which are...
Len Shackleton
11 May 2011
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David Willetts has added to the confusion surrounding university fees with a proposal to allow higher education institutions to admit extra home (UK and EU) students if they pay ‘full’...
Len Shackleton
29 March 2011
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The Times has revealed that 75% of universities are intending to charge at least £8000 when new undergraduate fees come into operation from next year, rather more than the coalition...
Len Shackleton
9 March 2011
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When top-up fees were introduced in England and Wales in 2006-7, squeamishness amongst MPs was mitigated by an obligation placed on universities and colleges to sign ‘access agreements...
Len Shackleton
18 February 2011
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A key part of promoting supply-side improvements in the UK economy has to be the loosening-up of employment regulation. Although the UK still has a rather freer labour market than some of its...
Len Shackleton
11 February 2011
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UK Uncut is a pressure group which has achieved prominence recently by publicising allegations of tax avoidance by firms such as Topshop, Vodafone, Tesco and Boots. Its visibility has been enhanced...
Len Shackleton
8 February 2011
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According to the Sunday Times, the European Commission is drawing up a "voluntary" code fixing a minimum (30% by 2015, 40% by 2020) proportion of women on company boards. If enough firms...
Len Shackleton
28 January 2011
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Business Secretary Vince Cable is proposing what the Financial Times calls "an employer-friendly shake-up of Employment Tribunals". Hmm. The proposals include an extension from one to...
Len Shackleton
17 January 2011
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The attractiveness of the coalition to many of us was that we would get determined action to shrink the size of the state and to refocus on what government needed to do rather than perpetually...
Len Shackleton
30 July 2010
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I very much agree with Mark Littlewood’s blog yesterday on the proposed ending of default retirement. While as an employee I may welcome the opportunity to work longer, as someone involved in...
Len Shackleton
23 July 2010
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I don’t apologise for returning once more to my hobby-horse, the seemingly unstoppable growth of employment tribunal claims and the pernicious effect of fear of tribunals on the workplace....
Len Shackleton
16 July 2010
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One of the things which the Blair government got right was establishing the principle of student fees in higher education. It is depressing to see our hyperactive coalition government, in the person...
Len Shackleton
10 June 2010
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David Willetts is right to be talking about the need for radical change in universities. Many people in the sector seem to be wedded to the idea that nothing much needs to alter in our “world...
Len Shackleton
17 May 2010
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This year I have been in a rather unusual demographic – both entitled (I didn’t claim it) to a winter fuel allowance of £250 as an over-60 and receiving a Child Trust Fund payment...
Len Shackleton
8 April 2010
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A leader in yesterday’s Financial Times calls upon President Zuma to act decisively to prevent Eugene Terre’Blanche’s death opening up rifts in South Africa’s fragile polity...
Len Shackleton
30 March 2010
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If clubs make a hash of things it should be no business of ministers When politicians interfere in sport it’s the mark of a Middle Eastern dictator with psychopathic sons or a Soviet bloc...
Len Shackleton
26 March 2010
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After a long and tedious winter, Spring is in the air and the daffodils are coming out. So, unfortunately, are union members. There’s strike activity in the Civil Service over pensions, on...
Len Shackleton
25 February 2010
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The Gordon Brown bullying row has entertained the media and the public for a few days, but the circus is already packing up and leaving town. However it is worth taking this opportunity to comment...