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Len Shackleton
6 January 2010
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British households have received more than 180 million free or subsidised light bulbs in the last eighteen months from energy companies. Many if not most of these are lying idle, as the government...
Len Shackleton
11 December 2009
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Two or three weeks back I wrote briefly about the latest figures on the gender pay gap, basing my comments on an ONS press release. Earlier this week I attended an ESRC conference on gender...
Len Shackleton
17 November 2009
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The new official figures on the gender pay gap, published last week, make an interesting read and have, as usual, been used as a stick with which to beat employers. It’s worth looking at them...
Len Shackleton
6 November 2009
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It is widely agreed that state pension age (SPA) needs to rise to reflect the financial downside of the happy prospect of greater life expectancy. The current government is committed to this, albeit...
Len Shackleton
4 November 2009
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The brouhaha surrounding the sacking of Professor David Nutt by Alan Johnson leaves me in two minds. On the one hand, I think public policy can be enhanced by having the advice of experts. The...
Len Shackleton
5 October 2009
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The financial crisis has encouraged all sorts of ancient anti-capitalist ideas to re-emerge like long-buried monsters from the swamp in some 1950s horror movie.   The Observer’s Ruth...
Len Shackleton
23 September 2009
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The papers and airwaves are full of Baroness Scotland’s difficulties over her Tongan housekeeper. I have no strong feelings about what her political fate should be, but I do think, as Oscar...
Len Shackleton
8 September 2009
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An interesting case is going through the courts at the moment. Its resolution could further expand Employment Tribunal jurisdiction at a time when almost 200,000 claims are being registered annually...
Len Shackleton
21 August 2009
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Compass, a left-wing pressure group, has added to the continuing squabble over pay by calling for a High Pay Commission. Its proposals have attracted support from a wide range of commentators and...
Len Shackleton
12 August 2009
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The Times tells us that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is demanding that food retailers agree to tough targets on reducing food waste, or else face legislation...
Len Shackleton
21 July 2009
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It was a disagreeable experience to hear Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission, attempting to justify the Commission’s stance on the “public benefit” test for...
Len Shackleton
8 July 2009
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The Department for Work and Pensions has been conducting an experiment which involves sending out bogus applications for 1,000 jobs nationwide. In each case it has sent out two applications, with...
Len Shackleton
26 June 2009
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This week, researcher Bernard Casey of Warwick University created media interest with a presentation pointing out that days lost at work as a result of stress now exceed the days lost because of...
J. R. Shackleton
26 May 2009
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In the current febrile, even Jacobin, climate it may seem foolhardy to offer a defence of pay inequality. However, here goes. The classic explanation of how a free labour market allocates people to...
J. R. Shackleton
11 May 2009
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The government can’t keep out of anything. Last week we had the spectacle of Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, walking out of a meeting with football’s Premier League seriously...
J. R. Shackleton
29 April 2009
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Harriet Harman’s long-promised Equality Bill looks set to land employers with further regulatory burdens, while doing little to meet its ostensible objectives – themselves of debatable...
J. R. Shackleton
14 April 2009
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You might think that the financial sector had received more than its fair share of obloquy in recent months, but last week saw an attack from yet another direction, with the publication of a...
J. R. Shackleton
23 March 2009
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Unnoticed in the economic gloom accompanying the rising unemployment figures, last week saw the publication of the statistics of employment tribunal claims for 2007-2008. The figures are quite...
J. R. Shackleton
17 March 2009
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Sir Liam Donaldson’s proposal for a minimum price per unit of alcohol is a novel addition to the long list of interventions in markets in the name of some alleged higher good. As is often the...
J. R. Shackleton
3 March 2009
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There is at the moment a hugely irrational anti-banker mood in this country. Every day I see angry letters in the papers and angry blogs calling for all sorts of dire penalties for bankers and...