Conservative Party Announce New Employment Policies

The Conservative Party have announced a range of new employment policies to deliver more rights for workers.  This also includes a commitment to increase the National Living Wage rates to raise in line with median earnings until 2022.  The full list of policies are detailed below;

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New Tobacco Laws Coming Into Force from 20th May

There are only 10 days to go until the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Regulations and Tobacco Products Directive’s sell through period ends. From 20th May 2017, retailers must ensure that all their stock is compliant with the new regulations.

From 20th May, retailers must ensure that they only sell:

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Home Office Crime Figures Show Rise in Theft Against Businesses

The Home Office have published the latest figures from the 2016 Commercial Victimisation Survey, showing that there were around 3.5m incidents of customer theft against businesses in 2016, up from 3.4m in the year before, with a total of 5.2m crimes committed against wholesale and retail premises.

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Paper £5 Note Withdrawn from Circulation from Today

From today (May 5th), the paper £5 note will be withdrawn from circulation after being replaced with the polymer £5 note. The co-circulation period for the two notes began on 13th September 2016.

Retailers, banks and building societies do not have to accept the old £5 note after May 5th, although some may do so at their own discretion. The Bank of England will always exchange its old-series notes.

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Local and Mayoral Elections Taking Place Today

Voting will take place today between 7:00am and 10:00pm for the local and mayoral elections.

Elections will be held in 34 councils in England, all 32 councils in Scotland and all 22 councils in Wales. In addition, six areas in England are voting for newly-created “combined local authority mayors”.

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