Regulations

Simpler energy tariff rules now in force

A ban on confusing energy tariffs comes into effect today, as energy regulator Ofgem introduces reforms to make the industry simpler and clearer for consumers.

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Car insurance premiums too high

Car insurance premiums are too high and should be reduced through "far-reaching" reforms, a report by the Competition Commission has said.

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Pension costs deter business investment

Seven out of ten businesses say the cost of running a defined benefits (DB) pension scheme is stifling their investment intentions, according to a new survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Standard Life.

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End of auto-rollover energy contracts for businesses

Small businesses will no longer be locked into 'automatic rollover' energy contracts after five of the UK's 'big six' energy companies agreed to end the practice.

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Employee 'shares for rights' scheme comes into force

A new employment status that allows workers to waive certain rights - such as the ability to claim for unfair dismissal - in exchange for shares has come into effect.

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Employers who underpay will be named and shamed, says Government

Employers who fail to pay their workers the national minimum wage (NMW) will be publicly named under new plans announced by Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson.

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New planning rules put town centres first

An extension of planning and development regulations to make better use of empty buildings will revitalise UK high streets and rural towns, the Department for Communities and Local Government has said.

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Plastic bag charge worth £90 million to Scottish economy

Charging shoppers for single-use bags in Scotland could generate £90 million for the economy, a report by the Scottish Government says.

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Zero-hour contracts reach million mark

New research suggests that the number of workers on zero- hour contracts - those which offer no guarantee of hours or pay - is more widespread than thought.

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Employment tribunal fees now in force

Workers who take employment disputes to court will now have to pay fees under new legislation in place across the UK.

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