Current Affairs

Blue Monday could cost 93 billion

Monday 18 January, or ‘Blue Monday’, has been dubbed the most depressing day of the year and could cost the economy £93 billion, according to employment law experts ELAS.

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Buy-to-let continues to rise

Buy-to-let lending decreased towards the end of last year, but overall was substantially higher than the previous year, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

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Businesses still unclear on auto-enrolment

45% of business owners without a workplace pension scheme are still unclear about their responsibilities.

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Trade deficit falls

UK’s trade deficit fell to £3.2 billion in November 2015, a narrowing of £0.3 billion from October 2015.

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Investment in tech start-ups hits new high

The UK’s technology sector has raised more than £2.4 billion in venture capital funding, according to figures by London & Partners.

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Lowest unemployment rate in a decade

UK unemployment fell at 5.2% between August and October 2015, its lowest rate in nearly 10 years.

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Skill shortages and finance top concerns for start-ups

Obtaining finance and skills shortages are the top concerns among start-ups.

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Home buyers benefit from stamp duty changes

The average home buyer is £4,500 better-off after stamp duty changes were introduced on 4 December 2014.

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Zero-hours contract employees as satisfied as other workers

Employees on zero-hours contracts experience similar levels of job satisfaction, work-life balance and personal well-being to employees on permanent, full-time contracts.

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SME broadband access falls behind residential consumers

Small and medium sized enterprises' access to superfast broadband continues to fall behind residential consumers.

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