Poor Exam Grades Crush Young People’s Ambition, study says

A recent report in the UK showed that one in five youngsters have poor grades at school and abandon their ambitions as a result of this.

These claimed that they have more potential but they could not express it because of the problems they experience at home and at school.

The solution of this problem according to the government is a transformation of vocational education. A place has to be assured for each person at the age of 16 or 17 who wants education or training.

About a quarter of the people asked shared they would not have left school if their results were higher.

“Thousands of young people’s ambitions are crushed by exam results each year,” said Prince’s Trust chief executive, Martina Milburn.

She added that different institutions have to emerge their powers in order to manage to succeed in their initiative. In case things do not change thousands will stay hopeless and jobless. You can download  an apprentice contract template.

The investigation showed that young people with poor qualifications did not have the possibility to study at home. These mentioned that they had the desire to study and tried to do it but were under immense stress and tension at home.

The access to a computer at home is also among the most frequent reasons pointed out as a factor for low grades.

The shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg said the government in fact did almost nothing in order to help young people who do not go to university.

“With A-level results out this week, we know many young people have high ambitions. But sadly, this government is holding them back by cutting careers advice, threatening school standards, and leaving nearly a million young people out of work,” he said.

 

 

Financial Firms To Appoint More Women To Boards Under New EU Directive

The year 2014 will mark the need for more women working in large financial organizations in their boards of directors. Well-known banks, investment companies and building societies will be asked by the European Union to register the number of women they intend to appoint to their boards of directors and also mention how exactly they think they would manage to do it. Download our Equal Opportunities Policy

According to the EU’s Capital Requirements Directive IV large financial companies will have to set up a nomination committee, the aim of which will be to set out the “target for the representation of the underrepresented gender on the management body and how to meet it”.

Consultation papers were published by the UK’s financial regulators, the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority. These revealed the expectations of the EU that the equality on the board of directors will be improved.

These changes are now necessary after the April report from Cranfield University which pointed out that women held only 17% of board positions in FTSE 100 firms.

Linda Jones of law firm Pinsent Masons said that gender targets on UK businesses had to be set long ago.

However, Helena Morrissey, founder of the Thirty Per Cent Club, expressed her discontent with the directive.

“The UK is already making strong progress and to some extent any regulatory measures emanating from EU might seem academic as large banks already have stated targets,” she said.

She added that there needn’t be specially created quotas for women but they in fact had to demonstrate their skills and just then join boards.

Theresa May Accused Of Cover-Up Over Immigration Report

After it became evident that parts of a report into British border controls were hidden The Home Office was accused of covering these up.

Home Secretary Theresa May on her own redacted 15 sections of the report between the UK and France. These include statements of staff and managers in Calais on the insufficient amount of money allotted on resources. There was also a section describing the ‘Lille loophole’, because of which there were UK-bound Eurostar passengers who did not go thorough immigration checks.

The partial censoring of the report is thought to have happened because of the desire of Mrs. May to hide her mistakes.

Chris Bryant, the shadow immigration minister, said:

“This cover-up and the failure at our borders provide yet more dents in this Government’s much-tarnished credibility.”

He added he could find no other proper reason why the report had to be redacted by the highly-respected independent inspector. If you are concerned about employing immigrants from other countries, check our employment document templates

The opinion of UKIP leader Nigel Farage is that Home Office should in no way censor reports considering the operations of border security. As this has already happened this means that there is something they were most probably trying to hide.

The parts of the report which remained uncensored showed that illegal immigrants at Calais were taken no photographs or fingerprints because there were not enough cells where to detain them.

Another thing revealed by this report was that the Border Force, stationed at ports and airports, do not hand out the maximum fines to drivers and firms transporting illegal immigrants.

 

New Laws To Slash Cost Of Calling Company Complaint Lines

From next summer on new legislation will put limitations on the amount of money customers could be charged for calling telephone numbers regarding complaints and enquiries about products they have bought.

From the 13th of June 2014, companies will not be able to charge the calls of their customers in a way they want but will have to take into consideration the rate for a call to a mobile phone or a local landline number.

The changes come as part of the local implementation of the European Consumer Rights.

Ofcom figures point out that nowadays such a call may cost you from 12p to 41p on a mobile phone, or from 1p to to 13p on a landline.

The numbers covered by these statistics are 0843, 0844, 0845 and 0870.

Companies that currently earn money because of these prefixes are around 30,000.Together with the new requirements for the telephone lines, some corporate legal documents might be required.

The aim of the new legislation is to make sure people would not stop expressing their disappointment only because of the high phone charges.

In case customers call in order to make an initial purchase of products or services, companies would still have the right to charge them higher.

Consumer affairs minister Jo Swinson wrote that in her view these changes would make consumers feel more confident and at the same time would supports new businesses.

“Taken together with the Consumer Rights Bill I believe this legislative reform represents a great and important opportunity to benefit consumers, businesses and provide the right framework for a stronger economy,” she said.

 

Twitter abuse: Man arrested in Bristol

Police in Bristol arrested a 32-year-ols man with the charge of making threats on Twitter.

They think he is responsible for the two offences against women reported on 25 and 29 July.

The reporters of BBC found out that the name of the arrested man is being related to the threats made against Labour MP Stella Creasy and feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez.

This is not the first arrest of the kind. Only for the last two weeks after the allegations a third person is being arrested.

The detained one is held under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and the Metropolitan Police announced he is about to be taken to a Bristol police station.by the way, don`t forget to download our Anti Bullying and Harassment Policy

Many shared their view that Twitter had to do more in order to prevent such anonymous users from sending messages to well-known women. The threats included bomb and rape attacks.

Among the targeted victims were female journalists, columnists and the historian Mary Beard.

Users boycotted the site with the aim to protest against the practice of insulting or intimidating others.

The attention was turned to Twitter, after the threats against campaigner Ms Criado-Perez because of her success for a woman’s face to be pictured once more on UK banknotes.

After Ms Criado-Perez reported the abuse, the 21-year-old-man was arrested in Manchester on 28 July.

Extra staff was appointed in Twitter in order to deal with the high levels of abuse.

The affected women got an apology from Twitter according to which the incident was

“unacceptable”.

 

A Million Workers Could be on Zero-hours Contracts

Last week information was published from the Office for National Statistics according to which the number of the workers in the UK who work on zero-hours contracts is 250,000. On the other hand, a research pointed out that these are over a million. Due to these zero-hours contracts workers have to be ready to work whenever they are called but at the same time they do not have any hours guaranteed.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CPID) carried out a survey and the results of it showed that 3-4% of the 1,000 employers who took part in the quiz were employed on zero-hours terms.

Figures also point out that these zero-hours contracts are most frequently found in the voluntary and public sectors. Most of the employees who work in the hotel, catering and leisure sectors have either worked or have friends who have worked at zero-hours contracts.

Fourteen percent of those 148 working on zero-hours contracts shared their employers did not give them enough work so that they could not live normally.

CIPD chief executive Peter Cheese said:

“Zero-hours contracts, used appropriately, can provide flexibility for employers and employees and can play a positive role in creating more flexible working opportunities.”

However, he added that people needed to be more certain in their working hours and earnings.

The general secretary Dave Prentis said that these people worked on the zero-hours contracts only because they had no other option, otherwise they would definitely prefer something they could rely on. Nowadays employers are more powerful end workers have almost no possibility to complain.

 

Minimum alcohol pricing: Five countries oppose Scottish drink plan

The plans of Scotland for minimum alcohol pricing were opposed by five European wine-producing nations.

France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Bulgaria shared their opinion that such changes may turn out to be devastating on spirits industry. According to them such reforms would breach European free trade law.By the way, do you have our Alcohol and Drug policy.

However, Scottish government called the minimum pricing- “perfectly legal”.

Only Irish , out of 12 countries that have expressed their views, claims they have nothing against the minimum pricing.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), spiritsEUROPE and the Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins have already challenged in court the legality of the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act.

The beginning was not hopeful- on 3 May the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled that the minimum pricing law was legal. But SWA does not stop with its appeals against that decision.

An SWA spokeswoman said: “The Scottish Court of Session failed to give any consideration to the effect of minimum unit pricing on producers in other European Union member states.”

According to a senior Scottish government source the minimum price would not be applied within the next 12 months.

If the proposal is accepted a bottle of wine in Scotland with an alcoholic strength of 12.5% would cost at least £4.69.

Ministers stated that alcohol abuse problem will be solved to some extent with this law on the minimum price of alcohol.

Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil had many difficulties in persuading most of the EU member states that this law needed to be accepted.

Portuguese claimed this minimum pricing would be disastrous for many of the companies in the sector.

Lisbon considered such a law a discriminatory one because British manufacturers had higher production costs and higher prices than continental European wine-producers.

France pointed out that “the average price of a bottle of wine produced in the United Kingdom is higher than the average price of imported wine”.

Bulgaria said wine and spirit producers will have to face many obstacles.

Spain and Italy shared the views of the other countries opposing the law.

 

Porn Filter Praised By Cameron Run By Huawei

According to BBC the Chinese firm Huawei controls the porn filtering system which David Cameron praised this week.

When on Monday he said he planned to block pornography in the UK, he commented TalkTalk’s filtering system Homesafe.

However, it turned out that employees who live or stay in the UK are able to add and remove domains from the blacklist sites which are blocked if TalkTalk customers sign up for the voluntary scheme.

People said they were concerned because the mentioned company is supposed to be connected to the Chinese government so there was great chance that it would not function in the desired way in the UK and the US. Buy corporate legal documents for the UK.

Not long ago the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) released a report which mentioned that Huawei’s intentions could be more political than commercial.

Despite the fact that Talk Talk seems to be glad about its relations with Huawei, experts claim that it would be better if private companies were not responsible for maintaining blacklists.

Dr Martyn Thomas, chair to the IT policy panel at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said: “It needs to be run by an organisation accountable to a minister so it can be challenged in Parliament.”

“There’s certainly a concern about the process of how a web address gets added to a blacklist – who knows about it, and who has an opportunity to appeal against it.”

In the words of David Cameron, ISPs would have to decide on their own which is the best solution in managing the filters, but said they would be controlled so that everything functioned as planned.

What he mentioned on Monday was that he intended to crack down on “poisonous” pornographic websites.

 

 

Clegg Promises Review Of Zero-Hour Contracts

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that the effects of zero-hour contracts on the workforce will be checked by the business department. After these zero-hour contracts staff has to be ready to work as required despite of the fact that they have no guaranteed hours.Download your zero-hours employment contract template.

Clegg shared his view about the employers, from Sports Direct to Buckingham Palace, who had proposed such contracts to their staff. He said he assumed the responsibility that the business department would review the use of these contracts.

Discussions on the matter started not long ago because it was revealed that many employees’ lives were ruined because of the ever-shifting working hours and non-guaranteed wages.

At a conference at London Clegg mentioned some of the problems that could appear as a result of this practice.

“Families have to plan to pay bills – everyone has to plan for what their income is and what they are going to pay out,” he said. “That can cause very intense insecurity and anxiety indeed.

“The business department is looking at this over the summer to see if we need to make any adjustments. I am not going to second guess that process. I am very interested in seeing what evidence they come up with.”

He added there were no official statistics pointing out the number of people working zero-hour contracts but promised they would do everything possible in order to cope with the problem.

Due to data of the Office for National Statistics the number of staff signed up to zero-hour contracts is around 200,000, but soon it was revealed that all 20,000 of Sports Direct’s part-time staff worked with the same contracts.