Help to Buy Scheme Helps Thousands Become Home Owners


The Scottish Government’s Help to Buy shared equity scheme has helped more
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Improving Gender Equality on Company Boards


Chief executives of FTSE 350 companies are being urged to be transparent about the number of women they have in leadership positions and to hand over data to independent reviewers on increasing female representation in business. Independent Review The call comes after leaders of an independent review into increasing female representation in the senior ranks of the UK’s largest businesses wrote to FTSE 350 companies requesting their latest data for the number of men and women in the executive pipeline. This review is being chaired by Sir Philip Hampton, Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline, and Dame Helen Alexander, Chair of UBM. In November 2016 they set a voluntary target for FTSE 100 companies to increase the proportion of women sitting on executive committees and their direct reports to 33% by 2020. Statistics on Gender Representation Statistics published at the time showed just 25% of those positions were occupied by women. The latest statistics on gender representation at the top of bus
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CML Publishes Details of Buyer Activity


The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has published details of house-buyer activity during April this year. Read More
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Government Publishes Information Sharing Bill


Following the Supreme Court’s judgment on the Scottish Government’s controversial Named Person service, which required changes to the provisions relating to information sharing, the Government has published its Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill. Read More
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Protection for Whistle Blowers


The protection afforded to whistle blowers in the medical profession has been very much in the spotlight recently, after a junior doctor was given permission by the Court of Appeal to proceed with a whistleblowing claim against Health Education England (HEE). Public Interest Disclosures Workers who make a disclosure in the public interest, or ‘blow the whistle’ are protected in certain circumstances under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. The Act provides this protection so that workers feel able to speak out if they are aware of malpractice taking place within an organisation. To quality for protection under the legislation, a disclosure must relate to one of the following: a criminal offence someone’s health and safety is in danger risk or actual damage to the environment a miscarriage of justice the company is breaking the law a belief that someone is covering up wrongdoing Concern over Staffing Levels The case in question involved Dr Chris Day, who became concerned ab
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No Reason Why


Indirect Discrimination can occur from the policies and procedures of an Organisation, which puts some people at a disadvantage who share protected characteristics, such as age, disability, sex or sexual orientation. In order for a claim of indirect discrimination to held unlawful, it is necessary that the employer can show an ‘objective justification’. This would involve demonstrating a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim, such as the economic needs of the business. Two cases have been recently decided in light of what is required when assessing a disadvantage and they have reinforced that there is no need to evidence the reason why there is a disadvantage caused by a PCP (Provision, Criteria or Practice). It is sufficient enough that a particular group with a protected characteristic is disadvantaged. The grounds for indirect discrimination is focused more on race/age and religion. In the case of Essop v Home Secretary (UK Border Agency) 2017, the Claimants were re
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Interest Rate Rise May Cause Problems for Businesses


New research has revealed that as many as 79,000 UK businesses (4%) would be unable to repay their debts if interest rates were to rise by even a small amount. This is almost four times the 20,000 businesses that reported being in this situation in September 2016. Read More
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