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  • A Disneyland-style theme park in Kent

    A Disneyland-style theme park expected to attract 50,000 tourists a day is set to be created in Kent.

    The £2 billion London Paramount Entertainment Resort to be built on the Swanscombe Peninsula between Gravesend and Dartford will feature rides based on Paramount films, BBC Worldwide shows and Aardman animations – including Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run.

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    Just one country beats the UK for boardroom diversity

     

    For Britain’s most powerful firms, women in executive positions continue to be about as common as unicorns, new analysis has revealed.

    Boardroom diversity has soared in recent years, but despite this, not much has changed at executive level.

    Following Lord Davies’ target for FTSE 100 firms to have 25 per cent women at executive level by the end of 2015, female directors have more than doubled in four years.

    But the changing face of UK boardrooms is largely down to the large number of women appointed to non-executive roles. Among Britain’s blue-chip firms, three in 10 of these are now held by…

    The Labour Market

    • Unemployment is 1,749,000, down 24,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline down 103,000) and the unemployment rate is 5.3%, down 0.1 percentage points on last month and down 0.3 percentage points on last quarter.
    • The number of claimant unemployed is 795,500, up 3,300 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.3%.
    • The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,033,000, down 39,000 on the quarter, representing 14.3% of the youth population (down 0.5 percentage points).
    • Youth unemployment (including students) is 653,000, down 85,000 on the quarter.
    • There are 2.4 unemployed people per vacancy.
    • The employment rate

    Charity Commission asks government to allow unemployed to volunteer more reliably

    Charity Commission asks government to allow unemployed to volunteer more…

    UK jobless rises 10,000 as earnings growth accelerates

    UK unemployment edged up to 1.82 million in the May to July period, up 10,000 from the previous quarter.

    Earnings, which have been slow to grow even as unemployment has come down, grew 2.9% excluding bonuses, the fastest rate of growth since 2009.

    The unemployment rate was 5.5%, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, unchanged from the previous quarter but down from 6.2% last year.

    There were 31.09 million in work, up 42,000 from the previous quarter.

    When measured against the same period a year ago the total number of people in employment was 413,000 higher.

    Including bonuses, average weekly earnings growth…

    Labour market Live

    • Unemployment is 1,852,000, down 1,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline up 25,000) and the unemployment rate is 5.6%, no change on last month and down 0.1 percentage points on last quarter.
    • The number of claimant unemployed is 792,400, down -4,900 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.3%.
    • The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,072,000, down -51,000 on the quarter, representing 14.8% of the youth population (down -0.7 percentage points).
    • Youth unemployment (including students) is 738,000, up 3,000 on the quarter.
    • There are 2.5 unemployed people per vacancy.
    • The employment rate is 73.4%…

    Islington council to help disabled into work with new scheme

    Islington council to help disabled into work with new scheme – Education – Islington Gazette

    Big Lottery Fund opens £45m grant fund to support organisations for women and girls

    Big Lottery Fund opens £45m grant fund to support organisations for…

    Labour Market Live

    • Unemployment is 1,827,000, down 11,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline down 35,000) and the unemployment rate is 5.5%, no change on last month and down 0.1 percentage points on last quarter.
    • The number of claimant unemployed is 763,800, down 12,600 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.3%.
    • The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,123,000, down 25,000 on the quarter, representing 15.4% of the youth population (down 0.3 percentage points).
    • Youth unemployment (including students) is 735,000, down 5,000 on the quarter.
    • There are 2.5 unemployed people per vacancy.
    • The employment rate is 73.5%…

    Up to 220,000 care workers paid less than minimum wage, figures show

    Shadow social care minister Liz Kendall writes in the Guardian that care workers are subject to ‘one of Britain’s largest illegal wage scandals’

    More than half the care providers investigated by HMRC are not paying staff the minimum wage, it has been revealed. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

    Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent

    More than half the care companies investigated by customs officials are paying their workers less than the minimum wage, according to figures unearthed by the shadow social care minister, Liz Kendall.

    In a joint Guardian article with Unison union’s general secretary,…

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