At something like £383-odd billion, the economy has grown by at least 0.8% in the three months to the end of September, according to the latest GDP figures released today.
There has been a lot of drawing of breath today over the Taxpayers’ Alliance’s view that benefit claimants should be forced to work for their money. Sounds like a lot of common sense to me.
If you’re one of the country’s 2.5million unemployed and are about to take the step back into the world of work with your first job interview, don’t watch The Apprentice tonight!
The move by the German Government to attract UK young people onto attractive apprenticeship packages is a stark warning to British business.
I am very, very sad to hear the dreadful news of Lady Thatcher’s passing. I think it is a devastating loss for us all; she is a British icon. I would like to pass my condolences to her family at this very sad time.
More people are in work than ever before and the FTSE was up 500 points on where it closed at the end of 2012. Yet we are teetering on the brink of a triple-dip recession. Something just doesn’t add up and maybe the Chancellor’s Budget next month might just give us the answer.
Now that’s a spectacular early Christmas present for the Chancellor, and more importantly for more than 80,000 people, who are no-longer listed as being out of work.
Doug Richard’s long-awaited report into apprenticeships could have been written by me, or I suspect any other employer who truly understands the benefits to businesses, individuals and the economy of quality workplace training.
The unemployment figures are in, but before we start celebrating, we need to address youth unemployment by getting back to basics and instil a work ethic that makes them effective contributors to their employers’ business and the UK economy.
Employment levels maybe stabilising, but youth unemployment remains high and is one of the biggest threat to the UK economy’s future. We have to give them the skills for the future because if we don’t charge our economic batteries by training young people now they’ll go flat. Without skilled people powering our economy, we won’t have the energy to drive the country forward.