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Theresa May to launch fight-back with ‘fairer Britain’ vow
Theresa May is to say she has an “unshakeable sense of purpose” to build a “fairer Britain” in her first big speech since losing her majority. The prime minister will say her commitment to changing the country is “undimmed” a year after taking office. But she will acknowledge her reduced voting power in the Commons after her election gamble backfired. In the speech, on Tuesday, she will urge other parties to work with her on ideas to tackle “unfairness”. Ministers loyal to Mrs May have dismissed reports of plots to remove her as drink-fuelled “gossip”, but Labour remains on an election footing, with leader Jeremy Corbyn saying he hopes for a fresh poll in September.
Brexit: Theresa May’s offer to EU citizens ‘falls short’
Theresa May’s offer to give EU citizens in the UK “settled status” after Brexit has been described as being “far short of what citizens are entitled to”. European Parliament Brexit chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt and leaders of four of the parliament’s main groups say the proposal is a “damp squib”. It offers Europeans in the UK fewer rights than Britons in the EU, they say in a joint letter to newspapers. Mrs May has said about three million EU citizens would be allowed to stay. EU migrants who had lived in the UK for five years would be granted access to health, education and other benefits. But the prime minister’s proposals would be dependent on EU states guaranteeing Britons the same rights.
Warning signs emerge in the UK car loan market
The rapid acceleration of car loan growth in the UK has triggered alarm among regulators, raising concerns that auto lending could be driving the next financial crisis. A sharp increase in the amount borrowed by indebted UK households to buy new cars is fuelling concerns of an economic crash if borrowers come under pressure from a rise in interest rates and unemployment. Growth in car loans has rocketed over the past few years, spurred by personal contract purchase plans. Some lenders, from car manufacturers to banks, are making loans on the assumption that the resale value of the car will rise against their initial estimates. Bankers call this practice “taking a hit on the metal”. The risk is that the car values plummet over this time, leaving lenders nursing losses.
The human power driving engines of ‘robo-cars’
Self-driving cars seem like a magical idea. The concept of vehicles that can operate themselves, without steering wheels or pedals, leaps from the pages of science fiction.Yet like so many fantastical stories, there are “wizards” hidden behind the curtains – lots of them. Constructing the road to fully automated driving, it turns out, requires a lot of manual labour. Most companies working on this technologies employ hundreds or even thousands of people often in offshore outsourcing centres in India or China, whose job it is to teach the robo-cars to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and other obstacles.
Tesco chairman handed pole position to head the CBI
The chairman of Tesco has been lined up to head the CBI. John Allan, a City veteran who also chairs Barratt Developments, will become vice-president of the business lobby group in the autumn, an appointment that puts him in pole position to succeed Paul Drechsler as president when he steps down. Mr Drechsler said that Mr Allan would strengthen the body, which represents 190,000 businesses, as it focuses on reducing disruption from Britain’s departure from the European Union. Carolyn Fairbairn, the director-general, became the first woman to lead the CBI in 2015.
Bosses lose faith in economy
Confidence among both large and small businesses has collapsed amid mounting concerns over the domestic political backdrop and fresh evidence that households, the engine of recent economic growth, are tightening their belts. A series of business and household surveys have raised concerns that the UK may be performing as poorly as it was at the start of the year, when the economy grew by only 0.2 per cent in three months. From chief financial officers at some of the largest companies to small local firms, sentiment has turned sour since the general election.
Single-earner families sliding into poverty as wages stagnate
The income of families with stay-at-home mothers is no higher than it was 15 years ago, with half now in relative poverty, new research reveals today. An analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that the incomes of two-earner families were 10 per cent higher than in 2002-03 but those where only the father worked had stagnated. It said that the discrepancy was due to the disproportionate increase in women’s wages while men’s wages had barely risen. Over the past 20 years earnings of working fathers have been growing at 0.3 per cent a year on average but mothers’ earnings have grown by more than 2 per cent a year. The research found that because 85 per cent of single-earner families did not have a working mother they had not benefited from the large increase in women’s earnings since the mid-1990s.
Corporation tax plan to make life easier for small companies
Government advisers have called for a radical simplification of corporation tax to benefit companies of all sizes and attract investment in post-Brexit Britain. Corporation tax must be modernised so that calculating it is made much easier, with fewer changes to the regime and more time available for businesses to plan, according to proposals from the Office of Tax Simplification. The independent arm of the Treasury wants corporation tax to be significantly reformed to “reduce the burdens on small businesses and to keep this country an attractive destination for trade and investment in a post-Brexit world”. The office also has called for a simpler process for claiming tax relief on investment in plant and machinery. Other ideas include the option of “cash accounting”, which records expenses in the period they are paid rather than incurred, for companies with annual sales of less than £150,000. Simplification of corporation tax would be to the “potential benefit of the vast majority of companies”, the OTS said, and would provide “a 21st-century system for 21st-century business”. The office produces proposals to improve the tax system and the government is obliged to respond to its ideas.
Theresa May asks Jeremy Corbyn to help deliver Brexit and support her policies amid Tory leadership plots
Theresa May will ask Jeremy Corbyn for his support in delivering Brexit and pushing through legislation as she faces up to the “reality I now face as Prime Minister”. Mrs May will on Tuesday make a direct appeal to opposition parties to “contribute, not just criticise” and help “clarify and improve” her policies in the Commons instead of undermining them. It comes at a time Mrs May’s leadership is at its weakest, amid open calls by Tory MPs for her to stand down following her failure to secure a majority at the election. Her comments are likely to spark fear among pro-Brexit Conservatives that Mrs May is willing to compromise on their ambition for a hard Brexit.
Electric car gutted by flames after it set fire while charging
An electric car was left completely burnt out after it set on fire while charging. The vehicle was destroyed and a nearby building was damaged by smoke in the incident. Firefighters said the fire in Wickford, Essex, was caused by an electrical fault.
Bosses say graduates can’t cope with office life: Third of companies are concerned about young people’s attitude to work
A third of companies are concerned about young people’s attitude to work, a report by business leaders says today. A CBI/Pearson survey of 344 firms found that 32 percent were dissatisfied with graduates’ ‘attitudes and behaviours of self-management and resilience’. Some 33 per cent of business leaders were unhappy with graduates’ literacy while 29 per cent said their numeracy was not up to scratch. CBI said stretching academic standards ‘should not be the sole focus’ for schools as ‘broader personal development aspects’ risk being sidelined.
Graduate salary cap may rise, say ministers
The £21,000 graduate salary cap which triggers student loan repayments could be raised after it emerged ministers are looking at making the system fairer. Ministers are under pressure to lift the £21,000 threshold and link it to inflation or earnings after which payments are made to pay back student loans amid growing concern about graduate debt levels. One option being considered is to increase the threshold either by inflation or by linking it to average earnings. Another option is to cut the looming 6.1 per cent interest rate on student loans after a report found graduates were leaving university with debts of tens of thousands of pounds.
Inflation and election jitters drive consumer spending slowdown
Britons are tightening their spending at the sharpest rate in four years, as inflation hits them in the pocket and uncertainties compounded by the general election result erode confidence. Household spending dropped for the second month in a row in June, making the second quarter of 2017the worst since 2013, according to data from Visa. Consumer expenditure Was down 0.3pc last month compared with the previous year, as households faced slow wage growth coupled with rising costs of living. The figures were a slight improvement on the o.0pc drop in May, but failed to reflect the recent good weather and end of the election.
40% of drivers who use mobile would not quit even if they caused crash
Four in ten drivers who use a mobile phone at the wheel would not give it up even after causing an accident. And fewer than half would quit the habit if they knew someone who had been injured – or of they become a victim themselves – due to another driver doing so. Road safety experts said the “worrying statistics” shows many motorists still have no idea how much a phone affects their driving.
German business bosses in post-Brexit trade warning for May
German business leaders have warned Theresa May it will be “extraordinarily difficult” to protect UK industry in Brexit negotiations. The leaders of two of the country’s main business organisations have cast doubt on claims Germany’s manufacturers will help to secure a good trade deal after Britain leaves the European Union. Ministers have often claimed that German carmakers, along with other key European industries such as French farmers and winemakers, would put pressure on their governments to agree a comprehensive deal which keeps tariff-free trade between the UK and the remaining 27 member states. But the leaders of two of Germany’s main business organisations said the priority for them was maintaining the integrity of the single market.
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