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FTFinancial Times

New fathers poised to share maternity pay and time off work – For years, surveys have reported that younger men were keen to take a far more prominent child-caring role than their fathers did. They are about to get the chance to prove it. From next Monday, both halves of a couple will have the right to request paid time off for the birth of any child after April 5.

Manufacturers warn of shutdowns – Britain’s heavy manufacturers have warned they may be forced to shut down more often this winter to avoid high power costs because of emergency measures to cut demand.

The Daily Telegraph

CBI urges Osborne to spend for growth – The Confederation of British Industry is calling for George Osborne to pump investment into infrastructure projects to drive the UK’s economic growth ahead of next month’s Autumn Statement.

Car hire warning over licence change – The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has warned that people hiring cars could face major queues in the new year following the abolition of the paper part of the driving licence. The paper counterpart to the plastic licence lists endorsements and disqualifications but is to be scrapped from January. Car hire companies use the counterpart to check hirers’ records and the BVLRA fears alternative measures from the DVLA will not be introduced in time. It said car hire branches would be left reliant on the DVLA’s phone service or customers sharing access to their online driver records.

The Daily Mirror

The drive and phone culture must change – Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has backed its Drive Phone Smart campaign to stop motorists using their phones while driving. He said the Ministry of Justice was looking at the issue of low prison sentences handed out to drivers who kill while using their mobiles. McLoughlin said part of the issue is about educating people. Research by car dealer TW White and Sons has found that motorists spend more than four years of their lives in their cars on average.

 

Posted by Sue Robinson on 28/11/2014