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Thursday 25th August 2016

What does a rise in the minimum wage mean for the Mexican labour market?

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The idea of a minimum working wage has been a controversial topic within economics for many years. The basic goal of establishing a minimum level of earnings is to ensure that independently of the job performed, all workers can earn a salary that is high enough to satisfy their basic needs.
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Thursday 25th August 2016
Thursday 14th July 2016

The key challenges facing UK policing today

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Criminal justice faces ever more challenges from society. While official figures show a drop in police recorded crime in the UK the distribution of crime shows a more complex pattern with violent crime showing a rise.
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Thursday 14th July 2016
Thursday 7th July 2016

How unpaid carers are still not supported by the Care Act

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The Care Act, which came into act in April 2015, has been widely welcomed. However implementation of the act is far from complete. After replacing the 1948 National Assistance Act and 60 years of piecemeal amending legislation, the Care Act both consolidated and simplified care law in England. It set in place a new organising principle for decision makers, the promotion of individual wellbeing, and placed the rights of informal carers on an equal footing to those with care needs.
Date:
Thursday 7th July 2016
Thursday 16th June 2016

Should we stay or should we go? The food industry might like to let us know

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There have been many calls on the UK's food industry and grocery supermarket leaders to give a steer, but in the main no leading retailer executives are prepared to go on record regarding a possible Brexit and the impact on consumer prices on the high street. In a statement, supermarket chain Tesco said: 'The referendum on EU membership is a decision for the people of Britain. Whatever that decision is, our focus will continue to be on serving customers.' But how can consumers weigh up the options, when the cost of their grocery shopping basket will be affected either way?
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Thursday 16th June 2016
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