Vince Cable: Making higher apprenticeships the norm rather than a niche
Today, Vince Cable gave the Cambridge Public Policy Lecture, exploring how further and higher education can be brought closer together to create a “parity of esteem” between the sectors. Vince Cable called for a new generation of National Colleges to fill the high-level vocational skills gap. “I want to set out a vision for a new generation of National Colleges: specialised institutions, acting as national centres of expertise in key areas of the economy. They will be employer-focused, and combine academic knowledge with practical application.” Vince also called for greater take up of existing high-level vocational training provisions. “Higher apprenticeships are an important solution ... More
Logbook loan ad banned for unclear interest rate
An advert for logbook loan broker Rocketcash has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority because details of the APR were neither clearly audible nor visible. Just last week Citizens Advice expressed concerns that up to 60,000 logbook loans could be taken out this year – 61% more than in 2011. Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said: “Logbook lenders are saddling people with huge debts that take years to pay off.  Adverts that aren’t clear on how much a loan costs are irresponsible and should not be on air. “Citizens Advice helps people whose debts have ballooned to eight times the original ... More
‘Legal highs’ – a race against time?
The Trading Standards Institute’s (TSI) press office receives a lot of calls from media regarding New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), or ‘legal highs’ as they’re also known. From a trading standards point of view it is difficult to take action because traders get around regulations by claiming these substances are not fit for human consumption, although there is an implicit understanding between both parties over the nature of the sale. Around 250 NPS have already been banned and they have been linked to an increasing number of deaths. Trading standards officers find difficulty in tackling individual NPS due to the speed with which new, slightly altered drugs come on ... More
Free micro chipping for pets at Cleethorpes boating lake
Dog owners can have their pets micro chipped for free at an event at Cleethorpes Boating Lake. Grimsby’s Blue Cross Animal Hospital is holding the event from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, May 4. Two qualified veterinary nurses will be on hand to carry out the process, which significantly increases the chances of pets being returned to their owners if they go missing. Dog owners can turn up with their pets on the day and there is no need to book in advance. ... More
Vehicles of the future get £130 million investment
Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced £133 million of new investment into projects that will put Formula One technology into buses and diggers, developing the next generation of engines. These projects will provide both economic and environmental benefits. Investment will go into the research and development into technologies for the vehicles of the future. This has the potential to secure up to 30,000 jobs currently linked to producing engines and it will create many more in the supply chain. The winning projects include Ford, GKN, Cummins and JCB, which have all received funding for projects to improve fuel efficiently and ... More
Trading standards at borders save UK economy over £280 million in damages
A report published today estimates trading standards efforts to intercept unsafe consumer products at ports and borders saves the UK economy at least £281 million per year in costs of  injuries, fatalities and fires. The report concludes that an estimated 1.11 million unsafe goods were prevented from entering the consumer market. The study was commissioned by the National Trading Standards board, which funds trading standards work at ports and borders, and produced by Matrix Knowledge. ‘Trading Standards provides a very important service at Ports and Borders,’ said Consumer Minister Jenny Willott. ‘First and foremost any product coming into the country needs to be ... More
Government announces over 200 infrastructure projects
Today, the Government has announced their economic plan to build a stronger economy. These plans will help to create jobs and improve businesses by improving infrastructure. More than 200 projects in rail, road, local transport, food defences, broadband, airport infrastructure and waste management are to start construction this year and next year. These projects could support 150,000 jobs across the country in construction and thousands more in other sectors following completion. The projects include Mersey Gateway Bridge, Sheffield Lower Don Valley and Exeter floor defence schemes, and the A1 Barton to Leeming motorway upgrade, which will reduce journey times by 20%. More than ... More
Ed Davey: Energy Act will create 200,000 Green Jobs
Today Ed Davey has published an article announcing that the Energy Bill that he has been driving through Parliament is now law. After Labour’s legacy of underinvestment in the energy sector, the Liberal Democrats have been working to increase green energy, whilst making sure that consumers are protected. The article is as follows: Creating the world’s first ever low carbon electricity market is a major achievement for the Liberal Democrats and the Coalition. And it has been delivered on time. So, what will the Energy Act deliver? It will create 200,000 green jobs. The framework we’ve now put in place will create 250,000 jobs in ... More
Phil Bennion backs concern over extending EU Food Supplements Directive
Liberal Democrat MEP Phil Bennion has declared his strong opposition to any proposal to extend the EU Food Supplements Directive to impose additional restrictions on the sale of vitamins and health food supplements. The Lib Dem MEP spoke out after meeting the Health Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA) and leading food supplement firm BioCare at the firm’s HQ in Birmingham. Phil Bennion discussed the industry’s concerns about the possible extension of the Directive with Graham Keen, Executive Director of the HFMA and Emma Ellis, BioCare’s Managing Director, at BioCare’s premises at the Lakeside Centre in Kings Norton. BioCare is one of Britain’s leading producers of ... More
Reforming and managing marine fisheries for a prosperous fishing industry and healthy marine environment
Fishing provides billions of people with food, jobs and livelihoods. The marine environment must be managed effectively to support a healthy marine ecosystem and fish stocks. The World Bank estimates that mismanagement of fisheries costs countries $50 billion a year. This includes $10 to $24 billion worth of fish that are caught illegally worldwide, depriving communities of income, food and jobs. EU fisheries, and EU interests in global fisheries, are managed through the current Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). We need to reform the CFP, which has been widely regarded as ineffective. The current CFP has made it difficult for fishermen to run ... More