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Matthew Kaye, Consultant writes David Cameron used the Queen’s Speech this week to put forward a programme of social reform, including changes to prisons, schools and adoption. Headline measures included: – Prison governors being given more freedom to improve education and health provision in a bid to cut reoffending rates in a prison and courts reform bill. – Schools will only be forced to become academies in poorer-performing areas. – A children and social work bill encouraging local authorities to prioritise adoption over short-term foster placements for children in care. But there appears to be confusion at the heart of the programme over whether devolving power from the centre or ...Read More
Matthew Kaye explains how the apprenticeship levy will work, and why supporting apprenticeships is such a common feature of Si’s work on economic growth for clients across the country. From April 2017, a new apprenticeship levy on company payrolls of businesses with a wage bill of more than £3 million will be used to fund three million apprenticeships. This follows on from the Coalition Government’s fulfilment of its pledge to start two million apprenticeships over the course of the last Parliament. How will the levy work? The levy will be set at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s gross pay bill. However, each employer will be given a £15,000 ...Read More