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Issue No. 2401

Less money on offer in new jobs

The Average annual salary for a new job advertised in Britain has fallen by £1,800 in the past year despite government boasts of a recovery. 

If inflation is included the real fall is more than £2,300, according to a new survey.

Cuts mean less food safety

The Tories privatised parts of the work of the Food and Environment Research Agency last Monday. 

Unions opposed the move saying that it could lead to job cuts. This would affect of the ability of the agency to carry out its work into food safety and the environment.

Academies skip nutrition targets 

A new study on increased childhood obesity criticised the government for not imposing nutritional standards in Academies and Free Schools. 

The study’s head professor Terence Stephenson said such changes “have the potential to have a real positive impact on childhood obesity at very little cost.”

BP dividends are still rising

To keep shareholders on side BP Oil is paying out increased dividends despite the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. 

The latest payout was up 8 percent.

The company sees reliable dividends as more important than other uses for its income, despite the spillage.


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Tue 29 Apr 2014, 17:48 BST
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