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14 Feb 2020

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Calling all Knitters and Crocheters to take part in Reading University survey

4 Feb 2020

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A Brexit timeline for indie retailers

31 Jan 2020

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Indie Retail Calendar 2020: February

30 Jan 2020

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Indie Retail to Launch New Monthly Newsletter

29 Jan 2020

On Friday 31st January Indie Retail will be launching a monthly newsletter to be sent out to subscribing independent shops.
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Government to Introduce ‘Jack's Law' Employment Right

29 Jan 2020

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced that it will introduce new Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations.
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ACS calls for Increased Police Funding to Focus on Violence in Local Shops and Communities

29 Jan 2020

The government will increase police funding bymore than £1.1 billion for 2020-21, representing the largest funding increase for the police in ten years.
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'Biggest Cash Increase Ever' to affect National Living Wage from April

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Political News

As of the New Year, the Government have announced what it calls ‘the biggest cash increase ever' in the National Living Wage rate. At £8.72 per hour, the National Living Wage will rise by 51p in April from its current rate of £8.21.

Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) member, ACS, has warned ministers that significant hikes in the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates announced today will put further pressure on struggling high street businesses.

From April 2020, the new rates will be as follows:

 

The new rates have been recommended by the Low Pay Commission, and have now reached the target set by the Government in 2015 of the NLW equalling 60% of median earnings by 2020. The Chancellor has indicated that he will recommend a target of two thirds of median earnings for future wage rates by 2024.

 

ACS chief executive James Lowman said the following:

"Every week we hear more about the challenges facing high streets, particularly secondary centres away from major cities. The fact is that rising wage costs are the biggest single factor among many issues impacting all types of retailers, and there is a tension between the desire to raise wages for the lowest paid and the need for viable shops and vibrant high streets."

Findings from ACS' National Living Wage survey suggest that retailers are already taking action to deal with the most recent increase in the National Living Wage in April 2019:

72% of retailers have reduced the number of paid working hours in their business
64% have seen a reduction in the profitability of their business; and
52% of independent retailers have had to take on more hours in the business themselves

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