News The reports suggests primary school teachers should be coached to give their pupils basic knowledge of how the employment world works

Children should be given lessons in careers whilst at primary school as part of an attempt to promote “employability” in schools, says a report out today.

Critics take aim at IDS and his 'jobs for Britons'

Iain Duncan Smith came under fire from business leaders and lawyers yesterday for urging employers to give jobs to young Britons in preference to migrant workers.

Savings down as price rise outstrip wages

The amount households have left to save fell in the first three months of the year as price rises outstripped wage growth, official data has revealed.

Road rage erupts after wardens withdrawn

The withdrawal of traffic wardens from a quiet seaside resort has caused road rage, traffic jams and an unexpected yearning for parking tickets.

Warden lay-off sparks traffic chaos

A quiet seaside town is rivalling London in the road rage stakes after the lay-off of its team of traffic wardens sparked parking pandemonium.

Foreign cleaners and cooks face crackdown

Foreign cooks and cleaners will be banned from working in homes as part of a clamp-down on immigration.

BCC urges further stimulus over fears of stalling UK growth

One of the country's leading business organisations has warned the government that its plan to reduce the Budget deficit will take longer than expected because growth will be slower than the official estimates and may even "fizzle out".

'Wellywood' sign will make city Lord of the Cringe, say critics

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time: greet visitors to the New Zealand capital with a giant white "Wellywood" sign celebrating the country's booming film industry.

UK needs companies to spend more of their £50bn war chest

Item Club calls on business to invest more of its cash reserves to get the economy moving

Business Diary: The perfect event for Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair is an excellent choice as the keynote speaker for a forthcoming conference aimed at women entrepreneurs. Her career achievements have been all the more impressive for the fact that she has had to cope with the distractions of her husband's job. Still, the name of the event in question might raise a few eyebrows given the way the Blair family has amassed so many assets in recent times. The summit for entrepreneurial women, to be held at Imperial College in June, is entitled "We Own It".

Cuts 'needed to avoid debt crisis'

Britain could face the same problems as Portugal unless the record deficit in the public finances is dealt with, George Osborne warned today.

David Prosser: No time for the first interest-rate rise

Outlook It's decision time for the Monetary Policy Committee, which begins its April deliberations on interest rates and quantitative easing today. Will yesterday's unexpectedly strong showing from the services sector – the dominant part of the economy after all – strengthen the hand of the three MPC members already pushing for the cost of borrowing to begin rising?

Committee pressed to leave interest rates alone

The Monetary Policy Committee must not raise interest rates when it meets on Thursday, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned.

Sir Peter Carey: Leading civil servant and businessman

In his long life Peter Carey achieved success across a variety of fields. First, as an intelligence officer, speaking fluent Serbo-Croat, attached to Force 7 Brigade in the Balkans from 1943-45, liaising with the partisans, harrying the Germans and interfering with their communications right up to D-Day. Second, as probably the most dynamic, authoritative and influential Permanent Secretary from 1974-83. And finally, from 1983-93, as a leading figure in the City and chairman of a raft of public companies.

Government ditches housing benefit cut

The Government has dropped controversial plans to cut housing benefit for long-term dole claimants, it was confirmed today.

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