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.

Tougher welfare sanctions spark 'destitution' warnings

Campaigners issued stark warnings today about the impact of tougher sanctions on benefit claimants who refuse work planned under Government welfare reforms.

Upturn eases burden on Bank of England

Pressure on the Bank of England to announce a further round of quantitative easing in the UK lessened yesterday. With the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee due to announce its latest decision on QE at noon today, the first indications of economic growth in the fourth quarter suggested a continued, if slower, pace of recovery than seen in the previous six months.

Open once again, the pier that rose from the ashes

One of South-west England's most familiar landmarks is back from the dead. Two years after it was destroyed by fire, the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare will reopen today after a £40m rebuild.

Slugging it out over spending cuts

Business leaders back George Osborne, but the debate about cuts is finely balanced. Sean O'Grady reports

Slowdown puts pressure on Bank to print money

Steadily worsening prospects for the economy are intensifying the pressure on the Bank of England to resume its policy of quantitative easing, colloquially termed printing money, which injected some £200bn directly into the economy last year.

Coalition 'split over workers' rights'

A leading business group will today sound alarm bells about "deepening splits" in the Coalition over employment law.

BCC raises GDP forecasts but is wary of impact of coalition cuts

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has upgraded its growth forecasts for the UK economy for this year and next, but gave warning that the Government's austerity measures will take their toll on growth in the medium term.

Geoffrey Johnson Smith: Television journalist who became a Conservative MP

Geoffrey Johnson Smith was a television journalist who became a Conservative MP. But though he rose to become a junior minister, his early promise was not fulfilled.

Net borrowing for year 'could be lower than expected'

A tentative improvement in the UK's dire public finances during July fuelled hopes today of a smaller rise in borrowing than first feared this year.

Business grandees shun Cameron over trade job

More than three months after the coalition Government was formed, and ministerial jobs were divided up between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, David Cameron's administration has still not appointed a trade minister to promote UK business abroad.

David Prosser: Good riddance to age discrimination

Outlook Changes to employment regulation rarely work out as badly as businesses fear. In the run up to the introduction of the minimum wage in 1997, employers were queuing up to warn that higher unemployment would be the inevitable result. It did not turn out that way. Similarly, many of the worst fears of businesses about the abolition of the default retirement age are likely to prove unfounded.

Businesses back austerity Budget

A majority of British businesses back the emergency Budget, according to figures released by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), with 64 per cent supporting the balance between spending cuts and tax rises.

Mary Ann Sieghart: Mandelson's vanity came before the party interest

His mistake was overlooking the possibility of a coalition with the Lib Dems

Business costs drop by 0.5%

Business costs have fallen by 0.5% as firms benefit from lower borrowing charges, according to a new report today.

Cost of red tape 'rose £11bn last year'

British businesses have faced another £11 billion in red tape and new regulation costs over the past year, research suggested today.

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