The South might well have higher gross domestic product than the North and Scotland combined but, if it really want to maintain that kind of powerhouse status, the region needs to simplify and speed up the planning system to smooth the way for beneficial developments, argues Jim McAllister of The Rutland Group.
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The past year has presented many unprecedented challenges for employers who have had to adapt entire working practices as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Most have transitioned to working remotely, many have made use of the furlough scheme, and more recently, with the announcement of workplaces re-opening in June, employers are having to carefully navigate the return to work, ensuring that this is done in the safest way for everyone involved. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (‘EHRC’) have […]
March 8th, 2021
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