Education

Consultations for the Higher Education and Research Act 2017

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A number of consultations have been launched in relation to the Higher Education and Research Act 2017. Our education expert explains what will be included. More …

Matthew Smith presents Innovation in Policy Award at Cardiff University

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Matthew Smith, partner in our employment team in Cardiff was delighted to be invited to present an award at the Cardiff University Innovation and Impact Awards 2017. More …

EAT confirms voluntary overtime payable in holiday pay

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has now ruled that voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay if it is paid sufficiently regularly to amount to normal pay. Our expert explains the impact this will have on employers. More …

ET fees ruled unlawful – what next for employers?

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Our employment expert considers some of the further detail of the Supreme Court's ruling to make employment tribunal fees unlawful, the implications this will have for employers and what to take into consideration going forward. More …

Sweet measures from Chancellor in the Sugar Tax Budget

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer may have grabbed headlines by declaring war on sugar in his Spring Budget – but there were also several sweeteners for businesses and individuals alike. More …

Budget 2016: Academy conversion for schools in England

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Measures announced today by the chancellor in this year's budget include the plan for all maintained schools in England to convert to academy status by 2020 or be committed to converting by 2022. More …

Non Profit Distributing Model

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The widespread adoption of a new funding model for major infrastructure projects across the UK may have moved a step closer thanks to a key decision that has come to light. The Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) Model is an alternative to the much-maligned Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in which surplus profits are reinvested in the public sector rather than going to the private sector as unpopular 'windfall' payments. More …

Non-profit distributing - has Scotland found a model that works for infrastructure projects across the whole of the UK?

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However, the NPD model had to be placed on hold in both Wales and Scotland (where it was originally developed) due to the decision by the Office of National Statistics that an NPD scheme (the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) had to be given a public “on balance sheet” classification. More …

The Education and Adoption Bill

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Since its announcement in June 2015, the Education and Adoption Bill has been progressing its way through Parliament, first debated by the House of Commons and now scrutinised by the House of Lords. More …

VAT for Colleges: Upper Tribunal decision on achieving zero-rating for construction work

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This case concerned the meaning of business use of a new building and how income from grant subsidised services should be treated by a charity further education college. More …