Prospect blogs

4 challenges for BEIS now the reshuffle is over

Now that the reshuffle is over, focus can return to the challenges facing the country in 2018. This is an uncertain time for jobs, investment and business. A lot rests on Brexit and ensuring confidence in both the government’s handling of negotiations and any future trading relationships.  Stagnant wages, which...

Piggy bank for 2018

Will Britain get a pay rise in 2018?

Last year was a year of contradictions, at least as far as pay is concerned. On the one hand, there was a big rise in employment, with the number of people in work hitting the highest level on record. More people in work should, in theory, mean increased upward pressure...

Illustration of the importance of pension savings

Update on cashing in defined benefit pension benefits

A major trend in pensions in 2017 was for tens of thousands of members of defined benefit pension schemes to trade in their benefits for a large cash lump sum.

Voting app open on smartphone

How far will the can be kicked down the road on electronic balloting?

The government’s independent review of Electronic Balloting for Industrial Action has been published just as the Christmas break approaches. Rather than bearing gifts the review, conducted by Sir Ken Knight former Chief Executive of the Fire Service, has called for further tests before any change in balloting is introduced.

Union and EU flags in front of the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), Westmister

Hands off our holidays!

Our rights to paid holiday are under attack, as some senior government ministers take aim at dismantling working time rights after Brexit. Reports this weekend show that there is a drive by some in the government to scrap working time rights, which are currently underpinned by EU law, including the...