Tory Shadow Chancellor George Osborne says a Conservative Government would scale down the power of the Treasury removing its spending responsibilities and its role in administering in-work and universal child benefits.
The City of London is employing more gay and lesbian people than ever, according to research from recruitment consultancy Joslin Rowe Associates and Origin HR. The study found that 6.3 per cent – or 55,000 – of the 900,000 employees working in the City are gay, a rise of 0.4 per cent from two years […]
IFS head of faculty financial regulation Mark Roberts asks how well intermediaries are placed to cater for the needs of Muslim clients
Legal & General has brought out healthcare choices, a private medical insurance plan catering for individual and group business.
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Jelf Employee Benefits assesses the areas that employers should be aware of when considering operating in Sierra Leone, including healthcare access, delivery and insurance provisions. This report draws on various sources to highlight specific considerations for this emerging jewel in West Africa.
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