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The Environment Act 2021 – what about waste?

19 Nov 2021
The Environment Act 2021 received Royal Assent on 9 November 2021. It has taken its time to get here, with a general election, Brexit and a global pandemic COP 25 and, most recently, COP 26, all taking place since the October 2019 Environment Bill. When it comes to waste, has it been a waste of time?

"If you can't measure it, you can't improve it" - has gender pay gap reporting closed the wage gap between men and women?

18 Nov 2021
18 November marks Equal Pay Day, the date from which (on average) women work without pay for the rest of the year as a result of the gender pay gap. Since April 2017, it has been compulsory for large employers (those with more than 250 employees) to publish a gender pay report each year. To what extent has this been effective in closing the wage gap between men and women?

Treasury consults on future financial regulatory framework – a chance to shape the future?

17 Nov 2021
At his Mansion House speech on 1 July 2021, the Chancellor announced the government's aspiration for an open, green and technologically advanced financial services sector that is globally competitive and acts in the interests of communities and citizens, creating jobs, supporting businesses, and powering growth across the UK. In a step towards achieving this vision, the Treasury is now consulting on detailed proposals for reform of the financial services regulatory framework, building on its initial consultation which closed on 19 February 2021.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announces 'new laws and a code to resolve remaining COVID-19 commercial rent debts'

12 Nov 2021
The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill establishes a legally-binding arbitration process to resolve outstanding issues between commercial landlords and tenants on how to share the burden of commercial rent debts arising out of the pandemic. The legislation is, subject to Parliamentary passage, due to come into force next year with a probable target date of 25 March 2022.