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16 February 2021
Ahead of the next Budget statement in March, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and Citi Research have published a review of the challenges and options facing the Chancellor. The strategic challenges faced by the government – transition out of the EU, recovery from Coronavirus and movement towards “net-zero” – are well understood. However, IFS and Citi warn that public finances ...
12 February 2021
ONS has published its preliminary estimate of UK economic output in Q4 2020, meaning that it is now possible to assess performance over the whole year. As might be expected, the full-year statistics make grim reading, with real GDP down 9.9% versus 2019 – the worst annual performance on record. The second quarter was the weakest, by a considerable margin, suggesting that the major c...
12 February 2021
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued the results of its comprehensive Financial Lives study, the second edition covering 2017 to early 2020. The main survey ended before the arrival of Coronavirus, but it gives a view of the ability of households to withstand shocks in the pre-virus period. A follow-up survey in October 2020 showed the effect of the virus. In early 202...
12 February 2021
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest developments and guidance on COVID-19 and adapting to a new relationship with the EU. COVID-19 home testing for workers The government is expected to introduce home testing in the next few weeks. It will be made available for employees of businesses where it is not p...
09 February 2021
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest developments and guidance on COVID-19 and adapting to a new relationship with the EU. Rapid COVID-19 testing for workers The government has announced a wider drive to increase workplace testing for businesses with 50 or more employees in England, encouraging them t...
09 February 2021
It’s been a fascinating time to be liaising with industry and government on EU Exit (Brexit) issues and providing insight to help businesses prepare for a new relationship with Europe and other trading partners. Our series of free webinars on EU Exit have proved very popular. In our next webinar EU-UK transition-latest moves , we will look at all the key issues.   The trade deal in pract...
09 February 2021
More than 500 young, unemployed people joined IGD’s virtual work experience programme last week (01-05 February), to receive invaluable employability skills training amid a burgeoning unemployment crisis in the UK. With young people disproportionately affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, IGD is working with the Department for Work and Pensions and some of the biggest companies in the...
08 February 2021
Recognising bias is a key step to increasing diversity of thought and to driving creativity and healthy challenge from individuals who see and feel things in an alternative way. “My thoughts were challenged, and I was given a new perspective on biases. I feel empowered to challenge those biases I carry and investigate why they sit with me.” A listener’s feedback on the webinar ...
05 February 2021
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest developments and guidance on COVID-19 and adapting to a new relationship with the EU. Northern Ireland Protocol The government has called for grace periods to be extended for Northern Ireland, to allow businesses more time to adapt to new Irish Sea border processes...
05 February 2021
General position The latest Monetary Policy Report from the Bank of England presents more data on the economic impact of Coronavirus in the UK and globally. Economic events are connected closely to the path of Coronavirus, creating high uncertainty. However, rollout of vaccines gives reason for optimism and the Bank looks ahead to a modest recovery in 2021. The new trade deal with ...