by Chloe Cornish

Theresa May should do more to help companies to employ staff who are recovering from addiction, an independent review has said.
While employers were generally supportive of existing staff who develop drug or alcohol problems, they were reluctant to hire people with addiction histories, a review led by Dame Carol Black has found.
“Additional government action is required as employers are clear that they need to ‘de-risk’ the decision to employ someone in recovery,” according to the 138-page report.
However Dame Carol did not back a suggestion made by David Cameron last year that people who reject help to get off drugs or lose weight should have their benefits cut. A Downing St spokesman said on Monday that Mr Cameron’s idea was “not under consideration”.
Dame Carol is a special adviser to the Department of Health and Public Health England and principal of Newnham College, Cambridge.
Her recommendations included an “Individual Placement and Support model” trial, which would involve expert support and discretionary funds to cover costs incurred for small companies taking on people with addictions.
The report suggested that a “try before you buy” probationary approach would help persuade employers to hire people with substance problems, after an opportunity to assess their suitability through a work trial.
And having JobCentre staff in treatment centres could help addicted people return to work faster, said the report.
Returning to or staying in employment was found to help people recover from addiction. “[D]uring the first six months after treatment for alcohol misuse 45 per cent of those who were unemployed relapsed, compared to 23 per cent of the employed,” according to one study quoted in the report.
Dame Carol said: “Our goal has been to find ways of overcoming the employment problems that people face when they are addicted to alcohol or drugs, or are obese. After a searching inquiry we are clear that a fresh approach is needed, one that brings together health, social, and employment agencies in new collaborative ways.”
Part of the report’s scope was to ascertain “whether the government should make benefit claimants with an addiction engage with treatment as a condition of their benefit entitlement”.
But it concluded that mandating people suffering from addictions or obesity to attend treatment as a precursor to receiving benefits, was unlikely to be successful or “cost-effective”.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond is presenting his first Autumn Statement to the House of Commons today, setting out the Conservative government’s plans for taxes, spending and borrowing as the UK prepares for Brexit.

Key points:

 

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The Bank of England has increased it forecasts for growth and inflation for this year and next, part of its quarterly update on the economy. It also held interest rates.

Meanwhile the UK government has lost its case in the High Court over whether it can trigger Article 50 without a parliamentary vote, and will now file an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Key developments

  • The BoE now expects inflation to hit 2.7% next year, and stay that high in 2018

  • The Bank unanimously voted to hold hold interest rates

  • The UK government has lost its case on triggering Article 50 in the High Court, and will appeal

  • UK services PMI rises to 54.5 from 52.6 – fastest pace of growth since January

 

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Mark Carney is up in front of the Treasury Select Committee. Brexit and the economy are in focus. The appearance by the governor of the Bank of England follows that of Theresa May in Parliament, her first since the summer recess, where she effectively ducked most questions on Brexit

Key points

  • Carney tells MPs he is “absolutely serene” about his comments warning of a post-Brexit downturn

  • Bank of England governor says he was “comfortable” with the rate cut decision taken in August

  • May tells House government will not disclose negotiating position on Brexit

  • PM Repeats assertion that she can trigger Article 50 Brexit divorce clause without consent of parliament.

 

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Bank Of England Governor Mark Carney Delivers Speech As Bank Pledges Liquidity

The Bank of England has cut interest rates for the first time since 2009, as it calibrates its response to the Brexit vote.

The BoE also boosted its quantitative easing programme, expanding its bond buying to the corporate debt market.

Key points

  • BoE in 25 bps cut, taking benchmark rates to 0.25 per cent

  • BoE will expand QE with an extra £70bn

  • Bank will also extend QE to buy corporate bonds

  • Mark Carney calls Brexit vote a “regime change”, expects unemployment to rise

  • MPC votes 9-0 for rate cut, 6-3 for QE expansion

 

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May Makes Her First Statement As The Country's New Leader

Theresa May, Britain’s new prime minister, has announced sweeping changes with her first cabinet.

Meanwhile the Bank of England has surprised markets by leaving interest rates on hold. Many had been expecting a cut.

Key appointments

  • Philip Hammond (treasury)
  • Boris Johnson (foreign office)
  • Amber Rudd (home office)
  • Justine Greening (education)
  • Liz Truss (justice)
  • David Davis (Brexit minister)
  • Liam Fox (international trade)
  • Jeremy Hunt (health)
  • Damian Green (work and pensions)
  • Michael Fallon (defence)
  • Chris Graylling (transport)
  • Andrea Leadsom (environment)

Key departures

  • George Osborne (treasury)
  • Michael Gove (justice)
  • Nicky Morgan (education)
  • Stephen Crabb (work and pensions)
  • John Whittingdale (culture)
  • Oliver Letwin (cabinet office)
  • Theresa Villers (Northern Ireland)

 

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May Makes Her First Statement As The Country's New Leader

Theresa May has taken over as prime minister after David Cameron ended his six-year tenure. She becomes the second female prime minister of the UK 26 years after the first, Margaret Thatcher, resigned.

Mrs May has started to form her cabinet with key appointments announced late on Wedneday.

Key cabinet appointments

  • Philip Hammond becomes chancellor

  • David Davis takes on new role as secretary of state for Brexit

  • Boris Johnson becomes foreign secretary

  • Amber Rudd takes over as home secretary

  • Michael Fallon remains defence secretary

  • Liam Fox is appointed in a new role as international trade secretary

 

Conservative leadership bid

Theresa May will take over as the next British prime minister on Wednesday, incumbent David Cameron has said. The swift handover of power came after her only rival, Andrea Leadsom, pulled out of the race to become the next leader of the rulling Conservative party..

Key points

  • David Cameron says he will offer his formal resignation to the Queen on Wednesday

  • 1922 committee confirms Theresa May as new leader of the Conservative party, making her prime minister-elect

  • Andrea Leadsom withdraws from Tory leadership race, saying period of uncertainty “highly undesirable”

  • Labour’s Angela Eagle begins formal challenge to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership

  • Lib Dems, Greens call for early general election

 

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Theresa May, the home secretary, and pro-Brexit campaigner Andrea Leadsom, are through to the final two in the race to be the next Conservative leader.

Michael Gove was eliminated in the final round of voting at Westminster.

The two leading candidates will now be presented to 125,000 party members to make the final choice for their new party leader who will replace David Cameron as prime minister

Key points

  • May won the votes of 199 out of 330 Tory MPs in the second round of voting

  • Leadsom came second with 84

  • Gove was eliminated after coming third with 46

  • The result of the members’ ballot is due by September 9

 

Sir John Chilcot Delivers The Iraq Inquiry Report

Sir John Chilcot has released his long-awaited report on the UK involvement in the Iraq war, which has led to more than 500,000 civilian deaths in the country.

Sir John said the UK government “chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options of disarmament had been exhausted” and “military action at that time was not a last resort”.

Prime minister David Cameron tells MPs that the report is not “accusing anyone of deliberate explicit deceit” while Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, formally apologises on behalf of the Labour Party for taking the country to war.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said he stood by his decision to back an invasion and that the report “should lay to rest allegations of bad faith, lies or deceit.”

Key findings

  • Blair committed to an invasion almost eight months before receiving parliamentary and legal backing

  • The invasion was based on “flawed intelligence and assessments” that went unchallenged

  • The UK was “undermining” the UN Security Council’s authority in the absence of majority support for military action.

  • The inquiry did not express a view on whether military action was legal but concluded “the circumstances in which it was decided that there was a legal basis for UK military action were far from satisfactory”.

 

Britain's Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, delivers his speech after announcing his bid to become Conservative Party leader, in London

The race to be the next prime minister is now in full swing. Michael Gove has launched his campaign to become the next Prime Minister argued that only someone who had campaigned for Brexit should lead the Conservative party; the frontrunner Theresa May campaigned on the Remain side.

Sterling remains lower following Bank of England governor Mark Carney’s comments that the UK was suffering “post-traumatic stress” and the central bank is likely to have to ease policy in the coming months.

As policymakers scramble to respond to the economic shock of the vote to leave, Chancellor George Osborne said that he is dropping his long-held goal of reaching a surplus in the UK’s public finances by the end of the decade.

Key points

  • Michael Gove sets out his bid for Tory party leadership, focus on change and reform

  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could face a leadership challenge

  • George Osborne abandons his 2020 public finance surplus target

  • FTSE 100 enjoys best week since Dec ’11

 

Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May attends a press conference in London

Boris Johnson will not be running to replace David Cameron, but Michael Gove will. He’ll face new favourite home secretary Theresa May – and a handful of others.

Key points

  • Boris Johnson pulls out of the race for Tory party leadership

  • Michael Gove launched surprise run

  • May, Leadsom, Fox and Crabb launch candidacy

  • Bank of England governor hints at more monetary easing, warning of a “materially slower” growth

  • FTSE 100 closes at highest since Aug 2015; Gilt yields fall negative for first time ever

 

EU summit after British referendum to leave bloc

European leaders met today to discuss the UK’s fate after it voted to leave the EU. The British prime minister, however, was not among them.

Back home the attention was on the twin battles to lead the country’s major political parties.

Key points

  • David Cameron called on Jeremy Corbyn to step down as Labour leader “for the national interest”

  • François Hollande said London should lose the right to clear euro-denominated trades

  • Liam Fox threw his hat into the ring in the Tory leadership contest; Tom Watson said that he would not enter a Labour contest

  • Stephen Crabb launched bid for Tory party leadership

  • The FTSE 100 recovered all post-Brexit losses

  • Sterling was steady at $1.35

 

EU Council meeting after British referendum to leave the EU

David Cameron is at his final EU summit in Brussels today, where he vowed that the UK would not turn its back on its European allies.

But while German leader Angela Merkel wants to ensure the UK is given time to decide how to exit, the European Parliament is pushing for a swift end to uncertainty.

Back in the UK, despite overwhelmingly losing a vote of no-confidence from his fellow Labour MPs, Jeremy Corbyn has refused to step down as leader of the opposition.

Key points

  • The Tory leadership battle is underway, with Johnson and May the frontrunners. Work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb is also in the frame.

  • George Osborne warns of “prolonged economic adjustment”, says spending cuts and tax hikes needed

  • Sterling edges back after hitting a 30-year low on Monday, stocks bounce

  • Jeremy Corbyn has lost a vote of no confidence vote from his fellow Labour MPs

  • S&P downgrades the UK two notches, stripping the country of its final AAA rating

  • Nicola Sturgeon has launches a diplomatic drive to secure Scotland’s post-Brexit place in the EU

You can read yesterday’s coverage here.

 

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After a weekend of political ructions in both main parties, focus in the UK today has switched back to the economy and the business impact of last week’s vote. UK stocks are down, the pound is at a new 30-year low, while 10-year Gilt yields have broken below 1% for the first time.

But we have also seen a number of fresh developments inside the Labour party, where an attempt is underway to unseat leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Key points

  • Markets are rattled – with the FTSE 100 down 2.6 per cent, the FTSE 250 off 7.0 per cent, and the pound has weakened more than 3 per cent against the dollar to fall below $1.32 and set a new post-1980s low in today’s trading.

  • George Osborne, speaking for the first time since Thursday’s vote says government ‘must deliver’ on the result

  • Boris Johnson, who hopes to replace Mr Cameron, has backed BoE governor Mark Carney, and vowed to keep UK in the single market

  • David Cameron has given his first statement to the Commons since the vote to leave the EU. He ruled out holding a second referendum and made it clear any decisions on Britain’s future relationship with the Union would be an issue for his successor. Boris Johnson was not there.

  • The bloodletting in the Labour party has continued, with dozens of shadow cabinet members resigning

You can catch up on what happened yesterday here.

 

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The UK political fallout from the historic vote to leave the EU is gathering pace, with the Labour shadow cabinet disintegrating and key Conservative figures preparing for a leadership contest.

In Berlin, the German chancellor Angela Merkel has attempted to rein in pressure from within Europe to force Britain quickly to trigger divorce proceedings with the EU, saying that rushing into an exit was unwarranted.

Key things to watch

  • UK political establishment in upheaval after Brexit vote

  • Mass resignations from Labour shadow cabinet

  • Michael Gove to back Boris Johnson for Tory leadership

  • First minister suggests Scotland could block Brexit legislation

  • Asset managers prepare to move staff out of London

 

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The European political establishment has begun formulating its response to the UK’s historic decision to leave the EU, putting on a show of unity at a hastily arranged meeting of foreign ministers in Berlin.

Global markets lose $2tn of value in Friday’s trading – the single biggest one-day loss since 2007 – and are set for further volatility at the start of next week.

Key things to watch

  • “Core Europe” urges Britain to trigger exit talks through Article 50 immediately

  • French foreign minister calls for new UK PM in ‘coming days’

  • Merkel says formal talks should not “take forever”

  • UK commissioner Jonathan Hill resigns from post

  • ECB official: City will lose vital passporting rights outside single market

  • Sturgeon: second Scottish independence referendum process has begun

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