Legislation watch

first_imgThe Pensions Bill 2007, which reached its second reading in Parliament last week, could hit the baking industry hard if it becomes law. That’s the view of pensions consultancy Aon, which said the Bill will cost UK companies an extra £4bn, if it is passed.Chris Dale, head of Aon’s food and drink practice, said: “The Pensions Bill could hit the tight margins of the food and drink sector, which will have to provide pensions to a high number of part-time staff. This could see deficits soar at a time when food prices are inflating at their fastest level for 14 years, driven by increasing fuel and raw material costs. Manufacturers will be forced to pass on increased costs to consumers via retailers. This will further exacerbate the spiralling food and drink price inflation.”The Pensions Bill 2007 proposes an automatic enrolment in a workplace scheme or personal accounts for all workers, aged between 22 and state pension age earning more £5,035 a year (at 2006/07 rates). Workers would contribute a minimum 4% of their salaries, employers a minimum of 3% with around 1% in tax relief from the government.”Reacting to the perception that the voluntary pension system is irreparably damaged, the government is now resorting to the enforcement of compulsory employer contributions,” said Dale.last_img read more

Three Cooks store closed following fatal stabbing

first_imgA bakery retailer in south-east London has been closed temporarily after a fatal stabbing.Teenager Jimmy Mizen was killed in an unprovoked attack last Saturday (10 May) at the Three Cooks shop on Burnt Ash Hill in Lee.Mizen was stabbed with a shard of glass after he refused to take up the challenge of a fight from another youth.A spokesman for Solihull-based parent company Cooks the Bakery said the premises had been closed initially by police because it was a crime scene. The shop will be kept closed “until such a time as we feel it’s right to reopen” he added.Shop staff have been offered support and counselling. “They are being offered comfort, support and everything else that you would expect from a decent employer,” added the spokesman.As British Baker went to press, police had arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the murder.last_img read more

Young soccer star aims high

first_imgThe 16-year-old of mixed East Sepik and Gulf parentage realised her potential after being appointed to lead the U15 side to the Olympic Youth Games in 2014 and the U17 girls to the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) World Cup qualifier in Cook Islands in January 14-24.“For me, I’ve come to realize that leadership is something that can be applied in any area and in sports teams, it is just as important,” Joseph said.She completed grade 12 last year at the Gerehu Secondary School in Port Moresby and is currently waiting for an offer to continue her tertiary education. The youngster said she was only starting out in women’s soccer but she hoped to learn from the experiences leading and playing at international tournaments.She admitted one of the problems she stumbled on when appointed to the role in 2014 was speaking.“I am not a good speaker but since given the role, I’ve been improving in this area because it is very important to be able to communicate with the team you are leading,” she said.Moreover, she plays for the Yamaros senior women’s side in the Port Moresby Soccer Association.She has now made it into the PNG U20 side and she is currently in Goroka under the watchful eyes of PNG U20 coach Lisa Cole.Making the senior side is her ultimate sporting goal.last_img read more