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Government urged to use Covid-19 pandemic to tackle business ‘bad behaviour’

Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell is urging the Government to use the Covid-19 pandemic to “stamp out bad behaviour” from businesses across the country.

The Labour MP insisted that firms guilty of poor employment practices should not receive state help.

In his first major intervention since leaving Labour’s front bench, he will put forward a Business Standards Bill, aimed at tackling those firms that use fire and rehire tactics and zero-hour contracts, avoid tax and pollute the environment.

His proposals include an accreditation scheme for firms that meet standards over the treatment of workers, the payment of taxes and environmental practices, with a Good Business Commission – made up of representatives from the business world together with unions, environmental campaigners and others – set up to oversee it.

But this new body would also have powers to impose sanctions on rogue employers, under the plan set out by Mr McDonnell.

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North Yorkshire business leaders urged to back devolution deal

Business leaders in North Yorkshire are being urged to back the county’s bid for a new single council and help bring in new investment in infrastructure worth up to £2.4bn.

Sunday, 6th September 2020, 4:45 pm

Richard Flinton, chief executive of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “This devolution deal will back companies of all sizes with new investment of up to £2.4bn in the infrastructure they need to grow and prosper.”

York and North Yorkshire County Council are working on an devolution deal to take control of funds and powers from central government to accelerate the recovery from the pandemic and create new growth opportunities for businesses.

They have approved plans to invest £540m in fibre connectivity, £390m in transport links, £290m in market town centres, £215m in the bio-economy, £95m on housing, £50m on green energy and £10m in skills across the county over the coming years.


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