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Business and Economy

Slides from Stewart Lansley's presentation at Local Groups Day 2016.
The news that Apple owes the Irish government back taxes of around 13 billion Euros has thrown tax and inequality back into the spotlight.
After much political wrangling a long-awaited and groundbreaking provision relating to pay ratios has just been approved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
In traditional anticipation of Valentine’s Day, the shops are full of oversized cards, overpriced chocolates and soppy sentiments. Some embrace these shows of affection; others are reluctant to take part in the annual February love-fest. For The Equality Trust, there’s no holding back.
Today’s new report from the OECD adds to the mounting evidence that high levels of inequality harm economic growth.
Business leaders in the UK like to suggest that they have a global internationalist outlook; that they know more about the world than those who disagree with them. But once you probe that knowledge, even the slightest bit, it seems British capitalism can be a little bit… parochial.
Today marks the end of the Government’s consultation on its Trade Union Bill, a Bill that has not been without controversy.
Those supporting sky-high executive pay have long argued that it is not only a necessary evil, but also part of ‘how business works’.
In the past week, we've had the neo-Dickensian revelations from Sports Direct and we've also had the inexplicable top pay decisions at Sainsbury's and Royal Mail following on from the obscene proposed payout to WPP's Martin Sorrell.

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