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Last updated Monday 15th July 2024.

Chicken supplier faked disease certificates

The Foods Standards Agency (FSA) reports that chicken and eggs supplier Stuart Perkins of poultry farm SG Perkins Ltd of Radstock in Somerset, had falsified Salmonella testing certificates. This meant birds had been slaughtered for the food chain without proof they were free from disease. Perkins pleaded guilty to not carrying out the legally required testing for two years from 2021 to 2023 and for submitting chickens for slaughter with either falsified documentation or with documentation which did not relate to the birds being slaughtered, between July 2023 and October 2023.

An alert was issued to industry to ask food businesses to check the traceability of their suppliers to help ensure legitimate businesses maintain the integrity and safety of their food chains and protect their customers. Perkins was sentenced to a total fine of £50,830.75.

Read more at Food Standards Agency

UK economy returned to growth in May

The UK economy grew quicker than expected in May following a washout month in April as more shoppers returned to high streets and construction work recovered, according to official data. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 0.4% in May. It came after no growth was recorded in April when damp weather hit consumer spending. Economists had predicted that GDP would increase by 0.2% in May. Many retailers and wholesalers had a good month, with both bouncing back from a weak April. Construction grew at its fastest rate in almost a year after recent weakness, with housebuilding and infrastructure projects boosting the industry.

Read more at ITV News

Household water bills to rise by £94 over next five years under draft proposals

Household water bills in England and Wales are set to rise by an average £19 a year over the next five years – a third less than the increase requested by companies, under draft proposals. The Water Services Regulation Authority Ofwat said water firms proposed increases averaging £144 over five years. For example, Thames Water’s proposed increase of £191 by 2030 has been reduced to £99, while Severn Trent’s proposed rise of £144 has been cut to £93. Ofwat said customers want to see radical change in the way water companies care for the environment. The draft decisions on company plans approve a tripling of investment to make sustained improvement to customer service and the environment at a fair price for customers.

Read more at ITV News

Labour government’s plan for small businesses

One of the new Labour government’s main priorities is to help small businesses. Their election manifesto said ‘The Labour Party knows the value of small businesses; you are not just the lifeblood of our communities but essential to our economic success. That is why we have launched an ambitious plan to support small businesses’. As well as a promise not to increase income tax rates, National Insurance and VAT, the plan included:

  • Guarantee small businesses access to banking services on their high street, including safely depositing cash, by changing regulations to accelerate the rollout of banking hubs.
  • Replace the business rates system, with a new system that will level the playing field between the high street and online giants.
  • Revitalise Britain’s high streets by tackling anti-social behaviour through the introduction of new town centre police patrols.
  • Make the UK the best place to start-up and scale-up by unlocking the supply of finance for businesses looking to grow.
  • Stamp out late payment of invoices to small businesses, requiring large businesses to better report on their payment practices to expose late payers.
  • Open up competition to public contracts, giving small businesses the fairer chance they deserve.
  • Boost small business exports by publishing a trade strategy and delivering clear advice to get new businesses exporting.
  • Give a new direction for skills and addressing skills shortages by creating Skills England and working with local industry to ensure local people have the skills they want including new Technical Excellence Colleges.
  • Make Britain a Clean Energy Superpower and cutting energy bills for small business and creating thousands of opportunities from tradespeople.

Read more at The Labour Party

UK economy grew more than estimated in early 2024

The economy grew by more than initially estimated in the first three months of 2024 as the UK emerged from recession, revised official figures show. Between January and March, the economy grew by 0.7% the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. Figures released last month initially estimated growth had been 0.6%. The original figure for the first quarter of the year was stronger than economists had expected, and growth in the services sector, which includes businesses such as hairdressers, banks, and hospitality, helped to push it higher. But while services growth was revised upwards, increases in manufacturing were revised down. Due to the upward revision, the UK was the fastest growing economy in the G7 group of countries with advanced economies in the first three months of this year.

Read more at BBC News

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