Abandoning plans to force firms to put workers in the boardroom was one of the most egregious of Theresa May’s many U-turns after last year’s disastrous general election cost her majority. Her reduced political clout, as well as widespread corporate suspicion, saw potentially radical reforms watered down to the publication of largely meaningless pay ratios showing how much more the bosses get paid than their average workers. So the move by Capita’s newish chief executive Jon Lewis, who’s managing a turnaround at the previously struggling outsourcer, to bring two employees onto the main board is certainly eyecatching. Only one other company in the UK, FirstGroup, has done it, but there should be more to come following July’s update to the UK Corporate Governance Code, which comes into force next January. To help tackle boardroom groupthink, the Code says companies should appoint to the board a director from the workforce, a designated non-executive … [Read more...] about Russell Lynch: One size does not fit all for workers in the boardroom
One size does not fit all
PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 April 2018 Raphael Park in Romford Archant Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Let’s vote to keep Havering special Cllr Damian White, deputy leader, London Borough of Havering, writes: Havering is special. It is a unique place with so many wonderful community facilities. It enjoys a sense of openness and space; a characteristic lost many years ago by most inner London boroughs. We now have award-winning parks and open spaces – some of the best in London – providing vital open space for us to relax and enjoy in. Since 2002, the Conservatives have invested heavily within our natural environment, creating a lasting legacy for future generations. However, this is now being put at risk by the Labour Mayor Khan’s plan to concrete over Havering, depriving us of what makes Havering so special. The Labour Party, under Mayor Khan, are proposing to increase our housing targets by over 60per cent which, if … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: election news, special Havering, death registration difficulties, Queen’s Theatre show and diabetes.
The leader of the county council has hit back at district chiefs who last week claimed “biggest is not always best”, as the unitary debate continues. Leader of Bucks County Council, Martin Tett, has insisted just one “super authority” will provide “the greatest possible level” of savings. He added that the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, Sajid Javid, said two councils for the north and south of the county are unlikely to “sustain major services”. Cllr Tett said: “We are very clear that ‘one size’ does not ‘fit all’. Right across Buckinghamshire the different local communities all have differing needs. It is not ‘north versus south’. “Marlow is different from Wycombe, Wycombe from Chesham, Chesham from Wendover and Wendover from Buckingham. “That’s why the new single council will have local services tailored to the needs and wishes of each … [Read more...] about Council leaders clash over unitary council debate
As a keynote speaker of Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) summit in Brussels, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki insisted on the importance of services and reforms in the EU that take into consideration the individual Member States’ specific needs and a more flexible system of regulations that will help strengthen the European Union’s institutions. Morawiecki, one of the least Euroscpetic members of the European Conservatives and Reformists group – told the participants at the “A Future for Europe” that the current sentiment across the whole of the European Union, which has seen a rise in its apathy to the bloc’s bureaucracy and the rise of populism, could be traced to many citizens’ sense of frustration and a feeling that they lack a voice in the EU’s key institutions. “The main step the EU has to take in addressing the population’s feeling of injustice and inequity – which explains … [Read more...] about Poland’s Morawiecki says one size does not fit all
0 Have your say Plans for a total of 12 new homes in South Holland were due to be considered by 15 district councillors at a meeting in Spalding on Wednesday night. But compared to the target set by South Holland District Council of building 467 new homes a year, in each of the next 20 years, the considerations by the council’s planning committee represents mere “petty cash change”, according to district council leader Coun Gary Porter. We’re looking for a solution to a very complex problem here and planning reform isn’t something that has an effect quickly Ian Canham, chief executive of Broadgate Homes, Weston Hills If proof was needed that the problem of housing delivery was weighing heavily on the minds of Prime Minister Theresa May and her ministers, it came with the launch of a new government to “fix the broken housing market and restore the dream of home ownership for a new generation”.The previous 16 words come from a report on … [Read more...] about A ‘broken housing’ system goes in for repairs