This article outlines the negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) that led to the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Negotiation policy "We recognise how important it is to provide business, the public sector and the public with as much certainty as possible. So ahead of, and throughout the negotiations, we will provide certainty wherever we can. We will provide as much information as we can without undermining the national interest." "The United Kingdom's exit from and new partnership with the European Union" (PDF). UK Government. February 2017. p. 9. Some effects of the UK withdrawal could emerge before the UK and the EU27 conclude the Article 50 negotiation, as a result of policies existing when the negotiation begins, or some change of policy later. At the outset policy provisions binding on the EU include principles, aspirations and objectives set out in the TEU (Treaty on European Union) Preamble and Articles, of which Article 3 … [Read more...] about Negotiations leading to the Brexit withdrawal agreement
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Here is a question with a surprising answer: which is the most expensive city to travel to on business? The answer is Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela. It may be that travel for your business is more likely to involve Cardiff or Carlisle than Caracas, but when it comes to business travel, every business has the same questions. How much do we spend on travel each year? Where could we make savings? Is our T&E policy being followed? Are we compliant with tax guidelines? Would your T&E policy withstand scrutiny that TDs are finding themselves under? Here are four ways small and medium-sized businesses can minimise cost and maximise compliance when they have employees who travel on business… 1. Encourage Best PracticeThe same things apply when booking business travel as booking personal travel. The earlier you book, the more money you’re likely to save. Of course, there will always be last minute trips needed. But travel and accommodation for your annual … [Read more...] about How Much Should Your Business Spend on Employee Travel Expenses?
The decision to move into a nursing home is an important one and I am sure these are difficult circumstances for all your family. Before a resident enters a home, he or she must sign a contract of care. This is an important legal document which sets out the rights and responsibilities that both the nursing home provider and the resident will be bound by. It may be the case that a nursing home requires the resident and also a guarantor to sign the contract of care, either separately or jointly. It is important that both you and your father fully understand what you are agreeing to before you sign the contract. A guarantor is a third party who agrees to pay a resident's fees if he or she is unable to continue paying themselves. Agreeing to such a financial responsibility is a considerable commitment. Therefore if you are going to be a guarantor, it is essential that you are provided with all of the information you need to understand and assess the practical implications for you, … [Read more...] about Should I act as guarantor for my dad’s nursing home fees?
It's that time of year again - the May half-term is here and we've all got our fingers crossed for a sunny one. Schools across Coventry and Warwickshire will be closed for half-term from Monday, May 27, to Friday, May 31. With summer edging ever closer, we've put together a what's on guide full of adventures outdoors - and some back up plans for if the weather does turn. There's plenty to do around Coventry and Warwickshire, no matter what you're budget. Here are some ideas of what's going on to give you a bit of inspiration. Go Ape Coventry's brand new Go Ape attraction at Coombe Abbey is a great day for the whole family. There's a treetop trail for little ones as well as the teeth-chattering challenge course. Daring families looking to grab life by the ropes in the great outdoors will love the new Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Adventure+. Children over one metre in height can clamber through two-tiers of the Adventure course – including three levels of tunnels, rope … [Read more...] about Things to do in Coventry and Warwickshire this May half-term
If food really is the way to a person's heart then the kitchen should be seen as a sacred space. Whether you choose to keep it chrome and minimalist or brimming with herbs and spices everyone has their own taste. But whichever way you decide to go, there are a few key questions you need to ask yourself before upgrading your kitchen. One man who knows all the right advice is Jamie Lewis, kitchen designer at the Kitchen Factory in Oldham. Here he runs through the top ten questions you need to ask yourself before starting out. I’m thinking about changing my kitchen. Where do I start? We aim to make the process as painless and straightforward as we can. Before we do anything, we will help establish how you want your kitchen to function. If you have a large family and you wish to make the kitchen the hub of the home, the beating heart of the household. Do you like entertaining? Do you love cooking or baking? These questions will help us understand your specific requirements and tailor … [Read more...] about 10 questions you need to consider before redoing your kitchen