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Authors: Ian Brinkley
04 June 2014
Commenting on today's Queen’s Speech, Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation, Lancaster University said:
“The announcement of tougher penalties on employers who deliberately underpay the National Minimum Wage and the promise to address some abuses of zero hours contracts are both very welcome measures that will help some of the most vulnerable in the labour market.
“It is also promising news to see the Queen’s Speech highlight the importance of apprenticeships and the government’s commitment to create two million places by the end of this Parliament. It will however remain vital that the Coalition’s current efforts to improve the quality and effectiveness of apprenticeships are carefully monitored and the expansion of provision must remain closely aligned with better outcomes for young people.”
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1. Ian Brinkley, chief economist and Geraint Johnes, director of The Work Foundation are both available for interviews, briefings and written comment.
2. The Work Foundation transforms people’s experience of work and the labour market through high quality applied research that empowers individuals and influences public policies and organisational practices.The Work Foundation is part of Lancaster University – an alliance that enables both organisations to further enhance their impact.
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