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Relationship breakdowns have negative impact on business productivity

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Survey finds 9% of employees left jobs as a result of divorce or separation, or knew a colleague who had done soThe high cost of divorce for the British economy is revealed today by research showing one in seven workers say relationship breakdowns have had a negative impact on their business’s productivity.The survey, carried out on behalf of the family justice organisation Resolution, also found that 9% of employees either had to leave their jobs as a result of divorce ... more

Rise in number of violent homophobic crimes being reported to police

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Figures reveal that 19 forces have recorded more violent homophobic offences so far in 2014 than in whole of last yearSome of the UK’s biggest police forces have recorded a rise in the number of violent homophobic crimes this year, according to new figures.Hundreds of assaults on gay and lesbian people have been reported to police so far in 2014 – including more than 300 in London alone. Gay rights charities said that while it was encouragingthat more people were ... more

UK government urges Sepp Blatter to publish full Michael Garcia report

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• Culture secretary Sajid Javid writes to Fifa president• Concerned over Fifa’s independence and transparency• Uefa announce team of the year shortlistThe British government has intervened in the row over Michael Garcia’s report into the Controversial 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, saying Fifa risks damaging the reputation of football if it does not publish it in full.The culture secretary, Sajid Javid, has written to Fifa president Sepp Blatter in support of the FA’s call for Garcia’s report to ... more

First Dog on the Moon on Ferguson – cartoon

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Tougher rules for getting mortgages help to cool UK housing market

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New mortgage approvals hit a 17-month low amid high prices, uncertainty ahead of election and interest rates risingBritain’s housing market is cooling rapidly as a result of tougher Bank of England mortgage market requirements, high prices and the uncertainty caused by the coming general election. The prospect of higher interest rates at some point in 2015 is also dampening demand.Figures from the British Bankers’ Association showed a sharp slowdown in mortgage approvals, while Nationwide building society has reported a drop ... more