News story: UK government’s sale of Green Investment Bank completed

The Climate Change and Industry Minister, Claire Perry, confirmed today (18 August 2017) that the sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to Macquarie Group Limited has now been completed.

The £2.3 billion deal ensures that all the taxpayer funding invested in GIB since its creation, including set-up costs, has been returned with a gain of approximately £186 million.

As well as fully meeting the government’s objectives, the deal secures the future of the GIB with an ambitious new owner committed to growing the business. The Edinburgh office will be home to a new revenue-generating business as well as providing services to the green energy portfolios of both Macquarie and GIB in the UK.

The government decided that moving it into the private sector now would free it from the constraints of public sector ownership allowing it to increase investment in our green infrastructure as we transition to a green economy. GIB’s independent Board supported the government’s decision to sell the business to Macquarie.

In order to build on the company’s success within the private sector, Macquarie and GIB have announced today that the company will now be known as the Green Investment Group (GIG) so that it will be able to make overseas investments.

Climate Change and Industry Minister Claire Perry said:

We led the world in setting up the Green Investment Bank and it is now being copied by others. Now that it’s in the private sector, it will be able to operate on an international level to tackle the global challenge of climate change. It is also perfectly placed to help us finance green initiatives for our Clean Growth Plan and realise the commitments set out in the Paris Agreement.

The green ‘special share’ held by the Green Purposes Company Limited also comes into force now. Five independent trustees have the power to approve or reject any proposed changes to GIG’s green purposes in the future.

The government will continue to hold an interest in a portfolio of a small number of GIB’s existing green infrastructure investments. These assets will continue to be managed by GIB until they can be sold on in a way which returns best value for taxpayers’ money.

Further information

  1. The sale of the Green Investment Group (formerly Green Investment Bank) was announced in April 2017. It was secured through a competitive process and met the objectives outlined when it launched the sales process last year. As well as securing value for money for the taxpayer and freeing GIG from the constraints of public sector ownership, it will enable GIG to grow its support for green projects.

  2. The sale proceeds of £1.75 billion, which has now been received, sees all taxpayer funding invested in GIG returned with a gain of around £186 million. This, together with over £500 million of current outstanding commitments which will now be met by Macquarie and its partners rather than taxpayers, means that the transaction value is around £2.3 billion.

  3. The government has now repealed the relevant provisions of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, removing statutory controls over GIG’s green purposes to ensure that GIG can be re-classified to the private sector.

  4. The government will provide a report to Parliament on the sale, as required under the Enterprise Act 2016 in the Autumn.

National Statistics: Household Energy Efficiency National Statistics, headline release August 2017

This release includes measures installed under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Green Deal schemes. It also includes further analysis and geographical breakdowns of ECO measures, ECO delivery costs, estimated carbon and energy savings from measures installed and the supply chain. These statistics are provisional and are subject to future revisions.

Press release: Record £2 million back pay identified for 13,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers

More than 13,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers will get around £2 million in back pay as part of the government’s scheme to name employers who have failed to pay National Minimum Wage and Living Wage.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today (16 August 2017) published a list of 233 businesses that underpaid workers.

As well as paying back staff the money owed, employers on the list have been fined a record £1.9 million by the government. Retail, hairdressing and hospitality businesses were among the most prolific offenders.

Since 2013, the scheme has identified £6 million back pay for 40,000 workers, with 1,200 employers fined £4 million.

Business Minister Margot James said:

It is against the law to pay workers less than legal minimum wage rates, short-changing ordinary working people and undercutting honest employers.

Today’s naming round identifies a record £2 million of back pay for workers and sends the clear message to employers that the government will come down hard on those who break the law.

Common errors made by employers in this round included deducting money from pay packets to pay for uniforms, failure to account for overtime hours, and wrongly paying apprentice rates to workers.

Melissa Tatton, Director at HM Revenue and Customs said:

HMRC is committed to getting money back into the pockets of underpaid workers, and continues to crack down on employers who ignore the law.

Those not paying workers the National Minimum or Living Wage can expect to face the consequences.

For more information about your pay, or if you think you might be being underpaid, get advice and guidance at:
www.gov.uk/checkyourpay

The 233 employers named today are:

  1. Argos Limited, Milton Keynes MK9, failed to pay £1,461,881.78 to 12,176 workers.
  2. Pearson Anderson Limited, Leicester LE1, failed to pay £49,800.41 to 169 workers.
  3. Fusion Hairdesign Ltd, Harrow HA3, failed to pay £24,352.90 to 6 workers.
  4. Nunthorpe Nurseries Group Ltd, Redcar and Cleveland TS7, failed to pay £22,831.38 to 118 workers.
  5. Vong’s Welcome Limited trading as Vong’s Hot Food Bar, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT32, failed to pay £18,575.34 to 1 worker.
  6. Maughan Microcomputers Limited trading as Console Doctor, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6, failed to pay £15,010.89 to 3 workers.
  7. Islington Accommodation Services Limited, Blackburn with Darwen BB2, failed to pay £14,447.82 to 1 worker.
  8. Mr Mohammed Yunas Chughtai, Mrs Azmat Ara Chughtai and Mr Aftab Chughtai trading as Aftabs, Birmingham B8, failed to pay £14,142.26 to 1 worker.
  9. Rudan Limited trading as Hershesons, Westminster W1S, failed to pay £14,141.06 to 7 workers.
  10. Mr Anthony Kenvig trading as Kenvig’s Hair Marriott, Preston PR3, failed to pay £9,698.04 to 2 workers.
  11. Mr William Gareth Griffiths & Mrs Llinos Griffiths trading as Gareth Griffiths, Ceredigion SY23, failed to pay £9,230.56 to 1 worker.
  12. Geoff Chapman trading as North Cowton Service Station, Richmondshire DL7, failed to pay £8,229.11 to 3 workers.
  13. Miss Mackenzie Sanders trading as Filo Horses, Swindon SN4, failed to pay £8,204.07 to 3 workers.
  14. Miss Reena Parmar trading as Antony Luka Hairdressing, Birmingham B42, failed to pay £7,353.22 to 1 worker.
  15. Nightingales of Kidderminster Limited, Wyre Forest DY10, failed to pay £6,895.75 to 9 workers.
  16. Wynyard Hall Limited trading as Wynyard Hall, Stockton-on-Tees TS22, failed to pay £6,040.05 to 3 workers.
  17. Mrs Dorothy Bello trading as Rising Stars Daycare & Shining Stars Kids Club, Newham E16, failed to pay £5,515.06 to 4 workers.
  18. Bull Construction Limited, Wiltshire SN8, failed to pay £4,998.79 to 1 worker.
  19. The Fish and Chip Ship Limited trading as McMonagles, West Dunbartonshire G81, failed to pay £4,900.15 to 9 workers.
  20. DSL Accident Repair Ltd, City of Edinburgh EH14, failed to pay £4,896.43 to 3 workers.
  21. Shores Homecare Limited, East Riding of Yorkshire HU19, failed to pay £4,840.31 to 6 workers.
  22. Deborah Marsh and Kathryn Johnston trading as FX Hair & Beauty, Broxbourne EN8, failed to pay £4,790.72 to 1 worker.
  23. Bass Electrical Limited, West Lindsey LN3, failed to pay £4,717.05 to 1 worker.
  24. Airport Placements Limited, Solihull B26, failed to pay £4,557.43 to 50 workers.
  25. Rainbow Room (Clarkston) Limited (name changed to JPTO Ltd), East Renfrewshire G76, failed to pay £4,532.94 to 21 workers.
  26. Eaglescliffe Gas Limited, Stockton-on-Tees TS16, failed to pay £4,492.03 to 1 worker.
  27. Idlewild Hairdressing Ltd, West Oxfordshire OX28, failed to pay £4,491.02 to 2 workers.
  28. Emma’s Angels Day Nursery Limited, Leeds LS19, failed to pay £4,178.89 to 5 workers.
  29. Francis John Hairdressing Ltd trading as Francis John Hairdressing, South Ayrshire KA7, failed to pay £4,129.40 to 2 workers.
  30. Elite Hair & Beauty (North East) Limited trading as Elite Evolution, County Durham DL14, failed to pay £4,053.20 to 5 workers.
  31. Mr Mukesh Patela and Mrs Bhavna Patel trading as Eaton Lodge Care Home, Thanet CT8, failed to pay £4,026.44 to 5 workers.
  32. King’s Summer Homes Limited, North Norfolk NR27, failed to pay £3,974.94 to 1 worker.
  33. Smiles Montessori Preschool (Bush Fair) Limited, Harlow CM18, failed to pay £3,904.90 to 3 workers.
  34. Miss Tracey Newnian trading as Tracey’s Unisex Salon, Carmarthenshire SA31, failed to pay £3,879.67 to 1 worker.
  35. Field & Rural Life Ltd, Purbeck BH16, failed to pay £3,606.09 to 2 workers.
  36. Knaptoft Hall Farm Limited, Harborough LE17, failed to pay £3,525.97 to 1 worker.
  37. Braehead Foods Limited, East Ayrshire KA2, failed to pay £3,434.39 to 28 workers.
  38. Small Wonders Day Care Nursery (Thatto Heath) Ltd, St. Helens WA10, failed to pay £3,372.65 to 11 workers.
  39. Wych Elm Car Wash Ltd, Harlow CM20, failed to pay £3,293.24 to 5 workers.
  40. Edmondsons (Freightliners) Ltd, Lancaster LA3, failed to pay £3,250.07 to 28 workers.
  41. Codsall H I Ltd trading as South Staffs Windows, Wolverhampton WV1, failed to pay £3,244.72 to 3 workers.
  42. Solarcrown (UK) Ltd (name changed to SCUKL 2016 Limited) trading as Solarking (when Solarcrown (UK) Ltd), St. Helens WA11, failed to pay £3,227.28 to 7 workers.
  43. Hi 5’s Limited, Leeds LS27, failed to pay £3,062.93 to 5 workers.
  44. Prestige Accident Repairs Limited, South Hams TQ9, failed to pay £2,977.90 to 1 worker.
  45. Sharps Media Group Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness LA14, failed to pay £2,946.21 to 2 workers.
  46. The Unstuffy Hotel Co Limited (Previous owner), South Lakeland LA23, failed to pay £2,877.20 to 3 workers.
  47. Roundabout Out of School Care Limited, Stoke-on-Trent ST2, failed to pay £2,676.09 to 1 worker.
  48. Hamilton Reese Limited, Manchester M12, failed to pay £2,648.88 to 7 workers.
  49. Alsigns Commercials Ltd, Wychavon WR12, failed to pay £2,619.35 to 1 worker.
  50. Thai Lounge (Cardiff) Limited trading as Thai Lounge, Cardiff CF14, failed to pay £2,527.27 to 4 workers.
  51. Qassa Limited, Medway ME7, failed to pay £2,506.51 to 2 workers.
  52. Mr Mandeep Singh trading as Poseidon Fish Bar, Leicester LE2, failed to pay £2,479.36 to 3 workers.
  53. Banny’s Limited, Pendle BB8, failed to pay £2,418.48 to 47 workers.
  54. Bluestone Resorts Limited, Pembrokeshire SA67, failed to pay £2,378.98 to 2 workers.
  55. Crown Pianos Limited, Newark and Sherwood NG21, failed to pay £2,328.28 to 1 worker.
  56. Rockliffe Hall Limited trading as Rockliffe Hall, Darlington DL2, failed to pay £2,278.26 to 3 workers.
  57. The Breakfast Junction Limited, Warwick CV35, failed to pay £2,278 to 1 worker.
  58. Ruthin Castle Hotel Ltd, Denbighshire LL15, failed to pay £2,182.49 to 1 worker.
  59. NR Care Ltd, Norwich NR1, failed to pay £2,159.88 to 5 workers.
  60. Mrs Samantha Barber and Mrs Emma Owen trading as Laugh and Learn Day Nursery, Kirklees WF16, failed to pay £2,154.68 to 2 workers.
  61. Sean Hanna Ltd, Merton SW19, failed to pay £2,154.56 to 20 workers.
  62. Mint (Nails & Beauty) Limited, Wakefield WF1, failed to pay £2,064.29 to 15 workers.
  63. Nomi Enterprises Limited, North Ayrshire KA12, failed to pay £2,047.16 to 2 workers.
  64. In-Portofino Ltd trading as Portofino, Fylde FY8, failed to pay £1,976.15 to 6 workers.
  65. Mr Paul Isaac and Mrs Hayley Isaac trading as Refit Design Shopfitters, Neath Port Talbot SA10, failed to pay £1,941.04 to 1 worker.
  66. Mr Gerald Anthony Roche trading as Agents Green, Ealing W3 0, failed to pay £1,924.23 to 1 worker.
  67. Mr William Holleran and Mr Iain Holleran trading as Wm Holleran & Sons, Falkirk FK2, failed to pay £1,908.22 to 2 workers.
  68. Costa Construction Limited, Leicester LE4, failed to pay £1,895.65 to 6 workers.
  69. Mrs Joan Greenan trading as Shape ‘N’ Style, Newry, Mourne and Down BT34, failed to pay £1,886.71 to 2 workers.
  70. Primley Park Children’s Nurseries Limited, Leeds LS17, failed to pay £1,859.58 to 4 workers.
  71. Pires Restaurant Limited trading as The Butchers Arms (Previous owner), Stratford-on-Avon CV47, failed to pay £1,794.16 to 1 worker.
  72. P.C. Coaches of Lincoln Limited, Lincoln LN3, failed to pay £1,773.55 to 1 worker.
  73. Careys Manor Hotel (Brockenhurst) Limited trading as Careys Manor Hotel, New Forest SO42, failed to pay £1,706.13 to 4 workers.
  74. Julie Jane Ltd trading as Boiler Servicing 24/7, Bracknell Forest SL5, failed to pay £1,703.63 to 1 worker.
  75. Mr Joseph McCaughley and Mrs Martina McCaughley trading as Head Office Salon, Newry, Mourne and Down BT24, failed to pay £1,702.30 to 3 workers.
  76. Mr Mark Robinson trading as Soul Hairdressing, Belfast BT5, failed to pay £1,699.67 to 4 workers.
  77. Burlesque Hair Company Limited, Newport NP20, failed to pay £1,672.58 to 3 workers.
  78. L.C.S. Building Services Ltd, Tameside SK15, failed to pay £1,575.71 to 2 workers.
  79. James Hughes Hair Ltd, Glasgow City G4, failed to pay £1,567.94 to 2 workers.
  80. Celtic Community Services Limited, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF72, failed to pay £1,521.44 to 5 workers.
  81. John Oliver (Norwich) Ltd trading as John Olivers, Norwich NR1, failed to pay £1,490.77 to 5 workers.
  82. Katie Stevenson trading as The Kilmarnock Hair Company, East Ayrshire KA1, failed to pay £1,479.03 to 1 worker.
  83. Stephen Rodgers trading as The Kilmarnock Hair Company, East Ayrshire KA1, failed to pay £1,420.68 to 1 worker.
  84. Spread Eagle Hotel (Midhurst) Limited (The), Chichester GU29, failed to pay £1,406.83 to 2 workers.
  85. Mrs Claire Elsie Carter trading as The Hartnoll Hotel, Mid Devon EX16, failed to pay £1402.31 to 1 worker.
  86. Model Me Salons LLP, Sefton PR8, failed to pay £1,367.56 to 7 workers.
  87. Mr Sejdi Laci trading as Laci’s Hand Car Wash, Harlow CM18, failed to pay £1,346 to 3 workers.
  88. Mr Keith Pollock and Mrs Aaltjemary Pollock trading as Mosko Hairdressing (Previous owner), North Lanarkshire ML2, failed to pay £1,335.63 to 8 workers.
  89. Mr Gary Graham trading as Seaburn Plasterers, South Tyneside SR6, failed to pay £1,314.40 to 1 worker.
  90. Ambrozja Ltd, Bradford BD1, failed to pay £1,303.71 to 2 workers.
  91. Emma R (UK) Ltd trading as Beauty by Emma, North Somerset BS23, failed to pay £1,276.35 to 1 worker.
  92. Mr Derek Mitchelson and Mrs Jacqueline Mitchelson trading as Hair Oassis, North Lanarkshire G67, failed to pay £1,216.93 to 1 worker.
  93. SS Pubco Ltd trading as The Freemason’s Arms, Ribble Valley BB7, failed to pay £1,166.85 to 2 workers.
  94. M Camilleri & Sons Roofing Limited, Vale of Glamorgan CF64, failed to pay £1,150.68 to 11 workers.
  95. M & M Garages Ltd, Middlesbrough TS2, failed to pay £1,141.89 to 1 worker.
  96. Core Accounts Limited, St Albans AL3, failed to pay £1,117 to 2 workers.
  97. Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club Limited (Previous owner) trading as Woodbury Park, East Devon EX5, failed to pay £1,109.71 to 2 workers.
  98. Drift Bridge Garage Limited, Reigate and Banstead KT17, failed to pay £1,089 to 1 worker.
  99. Mr John Dickson trading as Darling’s Hair Salon, Antrim and Newtownabbey BT37, failed to pay £1,051.96 to 1 worker.
  100. Diamond Valeting Centre & Car Wash Ltd, Renfrewshire PA1, failed to pay £1,045.20 to 2 workers.
  101. Mr Abid Akram, Mr Mohammad Kamran Akram, Mrs Zarqa Haq, Mrs Kiran Kamran & Mr Khalid Mehmood trading as Raja Brothers, Oldham OL1, failed to pay £1,037.01 to 2 workers.
  102. Tudor Manor Day Nursery Limited, Northampton NN5, failed to pay £1,029.30 to 1 worker.
  103. Fresh Lifestyle Limited, Lewisham SE3, failed to pay £1,019.61 to 2 workers.
  104. Helping Hands Cleaning (Lancashire) Limited, South Ribble BB2, failed to pay £1,014.08 to 1 worker.
  105. Cashnext Limited trading as The Krazy House, Liverpool L1 4, failed to pay £1,012.29 to 2 workers.
  106. Firlawn Nursing Home Limited, Wiltshire BA14, failed to pay £1,010.08 to 3 workers.
  107. Miss Helen Lee trading as His & Hers Hair Salon, Redditch B97, failed to pay £1,008.60 to 2 workers.
  108. Burns Hair Fashions Limited trading as BHF Hairdressing Group, Elmbridge KT13, failed to pay £994 to 1 worker.
  109. Bovey Castle Hotel Limited, Teignbridge TQ13, failed to pay £961.15 to 26 workers.
  110. Mrs Leigh Glendinning and Miss Sasha Glendinning trading as Quaint & Quirky Tea Rooms, Stockton-on-Tees TS18, failed to pay £946.90 to 1 worker.
  111. Christopher Bartholomew Till trading as Hub Hairdressing, Brentwood CM14, failed to pay £916.69 to 1 worker.
  112. Joseph Furniture Ltd, Kirklees HD2, failed to pay £908 to 1 worker.
  113. UK Advanced Medical Ltd, Kirklees WF13, failed to pay £896.39 to 1 worker.
  114. Hampton Dean Construction Limited, Cheshire East CW12, failed to pay £893.04 to 1 worker.
  115. Les Enfants Private Day Nurseries Ltd, Kirklees HD5, failed to pay £874.78 to 5 workers.
  116. Adeiladwyr Eryri Builders CYF, Gwynedd LL52, failed to pay £864 to 1 worker.
  117. CKML Limited, Northumberland NE24, failed to pay £851.46 to 2 workers.
  118. Jazan Ltd, South Gloucestershire BS15, failed to pay £812.92 to 1 worker.
  119. Penrhyn Inns Limited trading as The White Hart, Oldham OL4, failed to pay £807.70 to 1 worker.
  120. Sweet Peas Day Care & Teaching Nurseries Limited, Leeds LS25, failed to pay £803.98 to 10 workers.
  121. Mr Bharat Savjani and Mr Vikesh Savjani trading as Sussex Service Station, Birmingham B12, failed to pay £803.78 to 1 worker.
  122. Alaxia Limited trading as Caterina 55, City of London EC2Y, failed to pay £800.65 to 1 worker.
  123. Donnelly Bros. (Belfast) Limited, Antrim and Newtownabbey BT36, failed to pay £771.34 to 4 workers.
  124. CDE Global Limited, Mid Ulster BT80, failed to pay £768.91 to 1 worker.
  125. Stylewise (UK) Limited, Manchester M12, failed to pay £768.68 to 1 worker.
  126. Polebank Care Home Ltd, Tameside SK14, failed to pay £744.65 to 7 workers.
  127. Sessions Spa Ltd, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17, failed to pay £739.50 to 6 workers.
  128. Mr Dylan Rhys Roberts trading as D R Roberts Plumbing & Heating, Denbighshire LL15, failed to pay £735.58 to 1 worker.
  129. Cookies and Cream Essex Ltd, Redbridge IG6, failed to pay £733.03 to 3 workers.
  130. Snip-Its Limited, North East Lincolnshire DN35, failed to pay £732.35 to 1 worker.
  131. New Images (GB) Limited, North Warwickshire CV9, failed to pay £724.97 to 4 workers.
  132. K E Express Limited, South Derbyshire DE11, failed to pay £669.12 to 2 workers.
  133. L & K Group PLC, South Lakeland LA7, failed to pay £667.95 to 1 worker.
  134. Excel Hair Studio (2010) Ltd, Wigan WN5, failed to pay £667.17 to 3 workers.
  135. The Nose Ltd trading as Pointing Dog, Sheffield S17, failed to pay £647.75 to 1 worker.
  136. Mrs Colette Giles trading as Enhance Beauty Clinic, Sutton SM5, failed to pay £646.45 to 1 worker.
  137. Kingston City Properties Limited, Cardiff CF24, failed to pay £626.01 to 1 worker.
  138. Stratford Upon Avon (T) Hairdressing Limited, Stratford-on-Avon CV37, failed to pay £614.12 to 1 worker.
  139. Chiltern Hills London Limited, Westminster W1K, failed to pay £611 to 1 worker.
  140. Mrs Stacey Wynn trading as Julian Smith Hair and Beauty Salon, Wakefield WF8, failed to pay £604.19 to 2 workers.
  141. Roadside Motors (Lurgan) Limited, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT66, failed to pay £601.41 to 1 worker.
  142. Big Tree Joinery Ltd, Lisburn and Castlereagh BT27, failed to pay £581.25 to 2 workers.
  143. Chinite Resourcing Limited, Barking and Dagenham RM10, failed to pay £569.84 to 1 worker.
  144. The Burrows Day Care Nursery (Porthcawl) Limited, Bridgend CF36, failed to pay £550.30 to 4 workers.
  145. TLC Hair and Beauty Limited, Bury BL8, failed to pay £533.51 to 2 workers.
  146. Belfast Activity Centre, Belfast BT9, failed to pay £531.68 to 1 worker.
  147. Automatic Process Limited trading as Safe ‘n’ Sound Nursery & Kindergarten, Wakefield WF7, failed to pay £522.54 to 2 workers.
  148. Mr Mark Bailey and Mr David Nicholson trading as Bailey Nicholson Grayson Solicitors, Redbridge IG8, failed to pay £491.61 to 1 worker.
  149. Focus Care Link Limited, Camden NW1, failed to pay £490.09 to 1 worker.
  150. Skills Direct Ltd, Wiltshire BA14, failed to pay £489.91 to 2 workers.
  151. Gifted Hairdressing Ltd, Newry, Mourne and Down BT35, failed to pay £482.37 to 1 worker.
  152. Amber Doran trading as Lipstick, Powder and Polish, Liverpool L25, failed to pay £477.66 to 1 worker.
  153. Harvey Luke Limited, Derby DE21, failed to pay £473.69 to 3 workers.
  154. Savi Hairdressing Limited, Peterborough PE2, failed to pay £473.49 to 1 worker.
  155. Umberto Giannini Hair Cosmetics Limited, Birmingham B18, failed to pay £469.92 to 5 workers.
  156. Mr Anton Johnson and Mrs Lesley Hudson-Nunn trading as Johnsons Hairdressing, Warrington WA1, failed to pay £460.93 to 4 workers.
  157. Mr Jorge Ramos trading as JR’s Pet Shop, Wirral CH46, failed to pay £458.84 to 1 worker.
  158. Nationwide Solution Limited trading as Nationwide Solutions, Bolton BL1, failed to pay £454.33 to 1 worker.
  159. United Links Community Innitiative Limited, Birmingham B33, failed to pay £452.25 to 1 worker.
  160. Playmates Private Day Nursery Limited, Hartlepool TS26, failed to pay £450.67 to 4 workers.
  161. Whistlestop Café (North Wales) Ltd trading as Whistlestop Café, Denbighshire LL18, failed to pay £433.68 to 1 worker.
  162. One Small Step Day Nursery Linited, Wakefield WF4, failed to pay £426.29 to 4 workers.
  163. Cozy Pubs Limited trading as The Eight Bells, Uttlesford CB10, failed to pay £425.26 to 1 worker.
  164. P. Griffiths Foods Limited trading as McDonald’s, Wirral CH62, failed to pay £420.16 to 41 workers.
  165. South Hetton Garage Ltd, County Durham DH6, failed to pay £417.99 to 1 worker.
  166. Mrs Monica A M Faria trading as West One Hair & Beauty, Swindon SN1, failed to pay £413.68 to 1 worker.
  167. The Wendy House (Wirral) Ltd, Wirral CH44, failed to pay £404.38 to 1 worker.
  168. Silverdale Care Services Limited, West Berkshire RG14, failed to pay £398.76 to 1 worker.
  169. Mr Christopher Whyte and Mrs Felicity Whyte trading as Beechfield House Hotel, Wiltshire SN12, failed to pay £397.17 to 10 workers.
  170. JMW Farms Ltd, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT60, failed to pay £392.98 to 1 worker.
  171. Quality Save Limited, Salford M27, failed to pay £391.10 to 1 worker.
  172. Leslie Frances (Hair Fashions) Limited, Barnsley S70, failed to pay £387.39 to 7 workers.
  173. The Wild Swan Limited, Swansea SA1, failed to pay £380.71 to 4 workers.
  174. Mr Talal Al-Arab and Mr Hani Hussain trading as Bella Pizza, Gwynedd LL55, failed to pay £377.25 to 1 worker.
  175. David Harvey Limited, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1, failed to pay £351.12 to 1 worker.
  176. Kingsthorpe Upper Crust Catering Services Limited, Northampton NN1, failed to pay £347.21 to 3 workers.
  177. Environmental Business Products Limited, Ealing NW10, failed to pay £346.79 to 1 worker.
  178. HG Marantos Ltd trading as Maranto’s Pizza & Grill House, Sheffield S12, failed to pay £345.60 to 1 worker.
  179. Selena Pang Limited trading as The Curious Comb, Greenwich SE10, failed to pay £343.22 to 1 worker.
  180. Mrs Sylvia Moffat trading as Sam’s Hairdressing, Midlothian EH22, failed to pay £343 to 1 worker.
  181. AL. Murad D.I.Y. Limited trading as Al-Murad Tiles, Leeds LS27, failed to pay £338.91 to 1 worker.
  182. Unicorn Trading & Services Ltd trading as View, Plymouth PL1, failed to pay £318.82 to 1 worker.
  183. Ms Kelly Miller trading as Kiddyclub, Cheshire East SK9, failed to pay £317.93 to 4 workers.
  184. Scallywags Child’s Play Limited, Hartlepool TS25, failed to pay £315.12 to 2 workers.
  185. William Armour and Matthew Armour W & J Armour trading as Milton Farm, Dumfries and Galloway DG10, failed to pay £308.57 to 1 worker.
  186. Sizzler Touch Limited trading as Pepe’s Piri Piri, Hounslow TW3, failed to pay £306 to 1 worker.
  187. Siam House Limited, Cherwell OX16, failed to pay £302.69 to 2 workers.
  188. Mr Euan Morrison trading as The Harbour Barbers, Inverclyde PA15, failed to pay £300 to 1 worker.
  189. Chester Clock Tailors Limited, Cheshire West and Chester CH1, failed to pay £294.45 to 1 worker.
  190. Mr Adrian Simpson trading as Mayfields, Nottingham NG8, failed to pay £283.45 to 1 worker.
  191. Craymere Limited trading as Topknot, Nottingham NG2, failed to pay £280.41 to 1 worker.
  192. Bela Luna Ltd, Slough SL2, failed to pay £279.68 to 3 workers.
  193. Royton Cash 4 Rags Limited, Oldham OL2, failed to pay £278.34 to 1 worker.
  194. Jayasuriya Ltd trading as Medway Park Veterinary Centre, Medway ME7, failed to pay £268.57 to 1 worker.
  195. Il Forno Limited, Liverpool L1, failed to pay £261.83 to 1 worker.
  196. Yorkshire Grown Produce Limited, East Riding of Yorkshire HU15, failed to pay £257.64 to 2 workers.
  197. Ms Mandy James trading as Prince of Wales Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF42, failed to pay £254.34 to 1 worker.
  198. Pomfret Woodland Community Nursery CIC, Wakefield WF8, failed to pay £253.68 to 1 worker.
  199. The Fish Shop EN Limited trading as Fish Dish, Suffolk Coastal IP11, failed to pay £249.98 to 1 worker.
  200. Mr Clive Hubert Francis trading as Wavelength, Rushmoor GU14, failed to pay £245.91 to 3 workers.
  201. Omni Facilities Management Limited, Hammersmith and Fulham W6, failed to pay £242.34 to 1 worker.
  202. Breckland Care at Home Community Interest Company, Breckland NR20, failed to pay £240.60 to 1 worker.
  203. Urban Development Projects Ltd, Leeds LS9, failed to pay £237.64 to 2 workers.
  204. Haircut 100 Limited trading as Hot Heads, Eastleigh SO53, failed to pay £237.64 to 1 worker.
  205. Ms Sally Prescott trading as Milcot Stables, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17, failed to pay £233.35 to 1 worker.
  206. Lawyer Finder National Limited, Ealing W5 3, failed to pay £217.75 to 1 worker.
  207. The Krop Shop Limited, Falkirk FK4, failed to pay £208.68 to 2 workers.
  208. Mamas Masala Limited trading as Mamas Masala Kitchen, Derby DE21, failed to pay £207.91 to 4 workers.
  209. Peterborough Heating Solutions Ltd, Fenland PE7, failed to pay £205.70to 1 worker.
  210. Mr George Thomas Fuller and Mrs Heather Fuller trading as Fullers Bakery, East Riding of Yorkshire DN14, failed to pay £196.61 to 10 workers.
  211. Mrs Jane Wood trading as Addition Childcare, Wiltshire SN5, failed to pay £190.15 to 1 worker.
  212. Myriam Rogerson trading as Beauty Plus By Myriam, South Gloucestershire BS36, failed to pay £180 to 1 worker.
  213. Amber U.P.V.C. Fabrications Limited, North Warwickshire B46, failed to pay £176.23 to 1 worker.
  214. Yorkcloud Limited trading as Lakeside Hotel & Spa, South Lakeland LA12, failed to pay £171 to 5 workers.
  215. S.S.C Marketing Limited trading as Capital Events Marketing, Islington N1, failed to pay £170.80 to 1 worker.
  216. J W Rose (Bakers) Limited trading as Roses The Bakers, Sheffield S4, failed to pay £167.32 to 2 workers.
  217. Ms Susan Pamela Holton and Mr Neil Barry Tucker trading as Welcome Home Domiciliary, Swale ME12, failed to pay £167.10 to 1 worker.
  218. Mr Glenn Dobson and Mrs Debra Dobson trading as The Beach, Leeds LS26, failed to pay £157.89 to 4 workers.
  219. Trevor Sorbie Brighton Limited, Brighton and Hove BN1, failed to pay £156.16 to 3 workers.
  220. The Cutting Room (Scotland) Limited trading as The Cutting Room, Perth and Kinross PH2, failed to pay £148.49 to 2 workers.
  221. Premium Halal Meat Poultry Limited, Birmingham B5, failed to pay £140 to 1 worker.
  222. Washbrook Farm Limited, South Northamptonshire NN11, failed to pay £135.65 to 1 worker.
  223. Savile Town Muslim Parents Association trading as Madni Muslim Girls School, Kirklees WF12, failed to pay £134 to 1 worker.
  224. Contract Joinery (Lancashire) Ltd, Wyre FY6, failed to pay £132.02 to 1 worker.
  225. Viva Corporate Catering Limited, Birmingham B1, failed to pay £127.91 to 3 workers.
  226. Mrs Zahra Lavasani trading as Piccolo Pizza, Hambleton YO7, failed to pay £123.40 to 1 worker.
  227. Nightingales Golden Care Limited, Portsmouth PO6, failed to pay £111.98 to 1 worker.
  228. Hugo 1940 Limited trading as Victor Hugo Delicatessen (Previous owner), City of Edinburgh EH9, failed to pay £109.46 to 1 worker.
  229. Beechvale Nursing Home Limited, Ards and North Down BT23, failed to pay £108.70 to 3 workers.
  230. Mrs Melanie Humphries trading as IMIJ Hair & Beauty Salon, Mansfield NG18, failed to pay £108 to 2 workers.
  231. UK Safety Management Ltd, Leeds LS15, failed to pay £104.40 to 1 worker.
  232. Millennium Hotels (West London) Management Limited, Hammersmith and Fulham SW10, failed to pay £102.94 to 1 worker.
  233. Mr Dilwar Singh trading as Golden Fry, County Durham DH9, failed to pay £101.35 to 1 worker.

Employers named for NMW underpayment

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There are currently around 2,000 open cases which HMRC is investigating. Eligible employers will be named and shamed after their cases have been closed.

The government has committed £25.3 million for minimum wage enforcement in 2017 to 2018, as well as a £1.7 million awareness campaign earlier this year.

David Metcalf, Director of Labour Market Enforcement, released his introductory report in July 2017, stating that he would be working with enforcement agencies to further crackdown on rogue employers.

Notes to editors

  1. This is the 12th round of government naming and shaming for employers who have failed to pay national minimum wage and living wage rates.
  2. Employers have a duty to be aware of and comply with the different legal national minimum and living wage rates. If workers are concerned that they are not being paid the correct rates or if employers need more information about the legal requirements then they can seek advice from Acas.
  3. Any complaints that are raised with Acas, where they believe there is a NMW underpayment, will be referred to HMRC who will investigate.
  4. HMRC follows up on every complaint received from Acas.
  5. Around 2,000 cases are currently being worked on by HMRC and eligible employers will be named and shamed after their cases have been closed.
  6. Sectors that featured prominently in this naming and shaming round were:
    • Hairdressing and other beauty treatment: around 60 employers, around £121,000 arrears for around 200 workers
    • Hospitality: around 50 employers, around £77,000 arrears for around 220 workers
    • Retail trade: around 20 employers, £1.5m arrears for around 12,200 workers
  7. The current minimum wage rates are:
    • National Living Wage (25 years and over) - £7.50 per hour
    • adult rate of National Minimum Wage (21 to 24-year-olds) - £7.05 per hour
    • 18 to 20-year olds - £5.60 per hour
    • 16 to 17-year-olds - £4.05 per hour
    • apprentice rate - £3.50 per hour for apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of an apprenticeship.
  8. The government is committed to ensuring all employers are compliant with minimum wage legislation and the effective enforcement of it:
    • the government will spend £25.3 million on minimum wage enforcement in 2017 to 2018, up from £20 million in 2016 to 2017
    • in November last year, labour market enforcement undertakings and orders came into force under the Immigration Act which can ultimately lead to criminal prosecutions and prison sentences of up to 2 years for employers who mistreat their workers, including national minimum wage violations
    • Director of Labour Market Enforcement Sir David Metcalf publish his introductory report in July 2017, setting out the areas he will be focusing on in the coming months, including ensuring enforcement agencies are ready to use the new undertakings and orders to jail rogue employers
  9. The revised BEIS scheme to name employers who break minimum wage law came into effect on 1 October 2013. The scheme is one of a range of tools at the government’s disposal to tackle this issue. Employers who pay workers less than the minimum wage not only have to pay back arrears of wages to the worker at current minimum wage rates but also face financial penalties of up to 200% of arrears, capped at £20,000 per worker. In the most serious cases employers can be prosecuted.

  10. From 1 October 2013, the government revised the naming scheme to make it simpler to name and shame employers who break the law;

  11. Under this scheme the government will name all employers who have been issued with a Notice of Underpayment (NoU) unless employers meet one of the exceptional criteria or have arrears of £100 or less. All 233 cases named today (16 August 2017) failed to pay the correct national minimum or living wage rates and owed arrears of more than £100.

  12. Employers have 28 days to appeal against the NoU (this notice sets out the owed wages to be paid by the employer together with the penalty for not complying with minimum wage law). If the employer does not appeal or unsuccessfully appeals against this NoU, BEIS will consider them for naming. The employer then has 14 days to make representations to BEIS outlining whether they meet any of the exceptional criteria;
    • naming by BEIS carries a risk of personal harm to an individual or their family
    • there are national security risks associated with naming in this instance
    • other factors which suggest that it would not be in the public interest to name the employer
  13. If BEIS does not receive any representations or the representations received are unsuccessful, the employer will be named via a BEIS press release under this scheme.

Press release: Government launches proposals to better protect holidaymakers

Enhanced regulations will better protect an extra 10 million UK package holidays booked online, under proposals outlined today (14 August 2017) by Consumer Minister Margot James.

The Consultation on the Package Travel Regulations sets out the government’s proposals for the introduction of new consumer rights around package holidays.

Proposals outlined today include:

  • an extension to current protections to cover the millions of UK holidaymakers who buy package holidays online
  • a requirement for better information to be provided to travellers at the point of booking, making it clear what their rights to refund are
  • ensuring the business that puts the package together is responsible for the entire holiday – even if some elements will be fulfilled by third parties

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), changes to how we book travel – such as using online booking sites to build personalised holidays – has created a gap in consumer rights, with 50% of holiday arrangements not currently financially protected if a company ceases trading. Changes will provide clearer and stronger protections for holidaymakers, ensuring people who book holidays online enjoy the same rights as those who book with a traditional travel agent.

Consumer Minister Margot James said:

While consumer laws protect millions of holidaymakers from the fallout if a travel company goes into administration, the way we book holidays has changed significantly in recent years and it is important that regulations are updated to reflect this.

On average UK households put aside £100 every month for their holidays. The proposals outlined in this consultation will ensure that an extra 22% of holidays can be booked online with holidaymakers safe in the knowledge that they will get their hard-earned money back if something does go wrong.

Government is encouraging travel agents, booking sites, trade associations and consumer groups to respond to the consultation, which runs for 6 weeks. The European Package Travel Directive comes into force in July 2018.

Open consultation: Updating consumer protection in the package travel sector

The 1992 Package Travel Regulations provide protection to consumers who buy package holidays. While these Regulations have effectively protected consumers in the market for many years, the sector has changed significantly since they were introduced. Technical innovation and in particular the growth of the internet and mobile technologies, have opened up new ways of buying and selling holidays.

This consultation sets out our proposals for updating our laws to align with the 2015 Package Travel Directive. The changes we are proposing will extend protection beyond traditional package holidays to give clear protection to UK travellers who book other forms of combined travel.

Press release: Government crackdown on misuse of laser pointers

The government is today (12 August 2017) launching a call for evidence into the regulation of laser pointers, including the potential value of retail licensing schemes, advertising restrictions, and potential restrictions on ownership in order to address serious public safety concerns.

The move comes in response to an increase in laser incidents in recent years. A survey of UK ophthalmologists reported over 150 incidents of eye injuries involving laser pointers since 2013, the vast majority of these involving children.

In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has reported an increase in incidents of laser pointers being directed into the cockpits of helicopters and planes on take-off and landing. Last year an Air Ambulance helicopter pilot was rendered temporarily blind by a laser attack that could have had catastrophic consequences.

The government is seeking responses from business groups, aviation and transport bodies, retailers, health bodies, and the general public, to identify and tackle the problem, while enabling legitimate businesses to continue to trade.

The government will consider the potential advantages and disadvantages of licensing schemes, advertising bans, and an awareness raising campaign to educate people about the dangers of laser pointers. The government is already working with online retail sites such as Amazon to ensure that where unsafe laser pointers are identified they are removed from sale.

Under current regulations, only laser pointers that are considered safe for their intended use should be sold to consumers. However, there is evidence that these regulations are not always adhered to, and there have been reported cases of high-powered lasers being sold – sometimes unwittingly – for general use. Licensing schemes exist in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. The government will look at the case for a similar scheme that could be rolled out in the UK where the retailer or consumer must apply for and obtain a licence for a high-powered laser pointer.

Business Minister, Margot James, said:

Public safety is of the utmost importance and we must look carefully to make sure regulations are keeping up with the increased use of these devices. Whilst we know most users don’t intend any harm, many are not aware of the safety risks and serious health implications of shining laser pointers directly into people’s eyes. Used irresponsibly or maliciously, these products can and do wreak havoc and harm others, with potentially catastrophic consequences.

That’s why we want to hear from business groups, retailers and consumers about the best way to protect the public from this kind of dangerous behaviour and improve safety.

Professor John O’Hagan of Public Health England, said:

This consultation will allow us to explore what more can be done to minimise the risks associated with lasers available to the public. Mislabelling of products, counterfeit products, imports of powerful devices from the Far East and cheap novelty products bought innocently on holiday can put consumers, and particularly children, at risk of eye injuries.

Brian Strutton, General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), said:

When a laser is shone into a pilot’s eye, they experience a bright flash and a dazzling effect. This can distract them and leads to temporary loss of vision in the affected eye. Startling, dazzling and distracting a pilot at a critical stage of flight has the potential to cause a crash and loss of life. This is especially a problem for helicopters, which operate close to the ground and are sometimes single pilot operations.

There is also a growing concern that, as the power of available lasers increases, the possibility of permanent damage being caused to pilots’ and passengers’ eyes increases.

We would like to see the laser threat taken very seriously before there is a fatal accident and BALPA therefore supports the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in their call for evidence.

The call for evidence is launched today and will be open for responses for 8 weeks, closing on Friday 6 October.

Notes to editors

Under Article 225 of the Air Navigation Order (ANO) (2016), “A person must not in the United Kingdom direct or shine any light at any aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot of the aircraft”. This is a summary only offence; the maximum penalty for this offence is a fine up to £2,500.

In addition, Article 240 of the ANO has been used to prosecute offenders who have shone a laser at an aircraft. Under this provision, “a person must not recklessly or negligently act in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft, or any person in an aircraft”. This legislation is not an effective tool for the police because in practice, it is very difficult to prove endangerment of an aircraft. This means the powers and penalties this offences comes with are not able to be used.

Laser beam attacks against the rail network are also an increasing concern. Records from British Transport Police show that between 1 April 2011 and 31 October 2016, a total of 466 laser incidents were recorded. This equates to approximately 85 incidents per year. We believe these incidents are under-reported since these offences are not currently recordable as a crime.

There are also some reports of laser beam attacks against motor vehicles and sea vessels however, as with rail, the true extent of the problem is less well defined in the absence of a specific offence to deal with laser pointers.

Laser pointers are readily available within the UK and from sellers overseas via the internet, high street shops and markets. They are also easy to buy abroad and bring back to the UK. If high-powered laser pointers are marketed for general use Local Authority Trading Standards officers have existing powers to require these products to be removed from the market.

Open consultation: Laser pointers: call for evidence

The call for evidence covers the misuse of laser pointers, particularly the safety issues involving ‘laser attacks’ on pilots and drivers of lorries and other vehicles following an increase in the number of these attacks. In addition, it looks at concerns about the potential for retinal damage among consumers where high powered laser pointers are shone into the eyes.

The call for evidence considers updating regulations governing the import and trade of laser pointers, as well as potential solutions involving licensing arrangements, restrictions on supply, and the introduction of a specific criminal offence for ‘laser attacks’ on planes or vehicles.

We are seeking responses from a wide variety of stakeholder groups as well as the general public.

News story: Professor Duncan Wingham appointed as Executive Chair Designate of the Natural Environment Research Council

Professor Wingham has been appointed Executive Chair Designate of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) following nearly six years as Chief Executive of the council, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today.

Professor Wingham’s current term heading up NERC has been extended from 31 December 2017 through to 31 December 2020. He will continue as Chief Executive until the end of March 2018 and, upon the creation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on 1 April, will become NERC’s Executive Chair.

Executive Chairs will be crucial to the ambition for UKRI to be a world-leading research and innovation organisation. They will lead each of the 9 councils that will be part of UKRI, and the role will combine the responsibilities of the current Chair and Chief Executive of each council.

Announcing the appointment, Science Minister Jo Johnson said:

Professor Wingham’s wealth of knowledge and experience in academia and science, and his pivotal role in setting up the NERC Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, makes him well-placed to take on the role of Executive Chair and continue being a key part of our global leadership in the environmental sciences.

Working in close coordination with research communities across the UK, the UKRI Executive Chairs, along with the Government’s additional £4.7bn for research and development, will ensure that we continue to punch above our weight in global science.

Sir Mark Walport, UKRI Chief Executive Designate said:

I am very pleased that Duncan will continue to provide excellent leadership of NERC as its first Executive Chair. As part of UK Research and Innovation’s Executive Committee, Duncan will play a critical role in championing and increasing the impact of Environmental Science research through UK Research and Innovation, thus helping to ensure that UK Research and Innovation is the world’s leading research and innovation public funding agency.

I look forward to continuing to work with Duncan to make sure that the UK maintains its world-leading position in the Environmental Sciences and maximising the contribution it makes to the UK’s research and innovation landscape.

Professor Duncan Wingham, Chief Executive and Executive Chair Designate of NERC said:

I am delighted to be appointed as the first Executive Chair to lead NERC in its new position within UKRI. Environmental science is central to achieving prosperity in harmony with the environment, both here in the UK and globally across the world. NERC has a proud tradition of contributing to that aim.

UKRI provides us with new opportunities to thread environmental science into solutions to the greatest societal and business challenges we face. I look forward to working with all our colleagues within UKRI and across the research community to achieve that.

Notes for Editors

  1. NERC is the UK’s main agency for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences. It coordinates some of the world’s most exciting research projects, tackling major issues such as climate change, environmental influences on human health, the genetic make-up of life on earth, and much more. NERC is a non-departmental public body, which receives funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Working internationally, NERC has bases in the most hostile parts of the planet. They run a fleet of research ships and aircraft and invest in satellite technology to monitor gradual environmental change on a global scale. NERC provides knowledge, forewarning and solutions to the key global environmental challenges facing society.

  2. Operating across the whole of the UK and with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. UK Research and Innovation will ensure that the UK maintains its world leadership in research and innovation, by creating a system that “best environment for research and innovation to flourish. It will come into existence on 1 April 2018.

  3. Professor Wingham received a BSc from the University of Leeds in 1979, and a PhD from the University of Bath in 1984, both in physics. He joined University College London in 1986, where he held lecturing posts at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory and the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He was appointed as a Chair in the Department of Space and Climate Physics in 1996, and was Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at UCL from 2005 to 2010. He was founder and Director of the NERC Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) from 2000 to 2005, which among other things discovered the widespread mass loss from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its origin in accelerated ocean melting. He was instigator and Project Scientist of the Esa CryoSat-1 and CryoSat-2 satellite missions. He was first appointed as NERC Chief Executive in 2012.