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star this property date less than 2015-10-12more like thismore than 2015-10-12
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
star this property hansard heading Productivity remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of figures from the Office for National Statistics on the United Kingdom's productivity as compared to other G7 countries, what steps are being taken to increase productivity. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-10-23more like thismore than 2015-10-23
star this property answer text <p>Closing the productivity gap represents a real opportunity for the UK to raise its living standards. In July the Chancellor published “Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation”. This report outlines a number of policies designed to improve UK productivity over the course of this parliament.</p><br /><p>Key new measures in the government’s productivity plan include:</p><br /><ul><li>A <strong>reformed planning system</strong>, with streamlined ‘zonal’ system for brownfield sites, and measures to ensure more land is made available for house building;</li></ul><br /><ul><li><strong>Simplifying and streamlining further education</strong> qualifications and inviting local areas to participate in the reshaping and commissioning of local provision;</li></ul><br /><ul><li>A <strong>network of prestigious Institutes of Technology</strong>, focused on delivering the higher level skills employers demand;</li></ul><br /><ul><li>Measures to <strong>sharpen incentives for providing outstanding teaching</strong> <strong>to university students</strong> and to <strong>open the higher education market to more new entrants;</strong></li></ul><br /><ul><li>A <strong>Digital Transformation Plan</strong> to support the adoption of digital technologies across the economy;</li></ul><br /><ul><li>A joint FCA/PRA <strong>New Bank Unit</strong> to promote competition in banking; and</li></ul><br /><ul><li>Building <strong>stronger trading links with emerging markets</strong>, and mobilising the whole of government behind exporting.</li></ul><br /> <br /><p>These policies build on the productivity improving measures announced in the Summer Budget, examples of which include:</p><br /><ul><li><strong>Cutting the UK’s Corporation Tax</strong> rate to 18%, the lowest in the G20;</li></ul><br /><ul><li>Setting the <strong>Annual Investment Allowance at its highest ever permanent level</strong>;</li></ul><br /><ul><li>Creating a <strong>Roads Fund</strong> through reforming Vehicle Excise Duty for new cars;</li></ul><br /><ul><li><strong>Funding new apprenticeships through a lev</strong>y on large employers, which will ensure that those who prioritise training get more out than they put in;</li></ul><br /><ul><li>Putting higher education funding on a more sustainable footing, with <strong>maintenance loans replacing grants</strong>;</li></ul><br /><ul><li><strong>Building a Northern Powerhouse</strong> and ensuring the productive potential of all parts of the UK is realised; and</li></ul><br /><ul><li><strong>Reforming Network Rail</strong> to ensure it can deliver a faster, more reliable and more efficient railway.</li></ul><br /> <br /><p>“Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation” can be found on the GOV.UK website, which is attached.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2015-10-23T12:00:44.003Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-23T12:00:44.003Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property file name Productivity_Plan_print.pdf more like this
star this property title Productivity Plan more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick remove filter
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star this property date less than 2016-04-11more like thismore than 2016-04-11
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
star this property hansard heading Productivity remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the study of attitudes to work by the Smith Institute that more than two-thirds of British workers are spending longer at their workplace for little or no gain in productivity. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-04-25more like thismore than 2016-04-25
star this property answer text <p>The Smith Institute survey of trade union members asked whether respondents thought they were working “harder” and whether they were more productive than two years ago. Given the ambiguity over the term “working harder” and the unrepresentative sample used, caution should be drawn on the relationship between hours worked and productivity.</p><p>However, ONS data indicate that between 2010 and 2015 the total number of hours worked per week in the UK economy has increased by 8.4%<sup>1</sup>. The vast majority of the increase, around 80%, came from higher employment. While the remainder did come from increased average hours this in part reflects a reduction in the share of part-time work.</p><p>It has been this significant increase in the number of people employed that has driven growth in the UK economy in recent years. The challenge now is to ensure the UK continues to grow through rising productivity. The government’s ‘Fixing the Foundations’ productivity plan, sets out an ambitious vision and the pro-productivity agenda designed to meet this challenge. Productivity, measured as output per hour worked, increased by 1.0% in 2015 as a whole – the largest annual increase since 2011.</p><p>References</p><p>1. ONS UK Labour Market (March 2016): Actual weekly hours worked (seasonally adjusted)</p><p><a href="https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/datasets/actualweeklyhoursworkedseasonallyadjustedhour01sa" target="_blank">https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/datasets/actualweeklyhoursworkedseasonallyadjustedhour01sa</a></p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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less than 2016-04-25T12:12:28.88Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-25T12:12:28.88Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
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star this property file name hour01saapr2016.xls more like this
star this property title ONS UK Labour Market March 2016 weekly hours more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick remove filter