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BUDGET SNIPPETS AT A GLANCE
DARLING PRESENTS 2010 BUDGET STATEM,ENT
Labour rolls over for BA's bullies
It had seemed for a moment at the end of last week that Gordon Brown had finally ditched New Labour's back-the-employer-right-or-wrong approach to industrial relations for something a bit more even-handed. Both sides needed to get back round the negotiati
Flawed benefit system classifies terminally ill man 'fit for work'
A new system for assessing whether or not the sick and disabled are capable of working has been proven to be flawed, and is wrongly finding seriously ill people ready to work, a document published today reveals.
Energy minister will hold summit to calm rising fears over peak oil
Lord Hunt, the energy minister, is to meet industrialists in London tomorrow in a bid to calm mounting fears about the disruption that could follow a sudden shortage of oil supplies.
Scottish and Southern Energy pushes Ferrybridge CCS project
Project is intended to bridge the gap between lab-scale trials currently underway and the larger-scale projects envisaged by the government, by demonstrating the operational characteristics of a capture plant at a full-scale power station.
Kellingley and Thoresby could remain open into 2018
In a report prepared for the NUM and TUC "Merits of UK Coal State Aid Application" it is argued that rather than close Kellingley and Thorseby in 2015 they could remain open until 2018. But the Government need to act now! Other EU member states have and still are benefiting from the fund whilst making a case for extended funding.
"It can be seen that our European competitors are taking a strategic decision to support their coal industry during managed wind down of uncompetitive coal mines, and are providing substantial sums under European State Aid regulations. As an example, Germany’s closure plans are designed to address the social impact of job losses, and specifically to allow sufficient time to enable direct and indirect supply chains to adjust. To date the UK has made little use of state-aid provisions for the sector, either under the previous regulations or current Closure Aid."
The full report can be read here http://www.num.org.uk/uploads/26/1184.pdf