Majority of Bangladesh garment factories ‘vulnerable to collapse’

Survey conducted in wake of Rana Plaza factory collapse reveals three-fifths of such buildings are cause for concernThree-fifths of garment factories in Bangladesh are vulnerable to collapse, according to a survey by engineers in the country.Last month concrete pillars supporting the eight-storey Rana Plaza building on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, gave way. More […]
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Cash payments fall as shoppers go ‘alternative’

PayPal surges in popularity as cash payments fall by 10% to account for 54% of transactionsConsumers are increasingly ditching cash and credit cards in favour of alternative payment methods, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium.Although cash remains king, accounting for 54% of transactions in 2012, the number of times it was used to […]
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Most people expect to be worse off than parents in retirement – except Chinese

Survey finds Chinese optimistic about their retirement years, while French, Germans and Spanish are pessimisticA “squeezed generation” of middle-aged Europeans are convinced they are going to be poorer in retirement than their parents, according to a global survey that found the Chinese the most confident about their future and the French, Germans and Spanish the […]
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Michael Gove criticised as survey finds fewer children exercising

Education secretary’s decision to axe ringfenced funding for school sport leads to drop in participationMichael Gove’s decision in 2011 to axe ringfenced funding for school sport has come under renewed attack after a new survey revealed it led to a sharp drop in the number of children exercising.A survey by the Smith Institute found that […]
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Schools failing to make most of funding for poorer students, says Sutton Trust

Survey finds feedback training receives just 4% of funds, despite being the most cost effective means of assisting pupilsSchools and teachers are overlooking cheap and highly effective ways of using the extra funds from the government’s pupil premium designed to help poorer students, a new survey by the Sutton Trust has found.The trust found that […]
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Newcastle United tops survey of matchday travel among football fans

North-east club clear champions in provision of transport options while Manchester United come a lowly 18thManchester United may have bagged the Premier League title, but Old Trafford is relegation fodder when it comes to fans’ transport needs according to research.Newcastle United is the clear champion when it comes to transport options, according to a study […]
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Gove’s claims of teen ignorance from TV survey

Freedom of information request reveals use of PR-commissioned opinion polls and lack of concrete researchThe education secretary, Michael Gove, has come under fire for citing PR-commissioned opinion polls as evidence of teenagers’ ignorance of important historical events.Gove’s department has admitted he cited polls originating from Premier Inn and UKTV Gold press releases, prompting the Labour […]
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Social care chiefs fear system faces collapse, survey shows

Councils in England will have lost 20% of budget since 2010 despite rising demand from ageing population, figures showMore older people and citizens with disabilities will be denied state-funded care support over the next two years as local authority finances continue to take a battering from funding cuts, social care chiefs have warned.The scale and […]
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Jobseekers’ psychometric test ‘is a failure’

US institute which devised questionnaire tells ‘nudge’ unit to stop using it as it failed to be scientifically validatedAn American psychologicy organisation has told a UK government agency to stop using a personality test on jobseekers because it is a failure.The Behavioural Insight team, or “nudge” unit, which was created by David Cameron in 2010 […]
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Online presence boosts companies, survey finds

Two-thirds of online businesses questioned said they were optimistic about their growth prospects for the coming yearCompanies with a strong online presence are performing substantially better than the overall economy despite the current difficult consumer environment.In a survey of more than 300 online businesses conducted for Barclays, the average business reported 11.4% compound annual growth […]
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