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Firms face fines of up to £20k for failing to pay living wage

Businesses that fail to pay staff the new national living wage face fines of up to £20,000 under plans unveiled by David Cameron.

David Cameron Credit: PA Wire

The Prime Minister said employers would "pay the price" and bosses could be barred from acting as directors if they did not ensure the wage boost was passed on.

From next April, firms will have to pay all workers aged over 25 at least £7.20 an hour - up from £6.50 now.

Currently a firm is fined 100% of arrears for non-payment of the minimum wage but that will double to 200% when the new living wage comes in to force. The maximum is expected to be £20,000.

Any employer found guilty of non-compliance could be prevented from becoming a company director for 15 years


3,000 post offices now open on Sundays

The number of post offices open on Sundays has reached 3,000 as the firm tries to keep up with changing demands, new figures show.

3,000 Post Offices are now open on Sundays Credit: PA

The milestone figure was reached when the Bergh Apton branch in Norfolk opened its doors - offering a garden centre, farm shop and restaurant as well as traditional postal services.

Our customers' needs are changing, and so are we. We intend to be the largest retail network in the UK open seven days a week.

– Kevin Gilliland, Post Office network director

Figures from The Post Office show the earliest branch opening time was 3.30am, while other branches close as late as midnight.

Three branches are open 24 hours a day.

27,000 uninsured cars seized so far this year, study finds

More than 27,000 uninsured drivers have had their cars seized so far this year, new figures show - with high-end cars including Ferraris, Lembourghinis, Bentleys and Porsches among those taken off the roads.

27,000 cars have been seized so far this year Credit: PA

The Metropolitan Police recorded the largest number of seizures, at 9,935, followed by West Yorkshire which took in 4,125 - with a total of 27,688 recorded across the country.

They included two Ferraris, three Lamborghinis, 10 Bentleys and 40 Porsches.

The study was carried out by Churchill Insurance, which obtained the figures from 23 different police forces - and experts warned it was just the "tip of the iceberg", with tens of thousands more going undetected.

Thousands upon thousands of motorists across the country are driving without insurance, which is truly terrifying.

We need an urgent examination of the penalties for uninsured motoring, introducing sentences that are a real deterrent and that will keep these irresponsible motorists off the road.

– Steve Barrett, Churchill Insurance

Just under 1,900 of the cars were sold at auction, raising more than £1 million, while 6,736 were crushed, bringing in another £600,000 in scrap value.


Sainsbury's gives staff four per cent pay rise

Tens of thousands of workers at Sainsbury's will get a four per cent pay rise from this weekend, with a new rate of £7.36 an hour.

The wage rise will boost the pay packages of around 137,000 employees - some 97 per cent of the store-based workforce, such as till operators and shelf-stackers.

Store workers at Sainsbury's will get a four per cent pay rise Credit: PA

It comes ahead of the launch of the £7.20 an hour National Living Wage for workers aged over 25, set to be introduced in April next year.

The new hourly rate is slightly shy of the £7.39 an hour paid to Tesco employees, but Sainsbury's bosses say their policy of allowing paid half-hour breaks during an eight-hour shift meant staff ended up better off overall.

We're delighted to announce a four per cent pay increase for the colleagues who work in our stores across the country.

We know what a difference they make to our customers each and every day and we're totally committed to rewarding them well for the great service they provide.

– Mike Coupe, Sainsbury's chief executive
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