Conservative Conference – Employment Changes


Conservative Conference Closing Speech

David Cameron has used his closing speech at the Conservative conference to outline changes to employment legislation that the Tories will make in a future government.

Tax – he has announced that the personal tax free allowance will rise from £10,500 to £12,500 which will mean that a million more people will pay no tax and 30m will pay get a reduction in their taxes. According to Mr Cameron this means that someone on National Minimum Wage and working 30 hours a week will pay no tax at all. You should, of course, be aware that the NMW increases, with effect from today, to £6.50 per hour. Click here for more on NMW.The higher taxpayer rate of 40% will only be applied to salaries over £50k instead of the current £41,900.

Describing the Conservatives as the “real party of compassion and social justice” the Prime Minister promised a further crackdown on Zero Hours Contracts.

Regular readers of the is blog will know that it is my opinion that there is nothing wrong with Zero Hours Contracts, in fact they are a useful tool for businesses and for some employees, it is only when they are abused that there is a problem.

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The BBC notes on Mr Cameron’s speech to the party faithful can be found by clicking here.

The Conservative Conference has also provided for other employment issues, including a pledge to help fund more apprenticeships by capping benefits. You can find more on this by clicking here

Nothing to do with employment law, but David Cameron also used the speech to pay homage to William Hague, calling him the “greatest living Yorkshireman” – I understand that as yet there has been no comment from Geoff Boycott

Adrian Barnes

01 October 2014