Businesses and disability organisations are being asked to respond to a new draft code of practice on rights of access for disabled people that come into force in October 2004. Copies of the consultation pack containing the draft code of practice and proposals for regulations are available from the DRC on 08457 622633.
New Deal drop-out
The Church of England diocese in Liverpool has dropped out of the New Deal programme, claiming it is too bureaucratic. Since it joined the scheme, 14 people have passed through but difficulties included the scheme costing the diocese more to run than it got back, lack of expert support and unsuitable placements. T
PWA payroll contract
Care and housing services provider Anchor Trust has appointed software house PWA to supply it with PWA Empower-integrated HR, payroll and e-HR solutions in a number of its sites across the country.
Pay rises for company executives often bear little relation to company turnover, a study has found. Among the well-known examples were the chief executive of food and drinks giant Diageo, whose salary rose by 10.3 per cent despite a 1.9 per cent fall in turnover. The report found a range of salary differentials. The average employee at Granada earns 1.5 per cent of the chief executive's salary. At Pizza Hut the figure is 12 per cent.Contact 020-8332 1594.
The upturn in the annual inflation rate since the beginning of the year is starting to have an impact on pay awards, according to a report by IDS. It says the early signs are that the level of settlements taking effect from April onwards is slightly higher than those taking effect in the first quarter of the year.