This week’s news in brief: disability access code

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.

Salary survey

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

Inflation bites

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

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