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Diners can check hygiene standards with new app

People eating out in London restau- rants will now be able to check hygiene ratings on their mobile phones after a new Scores on the Doors iPhone app was launched yesterday.

Score on the Doors rating schemes are operated by a number of boroughs and used widely in London. The schemes

allow consumers to see the results of latest food hygiene inspection in the form of a star rating (usually from zero to five stars with five stars being the highest score), which they have the option of displaying.

The iPhone app is an the result of London borough environmental health staff working together with Transparency Data, with the aim of informing consumers about the stan- dard of food safety attained by busi- nesses. Making the information easily available to customers is expected to encourage them to use it when they make decisions about where they eat.

Bangladesh bans corporal punishment in all schools

The Bangladeshi government has banned corporal punishment in all educational institutions across the country. The directive comes weeks after the High Court ordered the gov- ernment to take steps to stop corporal punishment in primary and secondary schools, following the suicide of a ten year old boy who had been beaten is school.

The government’s order covers all schools, including madrassas. Those teachers found guilty of beating chil- dren will now face disciplinary action by district education officers.

Business welcomes change in national insurance policy

The Forum of Private Business is wel- coming the new Liberal Democrat and Conservative coalition government’s decision to scrap the planned 1% hike in employers’ national insurance (NI) for many staff members, a policy that had been met with strong opposition from business groups.

The ‘tax on jobs’ had been scheduled to take place in 2011, when many ana- lysts anticipate small businesses

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will be seeking to recruit in earnest in order to meet renewed demand. Although the 1% employers’ NI rise remains for staff earning more than £20,800, the threshold at which they begin paying NI on employees earning up to that figure will increase by £21 per week. This means that most will be spared a major tax increase in return for retaining staff and taking on new employees.


“Small businesses did not want this tax on jobs because clearly it would have been a major barrier to staff reten- tion and job creation and would have hindered economic recovery,” com- mented the Forum’s chief executive Phil Orford.

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