Magazine article Public Finance

Numbers Game

Magazine article Public Finance

Numbers Game

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Going electric

There were 10,719 electric and alternative fuel vehicles registered in the UK in June 2017, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Of these, 1,466 were pure electric vehicles, a 45.7% increase on June 2016.

Over the same period, registrations of other electric vehicles rose by 33.8% to 2,978 and hybrid petrol and electric vehicles by 25.3% to 6,218. Registrations of hybrid diesel and electric vehicles fell by 49.6% to 59.

Electric and alternative fuel remained, however, a small part of the market as June 2017 saw 243,454 vehicle registrations of all kinds.

May poll

More than half of people (59%) are dissatisfied with the job Theresa May is doing as prime minister, according to Ipsos Mori.

Polling conducted in July, one month after the snap general election, revealed a negative shift in May's personal ratings, down 22 points since April when she called the election. According to the pollster, May's ratings are the worst it has ever recorded for any prime minister one month on from an election.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's approval ratings are improving, although a majority of the public still see May as more capable of the job of PM than him.

Unpaid workers

Around 1.8 million public sector employees regularly work overtime for no extra pay, according to research issued by the GMB union.

The study, based on Off ice for National Statistics data, found almost one in four public sector employees routinely work an average of eight hours unpaid a week.

If they were paid for these hours, they would be owed an extra £6,000 on average - equivalent to a 24% pay rise - the GMB said. …

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