Paid parental leave veto confirmed

first_imgNZ Herald 11 April 2012Finance Minister Bill English confirmed this afternoon that National will veto a bill to extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to six months.He said the Government would have to borrow more money to fund it just at a time when it was trying to reduce its deficit.“We have maintained paid parental leave and we currently spend about $150 million [a year] on it,” he told reporters at Parliament.“But we are still two or three years from getting out of the woods on the deficit so we think it is a bit soon to be trying to expand entitlements when our big challenge has been to maintain them as they are.”Mr English said Labour specialised in trying to get political benefit without showing the real cost by saying it would take 10 years to implement.“That’s just misleading the public. The fact is doubling it will cost another $150 million a year. You’d have to borrow half a billion over the next three or four years. We’re simply not willing to do that.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10798133last_img read more

GOSSIP: Liverpool plot Mbappe bid, Arsenal in Lacazette talks, Aguero to PSG?

first_imgHere are the top football headlines and transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Liverpool will submit a bid for Monaco’s in-demand 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe, if they believe the Frenchman would be keen to move to England. (The Times)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken to Mbappe to discuss a move to the Gunners and the teenager’s career plans. (L’Equipe)Meanwhile, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly told Mbappe he will sell one of his strikers if the France international joins the Spanish club. (L’Equipe)Arsenal are ready to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, with the 23-year-old midfielder likely to be one of seven players to leave the Gunners this summer. (The Independent)The Gunners have held further talks with Lyon over a club-record move for striker Alexandre Lacazette. The 26-year-old could cost the Gunners £49million, according to reports. (Daily Telegraph)Meanwhile, other reports claim Arsenal have made a £44m bid for the France international, and his arrival could mean compatriot Olivier Giroud leaving the Emirates Stadium. (The Guardian)Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be preparing a £60m bid for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. (The Times)Meanwhile, City will insist on a buy-back clause in any deal for 20-year-old striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who is a target for West Ham and Leicester City. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is struggling to find a new club, with suitors unwilling to meet his transfer fee or salary demands. (Daily Mirror)The Red Devils are making progress in their pursuit of 24-year-old striker Alvaro Morata, but have yet to agree a fee with Real Madrid. (ESPN)United are also interested in Barcelona’s 28-year-old left-back Jordi Alba, but a deal will be difficult to complete this summer. (ESPN)Chelsea have agreed a deal in principle with Monaco for 22-year-old midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, with the transfer fee thought to be £35m. (Evening Standard)Stoke City have warned Arsenal not to pursue 24-year-old goalkeeper Jack Butland. (Stoke Sentinel)Everton’s 23-year-old winger Gerard Deulofeu is a target for Italian side Roma, as they look to replace new Liverpool signing Mohamed Salah. (Romanews)Watford have refused to meet Arsenal’s £15m asking price for left-back Kieran Gibbs. The Hornets have instead switched their attentions to 29-year-old Middlesbrough defender George Friend. (Evening Standard)Newcastle are close to completing an £8.7m deal for Eibar’s 26-year-old defender Florian Lejeune. FULL STORY HEREPremier League new boys Huddersfield are prepared to offer a club-record £11.5m for 22-year-old Montpellier striker Steve Mounie. (Daily Mirror)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:?Arsenal legend Robert Pires has urged the club to do all they can to keep Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at the Emirates Stadium this seasonRonald de Boer has confirmed to talkSPORT that his brother, Frank de Boer, is close to being appointed the new manager of Crystal PalaceMonaco star says Manchester United approach would be ‘a tempting invitation’Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has been offered to Fenerbahce, according to reports in TurkeyJuventus have opened talks about a deal for Southampton defender Cedric Soares, according to reports in his native PortugalLyon agree £16.75m fee for Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore despite interest from Everton and West Ham Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more