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.... “Parliament will assess the appropriate level of compensation at the point at which contracts are brought back in-house,” he said. John Appleby, chief economist at the Nuffield Trust, a health charity, told the BBC’s World At One that the total cost of buying out all the PFI contracts in the NHS alone could be well over £50bn. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....While the Bank is not concerned that consumer debt will be a risk to economic growth as it is only 11% of household debt, it is a risk to lenders’ ability to withstand losses in a downturn as these loans are less likely to be repaid when consumers lose their jobs or face higher interest rates. But the charity StepChange said more needed to be done to help “millions of households trapped in spiralling persistent debt”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Debt is an exhausting secret to keep, but telling a stranger about a problem you can hardly bear to face yourself takes courage. “It can take people a few times to actually speak to someone,” says Becky Mitchell, a team leader for the helpline run by debt charity StepChange. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Combining forces with like-minded companies and individuals has enabled us to thrive where, otherwise, we might flounder. We’ve worked with parenting charity NCT, baby-swimming lesson company Water Babies, post-natal exercise business Buggyfit, and music classes organiser Hartbeeps. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Government should take this as a warning that the current visa system is not fit for purpose. The Home Office urgently needs to reform our immigration system to ensure that UK employers across the charity, state, and private sectors are able to recruit the foreign staff they need to keep our economy and services functioning after Brexit. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Citizens Advice said that the failure to cope with payday loans and other forms of high cost credit was one of the main reasons for the influx of distressed young people seeking advice. The charity, which helped 350,000 people last year, said there was 34% rise in the number of under-25s seeking help with high cost credit in the last two years. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. When the Birmingham substance misuse service was handed from the local NHS trust to a charity, Carol Rice lost her job amid cost-cutting, just as she was facing deeper debt problems. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Once, she sent well-known sausage brand a card with a drawing of a farm her children had made. In response, the company sent her a hamper with £200-worth of sausages inside it (she gave most of it away to charity). ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Almost two million pensioners last year boosted their income with Pension Credit, claiming £6billion from the Government. Separately, a charity has warned many older people who deferred their state pension are failing to claim Winter Fuel Payments. ... [Read full article on Daily Express ]
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Are YOU missing out on £2,000 of pension income? QUARTER of retirees FAIL to claim credit image
....Almost two million pensioners last year boosted their income with Pension Credit, claiming £6billion from the Government. Separately, a charity has warned many older people who deferred their state pension are failing to claim Winter Fuel Payments. ...
Labour pledge to bring PFI contracts in-house alarms business leaders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 25th of September 2017 12:16:33 PM
.... “Parliament will assess the appropriate level of compensation at the point at which contracts are brought back in-house,” he said. John Appleby, chief economist at the Nuffield Trust, a health charity, told the BBC’s World At One that the total cost of buying out all the PFI contracts in the NHS alone could be well over £50bn. ...
Bank of England warns a consumer debt crisis could cost banks £30bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 25th of September 2017 09:04:34 AM
....While the Bank is not concerned that consumer debt will be a risk to economic growth as it is only 11% of household debt, it is a risk to lenders’ ability to withstand losses in a downturn as these loans are less likely to be repaid when consumers lose their jobs or face higher interest rates. But the charity StepChange said more needed to be done to help “millions of households trapped in spiralling persistent debt”. ...
Super savers: meet the coupon queen and the cashback king image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 25th of September 2017 05:00:05 AM
....Once, she sent well-known sausage brand a card with a drawing of a farm her children had made. In response, the company sent her a hamper with £200-worth of sausages inside it (she gave most of it away to charity). ...
New Brexit rules ‘could lead to unskilled workforce crisis’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of September 2017 07:29:24 PM
.... Government should take this as a warning that the current visa system is not fit for purpose. The Home Office urgently needs to reform our immigration system to ensure that UK employers across the charity, state, and private sectors are able to recruit the foreign staff they need to keep our economy and services functioning after Brexit. ...
Strength in numbers: finding the right partnerships for your business image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 22nd of September 2017 06:00:40 AM
....Combining forces with like-minded companies and individuals has enabled us to thrive where, otherwise, we might flounder. We’ve worked with parenting charity NCT, baby-swimming lesson company Water Babies, post-natal exercise business Buggyfit, and music classes organiser Hartbeeps. ...
Jobless and £35,000 in debt: 'I got to the point where I didn’t want to live' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 11:49:02 AM
. When the Birmingham substance misuse service was handed from the local NHS trust to a charity, Carol Rice lost her job amid cost-cutting, just as she was facing deeper debt problems. ...
Tough calls: on the debt crisis frontline with charity StepChange image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 11:48:39 AM
.... Debt is an exhausting secret to keep, but telling a stranger about a problem you can hardly bear to face yourself takes courage. “It can take people a few times to actually speak to someone,” says Becky Mitchell, a team leader for the helpline run by debt charity StepChange. ...
Young people worst affected by debt crisis, say charities image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 11:47:54 AM
....Citizens Advice said that the failure to cope with payday loans and other forms of high cost credit was one of the main reasons for the influx of distressed young people seeking advice. The charity, which helped 350,000 people last year, said there was 34% rise in the number of under-25s seeking help with high cost credit in the last two years. ...
John Lewis helped itself to my money and I just can’t get it back image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 06:00:39 AM
....”. It has added an extra £100 as compensation, which you plan to donate to charity. ...
51% of young women have to borrow to make cash last until payday image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of September 2017 05:32:12 PM
....The results follow a series of reports by debt charities showing a rise in the number of people seeking help with personal debts and arrears on household bills. The debt charity StepChange said it was concerned about a steep increase in the number of under-40s and renters who were struggling to make ends meet, adding to the trend for low-income families to rely on credit to buy essential items. ...
What's your experience of being in debt? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of September 2017 08:31:16 AM
....3 million people in the UK with problem debts. The debt charity StepChange said the percentage of its clients falling behind on payments went over 40% in the first half of 2017, while the average debt of the people it helps has also risen, from £14,251 in 2016 to £14,367 in the first half of the year. ...
Britain's debt time​bomb: FCA urges action over £200bn crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of September 2017 05:34:39 PM
....3 million people in the UK with problem debts. The debt charity StepChange, which has also released fresh data, said the percentage of its clients falling behind on payments went over 40% in the first half of 2017, while the average debt of the people it helps has also risen, from £14,251 in 2016 to £14,367 in the first half of the year. ...
'They just kept topping it up' – how one credit card user fell £28,000 in debt image
.... They never asked for any income to support it,” she said. Credit card lenders appear to be targeting people struggling with unaffordable levels of debt, according to research from the charity Citizens Advice, who helped Tracy to manage her problems. ...
Bell Pottinger: father of executive at centre of scandal quits Rentokil board image
.... KPMG offered to pay back the 23m South African rand (£1. 28m) fee for its work, or donate the same amount to charity. ...
Most Britons 'dislike prospect of living near mini nuclear station' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 17th of September 2017 11:01:53 PM
....Polling by YouGov, however, believed to be the first survey of public attitudes towards the plants, found that 62% of people would be unhappy living within five miles of one. The poll, commissioned by the climate change charity 10:10, found that only 24% would be unhappy living near an onshore windfarm, which the Conservative party has stymied with tougher planning rules. ...
Our home has become a star attraction for films, TV shows and magazines image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of September 2017 06:00:04 AM
....”. He says one recent shoot arranged by the agency was at a house with a wishing well in the garden, while another for a charity featured a “house that looked like it could belong to elderly people”. ...
Driver's legal victory is one in the ParkingEye for rogue private firms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 15th of September 2017 01:55:25 PM
....Bowen’s case has received huge media attention as well as triggering hundreds of further complaints from motorists who claim they have been badly treated by ParkingEye and other private parking companies. They include a woman working for an animal rescue charity who parked in a coastal pay and display car park in emergency tidal conditions while trying to rescue a seal from the sea. ...
‘It looks nice, but they shouldn’t use animal fat’: reactions to the plastic £10 note image
.... Prince Philip was to get the second and Theresa May the third. Collectors are on the hunt for very low serial numbers after the lowest-number £5 note issued to the public, AA01000017, sold for £4,105 at a charity auction last year. ...
Campaigner will donate first Jane Austen £10 note to women's shelter image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 09:50:21 AM
.... Only a handful of ATMs around the UK are expected to be dispensing them on Thursday. Collectors are on the hunt for very low serial numbers – those beginning AA01 – after the lowest number £5 note issued to the public, AA01000017, sold for £4,105 at a charity auction last year. ...
Plastic £10 note to enter circulation on Thursday image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of September 2017 04:45:45 PM
.... The general public must wait a little longer while Britain’s 48,000 cash machines are loaded with the notes, with only a handful of ATMs around the UK expected to be dispensing them on Thursday. Collectors are on the hunt for very low serial numbers – those beginning AA01 – after the lowest number £5 note issued to the public, AA01000017, sold for £4,105 at a charity auction last year. ...
Trauma as travellers face a gender issue going through security image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of September 2017 08:55:25 AM
.... According to the Airport Operators Association, all UK airports allow transgender passengers to be searched in private by staff that correspond with the gender they identify with, and evidence of gender is only rarely required. However, border control, where identities are verified, is where most problems arise for those whose appearance seems at odds with their passport face, according to the LGBT charity Stonewall. ...
Charity shops: bringing in the cash, but bringing down the high street? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of September 2017 06:09:00 AM
. Most members of the public associatecharity shops with high street decline, and 50% think a “healthy” high street should contain fewer charity shops. ...
Confessions from the City: why firms are failing to tackle the cocaine crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 9th of September 2017 11:04:21 PM
....The City of London Corporation declined to say whether it had specifically responded to the 2014 report, which warned that its spending on various services was unbalanced and that more focus was needed on prevention work with healthy or low-risk users. But a spokesperson did say it continued to maintain spending levels on drug treatment and prevention, with money going to WDP Square Mile Health – a drug and alcohol charity with a clinic in the City, which offers outreach work with companies. ...
How your pension pot can help claw back lost child benefit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 9th of September 2017 06:00:00 AM
.... The child benefit tax charge is based on your adjusted net income. This is your total taxable income (ie, basic salary plus any benefits from your job such as a company car or private medical insurance, plus share dividend or rental income etc), minus things such as pension contributions and gift aided donations to charity. ...
Anti-smuggling proposal 'may let tobacco industry in by back door' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 8th of September 2017 12:18:16 PM
.... Campaigners say they fear this may still let the tobacco industry have control over any track and trace system. Deborah Arnott, chief executive of health charity Ash, said, “We’re delighted that the EU is consulting on the regulations needed to put in place a European-wide tracking and tracing system for tobacco products, which is vital to prevent Big Tobacco from facilitating smuggling of its products. ...
Uber: London drivers must use hybrid or fully electric cars from 2020 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 8th of September 2017 11:27:48 AM
....Campaigners welcomed the company’s initiatives. Chris Large, of the sustainability charity Global Action Plan, said: “The speed of Uber’s commitment to move away from diesel reflects the urgency of action to address our air pollution health crisis. ...
Better energy efficiency measures could cut UK costs by £7.5bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of September 2017 05:45:23 AM
.... If all the possible improvements outlined in the report were made, bills could drop to £560 a year. Fabrice Leveque, an energy specialist at the environmental charity WWF, said: “This is yet more evidence that a zero-carbon future is in our grasp. ...
UK’s economic model is broken, says Archbishop of Canterbury image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of September 2017 06:26:34 PM
....”. The commission’s membership is drawn from a wide group of business leaders and civil society groups including: Dominic Barton, the global managing partner of the consultancy McKinsey and Company; Helena Morrissey, Legal & General’s head of personal investment; Sir Charlie Mayfield, the chairman of the John Lewis Partnership; Sara Bryson, a community organiser in Tyne and Wear for the charity Citizens UK; and Sally Tallant, the director of the Liverpool Biennial contemporary art festival. ...
Debt mess leaves innocent bystander struggling with system  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 4th of September 2017 12:01:00 AM
....”. Debt advice charity StepChange advises: “Dealing with debt can be hard and the extra pressure that it can put on relationships with families can make it even harder. ...
Government prepares clampdown on fixed-odds betting machines image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 2nd of September 2017 08:30:24 PM
....”. Evidence presented to the Church of England’s General Synod earlier this year suggested that two thirds of the calls to GamCare, the country’s main problem gambling charity, were from bookmaker customers, with over half citing FOBTs as the root of their problem. ...
How to make studying for a degree work for you image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 2nd of September 2017 06:00:07 AM
....While Jackson was studying full-time for a degree in dance and performing arts at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, she worked 10-20 hours a week running Living the Dream, a dance company she’d set up at the age of 16. She hired fellow students from her course to perform at corporate and charity dance events and would teach young people to put on performing arts shows in the school holidays, offering disadvantaged children free places by charging wealthier families more. ...
Boots cuts price of morning-after pill after weeks of controversy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of August 2017 09:39:11 PM
....”. It also emerged on Thursday that Boots had issued the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), a charity that advises women on their reproductive health, with two legal threats over its campaign for the firm to reduce its prices for the pills. ...
UK gambling industry now takes £14bn a year from punters – report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of August 2017 05:18:31 PM
....3% among men aged 25-34. A study by the charity GambleAware and the thinktank Institute for Public Policy Research found that problem gambling could be costing the UK economy up to £1. ...
Gambling firm 888 fined record £7.8m for failing vulnerable customers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of August 2017 07:37:18 AM
....One customer was allowed to make 850,000 bets worth £1. 3m in one year, using money stolen from their employer, prompting calls from the UK’s leading gambling charity and the Labour party for swifter action to address problem gambling. ...
Problem gamblers place up to 90 bets a day and bet in middle of night image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of August 2017 05:08:28 AM
....People with online gambling problems spend an average of £98 a day, place up to 90 bets and are more likely to gamble in the middle of the night, according to a new report. That compares with just £14 among those not considered to be at risk, who typically place between two and seven punts on a day when they bet, the charity Gamble Aware said. ...
Credit card lenders 'targeting people struggling with debt' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of August 2017 11:01:11 PM
....Research from Citizens Advice finds almost one in five people struggling with debts have had their credit card limit raised without them requesting it. The charity has demanded the Financial Conduct Authority bans the practice, amid growing concerns over a boom in lending. ...
World leaders need to take centre stage and shove central bankers into the wings image
.... While counselling organisations such as GamCare and YGAM do great work, specialist treatment in the UK is woefully thin on the ground. There is just one gambling addiction clinic in the UK, in London and funded by the GambleAware charity. ...
Number of problem gamblers in the UK rises to more than 400,000 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of August 2017 09:22:37 AM
....”. The UK’s leading gambling charity GambleAware, which funds the UK’s only dedicated gambling addiction clinic in London, repeated calls for the industry to increase its funding for addiction treatment. ...
'I use food banks' – workers on the impact of the pay squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 06:00:14 AM
.... All the lights at home stay off and are only turned on when it’s absolutely necessary. The heating no longer goes on and we purchased secondhand blankets from the charity shop to see us through the winter. ...
UK rail fare rise ‘will force key workers to quit city jobs’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 11:05:27 PM
....”. Louise Shevlane, a mother of two from Rainham, Kent, who works three days a week for a charity in London, said working mothers were finding the economics of such jobs ever more testing. ...
Silicon Roundabout gets Brexit jitters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 11:05:27 PM
....“I was not expecting Brexit, to be honest, and it has left me wondering: is the UK and London a good place to be?” said Dogan Biyikli. With a professional background in overseas disaster management, he is part of team that is in the early stages of developing a translation app tailored to charity workers. ...
What I wish I could tell my boss: 'You take money from people who have the least' image
.... The level of assessed risk before we help a child in need has been raised. The charity Action for Children recently published a report that showed tens of thousands of children at risk of harm across the UK are not being helped by local authorities. ...
Bill Gates gives $4.6bn to charity in biggest donation since 2000 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 05:30:31 PM
....6bn (£3. 6bn) in the Microsoft founder’s biggest gift to charity since he set up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ...
The UK debt tide is rising – how can you avoid drowning? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 06:00:35 AM
.... Recent figures from the Bank of England have shown it grew by 10% in the year to June to £210bn, the highest figure since December 2008. “There is a bunch of people hanging on by their fingernails and a little shock to their finances pushes them over the edge,” said Peter Tutton, of debt charity StepChange. ...
Boom or bust: what’s the truth about UK house prices? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 03:00:48 PM
....The Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 local authorities in England and Wales, is calling for councils to have more powers and funding, in order to resume their historical role as significant builders of affordable homes. The homelessness charity Shelter also wants to see a shake-up. ...
Co-operative Bank sheds 25,000 current account customers but losses shrink image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 08:25:02 AM
....“This is a great bank,” he added, describing its performance as resilient. He hopes to attract current account customers by offering a donation to homelessness charity Centrepoint. ...
Sing sing: prison choir connects local employers to former offenders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 05:53:10 AM
.... Today, instead of the usual practice, the singers are performing to potential employers – and then singing with them. The pitch by the charity Beating Time that set up this choir, and others at separate prisons, is simple: businesses grappling with skills shortages and seeking to deliver on their promises to become more socially engaged, should look no further than prison choirs for people to employ and train up. ...
Tesco to end sales of 5p carrier bags image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of August 2017 11:14:58 AM
.... Tesco’s announcement follows a similar move by Sainsbury’s. Money raised from sales of the more expensive bags for life goes towards community projects – similar to other supermarkets’ charity donations after the introduction of plastic bag charging. ...
Socially responsible retailers aim to end the ‘rent-to-own’ rip-off image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of August 2017 05:59:04 AM
....6% APR). The company, which is owned by a charity, has only been trading for 18 months but it emerged as the big winner at last month’s Consumer Credit Awards, has a glowing 9. ...
Seriously, why do we still use cash? | Jenny Colgan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 10:24:07 AM
....Your phone carries your life the way the Ood carry their brains in their hands, so it might as well be your wallet too. You can’t even give it away: try giving cash to charity collectors on the street. ...
Serious Fraud Office opens investigation into BAT bribery claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of August 2017 09:34:35 AM
.... “I rejected an enhanced redundancy package designed to force me to sign a global confidentially agreement and just took statutory redundancy instead,” he said. Deborah Arnott, the chief executive of the campaigning charity Ash, said: “At the time the allegations of fraud in Africa were first made against BAT the company accused the whistle blower of having a vendetta against the company and peddling falsehoods. ...
Workers who lost tribunal rights should have the chance to pursue their claims | Letters image
.... It is in stark contrast to the miserable and myopic decision of the court of appeal, which resorted to the logic of the poor law in holding that the reason for the dramatic drop in employment tribunal applications was because claimants, being the undeserving poor, chose to spend their money on non-essential items, such as clothes and alcohol. I spent over a decade as a volunteer lawyer for a charity representing claimants at employment tribunals. ...
So estate agents are being replaced by robots? It’s about time | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett image
.... The “admin fees” charged by lettings agents were getting so out of hand that, at the end of last year, the government announced the decision to ban them. A report from the charity Shelter found that nearly one in four people in England and Wales feel that they have been charged unfair fees by a letting agent. ...
Can money buy you happiness? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 05:00:39 AM
.... But, it turns out, such self-interest doesn’t make us nearly as happy as giving to others. Studies in which people have been given envelopes of money to spend show that those who spent a proportion of it on a gift, or gave some to charity, felt happier than those who spent it on a present for themselves or a bill they needed to pay. ...
Have we reached 'peak London' as millennials leave in record numbers? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 11:05:04 PM
.... Not that the state is any more thorough: keyworker housing schemes rarely include street cleaners or care workers employed by private agencies – the people doing the work of the public sector, but not actually employed by it. Other kinds of social value are just as hard to measure: aren’t local news reporters or charity campaigners also useful?. ...
Jeff Bezos: how the world's richest man can change his stingy reputation image
.... Instead, he has used his money to purchase the largest luxury home in Washington DC (converting the 27,000 sq ft Textile Museum into a single-family residence). Unlike his brother, Mark Bezos, a volunteer firefighter who runs an anti-poverty organization called Robin Hood, Jeff has confined himself to a few highly idiosyncratic forms of charity, such as handing out free bananas on the streets of Seattle. ...
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – briefly – becomes world's richest man image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 04:20:59 PM
.... Every year Bezos reprints the letter he sent to shareholders that year, insisting it is only Day 1 for the company and pledging to focus on the long-term and be the market leader. He has not joined the club of billionaires who pledge to hand over the majority of fortunes to charity – started by Gates and his wife, along with Buffett – but recently tweeted to ask for philanthropic ideas to help in the short term, which he said was in contrast to his long-term approach to running the business. ...
How to beat summer holiday childcare costs as prices soar 50 per cent image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 08:11:00 AM
....”. Family Lives, a charity with over 30 years experience helping parents said that parents “need more help from the Government”. ...
Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 06:30:29 AM
....Since then, the acute budgetary pressures placed on local authorities by successive governments have encouraged municipal planners to cede control of almost all new open spaces in the city to developers; some academics now refer to a new era of ‘urban enclosure’, echoing the fencing and enclosing of Britain’s rural commons that took place during the 17th and 18th centuries. “As the austerity cuts hit non-statutory services such as parks harder and harder, London boroughs have been left stuck between a rock and a hard place,” said Tony Leach, chief executive of the charity Parks for London. ...
Drop in wind energy costs adds pressure for government rethink image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of July 2017 05:03:35 PM
....“I would find it surprising if anybody else doing a costs review of the energy sector comes to a fundamentally different argument [to the Arup report],” he said. Leo Murray, of climate change charity 10:10, said: “It looks increasingly absurd that the Conservatives have effectively banned Britain’s cheapest source of new power. ...
SodaStream gets busy with the fizzy … again image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of July 2017 08:00:33 AM
....In 2014, the Israeli company was targeted by pro-Palestinian activists for operating a factory in the West Bank. The row led Scarlett Johansson to quit her ambassador role with Oxfam after the charity criticised her for appearing in a SodaStream commercial. ...
Don’t bin it … how we served the UK’s first ‘food waste wedding’ feast image
....When Charlotte and Nick Baker were planning their wedding in Cumbria last month, they wanted a highly personal celebration that reflected their deeply held principles about minimising  waste. Unusually, that included asking a food waste charity to feed their 135 guests a three-course meal created entirely from food that would otherwise have been thrown away. ...
Boots faces boycott over refusal to lower cost of morning-after pill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 07:02:23 PM
....Rivals Tesco and Superdrug halved the price of the emergency contraceptive following a campaign from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), a leading provider of abortion care. The charity had written to retailers asking them to consider offering a more affordable product, after it was revealed that British women are forced to pay up to five times more than their European peers for the contraceptive. ...
British American Tobacco to acquire Reynolds as activists decry merger image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of July 2017 06:51:28 PM
....The deal brings together BAT’s Lucky Strike, Dunhill, Rothmans and Benson & Hedges cigarettes with Reynolds’ Pall Mall, Newport and Camel. But Deborah Arnott, chief executive of UK public health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), was worried what the creation of an even bigger business would mean for the growing tobacco epidemic in poorer countries. ...
State pension age to increase seven years earlier than planned image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of July 2017 01:44:22 PM
....Age UK was even more critical of the plans, saying the government was “picking the pockets of everyone in their late 40s and younger, despite there being no objective case in Age UK’s view to support it at this point in time”. The charity for older people also pointed out that the announcement came just days after Sir Michael Marmot, a former government adviser, warned that the trend towards longer lives was “pretty close to having ground to a halt” since 2010 after rising constantly since the second world war. ...
Jane Austen banknote unveiled – with strange choice of quotation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of July 2017 01:40:23 PM
.... It is expected to last at least two-and-a-half times longer than paper £10 notes – about five years in total. The new tactile feature is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner, developed in conjunction with the RNIB, the charity that supports people with sight loss. ...
UK house prices rise nearly 5% despite political turmoil image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of July 2017 01:05:46 PM
....However, recent research conducted by his firm found that average deposits climbed to £6,000 in the last year, with increases in some regions of more than 30%. Anne Baxendale of housing charity Shelter said: “While prices may be slowing in London, the idea of owning a home of your own is still just a fantasy for most people. ...
Energy networks' £7.5bn windfall 'should be returned to consumers' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of July 2017 11:01:08 PM
....The consumer group said Ofgem, which regulates the networks and sets limits on how much profit they can make, had allowed the firms to overinflate their projected costs of building pipes and wires. The energy regulator had also overestimated the business risks faced by the companies, and did not foresee an unprecedented period of low interest rates and bond returns, the charity said in a report published on Wednesday. ...
UK households binned 300,000 tonnes of clothing in 2016 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of July 2017 09:38:16 AM
.... The global water footprint of 1kg of cotton (a shirt and pair of jeans) is between 10,000 – 20,000 litres, for example, depending on where the cotton was grown. Trewin Restorick, chief executive of the Hubbub environmental charity, commented: “It is encouraging that the amount of clothing being landfilled is decreasing, but research suggests this may be because people are hoarding more at home. ...
Risk of poverty in UK greater when father is sole breadwinner, finds IFS image
....”. A separate survey by the charity Grandparents Plus found that one in four mothers would have to give up work if they did not have help with childcare from their own parents. ...
Facebook village? Social media giant to build 'social housing' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of July 2017 06:56:57 PM
....4bn last year, has previously been criticised for exacerbating the housing crisis in Menlo Park by offering its staff a $10,000 bonus to move closer to its head office. John Liotti, chief executive of Able Works, a charity representing key workers, said at the time of previous iniative in 2015: “A lot of local families are going to get hurt. ...
Beware ‘the devil’s debt’ – that tempting store card offered at the tills image
....”. The debt charity StepChange says store cards are a persistent issue, with around one in eight people who call it for help having problems, usually with debts of around £1,000. ...
Community groups call time on the demise of the British pub image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 7th of July 2017 04:19:25 PM
.... A report issued this week revealed that the number of co-operative pubs open for business has now reached 50 and there are 90 groups actively exploring setting one up. The report from Plunkett Foundation, a charity that supports community-owned businesses, said these locally owned and run enterprises “are prospering where private enterprise has failed”. ...
Sainsbury's AGM faces protests over plan to drop Fairtrade tea image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of July 2017 06:07:34 PM
.... The company said it was running a pilot with its tea products – but those opposing the change fear it will be extended to other products, including bananas and coffee. Anne Lindsay, a private-sector analyst from Cafod, the Catholic charity, said to the board: “I am concerned that after years of being an extremely valuable champion of Fairtrade, Sainsbury’s is starting in a direction that could undermine Fairtrade and lead to a plethora of different standards by different companies and confusion for consumers. ...
Brexit fears trigger exodus of crucial EU health and social care workforce | Hélène Mulholland image
....”. The dependence on EU recruitment because of a lack of homegrown nurses could result in real difficulties, says Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation charity. ...
New energy price cap considered image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of July 2017 01:04:50 PM
....Citizens Advice has already suggested that two million extra households which receive the Warm Homes Discount should get the same protection, including some pensioners and families with young children. The charity has assisted householders such as Shabnam Ali, who is set to save hundreds of pounds a year after she was helped to switch from her standard variable tariff. ...
South Sudan's million-strong refugee crisis is a test for the World Bank image
....8m) for the education emergency, of which only a small fraction has been provided. As the charity notes, there has been quite a contrast between the response of the Ugandan government and that of the rest of the world. ...

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