Move to green energy hitting fuel poverty suffers
Those at the very bottom of the UK income spectrum are being hit disproportionately hard when it comes to investment in green technology and green energy. This is the conclusion of a report produced by the government's Fuel Policy Advisory Group which will force the UK government to think again about the green energy policies which are currently in place. But why should green energy cost more?
The truth is that the UK does not at this moment in time have an adequate framework to produce green technology and green energy at an affordable price. So UK taxpayers are yet again being milked to cover the initial investment in green technology and green energy which has led, and will continue to lead, to a significant increase in forthcoming energy costs. It is believed that energy costs in the UK could rise by as much as 50% in the short term and are unlikely to fall even when the green energy framework is in place.
Why is it that the introduction of a new technology always leads to higher taxes and higher costs for UK consumers and UK businesses? It seems that corporate UK is willing to take the benefits of these moves but in many cases is unwilling to take on initial setup costs?
OFT warns pensioners of scams
As we approach the winter period the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has today issued a warning to pensioners in the UK to be wary of scams from doorstep sellers. Even though canvassing on the doorstep is not illegal, and many legitimate businesses use this particular means of contact, there is no doubt that we have seen an increase in fraudsters and scams over the last few years. Anything from "brok...Read More
UK water meters to become more commonplace
An independent report into the UK water sector for the Department of Environment and Welsh Assembly has reached the conclusion that water meters need to become more commonplace in the UK to allow consumers to monitor their water use. The report suggests that 80% of UK homes should have water meters in the short to medium term, against 35% at the moment, as a way of monitoring exact water use rathe...Read More
More pay freezes on the way in 2010
While the UK government has already issued a statement confirming that public sector wages will only rise by a maximum of 1% during 2010 and possibly 2011, it would appear that the private sector has taken a harsher approach to the problem. One in five UK companies are looking towards a pay freeze in 2010 and reducing or scrapping benefits such as bonuses and gym memberships for employees. At a ti...Read More
Cash Flow Issues
For many, cash flow problems are caused by simply not keeping track of where money is being spent. Even small purchases will add up quickly so it is vital to consider what you are buying and if you really need it.
Make sure that you are always aware of what you owe and are conscious of what your income will allow. It is always worth investigating where concessions can be made...
Waitrose calls time on online delivery charges
The online arena may well be entering a serious shakeup with news that Waitrose has ended delivery charges with regards to its online operations. This is sure to place pressure on Tesco's and Sainsbury's to follow suit and could lead to a substantial price war in the sector.
While Waitrose has been a part of the online sector for some time, the perception of the company is as a high...