Northwest water issues water use warning letters
It has been revealed that United Utilities, the parent company of Northwest water, has today issued 90 warning letters to customers who are believed to be flaunting the hose pipe ban. It would appear that the company is acting upon information obtained by employees and from complaints by the public although it is unclear whether there is some kind of "big brother" situation materialising. Is it fair for members of the public to be reported for using water?
Over the last few years we have become accustomed to various water shortages up and down the country when on the surface it would appear that the climate in the UK has remained relatively stable. Many experts believe that there is a need for further investment into the repair of water pipes with literally thousands of gallons of water escaping each and every day. Despite the fact that water companies have invested significant amounts of money in this area there is still much work to be done and in the meantime it looks as though customers are paying the price.
The introduction of yet another "big brother is watching" scenario is not something which the UK public will appreciate and there will be calls for the UK government to clamp down on overt monitoring of the public.
Gas traders push UK prices higher
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Value brands take the headlines again
The announcement of a 6.2% jump in like-for-like sales in 11 weeks to 21st of March has caught the eye of many analysts covering Sainsbury's. The leading UK supermarket has surpassed earlier forecasts of a 5.5% like-for-like rise in sales although much of this has been accredited to significant interest in value brands. The surprising figures have led to significant upgrades from stock analysts an...Read More
Postal strike could have silver lining for speeding drivers
As the Royal Mail workers strike continues to place more pressure on the UK economy and UK consumers, it has been revealed that speeding fines could well be cancelled due to a technical issue. Under UK law a motorist suspected of speeding can only be convicted of the offence if they receive official notification from the authorities within two weeks of the event. However, early estimates suggest t...Read More
Stagecoach announces a shift in UK driving trend
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UK government forced to redraft Digital Economy Bill
The UK government has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn amid signs that the Digital Economy Bill, which has attracted so much controversy, would have been blocked in Parliament in its current form. This comes despite the fact that the UK government only days ago confirmed plans to rush through the Digital Economy Bill with little or no time for discussion, ahead of the next general election....Read More