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.
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Are consumers moving back to the high street?
Online spending in the UK retail arena fell to its lowest annual growth level last month with many suggesting that the short-term love affair with online spending may be coming to an end. However, is this really true or are there other issues which have come into play?
Unfortunately for those who are looking towards the UK high street to pull the UK economy out of the recession, the...
Supermarkets attacked for price promotions and cost-cutting
The Institute of Sales Promotion (ISP) has today stepped forward with a damning report on the UK supermarket sector claiming that price promotions are "destroying brand strength and brand loyalty". The Institute has quoted figures which it claims show that over £14 billion was wasted on price promotions in 2009 with retailers using this particular ploy to attract more customers while allegedly "a...Read More
Orange and T-Mobile to raise Pay-Monthly Prices
Orange and T-Mobile will raise the prices of pay-monthly tariffs from April 2013, in a move which will affect an estimated 5.5 million existing customers. The average increase is expected to be 79p, or as a spokesperson for Everything Everywhere (EE), the company who owns Orange T-Mobile, put it, “about the cost of a can of baked beans”. New customers however will get the chance to avoi...Read More
Are we really on the verge of credit crunch part two?
The Bank of England has most certainly set the alarm bells ringing in the UK with a suggestion that we may well be on the verge of credit crunch part two. The Bank is warning of reduced liquidity in the mortgage market and reduced liquidity in the loan market which could choke the UK economic revival even before the public-sector budget cuts kick in. So are we really on the verge of credit crunch...Read More