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.
OPEC acts to cut oil production
News that OPEC has cut oil production by some 1.5 million barrels a day, to try and shore up the oil price, has had little impact as yet. The price of a barrel of oil is now down as low as $64 having reached a high or around $150 earlier this year. It seems that finally we are seeing the world wide recession bite into industry's appetite for the black gold and there will no doubt be many traders...Read More
BSkyB forced to cut cost of sport services
Regulator Ofcom has today stirred something of a hornet's nest after demanding that BSkyB reduce the wholesale cost of premium sports channels which it charges competitors. This comes after a three-year review and the conclusion that BSkyB has allegedly looked to quell competition in the sector by simply keeping the cost of premium sports channels high for competitors. However, BSkyB has refuted t...Read More
Have you learned to control your budget?
If nothing else the last two years has taught many people in the UK the importance of controlling their budgets. In the boom times, when jobs were aplenty and wages were rising, many people over extended their finances racking up large amounts of debt on credit cards and personal loans. However, with the economy booming at the time it was easy to finance these debts although many people appear to...Read More
Zavvi set for possible administration this week
As the demise of Woolworths continues to impact upon many areas of the UK high street there is serious concern this evening for the future of Zavvi which was formerly known as the Virgin Megastore. As we have covered over the last few weeks, the chain was hit by the demise of Woolworth's UK Entertainment operation which supplied a large percentage of CDs, DVDs and console games to the UK market.
Will the recession change UK consumers forever?
When the boss of supermarket chain ASDA suggests that the UK consumer of today is about to change forever maybe it is time to wake up and listen. There would appear to be a number of arguments in favour of this view as consumers look to take advantage of more and more discounts on the high street and become more aggressive in their spending habits. Historically the UK has been fairly expensive com...Read More