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.
The £200,000 cost of raising a child!
A report by LV= has cast further light on the overall cost of bringing up a child in the UK today. The insurance company has found that the average child will cost upwards of £200,000 to bring up with the vast majority of money being spent on childcare at around £54,000 between the ages of six months and 16 years. There are also other various costs which include nursery fees, education costs,...Read More
When is a bargain not a bargain?
The simple answer is when you do not need it!
It is common knowledge that UK retailers, and retailers around the world, have a very clear understanding of what makes the general consumer tick and what they like to see. Encouraging people to buy goods and services which they do not really require is an art-form which the top retailers in the UK have taken off to a tee!
Russian grain ban sees prices surge a further 6%
There are fears regarding inflationary pressure in the UK, and around the world, after the Russian government announced a forthcoming ban on the export of grain from the country. Due to abnormal weather conditions in Russia the authorities have decided to retain as much grain as possible within the country to feed domestic demand, something which has had a major impact upon grain prices on the com...Read More
Bidding goodbye to the luxuries in life!
While more and more people in the UK continue to suffer financial hardship because of the ongoing recession, it seems that many people are unwilling to give up their luxuries of life including sky television and other such "necessities". Even though the philosophy that we "work to live, not live to work" is one which we should all abide by there are times when the luxuries need to be ditched in fo...Read More
How will the government administer the proposed changes to the crisis loan system?
While the fact that the government is suggesting interest charges approaching 30% for crisis loans in the UK has attracted a serious backlash from government MPs, there would appear to be worse to come. It has been revealed that the government is currently investigating contracting out the service to official "loan companies" which many MPs are describing as "loan sharks".