Scottish government warned not to rule out tuition fees
Despite the fact that the Scottish government has promised a "unique solution to Scottish further education fees" the SNP has been warned not to rule out tuition fees north of the border. The warning comes from the UK government which has for many years operated at a disadvantage to its Scottish counterpart in relation to tuition fees. The tuition fee system was abolished in Scotland some time ago and indeed the country has benefited from a massive influx of students from all around the world.
If the SNP was forced to introduce tuition fees north of the border this would be a massive blow to the employment market which is already struggling to pull away from the recent recession. The truth is that even though tuition fees are not charged north of the border there is a charge to UK taxpayers with no such thing as a "free lunch". The subject of tuition fees in the UK has been a matter for debate over the last few weeks and is set to grab the headlines in the short to medium term.
Recently we saw Vince Cable step forward with a suggestion for a graduate tax which would see the abolishment of tuition fees and the introduction of a graduate tax which graduates would pay for the rest of their working lives. Whether this is fair or not is a matter which will be discussed in great detail in the short to medium term.
Billing errors make energy companies ‘£650m a year’
21/11/2013 It has been revealed in an independent survey that energy companies are making at least £650m a year due to errors in the billing process. The survey, which was administered by consultancy firm Consumer Intelligence, revealed that the average overcharge error stands at £121 and affects as many as 28pc of customers in the UK. A total of 2,000 people responded to the survey and 3...Read More
Unpaid overtime totals £27.4 billion in 2009
In a reflection of how difficult a year 2009 was for the UK economy, it has been revealed that a massive £27.4 billion was worked in unpaid overtime by UK employees. This equates to a record £5,400 per worker in the UK and is the largest figure since these records began. While many people would expect to "do a little extra" to secure their jobs in these difficult economic times the amount of wor...Read More
Never look a gift horse in the mouth!
Since the turn of the year we have seen a mass of new sales initiatives on the high street but more and more we are seeing excellent offers and discounts available online and in magazines. While many people will bypass the various promotions and offers available in the thousands of magazines read in the UK there is no doubt there are some excellent deals available. In many cases it is simply a...Read More
EDF set to leave gas prices on hold
The last few days have seen a number of headlines in the financial press in relation to energy companies and the unexpected reduction in both gas and electricity prices. However, EDF, the French owned energy provider, has today scuppered those hopes with the announcement that electricity prices will fall from 31 March (by an average of 8.8%) but gas prices will remain on hold for the time being.
Is the cost of overseas communication set to fall?
It looks as though the fight between the main mobile phone operators in the UK and EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding is set to go to the wire with no party prepared to give any ground as the stand off continues. After suggesting that she had already given the mobile operators one year to get their house in order regarding overseas communication she has now threatened to introduce price caps...Read More