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.
Tesco hails 'green' shoppers
Around 22 million Britons are "going green" due to rising food and fuel prices, by cutting down on waste.According to new figures from Tesco, environmental activity is to increase by 50 per cent in the UK - as people cut their carbon footprints by recycling more and using their cars less.The firm also found that 80 per cent of Britons count themselves as "above average" in helping to protect the e...Read More
North Sea Oil Reserves Could Be Up To 30 Billion Barrels
A report broadcast on BBC Scotland has tonight made the claim that a further 30 billion barrels of oil could still be available in the North Sea. This figure is roughly the same as the amount of oil which has so far been extracted and has surprised many. However, it may not be quite as simple as that........
While the figure of 30 billion barrels comes from an expert in the field...
Should MPs be above the law?
Three of the Labour MPs today charged with alleged theft over fraudulent expenses claims appeared to claim some kind of Parliamentary privilege suggesting that their actions are accountable to the Parliamentary authorities rather than UK law. This is taking the MPs expenses saga down a very difficult and very controversial path when ultimately many people in the UK are dismayed to hear about some...Read More
Don't bury your head in the sand!
Difficult property markets, choppy times ahead for the UK economy, unemployment expected to rise, inflation still a major threat and the cost of living in the UK continues to rise, against this background more and more people are "burying their heads in the sand". The truth is that the UK economic downturn has, and continues to, effect every area of the UK population. Businesses are falling by the...Read More
Campaigners lose fuel poverty high court battle
Today was a big day for Friends of the Earth and Help the Aged as they went to the high court to try and force the government to honour its pledge to rid the UK of fuel poverty in vulnerable homes by 2010 and the whole of the UK by 2016. Fuel poverty is defined as a home which spends at least 10% of its monthly income on energy. So how is the government doing with its target?