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.
Divorce lawyers set for the busiest day of the year
A number of surveys have revealed that the first Monday of a new year is the busiest day for divorce lawyers across the UK as pressure over Christmas and New Year often comes to a head. As the UK recession continues to grab hold it would appear that this year could be a record time for divorce lawyers across the country amid signs of financial meltdown and increased employment pressure.
Have we seen the January sales come early on the high street?
As John Lewis for one reports a huge surge in sales in the run-up to Christmas there are mixed opinions as to what the immediate future holds for the UK high street. Those who are suggesting that the January sales will continue in the same vein would appear to be wide of the mark with many of the opinion that the January sales actually came early, before and just after Christmas. If this is the ca...Read More
DIY sector on the rise
In a sign of the times, B&Q parent company Kingfisher has today revealed profits which are nearly 40% higher compared to the six-month corresponding period last year. This is a major development in the DIY sector which has been one of the main casualties of the recession. So is the DIY market leading the UK property sector higher?
It would appear that while many people are still loc...
Scottish And Southern Sneaks In The Back Door
As the financial press concentrate on the move by energy giant E.ON to increase prices across the board we also saw another UK major slip in a significant price increase while 'nobody was watching'. Using the E.ON announcement as cover Scottish and Southern has announced immediate price increases of 19.2% for electricity and 29.2% for gas as the burden on the UK household continues to rise. Whil...Read More
Energy companies agree to help with bills
UK energy companies have agreed to increase funding to help households struggling to pay gas and electricity bills. Under a deal brokered between the governments and the so-called 'big six' energy companies, an extra £225 million will be provided for their social assistance programmes. The funding is intended to alleviate the plight of families living in a state of fuel poverty - a condition defi...Read More