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.
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Gordon Brown warns petrol retailers to reduce petrol prices
In a move which is sure to prompt cries of hypocrisy Gordon Brown has called for petrol retailers to reduce their prices to less than one pound a litre to reflect the reduction in the oil price. However, as no doubt he will be reminded over the next few days, the vast majority of the price you pay at the pump actually goes back to the government in taxes.
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There are many areas of everyday life where it is difficult to cut costs and save money but there are also many simple techniques which we seem to ignore which can actually save us a lot of money in the short, medium and longer term.
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