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.
New childcare vouchers will cause confusion
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UK government performs U-turn on MP's expenses
Just days after the appearance of press reports indicating that Gordon Brown was to push through an exemption for the publication of MP's expenses the government has today performed a massive U-turn on the issue. Under the cover of blaming the Tory party for the withdrawal of " joint support" for the exemption, Gordon Brown was today forced to announce that literally millions of MPs expenses over...Read More
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Is the price of UK gas set to spiral higher?
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Is it safe to research products on the Internet?
The Internet has become a vital element of the UK financial arena and offers the opportunity for immediate access to deals, offers and financial products which may not otherwise have been visible to you. However, many people fall into the trap of assuming that because new products and new services are detailed on the Internet there is no need to take financial advice. Oh how very wrong they can be...Read More