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.
Aldi announces reorganisation of UK division
Aldi, the discount supermarket retailer operating in the UK, has today announced the departure of the managing director of the UK and Irish division. Paul Foley is being replaced by the former managing director of the Austrian division as growth numbers in the UK start to slow. This has come as something of a surprise to many in the industry because the likes of Aldi and Lidl have made significant...Read More
Oil Moves Back Over $140
As concerns build over the potential for trouble in the Middle East the price of oil has again pushed higher, now over $140 a barrel. While there are some in the market who feel that the supply and demand ratio will see the price drift back as economies slow, other believe that the faster growth of the developing nations such as China and India will more than makeup for any slowdown in other econ...Read More
Unions fear choice between eating or heating for elderly this winter
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Rumours of a merger between Orange and T-Mobile persist
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Waitrose calls time on online delivery charges
The online arena may well be entering a serious shakeup with news that Waitrose has ended delivery charges with regards to its online operations. This is sure to place pressure on Tesco's and Sainsbury's to follow suit and could lead to a substantial price war in the sector.
While Waitrose has been a part of the online sector for some time, the perception of the company is as a high...