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.
United Utilities sees trading in line with management forecasts
While the rest of the UK economy continues to suffer it appears as though the utility sector has remained fairly strong with United Utilities repeating its view that profits will be in line with earlier management forecasts. The sector as a whole has come in for severe criticism over the last few months as utility prices mushroomed in 2008 and only now are we starting to see a reduction in consume...Read More
Taking advantage of online promotions and coupons
As many people around the UK look at ways to save money and save time shopping, a number are turning to the massive array of promotion and coupon sites available on the Internet. These are one-stop shops which will show you were the latest promotions and offers are available, provide you with coupon codes and ultimately give you the potential to save significant money for yourself.
Now the government wants to charge you to park at work!
In a move which further justify the anger of many motorists around the UK, the local council in Nottingham have taken advantage of government regulations introduced in 2000 which allow a levy to be placed upon workplace parking. In effect employees will be charged to park their cars in their office car parks and factory car parks with the fee expected to start at £250 a year.
Are Green issues just for the boom times?
You may have noticed that over the last few months we have seen less and less green issues hitting the headlines, no news on new green taxes and a distinct lack of interest from the public. This now begs the question as to whether green issues are just a back handed tax for the boom times or has the consumer simply fallen out of love with the environment.
When you consider the situ...
Simple ways to save money : Claim your benefits
It is well known that there are literally hundreds of millions of pounds of benefits which go unclaimed each and every year in the UK. These may range from child benefit payments to unemployment benefit, from heating allowance to attendance allowances. Historically there has been a certain stigma attached to "benefit Britain" with many people determined to stand on their own 2 feet, but these bene...Read More