Rail fare hike the largest in five years

By | 2017-12-07T11:14:19+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Economy, Politics|

Author Mark Fairlie From the 2nd of January, train fares across Britain will see an increase of 3.4% of average; the largest rise since 2013. The hike has risen train fares over the current CPI rate of inflation, currently peaking at its own five year high of 3%, and above the annual rise in wages. [...]

Brexit importing and exporting

By | 2017-12-05T15:36:28+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Economy, Politics|

Author Mark Fairlie On Monday, Theresa May met with the European Commission President, Jean Claude-Juncker, to discuss Brexit negotiations. Discussions broke down following a failure to resolve a dispute on issues surrounding the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Britain has left the EU. The current deadlock on the border issue [...]

OBR’s predictions for the Autumn Budget – how they measure up

By | 2017-11-30T12:45:32+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Economy, Politics|

Author Mark Fairlie Twice a year, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) release their forecast for the next five years ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget. These forecasts are then used to assess the Government’s performance against their financial targets. Back in Spring, the OBR released their predictions for what they believed would be in the [...]

Indyref2 in 2020? Could the UK break up?

By | 2017-11-28T14:44:33+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Politics|

Author Mark Fairlie Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced back in March this year that she planned to trigger a second independence referendum on Scotland’s membership in the UK. Up until now, it has been common belief that the Scottish people did not support this idea, but new research suggests otherwise. In the Brexit vote, [...]

Move over Justine: Here Comes Meccano Max

By | 2017-11-20T14:26:52+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Economy, Politics, Technology|

Author: Mark Richards Technology is changing the workplace at an ever-faster pace. Is the UK doing enough to educate its young people about the challenges that will bring? Or is Amazon starting to do the job the Education Secretary should be doing? Anyone with an Amazon account cannot have failed to notice that ‘Black Friday’ [...]

A ‘Wee Dram’ becomes an Expensive Dram

By | 2017-11-17T10:32:32+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Business, Politics|

Author Mark Richards The Scotch Whisky Association recently lost its appeal at the UK’s highest court, meaning the way is now clear for the Scottish Government to introduce a minimum price for alcohol. Will it work? Or does Scotland have other problems that need solving? Scotland will become the first country in the world to [...]

Don’t Get Mad, Get Even!

By | 2017-11-06T10:25:52+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Business, Politics|

Author Mark Richards Donald Trump’s Twitter account was recently deleted for 11 minutes, thanks to the action of a Twitter employee on his last day at work. What else have angry employees done to ‘get even?’ And is workplace revenge always a good idea… Last week Donald Trump’s Twitter account was taken down for 11 [...]

MPs urge government to cut wait for Universal Credit “to avert a Christmas disaster”

By | 2017-10-29T10:29:37+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Personal Finance, Politics|

Author Lauren Howells An “urgent” report by the Work and Pensions Committee has concluded that the government should aim to cut the current six-week wait for the first payment of Universal Credit, to just one month. Universal Credit has been brought about to replace six benefits: income support, income-related employment and support allowance, income-based jobseeker’s [...]