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Could your Uber Rating determine your Future?

By | 2018-10-12T09:35:57+00:00 October 12th, 2018|Business, Politics, Technology|

Most of us have travelled in an Uber. We have rated the driver – and the driver has rated us. But how far could that go? Could all aspects of our life be rated? What would the consequences be? And is one very well-known household name already giving us a chilling glimpse of the future… [...]

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Amazon raises staff wages to placate Fight for Fifteen

By | 2018-10-04T10:22:57+00:00 October 4th, 2018|Business, Politics|

By Mark Fairlie. Following years of criticism over the wages it pays its staff, Amazon will raise the amount it pays to its UK and US staff across the board from 1st November. Amazon staff in America will receive at least $15 an hour, placating “Fight for Fifteen” campaigners who have been calling for a [...]

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Who are the Winners and Losers in 30 Hours Child Care Cuts?

By | 2018-09-19T14:29:01+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Business, Personal Finance, Politics|

By Trevor Clawson. As the government sees it, the Department of Education’s offer of 30 hours free childcare has successfully enabled parents to save money and increase their working hours. Yet, according to independent research carried out by childcare platform, Yoopies, costs have risen sharply for at least some of those parents who have not [...]

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Colleges and Further Education in Financial Storm

By | 2018-09-19T09:28:46+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Personal Finance, Politics|

By Mark Fairlie. A recent report published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies has demonstrated that spending per sixth form student has dropped by 21% since its peak in 2010 while spending per college student has fallen 8% in the same period. BBC News reported that, in the 2017-2018 education year, £57m in emergency funding [...]

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Self Employed N.I. and Pensions U-Turn Highlights Need For Reform

By | 2018-09-12T13:49:35+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Business, Personal Finance, Politics|

By Trevor Clawson. You could see it as a tale of two Chancellors. One pledging a £400m tax windfall for Britain’s three million strong army of self-employed workers, the other heartlessly announcing a U-turn on the same policy. And in some quarters at least, that’s how Chancellor Philip Hammond’s decision to reverse a scheduled cut [...]

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MPs claim Universal Credit hands power to abusers

By | 2018-08-02T10:29:20+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Personal Finance, Politics|

By Mark Fairlie The Work and Pensions Committee’s (WPC) newest report claims that current Universal Credit payments can result in victims and their children being financially dependent on an abusive spouse or partner. The Universal Credit system has been rolled out region by region since 2015 with the aim of simplifying the tax and benefits [...]

Dairy products “may become luxuries” after Brexit

By | 2018-07-19T11:11:25+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Business, Personal Finance, Politics|

By Mark Fairlie. Cheese, butter and yoghurt could all become luxury items in Britain following its split from the European Union. Industry experts have warned that there may be a significant increase in the price of dairy products as further pressure is placed in the infrastructure to import both the raw and finished product into [...]

Brexit For Dummies: What’s Really Going On?

By | 2018-07-16T09:08:56+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Economy, Politics|

Two years after the Referendum, Brexit still is not clear to most people. So with the Prime Minister demanding that her party back her “or Brexit won’t happen” we present our simple guide. Just where are we up to with Brexit? What is likely to happen? And is it possible to take an unbiased view? [...]

What the US/China Trade Wars Mean for You

By | 2018-07-06T09:00:16+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Business, Politics|

By Mark Richards Today the US will impose tariffs on a wide range of Chinese goods, with the intention of deterring Chinese imports. China will retaliate with tariffs on goods from the US, potentially sparking a trade war between the two countries. What does this mean for world trade? And for you and me? I [...]