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Let’s clear the air…for National Clean Air Day

Today marks the first ever National Clean Air Day, a chance for the whole country to come together and improve air quality through collective action. Air pollution contributes to 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK but progress on this issue has been glacially slow. Recently the government was successfully taken to court by NGO Client Earth for failing to meet pledges on air pollution, forcing the publication of a new clean air plan by 31 July. A draft air quality plan for...

Why Should I Balance My Budget?

There is no single "best" way to conduct personal financial affairs.  In fact, since each person's resources, experiences, and financial goals are unique, there are actually countless approaches to money management - some more successful than others.  While you may not exactly be able to copy another person's financial success, it does make sense to observe and learn from others' experiences.  Because in the end, despite differences in the ways we address financial concerns, some practices (balanced budget) furnish universal...

Protecting your assets after death

Last July Paul had a call that we all dread: an uncle of his had taken ill, and he knew straight away from the tone of the lady informing him, from the hospital, that it did not sound good. What made this situation more complex was that his uncle lived in Thailand. Paul, from Peterborough, said: “The next day we received another call saying that his situation had not improved overnight, and we faced the difficult position of giving approval...

Recruitment entrepreneur calls on business leaders to give generously to Grenfell Tower appeal

Recruitment entrepreneur James Reed is calling on business leaders to give generously to the Grenfell Tower appeal after donating £100,000 out of his own pocket. A Big Give fundraising page has been launched after a fire ravaged an apartment block in North Kensington on Wednesday morning. So far almost a quarter of a million pounds has been donated on the page, with all donations matched by The Big Give. He is now appealing to other business leaders across the capital to offer what they can,...

Council penny pinching to blame for Grenfell Tower blaze – former worker claims

Council penny pinching and accepting the lowest bid was to blame for a huge blaze in a tower block which killed at least 12 people, a former worker claimed. The woman, who worked as a property manager for Conservative controlled Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council for 20 years said the deadly blaze could have been prevented if the council had spend money upgrading it. But Grenfell Tower, run by Tenant Management Organisation for the Royal Borough of Kensington...

Tory MP who lost Peterborough seat lashes out, calling constituent “thick chav”

The outgoing Conservative MP for Peterborough launched a tirade at a constituent after losing his seat to a Labour candidate for the first time in 12 years. Businessman Christian Stanley who has lived in Peterborough for the past decade had criticised his MP Stewart Jackson in conversations with other constituents on Facebook but was shocked to get a barrage of abusive messages from the former MP for Peterborough late on Monday night, calling him a “pillock” and a “thick chav”. “I've never met...

Man returns to London Bridge restaurant after terror attack to pay his bill

A reveller caught up in the London Bridge terror attack returned to Borough Market as it reopened today - to pay his restaurant bill. Richard Angell, director of the think tank Progress, who also tipped staff at the Arabica Bar and Kitchen, was enjoying a meal there on Saturday June 3rd when the horror unfolded. Mr Angell, 33, who has launched a campaign called #TipLondon, to raise money for the affected businesses, said it was "emotional" to see the "brave"...

Watch – Corbyn’s surprise UK election success, explained

Well many Corbyn supporters and wider left-leaning voters are surprised/delighted that the Labour leader managed to make significant gains on the Conservative party. Theresa May could not secure a majority and recent polling has shown that Labour could indeed win an election if it was held now. It was such a dramatic turnaround but how did he manage it? This Channel 4 video is definitely worth a watch, to see how Corbyn came from nowhere and shook the electoral landscape...

Average pay drops as inflation soars

The average pay has dropped by 0.4 per cent, new figures have a revealed - a day after news broke that inflation has shot up to 2.9 per cent. Even taking into account bonuses real average weekly earning, taking account of inflation, decreased by 0.4 per cent and by 0.6 per cent excluding bonuses. Today’s figures are the first time average earnings, including bonuses, have gone into decline since 2014. GMB says the squeeze in pay and living standards is more evidence the...

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