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Coronavirus: ‘Avoid Using Microwave To Get Faster Internet’

Posted on 25th March, 2020

People should avoid using the microwave at the same time as their wi-fi, media regulator Ofcom has said, as part of advice to help improve internet speeds.  It comes as millions work remotely and rely on streaming services after the UK was told to “stay at home”.  This has put...

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Manchester City Council To Delay Business Rates To Support Struggling Businesses

Posted on 20th March, 2020

Business Rates will not be taken on April 1, to help support businesses affected by Coronavirus (Covid-19), said Manchester City Council this afternoon (March 19).  Cllr Carl Ollerhead, Manchester City Council’s executive member for finance and human resources, said: “Business Rate payments will be delayed for Manchester businesses in April...

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Coronavirus: Chancellor Unveils £350bn Lifeline For Economy

Posted on 18th March, 2020

The government has unveiled a package of financial measures to shore up the economy against the coronavirus impact.  It includes £330bn in loans, £20bn in other aid, a business rates holiday, and grants for retailers and pubs.  Help for airlines is also being considered.  Chancellor Rishi Sunak told a press...

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Budget 2020: Business Rates Suspended For Shops and Cafes

Posted on 12th March, 2020

Tens of thousands of England’s retail, leisure and hospitality firms will not pay any business rates in the coming year, the chancellor has announced.  Companies with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the tax holiday, Rishi Sunak said.  The measure applies to firms including shops,...

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“Help Us or You’ll Kill The High Street’

Posted on 18th February, 2020

For one national chain of jewellers, the government’s business rates system is having a devastating effect on retail outside big cities and shopping malls.  Andrew Hinds, a director at family-run firm F Hinds, says business rates place an unfair burden on shops and are leading to more store closures.  “In...

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Outfox The Market Ordered To Pay £600k In Feed-in Tariffs

Posted on 12th February, 2020

The energy supplier could end up having its licence revoked if it fails to comply.   Ofgem has issued Outfox the Market with a provisional order, compelling the energy supplier to pay more than £600,000 for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme by tomorrow.  The FiT scheme was designed to promote...

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Energy Bills Set To Fall For Millions Of Households

Posted on 7th February, 2020

Energy bills are to fall for millions of British households this April after the regulator lowered price caps.  Ofgem has reduced the default price cap and pre-payment meter cap by £17, which the regulator said would lower bills for about 15 million households.  The cap was introduced to protect customers...

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Water and Sewerage Bills Set To Fall By About £17 A Year

Posted on 6th February, 2020

The average household’s water and sewerage bill will drop by about £17 a year in England and Wales.  Water UK, the industry trade body, said the average annual bill would fall by 4% to £396.60 from 1 April.  Its chief executive, Christine McGourty, said the water industry was “committed to...

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Half of UK 10-Year-Olds Own A Smartphone

Posted on 4th February, 2020

Fifty per cent of the UK’s 10-year-olds owned a smartphone in 2019, according to a report by media regulator Ofcom.  The amount of young phone owners doubled between the ages of nine and 10, which Ofcom dubbed “the age of digital independence”.  In addition, 24% of 3 and 4-year-olds had...

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Ofcom Proposes New Rules To Help Boost WIFI

Posted on 30th January, 2020

People and businesses could benefit from more reliable wifi, thanks to proposals set out by Ofcom.  Ofcom manages the UK’s airwaves – or spectrum – a finite resource that is essential for wireless services including wifi. Wifi is increasingly used for the everyday activities that people and businesses depend on...

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