Archive for December, 2011

November house prices up 0.3 per cent since October: average house price in England and Wales now £160,780

Comments Off | 12-31-2011

The November data from Land Registry’s flagship House Price Index shows an annual price decrease of 1.9 per cent which takes the average property value in England and Wales to £160,780. The monthly change from October to November is an increase of 0.3 per cent.
The only region in England and Wales to experience an increase

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Winter surge in patients going online for trusted health information

Comments Off | 12-31-2011

There has been a record surge in people going online for trusted health information and advice over the winter period, according to new figures from NHS Choices and NHS Direct.
Daily visits to the NHS Choices website from October to the end of December were up 56 per cent compared to the same time last year,

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Generation Y turns to Debt Relief Orders to deal with debt

Comments Off | 12-29-2011

More people aged between 25 and 34 are turning to Debt Relief Orders (DROs) to deal with their debt problems than any other age group within the population, Insolvency Service figures show.
The figures, taken from a preliminary analysis of 44,000 DROs in England and Wales over the first two years since their introduction (April 2009),

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Government Awards Police Forces £2.7m to Tackle Motorway Closures West Mercia

Comments Off | 12-29-2011

Drivers across England are to benefit from shorter motorway closures after crashes thanks to the roll-out of 3D laser scanning technology funded by the Government and police, Roads Minister Mike Penning announced today.
The Department for Transport has awarded 27 police forces across England a total of £2.7million. The funding, together with police and the National

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Call for a WEEE bit of recycling this Christmas

Comments Off | 12-28-2011

Whether it’s the latest must-have gadget for the kids or a new gizmo for the kitchen, Christmas will see a huge surge in the number of small electrical goods bought for the home. However three quarters of old electrical items such as MP3 players, kettles, cameras and coffee makers will end up in landfill. While

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British Government to bring forward legislation to tackle excessive card surcharges

Comments Off | 12-28-2011

The Government is today announcing that it will take action to tackle excessive card surcharges that are opaque, misleading and prevent consumers getting a good deal. Following the Office of Fair Trading’s recommendations, the Government will:
• Ban excessive surcharges on all forms of payment, not just debit cards;
• Extend the ban across most retail sectors,

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Andrew Haines reappointed as Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority

Comments Off | 12-23-2011

The Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening, has reappointed Andrew Haines as Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for a further five years.
Andrew Haines joined the CAA in August 2009 for an initial three-year term following a successful career in the rail industry. His appointment followed an open competition held in accordance

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Land Registry review of property information for England & Wales 2011

Comments Off | 12-23-2011

As the only organisation to register property sales throughout England and Wales, Land Registry is in a unique position to provide an overview of the property market in 2011.
As Land Registry approaches its 150th anniversary in 2012, it marks a century and a half of safeguarding ownership of many billions of pounds worth of property,

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NHS on track to deliver savings to reinvest in care

Comments Off | 12-23-2011

The official report on NHS performance shows the NHS is on track to deliver up to £5.9bn savings this financial year whilst maintaining or improving quality of services. Every penny saved will be reinvested in patient care.
The Quarter 2 report, published today, shows that of the eight key quality areas highlighted, all have been maintained

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Department of Health moves to life course approach and streamlines its communications agencies

Comments Off | 12-22-2011

In a bid to improve the communication of public health messages to help people live healthy lives and to increase the efficiency of its campaigns, the Department of Health has streamlined its agency operation.
From 1 January, one agency – Freud Communications – will manage creative PR around all the Department’s public health campaigns. And one

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