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News In Brief 29 August 2016

FINANCIAL TIMES A UK retail investor who buys financial advice and investment products from a single mass market investment group will pay fees equal on average to 2.56% of their portfolio value this year, according to a study by the accountants Grant Thornton. This is despite expectations that the Retail Distribution Review (RDR), enforced since … Read more

Flushed with success

We’ve come a long way since the days of John Harington, the Elizabethan courtier who invented the flushing toilet in the late 16th century. No-one likes to think very much about what happens when they flush the loo. Perhaps they should. With the world’s population forecast to grow by another couple of billion people by … Read more

Pump Money Into Housing

When the UK Chancellor, Philip Hammond, makes his Autumn Statement on government spending plans, he needs to signal not just a relaxation of austerity, but a willingness to borrow and spend – for political self-interest as well as social reasons. And no-where could this have a bigger impact than in the housing sector. In June … Read more

News In Brief 15 August 2016

FEAST The Trussell Trust, which operates more than 420 food banks across the UK, show that demand for emergency food relief in the UK has more than quadrupled since 2008, from 25,899 parcels in 2008-09 to 1,109,309 in 2015. The parcels contain three days of emergency food rations to tide people over emergencies, and the … Read more

Walking Wounded

I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side Psalm 3:6 Being assailed on every side is something everyone who gets old has to face – and thank goodness there’s the NHS, ready to pick up the pieces when another bit drops off or fails. It’s not the big things that … Read more

Conscience And Prisoners

Why do we send people to prison? To punish? To prevent individuals from causing harm to others? To rehabilitate? Probably only the first two would tick the box for many people. But with the UK’s prison population now the third biggest in Europe – around 90,000 people behind bars, behind only Russia (671,000) and Turkey … Read more

News In Brief 8 August 2016

LLOYD’S BANK Lloyd’s Bank has launched a new programme, called Transform, offering one-off grants of up to £100,000 (with a total pot of £1 million) over two years, to “strengthen the domestic and sexual abuse sectors”. Funding decisions will be made in early 2017. Lloyd’s says “priority will be given to those projects which show … Read more

Bug Busting

I always knew there must be a reason why people pick their noses. And now, courtesy of the magazine Nature, there’s an answer. Maybe. It turns out that a bacterium lives in the human nose and produces an antibiotic. This bacterium (Staphylococcus lugdunensis) pumps out a molecule, lugdunin, which handily kills Staphylococcus aureus, another bacterium … Read more

News In Brief 1 August 2016

CHARTERED INSTITUTION OF WASTES MANAGEMENT The UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) has committed £80 million to the construction of a new large-scale combined heat and power (CHP) energy from a waste facility near Sittingbourne, in Kent. The plant will supply renewable electricity to the grid and renewable heat to a paper mill, which produces … Read more


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News In Brief 20 February 2017

THIRD FORCE NEWS Craft distilling of gin has become the biggest new mover-and-shaker in the drinks world in the UK in the past couple of years. And now a clever … Read more

NEX Exchange: Flashboys Not Required

Patrick Birley is not what you might expect of a CEO of a stock exchange. Anyone who can say “I have little doubt that there is an inverse relationship between … Read more

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