Posts for Consumer

Why some people find it harder to be happy

Black Salmon Jolanta Burke, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences The self-help industry is booming, fuelled by research on positive psychology – the scientific study of what makes people flourish. At the same time, the rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm continue to soar worldwide. So are we doomed […]

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Travel and the new Covid variant

The government is taking precautionary action against a new COVID-19 variant by introducing travel restrictions on arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia from midday today (Friday 26 November). It comes as Variant B.1.1.529 is declared a Variant under Investigation (VuI) by the UK Health Security Agency […]

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Food prices increase as inflation rises

From the Food Foundation:   Latest data from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) shows food prices climbed in September, making it even harder for many low-income families to buy enough food. The CPI rose by 2.9% in the 12 months to September 2021. Food price inflation was 1.4% higher in September 2021 […]

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Family members eating different meals most evenings

The days where families would dig into one shared meal around the dinner table are coming to an end. Instead, new research from Bakkavor, the UK’s leading fresh prepared (convenience) food supplier, found that almost half (46%) of families with children under 18 eat different meals to one another most […]

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How the pandemic has changed holidaymaking in Britain

Daniel Gale/Shutterstock Anya Chapman, Bournemouth University Restrictions on foreign travel have had a big impact on British holidaymakers over the last 18 months. In the first quarter of 2021, outbound international flights taken by UK tourists were down 94% compared to the year before, while UK cruise passengers fell from […]

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1 in 10 adults asked for proof of Covid vaccine/testing

The Office for National Statistics says that while it has only so far been proposed that people who want to go to nightclubs and busy indoor venues be required to show proof of either a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test or that they have been vaccinated (otherwise known as “vaccine passports”), […]

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Reduced testing costs for UK travellers

UK holidaymakers will benefit from cheaper travel testing packages, with the price of some tests to fall by a fifth from today. The cost of NHS Test and Trace tests for international arrivals will now be reduced from £88 to £68 for green or fully vaccinated amber arrivals, and from […]

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Animal sentience bill is necessary for the UK to be a true world leader in animal welfare

alanisko/Shutterstock Steven McCulloch, University of Winchester The UK has a proud history as a leader in animal welfare, passing one of the world’s first animal protection laws in 1822, to prevent the cruel treatment of cattle. While such laws have continued to improve – the Animal Welfare Act 2006 introduced […]

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Sorry you were out – the parcel problem

Five and a half million (one in ten people) have had a parcel lost or stolen in the last year, new research by Citizens Advice finds. In addition, over 20 million people (38% of all UK adults) have received a ‘Sorry you were out’ card despite being home, resulting in […]

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Watch out if you are purchasing an infrared thermometer

The MHRA has seen an increase rise in the number of inaccurate infrared thermometers making their way onto the UK market –this is believed to be caused by the COVID-19 pandemic creating a massive increase in demand for these products. Contactless infrared thermometers are widely used to check people’s temperature […]

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