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Citizens Advice on evictions as ban comes to an end

The ban on evictions comes to an end this weekend, and new figures from Citizens Advice suggest that concern is building amongst renters about the possibility of losing their home. The number of people seeking help from Citizens Advice about issues to do with private rented properties increased by 43% […]

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A brief history of chocolate – and some of its surprising health benefits

k.nykyforova Liam Corr, University of Huddersfield Chocolate in all its forms is something that I, along with many others like to indulge in on an almost daily basis. But chocolate as it’s enjoyed today is quite different from when it first arrived in Europe from South America around the 16th […]

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Five ways to drive traffic to your website

Having a solid online marketing campaign is intrinsic to your success as a business. However, due to the vastness of the internet, it can sometimes feel as though it is an impossible task to get noticed and drive traffic to your website, and therefore climb the search engine ranks. To […]

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Are we too attached to our mobile phones?

Millions of Britons now check their mobile phones at least every five minutes as our phone obsession reaches new heights, but now may not be the best time to change that. Our reliance on our mobile phones is greater than ever before, as we used them to keep in touch […]

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Are drivers set to be fleeced for moving traffic offences?

From RAC: The enforcement of moving traffic offences such as stopping on a yellow box junction, making an illegal turn or driving down a ‘no entry’ road raked in a staggering £58.2m in 2018/19 for authorities – 25% (£11.5m) more than in 2016/17 (£46.7m), according to data seen by the […]

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Black remains most popular car colour …

From RAC: The popularity of white cars continues to grow, outpacing every other colour with more being driven on Britain’s roads now than ever before*, according to data seen by RAC Insurance following a freedom of information request to the DVLA. Looking at every car registered for road use in […]

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Don’t get ‘petfished’

Vets, charities and animal-loving celebrities have joined forces with a government campaign to warn prospective pet owners against unknowingly buying puppies, kittens, cats and dogs from unscrupulous sellers amid a rise in demand for pets since lockdown. An open letter, signed by celebrities including Kirsty Gallacher, Paul O’Grady, Amanda Holden and David Gandy, and supported by charities including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the Blue […]

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Citizens Advice sees huge rise in rent arrears cases

From Citizens Advice: With just one month to go until the end of the eviction ban (23 August), Citizens Advice is warning it has seen a huge surge in private renters worried about arrears. The charity believes that many renters will need financial support to pay back these debts or […]

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Shopping online – the risks

From Fraud Alert: Have you bought anything online recently?… Almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown. Online shopping fraud during lockdown Action Fraud, the UK’s […]

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Driving lessons can restart on 4th July

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that learners can resume driving lessons and motorcycle training in England from Saturday 4 July 2020. The rule applies to all types of driver and motorcycle training in England, including private practice with someone you live with or in your support bubble. […]

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