Consider statins for millions more people in England, NHS told


About 15 million more people in England could be prescribed daily cholesterol-lowering statin pills to cut their risk of heart attacks and stroke, new advice for the NHS says. Given the very cheap price of the tablets and the possible health gains, they should be considered more often, the draft guidance says. There can be side effects though. There is debate about how widely this long-term...

Cash is still king, say Brits


Cash is the second most popular method of payment for UK adults, according to a new survey by Accenture. The poll of over 3,000 UK adults found that almost two-thirds (63%) are using cash at least five times a month, second only to debit cards, which are used over five times a month by three-quarters (75%) of Brits. Cash was significantly more popular than some digital wallet apps, such as Apple...

Heathrow doing all they can to protect flights amid strikes and insist ‘the vast majority of travellers will be unaffected’


Border Force will strike on 23 December and Heathrow Airport have said on Monday that they are doing “everything we can” to make sure no flights are cancelled. With Border Force on strike this could delay checking in with passports leading to long queues disrupting departures. Heathrow Airport are insisting that “the vast majority of travellers will be unaffected.” It said in a statement they...

Pubs and restaurants hit with a 30% downturn in bookings as the ‘government has lost control’ over ‘strike action’


The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) have warned that the hospitality sector will lose more than “£2 billion in revenue” as the government are losing control of escalating strike action in December. Around 10 industry sectors are on strike this December which is affecting the NHS, civil servants, airports and rail. The rail strikes has hit the hospitality sector more so than any other...

Energy provider pays their customers more than £1m to save electricity in ‘just four hours’


An energy provided has paid out over £1 million to their customers who took part in a new pay not to play scheme, which is being trialled by National Grid. Octopus Energy customers have saved as much as £20 since it launched last month and 250,000 households took part saving an average of £4 each. The energy provider said on Twitter, “If everyone with a smart electricity meter in Great Britain...

National Grid was asked by France to cut scheduled exports


RTE who are the French electricity network operator asked National Grid on Monday if they could cut their scheduled exports to the UK to cope with soaring demand between 8am and 9am this morning. In recent months France’s nuclear power supplies have been limited and today France suffered further output issues amid the freezing temperatures. Nuclear supplies have been hit due to delayed...

Sunak puts Brexit bill on ice as hopes rise of New Year EU deal


Rishi Sunak has put the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol bill on ice until the new year after private talks with Brussels paved the way for a new deal by February.Senior officials say the bill will not be returned to the Lords this year, giving negotiators time to thrash out new trade rules for a St Valentine’s Day agreement. The bill is designed to give Britain the right to unilaterally suspend...

UK economy grew 0.5% in October


The economy grew by 0.5 per cent in October after contracting the previous month when an extra Bank Holiday for the Queen’s funeral suppressed growth.The modest return to month-on-month growth in gross domestic product, the main measure of economic output, followed contractions of 0.1 per cent in August and 0.6 per cent in September. Economists had forecast growth of 0.4 per cent in October. The...

Restaurant closes after fraudsters posing as officials steal thousands


A restaurant has been forced to close after losing £50,000 to scammers who posed as officials after a fraud scare.As an experienced business owner, Natalia Ribbe had never imagined she would be the type of person to fall victim to fraudsters. But now Barletta, the popular restaurant she co-founded in Margate, has closed for good after it was targeted by a particularly devious authorised push...

Manufacturers forecast a fall into deep recession


Manufacturing will fall into a deep recession next year as the global economic downturn erodes demand, manufacturers have warned.More contraction is on the way after industrial output shrank by 4.4 per cent over the past year, according to a survey by Make UK, which represents manufacturers, and BDO, the advisory firm. This year’s fall reflects the boost to manufacturing in 2021 as the world...

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