'So what I'm saying to the Government, and I've offered this in the spirit of constructive opposition many times, I've said to them, please, shift course, do not continue to have this one size fits all approach, because that will inevitably lead to much greater unemployment in the future.' … [Read more...] about British Airways switches short-haul flights from Gatwick to Heathrow for ‘cost efficiencies’ during pandemic as Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary warns of 3,500 job cuts, EasyJet plans to cut 4,500 roles and Airbus sheds 1,700 staff
Cost efficient home plans
The tides of salarymen and office ladies who used to cram into commuter trains to flood into Japan's major cities have slowed to a trickle over the last three months as the government encouraged companies to keep their staff at home due to the coronavirus crisis. And even now, with life returning to normal in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and elsewhere, the number of employees heading for their offices is nowhere near the levels of before. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Is working from home becoming the new normal in Japan?
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Green Deal was unveiled by the government in 2010 but the finance packages to fund it only become available tomorrow. Despite the government's enthusiasm for the scheme and the fact that companies have been carrying out home assessments for the last few months, the vast majority of people have never heard of it. A survey by uSwitch last week found that four out of five UK households have no idea what it is – not a surprise when some providers don't seem geared up for the big launch (see panel below). … [Read more...] about Why the Green Deal could make your home a hard sell
Previous schemes also struggled because homeowners were reluctant to undergo the inconvenience of building work, and because the financial outlay required was too great. Caroline Lucas, the Green party MP, warned: “When money is tight for so many and unemployment is rising, I’m concerned that even when people are prepared to clear out their lofts to install insulation, or get their windows replaced with double or triple glazing, many won’t risk spending their savings to do this and our housing will continue to pour carbon emissions into the atmosphere.” … [Read more...] about Legal action threatened over Boris Johnson’s ‘unlawful’ green recovery plans