By Esme Stallard Published 11 August Share close Share page Copy link About sharing People in poorly insulated homes could end up spending £968 more on their annual gas bills, than people in highly insulated homes, according to new research from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit. With energy bills expected to rise significantly this winter, how can people better insulate their homes to help with costs? What is insulation and how can it cut bills? Home insulation is the process of trapping heat inside a property, usually by covering areas exposed to the outside, such as roofs, floors and walls. Without it, indoor temperatures can be hard to maintain, with homes losing up to 45% of their heat, according to the Energy Savings Trust. If the temperature drops very quickly after the heating is switched off, the home is unlikely to be properly insulated. The … [Read more...] about Home insulation: How can it cut energy bills?
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Killer cop Wayne Couzens will still die in prison after losing a bid to reduce his whole-life term for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard . It comes as the killers of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes also had their sentences reviewed by senior judges today. In May, five judges heard challenges to or appeals against the prison sentences of five convicted killers and handed down their ruling this morning during the televised hearing. Couzens was given a whole-life term after pleading guilty and this morning he lost his bid to reduce his sentence. Emma Tustin was handed a minimum term of 29 years in prison after a jury found her guilty of killing six-year-old Arthur. Thomas Hughes was given a 21-year sentence following the death of his son Arthur Labinjo-Hughes ( Image: BPM MEDIA) Emma Tustin was handed a minimum term of 29 years in prison after a jury found her guilty of killing six-year-old Arthur ( Image: BPM MEDIA) Two killers, Couzens and Emma … [Read more...] about Killer cop Wayne Couzens will die in prison as he loses bid to cut jail term
Published 13 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The Green Party is calling for a new tax on the wealthiest 1% to fund investment in renewable energy and home insulation. At its annual conference in Harrogate, the party's co-leaders will say the levy could raise £70bn to help reduce energy costs and emissions. They will argue better insulated homes could save households hundreds or thousands of pounds per year. And they will call for windfall taxes on oil and gas firms to be extended. The party has long advocated higher taxation for the very richest as a way to reduce inequality and fund the transition to cleaner energy. How can better insulation cut energy bills? What is the windfall tax on oil and gas companies? Nationalise energy firms to cut bills, say Greens In a conference speech, Green Party of England and Wales co-leader Carla … [Read more...] about Tax wealthiest 1% to fund home insulation, say Greens
Published 56 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Liz Truss will meet the head of the UK's independent economic forecaster later after days of market turmoil. In an unusual move, the prime minister and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will meet the chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to discuss the fallout after last week's mini-budget. The watchdog offered to prepare a draft forecast in time for the mini-budget but it was not taken up. A group of MPs has called for the forecast to be released "immediately". The Treasury Select Committee said the lack of this forecast before last Friday's announcements had "in some part driven the lack of confidence in the markets". News of the meeting with OBR chairman Richard Hughes came as a new poll gave Labour a 33 percentage point lead over the Tories. Five key exchanges from Liz Truss interviews … [Read more...] about Mini-budget: PM to meet head of OBR following market turmoil
King Charles III’s coronation plans are currently in the pipeline after he ascended the British throne earlier this month after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and as per reports, the jewels featured in the landmark ceremony could be well worth £3.5billion. According to Express UK, the coronation ceremony for King Charles is being planned for next year as of now, and is most definitely expected to feature the £2.5billion Imperial State Crown, which was last seen on top of the Queen’s coffin alongside the scepter and orb. All three crown jewels were also a part of the Queen’s coronation all the way back in 1953, and also featured at her state funeral on September 19, 2022. UK jewellery retailer and expert Maxwell Stone attempted to estimate the worth of the Coronation regalia, saying: “Each piece is extraordinary - from the Sovereign's Scepter with Cross, which contains the £400million Cullinan I diamond, to the Sovereign's Ring, which features an octagonal … [Read more...] about King Charles III’s coronation jewels worth whopping £3.5billion: Details
Port Taranaki says it will continue its role in animal exports right up until the Government’s ban on the trade comes into force next year. From April 30 next year, exports of livestock by sea will be banned, following the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, which passed in Parliament on Wednesday. Port Taranaki chief executive Simon Craddock said it had been aware of the ban for the past 18 months and respected the Government’s decision. “Port Taranaki is not an exporter. We provide a facility for exporters, and at the time of the initial announcement we made the decision to continue to support livestock export customers, as and when required, through to the ban. READ MORE: Grains, legumes and vegetables a growing opportunity for Taranaki landowners and industry Taranaki Regional Council throws weight behind proposed shellfish ban along coast Live export ship Ocean Ute to dock at Port Taranaki this week “The export of livestock remains a lawful activity, and the vessels … [Read more...] about Live cow export will continue at Port Taranaki until government ban kicks in
Published 5 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Conservative MPs in the north of England have called on the prime minister not to abandon her predecessor's levelling-up agenda. Members of the influential Northern Research Group (NRG) said Liz Truss needed to take "urgent action". The policy was promised in the party's 2019 election manifesto. Carlisle Tory MP John Stevenson, who was elected as chairman of the NRG earlier this month, urged Ms Truss to "double down on levelling up". He said: "That requires both short-term action in the form of tax cuts and investment in public services and, in the long term, finding ways to boost the productivity of towns and cities that have struggled for decades to retain talent and attract private investment." The NRG was founded by a number of Conservatives who took so-called red wall seats from Labour at the 2019 … [Read more...] about Northern Tory MPs urge Liz Truss not to abandon levelling up
Paris: Having turned to French experts to overhaul her struggling business, Victoria Beckham is seeking the highest validation of the fashion world with her first runway show in Paris on Friday. The former Spice Girl, 48 -- who has been away from the catwalk for two years -- joins Paris Fashion Week after a long stint presenting her clothes in New York and a brief dalliance with London. Her sophisticated office and evening wear has been a surprise hit with fashionistas ever since her debut show in 2008, confounding those who expected her to be another celebrity dilettante. But despite having 250 global outlets selling her clothes, 30 million followers on Instagram and one of the most famous husbands in the world, Beckham´s company has always struggled to turn a profit. In a bid to turn things around, she has recruited top French talent: her chairman is Ralph Toledano, ex-president of the French Federation for Haute Couture and Fashion, and her CEO is Marie Leblanc de Reynies, … [Read more...] about Victoria Beckham returns to catwalk as she joins Paris Fashion Week
HBO’s House of the Dragon and Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power . Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos by HBO and Prime Video In this era of video on demand, most streaming programmers have come to accept the Gospel According to Netflix: Audiences now watch TV shows when it’s convenient for them, and the specific time of day they arrive is irrelevant for streamers. This is why most streaming shows drop new episodes in the middle of the night, U.S. time; since we are all our own network schedulers now, deciding what to watch and when, there’s no reason to “program” new shows and movies for an optimal time of day. But the slightly different release patterns for Prime Video’s The Rings of Power and HBO’s House of the Dragon , along with some new Nielsen numbers, have had me thinking lately about the wisdom of the dogmatic approach pioneered by Netflix — and whether streamers should be thinking more about what time they release their original … [Read more...] about Dragons vs. Elves: Who Has the Better Release Strategy?
Royal Mail workers have voted for just shy of three weeks of strike days over the course of October and November. The industrial action, which is a wrangle over pay terms and working conditions, could have a huge impact on pre-Christmas shopping and other massive sales. The strikes will come in the form of single days and also rolling action across Royal Mail Group’s network, the Communications Workers Union (CWU) has announced. The CWU said the move revolves around the “outrageous” decision by senior management to withdraw from major national agreements, push ahead with cuts to workers’ terms and conditions, and a “complete side-lining” of the union. Royal Mail strike dates Royal Mail worker strikes in October and November could disrupt Christmas shopping ( Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Organisers at CWU said there will be 19 days of strike action over the course of the next two months. While the exact dates have not been announced, union … [Read more...] about Royal Mail strikes before Christmas — dates and how your online shopping is affected