An end to road rage?

Road rage can lead to accidents as drivers react erratically to the road and drive carelessly. With this in mind, the Chinese technology firm Huawei have patented a system that monitors drivers’ levels of stress and would then be able to slow down or even stop the car if the driver appears too disconcerted. The […]

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Property prices fall in early September

Property prices have fallen in September by 0.2%, or £730, according to Rightmove’s House Price Index. September normally heralds the ‘autumn bounce’ in the housing market, yet this drop in property prices is the first decrease since 2010. The average house price now stands at £304,770.

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Calls for clearer labelling of food allergens to prevent further deaths

The case of a teenager who died after eating a burger that contained buttermilk has prompted calls to a change in the law to ensure clear and correct labelling in the food industry. The case highlights how the current labelling of allergens is too ambiguous and can lead to fatal incidents which could be avoided.

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FREE talk on Wills, Inheritance Tax and Lasting Powers of Attorney

Join us at Orpington library, next Wednesday (18th September) at 11am, where we will be discussing how to protect your assets, why you should have a Will and the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney. The event is free to attend, and all are welcome. However, if you would like to book your place, please […]

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Loan To Value Mortgages of 90/95% reach record high

Figures from the Bank of England show that LTV mortgages returned to 2008 levels with one in 20 new mortgages given to borrowers with a loan value of between 90-95% of their home’s value. This is seen by many as the only route for people to get onto the property ladder, but it does lead […]

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NHS pay out on bedsores

Figures from NHS Resolution have revealed that the NHS paid out £10.3m last year in compensation claims bought by clients who have suffered bedsores whilst in hospital. An additional £10.5m was spent on legal fees. The average claim was £37,000 and ten cases involved patients who had to have a limb amputated.

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Flexible Working denied to a third of Employees

A study by the TUC of 2,700 adult UK workers highlighted that almost a third of requests for flexible working is denied by employers. This figure increases to almost two-thirds for workers in working class jobs. The union is now launching a petition to change the law to make flexible working a right to all […]

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Highways England to be sued over fatality on ‘Smart Motorway’

The widow of a driver killed on a ‘Smart Motorway’ is to sue Highways England for corporate manslaughter after her husband and fellow passenger both died in a collision with a lorry. Their vehicle had pulled over, after a minor collision on the M1, however the hard shoulder had been transformed into a live lane. […]

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No Brexit deal could mean house prices drop

If the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal, the price of our homes could drop as much as 6% according to research by KPMG. The accountancy firm analysed the impact on the housing market by two different scenarios: the first, without a deal, could see house prices dip by 6% and up to […]

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Deaths by drink driving hits its highest in a decade

Data from the government show that road deaths caused by a driver/rider being over the alcohol limit reached its highest since 2009, with 270 being recorded in 2017.  

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