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Scrap metal laws to stop metal theft come into force

UK Home Office - 1 October 2013
Rogue traders who buy and sell scrap metal for cash face £5,000 fine under new laws designed to stamp out metal theft.
All scrap metal dealers will need to apply to their local council for a licence to operate under new rules which come into effect today (1 October 2013).
The [...]

Video: The unboxing of the Hauntboxes

The first Hauntboxes have been sent from the manufacturer in a big box.
This is a video of the unboxing of the Hauntboxes.

See more info at:
* http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1020117671/hauntbox/posts
* http://www.youtube.com/user/thehauntbox

Land Registry goes big on open data

Land Registry is today, 28 June 2013, making its historical price paid records available to download for free as part of its open data programme. This will allow developers and businesses to use and reuse one of the world’s largest property datasets, comprising over 17 million residential cash and mortgage sales in England and Wales.
The [...]

Scrap metal dealers will have to hold licences

All scrap metal dealers will have to hold licences as strict new regulations penalising rogue traders became law today (March 1st 2013).
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act, which will come into effect later this year, will require metal dealers to satisfy their local authority that they are a legitimate trader. It will give local authorities and [...]

Super-fast broadband goes live in two more Merseyside communities

Super-fast broadband is now available in two more Merseyside communities, BT announced today.
More than 9,400 householders and firms in Childwall, Liverpool, and over 2,300 in Rainford, St Helens, are poised to join in high-speed revolution as engineers complete the local upgrades in the coming weeks.
This latest development will take the number of premises in Merseyside [...]

National Union of Teachers: Education Cuts Harm Us All

Commenting on the recent Comprehensive Spending Review, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said;
“The cuts announced in the Government’s spending review are a retrograde step and will have a devastating impact on vital public services, including education.
“The Government may talk about protecting schools, but schools are not [...]

Work begins on biggest council house building programme in two decades

Housing Minister John Healey has hailed the start of the biggest council house building programme in nearly two decades as work began today on the first of over two thousand new homes to help tackle waiting list pressures.
Mr Healey saw work get underway today in Tyneside on the first new site for Government funded council [...]

National Freelancers Day website goes live

The Professional Contractors Group’s (PCG) dedicated National Freelancers Day website is now live and visitors to www.nationalfreelancersday.org.uk can find out more about the special Day which PCG has been organised in a drive to encourage everyone to acknowledge all freelancers, consultants and contractors and the contribution they make to the UK economy.
National Freelancers Day will [...]

Capita/IBS merger could damage competition

The Competition Commission (CC) has provisionally concluded that the completed acquisition by Capita Group plc (Capita) of IBS OPENSystems plc (IBS) could damage competition in the market for the supply of revenues and benefits software to local authorities in the UK.
Before the merger, both Capita and IBS sold revenues and benefits software, which is used [...]

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