Are We Stuck in a Dental Crisis?

More than one million people are unable to find an NHS dentist in England, leading to a growing tooth decay crisis, according to new statistics released by the British Dental Association. Patients are being left to suffer toothache, without access to the dental care that they need – and the BDA warns it’s only going to get worse. Three out of five dentists in England have said they will reduce their NHS work, or stop altogether, over the next five years, worsening the problem. Release earlier this year, the results of the NHS GP Patient Survey revealed around 1.03 million…

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Do you Support your Local Independent Shops?

In an age of supermarkets and online shopping, how many of us have considered the importance of supporting our local independent shops? Whether it’s the local grocer, butcher, fishmonger or bakery, would you shop there if there was a good enough reason to do so? It’s generally accepted that supermarkets have taken over from local small retailers, due to the convenience of having everything under one roof, longer opening hours and lower prices on average. Budget supermarkets, such as Aldi and Lidl, have been taking over a bigger portion of the market share since 2017. Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and Morrison’s…

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Energy Bills: So much for the Price Cap!

Householders who have been notified by their utility company about a price hike may be wondering why their bills are increasing – while the cost of energy is actually falling. The reason for this is the recent announcement by energy watchdog Ofgem regarding an increase in its price cap. Around 11 million UK households who are on standard variable energy tariffs will have received a letter advising of the latest changes. The increase came into effect at the beginning of April, after 23 energy suppliers raised their prices in line with Ofgem’s latest price cap. Credit: Daniel Krasoń / Adobe Stock…

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How to Challenge your Council Tax Bill

Do you think you’re being overcharged for your Council Tax bill – and if so, would you know what to do about it? Council Tax in England increased by an average of 4.7% at the start of the new financial year on 1st April. Now’s the time to check whether you’re one of the estimated 400,000 households in England and Scotland that are paying over the odds. It takes only a relatively short time to check and challenge your Council Tax banding online – and it’s free of charge to do so. If your challenge is successful, you can potentially…

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Supermarkets: Removing Plastic from the Shelves

Environmental concerns about waste plastic have grown in recent years, due to the damaging effect it has on the environment when it isn’t disposed of properly. Plastic contains toxic pollutants that can cause sea, land and air pollution. It can take hundreds of years to break down, so the environmental damage (particularly to our oceans) has long-lasting effects. Marine life can die through ingesting plastic, as it can poison minute organisms, such as plankton, which in turn contaminates the larger plankton-eating fish. The toxins work their way through the food chain and can end up in the fish served on…

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Bittersweet: The Sugar Tax

The UK government’s tax on soft drinks was introduced in a bid to improve the nation’s health. Based on studies into rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes, it came into effect in 2018, as a result of pressure from medical bodies. The former chancellor, George Osborne, bowed down to pressure from doctors, scientists and campaigners in 2016, when he announced the sugar tax. Aimed at the soft drinks industry, it will hit them in the pocket if their beverages contain a high level of sugar. Any soft drink with a total sugar content of more than 5g per…

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Prince: Diamonds and Pearls

The legendary American singer, Prince, was one of the most successful musical artists of the 1980s, winning eight Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his film, Purple Rain. He became an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and wrote many songs for other celebrity artists, such as Madonna, Chaka Khan, Stevie Nicks and Celine Dion, to name but a few. His 1984 single, When Doves Cry, was named by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the top 500 songs in history, while it…

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Should Pharmacies Join the Tech Trend?

As new technology is transforming every type of business across the globe, debate has turned to whether pharmacies should go technical. The topic is trending after the announcement, in January 2019, that pharmacy chain Boots had acquired the health technology company, Wiggly-Amps. Over the past decade, new technology has advanced at an astounding rate in the retail industry as a whole. According to surveys, the innovations are paying dividends by improving sales and customer satisfaction. © WavebreakMediaMicro / © Syda Productions / Adobe Stock   Retail technology Among the most commonplace digital advances in retail are real-time inventory management, display…

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