Broadband customers at risk of being short-changed out of £52m in compensation

Citizens Advice is calling on the telecoms regulator Ofcom to keep its proposed automatic compensation scheme mandatory People with broadband and landline telephone service problems are likely to be at least £52 million worse off under a compensation scheme proposed by telecoms firms compared to one proposed by the regulator Ofcom, new analysis from Citizens … Read more

UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) deploys to Sierra Leone

The UK-PHRST is deploying to Sierra Leone to help reduce the risk of a disease outbreak following the deadly landslides in Freetown. Following natural disasters, outbreaks of water borne diseases such as cholera can occur, particularly where there is a lack of access to clean water and sanitation. Given the scale of the disaster in Freetown, … Read more

Two in three bosses at Britain’s biggest businesses not trained to deal with a cyber attack

Britain’s top firms and charities urgently need to do more to protect themselves from online threats, according to new Government research and a ‘cyber health check’ published today. New reports highlight scale of the cyber security and data protection challenge One in ten FTSE 350 companies operate without a response plan for a cyber incident Only … Read more

Efficient council reduces savings target by millions

Prudent financial planning and bold reforms have helped Wigan Council to be ahead of their savings target, a new report reveals. Wigan Council was one of the worst hit local authorities in the country for budget reductions after the announcement of austerity measures in 2010. Through its Deal for the Future strategy the council has … Read more

Music for recovery

Warrington band ‘The Recoverists’ will showcase their talents in a powerful documentary about how music helped them overcome addiction. Members of the band have worked together to film a short documentary which will be showcased at the Pyramid Centre later this month. The film shows the band’s journey from its modest beginnings through to some … Read more

Southport Pier improvements start

Major refurbishment work on Southport Pier has started as part of a multi-million pound project benefiting the whole resort. Sefton Council secured £2m from the Coastal Community Fund in order to undertake the extensive works to the Pier – the oldest cast iron pier in the UK and second longest. The overall project will deliver … Read more