TV LICENCE EVADERS ARE COSTING THE BBC UP TO £291 MILLION A YEAR

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There are around 26 million UK premises with the £145.50-a-year licences making up almost 80 per cent of the corporation’s £4.8bn income.

Yet fewer evaders are being caught despite increasing numbers of home visits.

Of 3 million enforcement visits in 2015/16 just 298,000 evaders were caught – a fall of almost 20 per cent in five years.

The National Audit Office estimates the rate of TV licence fee dodging was between 6.2 per cent and 7.2 per cent at the end of 2015/16 meaning the corporation lost between £251 – £291 million.

In a stinging report, the NAO said the BBC’s aim to slash the evasion rate to 3.95 per cent by 2020 is “unlikely to be achieved.”

Every percentage point reduction in the evasion rate is worth around £40.5million in extra income.

Reducing it to below 4 per cent would boost the BBC’s coffers by at least £91million a year.

Amyas Morse, head of the NAO said: “The BBC has made progress against most of its main performance targets for collecting the licence fee, increasing revenue every year since 2010-11, and reducing collection costs by 25 per cent over the same period to £99.6 million.

“It has, however, had less success achieving its aim to reduce licence fee evasion.

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UNICEF Study Shows That UK Is Failing To Improve The Well-Being Of Children From Poor Backgrounds.

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The Government is reprimanded for its record on helping disadvantaged children eat healthily, exercise and learn.

The UK is failing to improve the well-being of children from poor backgrounds, according to a damning study by UNICEF.

When it comes to healthy eating, the gap between rich and poor is so big that Britain came last.

The UK was also near the bottom on physical activity, while in education the UK ranked 25th out of 37 countries.

British children from disadvantaged backgrounds are now lagging behind Slovenia, Poland and Romania for their ability in reading, maths and science.

UNICEF UK’s Lily Caprani said: “We must be more ambitious for our children. Britain can and must do better.

“What really stands out for the UK is that children who are at the very bottom of the income distribution, so those with the most disadvantages, are doing particularly badly when it come to things like healthy eating, because we are really slipping behind other nations.

“Income inequality is very, very big and growing.

“For those children in the most disadvantaged households, if it wasn’t for things like tax credits to protect their incomes, we’d actually see the biggest levels of inequality in the entire industrialised world.”

Paul Gilling is a PE teacher at a primary school in Newham, East London, where a quarter of children receive free school meals.

He said the challenges there were typical of many poorer communities in the UK.

“The diet of the children is quite poor – high sugar foods, high fat foods, are easy to buy. The children come to PE overweight, or with high BMI index.

“Parents are worried about letting their children out to play by themselves, they are worried about stranger danger. Or they can’t participate in sport because they need to go and do religious studies after school, or their parents are working.”

Children’s groups said the Government needed to do more to address inequality for poor pupils in the UK.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children’s Society, said: “It’s time we renewed the fight against child poverty in Britain and the Government could make a good start by abandoning its planned four-year benefits freeze, which will make life harder for millions of children.”

The Government said its policies were helping to lift children out of poverty.

A spokesman said: “We’re working to eliminate child poverty and improving life chances for children and there are now 300,000 fewer children in poverty.

“We know there’s more we can do and that’s why we’ve introduced the National Living Wage, which is increasing the incomes of the lowest paid.

“All infant pupils can now get free school meals – meaning 1.3 million more children get a nutritious free meal at lunchtime, saving families hundreds of pounds.”

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1678269/un-study-finds-uk-is-failing-poorer-children

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The GMC Is Creating New Guidelines To Cover Acceptable Practice For Surgical And Non-Surgical Procedures.

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Strict new guidelines are being put in to place to protect cosmetic surgery patients and clampdown on rogue surgeons who put profits ahead of clients’ health.

 

It comes as the Royal College of Surgeons said it “will do everything in our powers to protect patients and to stop unscrupulous individuals from practising”.

According to the new guidance, issued by the General Medical Council (GMC), a focus will be put on stopping doctors offering patients “two-for-one” deals, promotions and prizes, and cracking down on anyone making “unjustifiable claims” about procedures.

 

The guidance will cover acceptable practice for surgical and non-surgical procedures such as facelifts, breast implants and Botox, and anyone who fails to adhere to the rules could face being struck off the medical register.

 

What provisions are included in the new rules?

  • Doctors must make sure patients are given enough time and information before they decide whether to have a procedure and patients should not feel rushed or pressured.
  • A patient’s psychological needs must be considered before any procedures are undertaken.
  • Doctors must recognise and work within the limits of their competence.
  • Patients should be given written information about procedures being undertaken.
  • Continuity of care must be provided so patients know who to contact if they experience any complications and full details of any medicines or implants being used must be made readily available.
  • Full and accurate records of consultations should be made.

Why are the new guidelines being issued?

According to medical experts the guidelines are being put in place to help protect patients from potentially poor practice.

Professor Terence Stephenson, chairman of the GMC, said: “Patients considering whether to have such a procedure need honest and straightforward advice which allows them to understand the risks as well as the possible benefits. It is a challenging area of medicine which deals with patients who can be extremely vulnerable.

“Most doctors who practise in this area do so to a high standard but we do sometimes come across poor practice, and it is important that patients are protected from this and that doctors understand what is expected from them.”

Health minister Ben Gummer added the guidance was “an important step forward” in improving standards and “ending the lottery of poor practice in parts of the cosmetic industry”.

Source: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-04-12/strict-new-guidelines-put-in-place-to-protect-cosmetic-surgery-patients/

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Gucci Ad Banned After A Complaint Was Made Over The Size Of 2 Models

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A Gucci advert has been banned by the advertising watchdog because it featured a model who appears “unhealthily thin” and “gaunt”.

The advert included two models – one leaning up against a wall in a colourful dress and another in a yellow outfit sitting on a sofa.

A complaint was made about both, who appeared in stills at the end of a video on The Times website in December 2015.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld the complaint saying the “torso and arms” of the model standing up “were quite slender and appeared to be out of proportion with her head and lower body”.

It went on: “Further, her pose elongated her torso and accentuated her waist so that it appeared to be very small.

“We also considered that her sombre facial expression and dark make up, particularly around her eyes, made her face look gaunt.

Gucci advert ruled irresponsible

A complaint was made about both models in the advert

“For those reasons, we considered that the model leaning against the wall appeared to be unhealthily thin in the image, and therefore concluded that the ad was irresponsible.”

The Italian fashion house has been told the advert must not appear again in its current form.

Gucci told the ASA the advert was aimed at an older, sophisticated audience and that it felt the model appeared “toned and slim”.

It said nowhere in the ads were any models’ “bones” visible.

It said their make up was natural and the lighting uniform and warm to ensure there were no hollows caused by shadows and their clothes were not revealing.

Gucci UK told Sky News: “We take our responsibilities as an advertiser very seriously in the way models are selected for and presented in our advertising campaigns.

“We have noted, but are not in agreement with, the assessment of the UK Advertising Standards Authority, an independent regulator, in relation to one model featured in one image from our Cruise 2015 campaign.

“The campaign itself expired at the end of December 2015.”

 

Source:http://news.sky.com/story/1673710/gucci-ad-banned-over-unhealthily-thin-model

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Todays Weather Forecast: Largely Dry During The Morning With Variable, Often Large Amounts Of Cloud And Light Winds.

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London and South East England

Forecast Summary

  • Today

    Largely dry during the morning with variable, often large amounts of cloud and light winds. The cloud should thin during the afternoon with a mostly sunny end to the day, and feeling pleasantly warm.

  • Tonight

    Mainly dry with clear spells during the evening, and becoming quite chilly. Turning cloudier around dawn with a chance of some light rain or drizzle.

Environmental Summary

UV: 4

UK Range: 1-8

Pollution: Low

UK Range: Low to Very High

Pollen: Moderate

UK Range: Low to Very High

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BREAKING NEWS: From April 6, All Dogs In England Aged Eight Weeks And Over Must Be Microchipped.

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Why is microchipping a legal requirement?

Lost and stray dogs cost the taxpayer and charities £33 million a year so a microchip makes it much easier to reunite a dog with its owner.

However, your dog will still need to wear a collar and tag that states the name and address of the owner when in a public place.

The new law means microchips can also connect owners to abused pets so they can be held criminally liable.

And it will crackdown on the dog black market which is worth tens of thousands of pounds every year.

How does it work?

A tiny microchip about the size of a grain of rice is implanted under the dog’s skin on the back of the neck in a painless procedure.

This gives the dog their own unique code which can be scanned and matched to your contact details if your dog becomes lost or stolen.

The details are then kept on a database, so make sure you register the chip if no one is submitting the necessary paperwork on your behalf.

It is always worth checking your chip has been registered correctly.

And if your contact details change, make sure the microchipping database know. This will incur a fee each time.

Dogs will still be required to wear collars and tags in public places.
Dogs will still be required to wear collars and tags in public places. Credit:

How do I get my dog chipped?

All dogs aged eight weeks and over must be microchipped by April 6.

This can be done quickly and easily by your vet and will usually cost between £20 and £30.

Alternatively, some charities such as Dogs Trust offer the service for free. Click to search free services in your area

Anyone breeding dogs will be responsible for microchipping puppies before they sell them or give them to new owners.

All imported dogs will also need a microchip.

Microchipping will make it much easier for owners to be reunited with lost pets.
Microchipping will make it much easier for owners to be reunited with lost pets. Credit: PA

What if I don’t get my dog microchipped by April 6?

If you don’t get your dog microchipped by April 6, you are breaking the law.

To be considered microchipped, a chip must have been implanted in your dog and registered on an approved database.

If your dog is caught without a microchip you will have 21 days to get it chipped.

If you do not comply, you face a fine of up to £500 or a conviction.

Alternatively, a dog warden may seize your dog, microchip it and then recover the cost from you.

Dog owners who do not comply can be hit with a fine of up to £500 or a conviction.
Dog owners who do not comply can be hit with a fine of up to £500 or a conviction. Credit: PA

How often does my dog have to be microchipped?

Your dog only needs to be microchipped once as the chip will last its whole life.

But owners need to make sure they keep their contact details up-to-date or the chip will be useless.

What if I sell my dog?

If you sell or pass on your pet, you as the owner are legally required to register the new keeper.

Similarly, if your dog dies, you must inform the database that holds your pet’s details.

Source: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-03-31/dog-microchipping-is-compulsory-from-next-week-here-is-what-you-need-to-know/

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