Monthly Archives: November 2018

Consultation launched over TV licence fee

Consultation launched over TV licence fee

The BBC has launched a consultation to decide how licence fees for over-75s should be paid for. Currently, over-75s don’t pay for their TV licences, as they are financed by a government scheme, though this is due to end in 2020.

According to the BBC, the cost of free licences to the over-75s will total £745 million – which is a fifth of their current budget.
The consultation lists several options for the future of the licence fee, including:

  • Scrapping the free licence fee for the over-75s entirely.
  • Replace it with a 50% concession on all over-75 households
    -This is currently already offered to those with visual impairments.
  • To increase the age threshold for eligibility
    -Raising to 77
    -Raising to 80, which would align with other pensioner benefits that begin at 80, like the increase in winter fuel payments.
  • Means-test eligibility for the concession
    This would ensure that those that most need a free TV licence would receive one.

The consultation will run until 12th February, you can take part here: https://www.bbc.com/yoursay

 

Beware of fake toys this Christmas

Beware of fake toys this Christmas

Parents are being urged to keep an eye out for scammers while doing their Christmas shopping. The City of London police have released a warning saying that fraudsters around the country are targeting parents searching for bargains for their children’s Christmas presents, including the most popular toys of the year. These scams are being presented… Read More…

The UK’s top baby names revealed

The UK’s top baby names revealed

Though popular names make headlines all the time, now that the end of the year is in sight, the most popular baby names registered in 2018 have been revealed.   The most popular girl’s name was once again Olivia, with Muhammad being the most popular boy’s name. Do your children’s names appear on the lists?… Read More…

Fashion Museum Bath announces Dress of the Year 2018

Fashion Museum Bath announces Dress of the Year 2018

The Fashion Museum Bath is pleased to announce that looks from two designers have been chosen for its prestigious annual accolade, Dress of the Year. The two Dress of the Year 2018 ensembles, as chosen by Alexander Fury, Fashion Features Director of AnOther magazine and Men’s Critic of the Financial Times, are: A womenswear look by… Read More…

Lions Christmas Float times!

Lions Christmas Float times!

The Radstock and Midsomer Norton Lions will be out and about with Father Christmas to raise funds for charity in the coming weeks – depending on the weather, you’ll find them in the following locations: Midsomer Norton 1st December, 9.30-12.30pm, Midsomer Norton Farmers’ Market 8th December, 9.30-12.30pm, outside McColls 12th December, 6-8pm Welton Grove 14th… Read More…

Lights switch-on

Lights switch-on

The local community are invited to come together to celebrate ‘Carols by Laserlight’, Midsomer Norton’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-on event, organised by Churches Together, next Friday 7th December. The event will run from 6pm-8pm in the Methodist Church and Hollies Garden. ‘Carols by Laserlight’ is exactly what the name suggests! The Methodist Church will look… Read More…

Christmas at the Palace

Christmas at the Palace

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Christmas event at The Bishop’s Palace, this December, the Palace will once again be celebrating the joy and magic of the season with a wonderful fortnight of festivities! The historic rooms of the Palace buildings will each be decorated in a different theme, with a roaring fire in… Read More…

Santa’s Grand Pier grotto to open early for autistic children

Santa’s Grand Pier grotto to open early for autistic children

Autistic children who want to meet Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas will be able to in a much more welcoming environment for them at Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier. Santa will be opening his traditional grotto at the seafront attraction on Saturday 1 December and will be there every Saturday and Sunday in… Read More…

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