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Let’s make ‘Blue Monday’ Magnificent Monday

Let’s make ‘Blue Monday’ Magnificent Monday

Somerset County Council is dispelling the myth that the third Monday in January is the most difficult day of the year and are encouraging everyone to make it magnificent. Post-Christmas bills, faltering New Year expectations, short days and bad weather have all contributed to the day being branded ‘Blue Monday’. The Samaritans have organised ‘Brew… Read More…

Free fun activities return for eligible children this winter

Free fun activities return for eligible children this winter

Children and young people eligible for free school meals in Somerset will once again be offered free fun activities over the school holidays this winter.    Young people aged 5 – 16 years will have the opportunity to take part in enriching physical activities and be provided with a nutritious meal and information about eating healthily, as… Read More…

Don’t get into debt this Christmas

Don’t get into debt this Christmas

This time of year is always tough on your bank balance and we can all be tempted to rely on credit cards or loans to see us through. It isn’t just expensive presents, it’s buying the food and treats for the family, heating the house and of course, having a tree with lights will take… Read More…

Council tax hardship relief scheme launched during Covid-19

Council tax hardship relief scheme launched during Covid-19

Thousands of working age residents in Bath and North East Somerset are set to have their council tax reduced to help prevent financial hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. Bath & North East Somerset Council has made an urgent decision to reduce council tax liability to lessen people’s financial burden at a time when they may… Read More…

Nearly 3 million children are in poverty says report

Nearly 3 million children are in poverty says report

The latest figures published by the Department of Work and Pensions has revealed that a record 2.9 million children from working families in the UK are living in poverty after housing costs have been paid. This means that 70% of all ‘poor’ children were from working families, which is up from 67% on last year.… Read More…

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…

Childcare costs outstrip wages

Childcare costs outstrip wages

According to the TUC, childcare fees for working parents have risen three times faster than wages in the past decade. Analysis done by the TUC has found that costs have gone up by 52% per week since 2008 for families with a full-time and a part-time working parent, despite government initiatives. The earnings of these parents… Read More…

Food banks struggle during school holidays

Food banks struggle during school holidays

Food banks across the country are appealing for extra help to feed children during the school holidays, as a gap in school meals provision leads to higher demand and the drying up of donations. Anti-poverty charity, The Trussell Trust, has called on the public to donate to their local foodbanks during the summer holidays to… Read More…

Great Escape to the West’s top Inland resort

Great Escape to the West’s top Inland resort

The longest heatwave since 1976 has brought thousands of visitors to the West – and resorts have been packing in additional attractions as they bid to attract the crowds through the rest of the summer. A £5m expansion programme at Wookey Hole Caves has moved the inland resort to the front of the grid, enabling… Read More…

Ryanair canceled 1,100 flights over more strikes

Ryanair canceled 1,100 flights over more strikes

Passengers flying with Ryanair will be facing another month of travel misery as air traffic control strikes left more than 210,000 passengers facing flight cancellations in June. The Dublin-based carrier said more than 1,100 flights were cancelled for the second month running due to air traffic control strikes over four weekends in June, as well as… Read More…

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