NatWest app users unable to access bank accounts

The bank’s mobile app fails for the second time in eight days as it pledges to spend more on IT infrastructureNatWest customers have found themselves locked out of the its mobile app for the second time in eight days, as high demand for the service caused the latest in a series of IT glitches at […]
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Live discussion: social enterprise and housing, Wednesday 5 June, 12-1.30pm

Join our experts on 5 June to discuss how social enterprises and housing associations can work together for mutual benefitIn a recent article SEUK’s director of business, Nick Temple, referred to housing associations as ‘a sleeping giant’ of social enterprise growth. In his piece, Temple said that while housing associations are a ‘powerful lobby, an […]
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DfID’s aid spend on contractors comes under scrutiny

UK aid watchdog gives development department green-amber rating, but NGOs concerned over private sector-led approachThe use of contractors to deliver UK aid is effective, but the arm’s-length relationship between the Department for International Development (DfID) and contractors, and a lack of strategic guidance on their use, reduces their effectiveness, an aid watchdog said in a […]
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Low income families forced to spend a third of net income on housing

A shortage of private rented sector housing is putting pressure on living standards, according to a new reportAt least 1.3m families in England on lower incomes have to spend more than a third of their net income on housing, largely due to a shortage of private rented sector housing, according to a new report from […]
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Qataris officially biggest spending tourists outside the EU

Qatar shoppers spend average of £1,408 per transaction, beating visitors from the UAE and China to biggest spender titleThe Qataris may be keen on snapping up the best British assets, but it seems they are equally fond of emptying their wallets in the UK high street.Tourists from Qatar spend more in the UK than any […]
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Why we should worry about increased household borrowing to spend

With real incomes down after low wage rises and higher inflation, the situation may worsen in the short and long termHousehold incomes are down and yet spending has grown. How? Because the savings ratio is down and borrowing is on the rise again.That Britons are back to their old habit of borrowing to spend is […]
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Mobile advertising triples to record levels

UK mobile advertising grew 148% year-on-year in 2012 to £526m, up from £203m in 2011, as total digital ad spend hit £5bnThe growing popularity of smartphones and tablets and a huge rise in the use of apps caused mobile advertising in 2012 to almost triple to over £500m, as total UK digital ad spend hit […]
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James Hansen retires from science to spend more time with his politics | Alice Bell

Should more scientists follow James Hansen’s example and unleash their inner activist?Leading climate scientist James Hansen is to retire from Nasa this week, leaving him more time to spend working on political advocacy at state, federal and international levels. It’s clearly a move made with political advocacy in mind. As the New York Times puts […]
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Nurses must spend a year on basic care

Jeremy Hunt to announce measure aimed at improving levels of compassion after Mid Staffordshire scandalNurses will have to spend up to a year helping patients eat, wash and get dressed – work usually done by healthcare assistants – under government plans to shake up NHS care in response to the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal that […]
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We should spend more on energy, less on defence. And Centrica should say so

The owner of British Gas should be leading the debate on domestic energy security, not just relentlessly focusing on corporate enrichmentCentrica should have an important role to play in the debate over Britain’s future energy security but has disenfranchised itself in the eyes of the public by concentrating on short-term financial gain.Its chief executive, Sam […]
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