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Tuesday 19th March 2013 11:06
By Sarah Yeoman
Parents will be able to claim back up to £1,200 a year in childcare costs under a new system aimed at lower-income families.
The Government's proposal is intended to help 2.5 million families across the UK, where childcare costs are some of the highest in the world.
The scheme will cover children up to five years old, and could be introduced in 2015 after the next general election.
Families could save up to 20 per cent out of up to £6,000 a year in costs per child.
Wednesday 6th March 2013 12:10
By Ban Barkawi
Plans for superfast broadband on the Isles of Scilly could boost tourism.
Businesses on the islands are expected to experience a boom in trade after the £3.7m plans were announced by Superfast Cornwall.
The existing radio-linked broadband service on the islands has taken its toll on local trade.
Wednesday 27th February 2013 12:01
Most drinkers are unaware that they are consuming far more alcohol than is good for them, according to an alcohol abuse expert.
Paul Jacks of Staffordshire's Alcohol and Dependency Specialists says many people are oblivious to the fact they are binge drinkers.
The latest research has revealed that drinkers are not being honest about their alcohol intake.
Tuesday 26th February 2013 15:59
By Ban Barkawi
Photo: Images Money
Record fuel prices could affect motorists in rural areas where the cost per litre is 2p more than in towns and cities.
The possibility of a 3p increase in September has worried drivers and will be discussed by MPs this week in an effort to cancel it.
Motorists have already seen an increase of 6p a litre since the start of the year, making fuel discounts in rural regions even more of a stretch.
Tuesday 26th February 2013 15:53
By Anna Brown
Shoppers are steering clear of frozen burgers following the horsemeat scandal.
There has been a 43 per cent drop in sales in the past month, according to Kantar Worldpanel, which monitors the grocery market.
Ikea was the latest big retailer to be forced to take products off its shelves this weekend. As the crisis continues to spread, people are buying carefully.
Although consumer confidence in well-known brands has been shaken, local producers are reporting a boom in trade as shoppers increasingly want to know where their food comes from.
Tuesday 26th February 2013 10:44
By Ban Barkawi
Photo: Judy van der Velden
Millions of people in the UK are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning even though they might think they are safe.
Fire services in Cornwall are offering free safety checks following the tragic death of a family in their caravan at Camborne.
John Cook, 90, his wife Audrey, 86, and their 46-year-old daughter Maureen were found dead along with their pet dog after a high dose of carbon monoxide leaked from a portable heater.
Wednesday 20th February 2013 14:23
British Prime Minister David Cameron has left India today after a three-day trip and a visit to the site of the 1919 massacre at Amritsar.
The prime minister visited Jallianwala Bagh, where British forces killed at least 379 innocent Indians, observed a minute of silence and laid a wreath. He offered condolences but fell short of formally apologising for the massacre.
Before leaving, the prime minister defended his decision, saying it would be wrong to “reach back into history" and apologise for the wrongs of British colonialism.
Tuesday 19th February 2013 15:29
Injured soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are to be fitted with cutting-edge artificial limbs after the government set aside £6.5m.
All wounded servicemen, past and present, who have been injured will have access to micro-processor limbs, known as “bionic legs”.
The move is expected to benefit up to 160 members of the armed forces.
Tuesday 12th February 2013 11:44
By Anna Brown
Food producers are encouraging shoppers to "Buy local" as fears over the horsemeat scandal continue to grow.
Farmers say shoppers can have confidence in local produce as national retailers are forced to take more products off their shelves.
They claim that the short distance from field to plate means that local products are easily traceable and can provide peace of mind for worried consumers.
Shaun Williams, managing director of Cornish Food Markets, says people should think carefully about what the are buying.
Wednesday 21st March 2012 11:14
A small dose of aspirin every day could prevent and possibly treat cancer.
A new study, published by The Lancet, have revealed that taking 70-300mg of the drug per day for a period of three to five years could reduce incidence of cancers such as bowel cancer.
Previous research had suggested that patients needed to take the drug for 10 years to benefit.