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Middle-aged drinkers are 'risking their health'

Warning over 'pre-loading' Credit: PA

Researchers in Sheffield have found that middle-aged people are risking their health as much as young people when it comes to drinking before and after nights out.

The study discovered that on average people over the age of 35 were pre-loading, as it's known, 14 units of alcohol per occasion. That's about a bottle and a half of wine.

Hull City Council launches blitz on fly-tipping

Hull City Council is launching a blitz on fly-tipping. It has received more than 4,500 reports of illegal dumping in the past year, with almost 1,200 enforcement orders being handed out.

Bid to tackle rubbish problem

The growing problem has been blamed on funding cuts but now the council is to spend £30,000 on four temporary cleaning crews, set on to rid the city of the rubbish, and another £30,000 could also be spent on an awareness campaign.

The action, revealed in a report to appear before cabinet members setting out the council's plan to tackle the fly-tipping problem in Hull, comes as councillors look to "significantly improve" cleanliness across the city.


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So how many Easter Eggs will YOU get?

Chocolatiers work on the hand-crafted chocolate Easter eggs and rabbits at Betty's in Harrogate Credit: PA

Children will get on average five Easter eggs each over the Easter holidays.

That's according to research from the website MummyPages.

The survey of Mum's shows that most are worried about the amount of sugar their sons and daughters will consume over the Bank Holiday, some chocolate eggs containing up to 60 teaspoons of sugar.

The number of mums who ration their child's Easter Egg chocolate intake.
  • 59% of mums regularly intercept or take away some of their child's chocolate Easter Eggs without them knowing
  • 63% of respondents think parents should be consulted before an adult gives their child a gift of a chocolate Easter Egg
  • Popular alternatives to chocolate Easter Eggs for children include:

  • Books (83%)

  • Toys (63%),

  • New clothes (57%)

  • Home-made gifts (43%)

  • Special family day out (40%)

  • Gift vouchers (33%)

  • Home baked goods (33%)

  • 56% of mums think Easter Eggs should be limited by law to just one aisle or display in supermarkets

  • 19% of mums think there should be an extra 'sugar tax' on Easter Eggs

  • Mums average Easter Egg spend: Up to £10 (28%), £11-20 (48%), £21-30 (14%), £30-40 (7%), £40-50 (3%).


Npower to merge two sites in Leeds

Npower has announced plans to merge its Scarcroft and Limewood sites in Leeds.

The Scarcroft lease ends in April 2018 and the owners have development plans for the site; we plan to vacate by December 2017. In line with our strategy to consolidate sites wherever possible, we intend to relocate and accommodate our Scarcroft people at our Limewood site. This will involve upgrading the existing Limewood office to facilitate working in an Agile way.”

– Npower spokesperson
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Npower workers 'paying price for management errors'

Npower is axing 2,400 jobs Credit: PA

Trade union Unison has called today's loss of 2,400 npower jobs "a devastating blow to the workforce" and said that staff are paying the price for mistakes in management.

Npower has been in trouble for some time thanks to poor decision-making at the very top, and workers are now paying the price.

The company's failure to invest properly in new systems has left it with one of the worst customer service records in the business.

– Unison general secretary Dave Prentis

Union response to npower announcement

The Union GMB says it is "disappointed" at npower's announcement but "stands ready to work with the company" to ensure continuing employment for its members.

GMB is disappointed that hard-working members, many of whom have experienced significant disruption and uncertainty over the past 12 months, are set for more uncertainty over the next 12.

GMB members, in particular those in customer-facing roles, have been instrumental in helping the company to turn around the retail business and we deserve to know the full picture as soon as possible.

GMB stands ready to work with the company to continue to provide professional jobs for thousands of members across the UK.

– Eamon O'Hearn, GMB
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