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Black Friday shopping - in-store or online?

Thousands of bargains will be snapped up Credit: ITV

For Black Friday shoppers: It’s important to understand that one big advantage of buying online is, under the Consumer Contracts Regulations, you’ve a right to change your mind (apart from for perishable or personalised goods).

And the time you have to return them has increased in the last couple of years – you now have 14 days to tell them you’re sending it back, and another 14 days to do it.

This is in stark contrast to buying in-store where you’ve no legal right to return the item, unless it’s faulty. If a store lets you return non-faulty goods, then that’s up to them, but it’s not the law.

Up in flames for Black Friday - the dangerous fake hoverboards

They are on many people's Black Friday and Christmas wish lists this year - for both children and adults - but there's a warning about potentially dangerous hoverboards.

Trading Standards have seized a number of the devices, which appear to be faulty and could burst into flames.

Hoverboards are similar to skateboards, but have batteries. They're the latest craze but, as Tom Savvides reports, some could pose serious threats to safety.

Tom talked to James Whiddett, Trading Standards Officer, and hoverboarder Tom Hastie.

Brighton and Hove Council to cut 540 jobs

The council needs to save £68m over the next four years Credit: ITV

More than 500 full-time jobs will be lost by Brighton and Hove City Council. The council plans to save £68m over the next four years.

The proposed measures include stripping out middle management, improving efficiency and a recommended rise in council tax of 1.99%. The proposals would result in the loss of an estimated 540 full-time posts.

The savings come on top of £77m savings already achieved since 2011. The additional savings mean that between 2011 and 2020 the council will have saved £145 million.

These are the challenging times for local government as we face the combination of relentless central government cuts, increasing costs and rising demand for our services, particularly those serving vulnerable people.

We plan to involve residents more directly and build new relationships with community groups to give them more influence over local services. We are looking at doing things differently, increasingly working with partners, communities and businesses to find new ways to share delivery of public services.

– Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader
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