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Increase in number of children injured by falling televisions


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7 Aug 2013

There has been a sharp increase in the number of children injured by falling television sets.

According to figures from the US the number of children injured by television sets has risen from 5,455 in 1990 to 12,300 in 2011. 

Innovations in technology producing thinner, lighter, less-sturdy television sets, many of which are wall hung, as well as changes in locations of television sets around the home, are thought to be factors. ...

Big Brother-style flat to teach young people skills to live independently


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5 Aug 2013

An exciting new project called ‘The Money House’is to teach young people the skills they need to live independently in a 'Big Brother' style flat in Greenwich. 

Local Councillor Steve Offord and Directors from housing association The Hyde Group recently visited the flat where 16-24 year olds spend a week learning basic skills such as cooking, cleaning and how to budget their money.  ...

Students spending more than commuters on travel due to high rent


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2 Aug 2013

Students are spending ‘millions’ on transport as rising monthly rents are pushing them further and further away from campus. 

According to recent figures, nearly four in five students make a 22-mile round trip to attend lectures at their university. This is significantly further than the average commuter, who is estimated to travel an average of 8.9 miles to work....

A third more Brits planning to take their car abroad


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31 Jul 2013

The number of Brits planning to take their car abroad over the next 12 months has increased by 33% compared to just three years ago.

According to new research, around 8.5 million Brits plan to drive abroad this year, representing 23% of all UK drivers.  

Many of these drivers could be inadvertently breaking the law, if they don’t know the rules of the road in the country they are driving in. Motorists should be aware that different countries have different requirements in terms of what should be carried in the car. In addition to this, tourists should learn some common road signs, and some simple phrases in case of danger....

Home alone – the rising cost of Childcare


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29 Jul 2013

The rising cost of childcare in Britain could lead to more children being left home alone this summer.

A survey of the Family and Childcare Trust of Britain’s nurseries and child-minders shows that a week’s childcare in holiday periods now averages at £109.23

This is the first time this figure has been more than £100 and marks a 9.2% rise....