Broadband customers to get automatic compensation

Image copyright Getty Images Many customers who experience fixed broadband or landline loss will soon automatically receive compensation. The £8-per-day deal follows a new agreement between Openreach and five of the UK’s internet service providers. It will apply only when the fault takes longer than two days to fix. If an engineer does not arrive […]

Wages rises accelerate to fastest pace since 2008

Image copyright Getty Images Wages are continuing to rise at their highest level for nearly a decade, the latest official Office for National Statistics figures show. Average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, went up by 3.3% in the three months to October, the biggest rise since November 2008. Average weekly wages are £495, £25,740 a year, […]

Mozambique busts ‘30,000 ghost workers’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The southern African nation is ranked 153 out of 180 countries in a global corruption perceptions index Proof-of-life tests in Mozambique have revealed that 30,000 ghost workers on the civil service payroll. The civil service minister said some were paid for jobs they had not done, others were dead or […]

Indian rupee suffers after RBI chief’s shock resignation

Image copyright Getty Images India’s currency slumped one day after the abrupt resignation of the country’s central bank governor. The Indian rupee fell 1.3% against the US dollar and stocks were also lower as investors reacted to his departure. On Monday, Urjit Patel resigned from his post midway through his three-year term, citing “personal reasons”. […]

The countries that think it’s OK to use cannabis

Image copyright Getty Images Around the world attitudes towards the use of cannabis are shifting. Mexico’s new government plans to legalise recreational cannabis use, as does the incoming government of Luxembourg. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s leaders are considering a referendum on what their approach should be. As public opinion – and that of governments – changes, […]

The pub where your cash is worthless

Image copyright Phil Coomes Image caption Visitors to this pub can’t pay for their drinks or food with cash Cashless establishments may be safer and more convenient, but are they more popular with the public at large? After yet another break-in at south London pub the Crown and Anchor, Arber Rozhaja decided enough was enough. […]