Worst pandemic income shock in UK; Argos “at risk” jobs; Technological move of smart highways – car dealer magazine
- Here are the headlines for Wednesday, April 21
Income shock for UK households
British households are much more likely to have suffered a severe income shock during the Covid-19 crisis than their French and German counterparts, according to a think tank.
The Resolution Foundation, which published the study, said UK households were also more likely to have incurred additional debt in response.
The After Shocks report, backed by JPMorgan Chase, found that among households in which at least one person had lost their job, 41% of UK households had experienced a severe drop in income of at least a quarter – more than double the level in France. (20 percent) and significantly more than in Germany (28 percent).
Hundreds of Argos jobs ‘at risk’
Argos is about to shut down its Somerset distribution site.
Union Unite warned the move would put ‘230 jobs at risk’ at the retailer’s warehouse in Bridgwater and said it was ‘determined to fight to save as many jobs as possible’ after the site was slated for closure next year.
Argos owner Sainsbury’s has confirmed that the depot is a site that should be affected as part of plans to integrate the logistics networks of the two brands.
Watchdog warns against deceptive insurance ads on Google
Deceptive Google ads direct consumers to expensive claim companies or premium numbers when trying to make an insurance claim, a watchdog warned.
Claims handling companies and premium rate dial-up services are competing for their ads to appear on top of insurer’s websites, which ones? said, which has led customers to mistakenly use them at significant cost – with a 30-minute call costing £ 112.50 on Sky, £ 124.50 on Three and £ 127.50 on Vodafone.
He analyzed the results for the terms people use most commonly when searching for their auto insurer’s phone number on Google, which is the default search engine on Android phones and Apple iPhones.
“ Accelerated ” retirement plans
More than a third (37%) of people nearing retirement have accelerated their plans due to the pandemic, according to a report.
Lockdowns, health concerns from the pandemic and job uncertainty were the top three reasons for accelerating retirement, according to Standard Life Aberdeen.
Of the 2,000 UK adults surveyed who were due to retire within the next 12 months or who had retired within the past 12 months, 27 percent also planned to work part-time to help financially, while 21 percent sought to sell their house. or downsize to finance retirement.
No more smart highways without stopped vehicle detection technology
The government has confirmed that no “All Lane Running” highway will be open without radar camera technology capable of detecting stopped and broken down vehicles.
The news follows a report on tightening safety on smart highways, fearing they are more dangerous than standard highways.
Critics point out that these highways do not have hard shoulders, which gives disabled motorists no safe haven. Some areas of the smart highway are also not fully covered by cameras, although there are regular designated rest areas where disabled vehicles can stop.
English clubs exit the Super League
Six English football clubs must back down from controversial plans to launch a new European Super League after widespread outrage and threats of legislative action from the Prime Minister.
Manchester City were the first to confirm their departure from the proposed competition, as Chelsea also planned to step down last night (April 20).
Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham followed suit with their withdrawals scheduled for Tuesday night.
‘Proud to be British’ because of NHS staff
Two-thirds of people say the hard work of NHS staff during the Covid pandemic makes them proud to be British.
A new poll for NHS Charities Together, for which the late Captain Sir Tom Moore raised nearly £ 33million, found 86% of the general public agree NHS staff have been ‘there for us’ for the pandemic.
The YouGov survey of more than 2,000 people also found that 63% said they respect NHS healthcare workers, while 28% would consider a role in the NHS if they restarted their careers.
Legal complaint against TikTok over children’s data
The former Children’s Commissioner for England has launched legal action against TikTok over allegations the social media platform has illegally collected personal data from millions of children.
Anne Longfield has brought a lawsuit on behalf of 3.5 million children in the UK under the age of 13 who she says may have had their data illegally collected since May 2018 – when the General Privacy Regulation data protection (GDPR) was introduced.
The claim calls for compensation for the millions of potentially affected children, which it says could run into billions of pounds.
Proposed new law on smartphone updates
Smartphone makers could be forced to say how long handsets will be guaranteed to receive important security updates under new laws proposed by the government.
The move is part of broader plans to ensure that “virtually all” smart devices meet more stringent security requirements, including smart speakers and video doorbells.
Easy-to-guess default universal passwords such as “password” and “admin” would also be prohibited.
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It will be fine and sunny today for much of Scotland and northern England, but a bit cool on the east coast, the BBC says. The south will be cloudier, with patchy rains, although it will be clearer later. Northern Ireland will see patchy clouds.
Skies will be clear for much of the UK this evening, signifying the possibility of a frost. The northern islands will have showers, while the southeastern coastal areas will have scattered clouds.
Most of the UK will be dry and thin on Thursday with little cloud, except in northern Scotland as well as the northern islands. Meanwhile, the southwest will find things a bit windy and chilly.