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Prince Charles Revealed As Co-Author Of New Ladybird Book

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The Prince of Wales has been revealed as the co-author of a Ladybird book on climate change.

Prince Charles, a vocal critic of man-made climate change, has reportedly taken on the challenges and possible solutions in the new book aimed at adults but produced in the style of well-known children's books produced int he 1960's and 1970's.

He wrote the book with Tony Juniper, a former Friends of the Earth director and Emily Shuckburgh, a Cambridge University climate scientist.

A publishing director for Penguin, which produces Ladybird books, revealed Clarence House had put the latest idea to the publisher.

Penguin Books said the title, which will be released on 26 January, had been read and reviewed by figures within the environmental community.

Seasonal Advice To Help Wildlife This Winter

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seasonal winter advice for wildlifeA British winter can be tough on animals, but there are plenty of things you can do to help. Sometimes it's the smallest things that can make a big difference.

RSPCA wildlife expert Nicola Cunningham said:

We can all struggle when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and our wildlife friends are often the most vulnerable to the extremes the elements take. They just need a bit of a helping hand sometimes.

If you have a pond, check it every day for ice as toxic gases can build up in a frozen pond and may kill fish or frogs hibernating at the bottom. If a pond freezes over, carefully place a saucepan of hot water on the surface to melt a hole. Never tip boiling water onto or break ice with force, as this can harm fish.

Birds may have difficulty finding normal food in winter. Find out more about feeding garden birds.

Badgers don't hibernate, but they do sleep through most of the severe weather, and have a tough time finding their favourite food of earthworms when the ground is frozen. Nibbles such as lightly cooked meats, cheese, peanuts and fruit would be welcomed.

Squirrels ‘cache’ (store) food when it’s in good supply to eat when food is scarce. To help squirrels survive the coldest times of year offer nuts such as hazelnuts, walnuts and almonds, plus some chopped apple, beans, carrots or spinach.

 

Hey Big Lender! Brits Owed Average of £1106.67

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hey big lenderBritish people are owed an average of £1,106.67 by their friends, family and co-workers.

Men are more frivolous, or generous, with their cash and are owed an average of £1,404.80 compared to the £814.53 owed to British women.

People aged 55 and over are the most generous age group and are owed an average of £1,997.83.

A third (36 per cent) of people in the UK feel uncomfortable when discussing money with their friends.

9th January 2017 - Research released by money collection platform Leetchi.com, sheds light on Britain’s money-lending habits and highlights what a generous nation Brits are.

The research, conducted by YouGov, surveyed 2,500 people and reveals that people in Britain are owed an average of £1106.67 by their friends, family and co-workers. Money owed includes cash spent on food, drinks, events and amenities that has been lent to someone you know with the expectation that they will pay you back.

The generous gender: The results show that men are in fact more generous, or frivolous, with their cash as men in the UK are currently owed an average of £1,404,80 by friends, family and co-workers compared to the average £814.53 owed to women.

People aged 55 and over are owed the most cash at a shocking average of £1997.83, in second place are people aged 25-34 who are owed an average of £933. People aged 45-54 are owed the third largest amount at an average of £886.14, closely followed by those aged 35-44 (£877.26) and those aged 18-24 (£251.60).

When questioned on who they usually lend money to it appears that Brits cite their friends as top of their money-lending list at 15 per cent. Second to friends people are most likely to lend money to their sons (14 per cent), daughters (13 per cent) and partners (12 per cent).

The ‘Giving Generation’: 18-24 year olds are more likely than any other age to lend money to their friends at 40 per cent, this compares to 21 per cent of 25-34 year olds, 16 per cent of 35-44 year olds and those aged 45-54 and 55 and over at nine per cent and six per cent.

In true British style, a third (35 per cent) of people in the UK feel uncomfortable when discussing money with their friends. A further 17 per cent admit that lending money to friends has resulted in an argument. When divided by gender the research shows that men are more likely to argue with their friends over money at 21 per cent compared to 14 per cent of women.

Céline Lazorthes, CEO and founder of the Leetchi Group, comments on the findings; ”The average amount of money owed to people in the UK is shocking along with the fact that a third of Brits (36 per cent) state that they’ve encountered problems when getting money back from friends. For the amount of money owed to be this extensive, it’s clearly more than people just buying each other drinks after work. It's most likely down to covering friends for things such as hen dos, group birthdays, leaving do gifts and weekend getaways. This is precisely why, 7 years ago I decided to create Leetchi.com.”

“Leetchi.com provides a service that makes it convenient and easy to pool together money and saves people those awkward money conversations and arguments.”

Leetchi.com is an easy, fast and secure money collection platform that allows anyone to create a ‘money pot’ in less than a minute and invite others to help finance projects such as group gifts for birthdays, baby showers and co-workers, as well as fundraising for projects, charities and events.

Be Clear On Buyer's Rights

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be clear on buyer's rightsMany of us will have bought gifts over the festive season, both online and on the High Street, but are we clear on our rights as buyers if we want to return an item?

Behind the scenes, Hampshire Trading Standards officers work hard to keep us all safe from the perils of shopping pitfalls, so here are some top tips to have in mind when you’re buying goods this Christmas.

If you buy goods that are faulty, not as described or unfit for purpose, you have the right to return them.

Most retailers choose to provide a 'goodwill' returns policy offering an exchange, refund or credit note for most returns.

If your item was bought online, over the phone, or by mail order you have additional rights to return it under the Consumer Contracts Regulations.

If a product you’ve bought develops a fault you could have the right to a refund, repair or replacement.

You can only return non-faulty goods for an exchange or refund if the retailer has a returns policy.

It's worth noting that shops aren't required by law to have a returns policy, but if they do have one they must stick to it.

But you're only entitled to an automatic refund if you return it within 30 days,­­­ otherwise you can must give the retailer a chance to make a repair or replacement.

Returns policies are usually displayed on receipts, on signs in-store and online.

If you paid by credit card, you also have extra protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act.

Most retailers have policies which stipulate that they will accept non-faulty returns, as long as items are unused and in perfect condition with their undamaged original packaging.

But there are some returns exceptions worth knowing about.

DVDs, music and computer software: Many retailers refuse returns if the seal or packaging is broken. Perishable items: You won't usually be able to return an item if it's perishable.

Made to order: If an item has been made to order or personalised it's very unlikely that you'll be able to return it.

Depending on a retailer’s returns policy some will only exchange or give you a credit note, while others will give you a refund. But all shops usually require a few key things, including a receipt, the card you paid with and the original packaging.

If you simply change your mind, the retailer has no legal obligation to give you your money back, should you return an item without a receipt. However, many stores will offer an exchange or credit note, so it’s always worth asking.

If your goods are faulty and you don't have the receipt, you still have the same rights to a repair, refund or replacement as under the Consumer Rights Act.

What are my rights when I shop in a sale?

You can only return non-faulty goods for an exchange or refund if the retailer has a returns policy. Shops don't have to have a returns policy, but if they have one, they must stick to it.

If you buy something that's faulty, regardless of whether you bought it in a sale, you have the right to return it under the Consumer Rights Act.

Sale and non-sale items must be as described, of satisfactory quality and fit for purpose.

You have the right to claim for a refund, replacement or repair if sale goods are faulty. A retailer cannot try to limit this right in sales.

If you're returning something faulty you bought in a sale within 30 days you should be reimbursed the full amount you paid.

If you buy items in an online sale, you have additional rights to return them under the Consumer Contracts Regulations.

You are responsible for returning the goods within 14 calendar days, and refunds must be paid within 14 calendar days after the return of the goods (or after evidence is provided that they were returned).

You can also cancel your order for goods bought online anytime from the moment you place your order up to 14 days from the day you receive it.

Now you know these top tips, let friends and family know too so you can all be aware of your rights in the shops this festive season.

You can also take a look at Hampshire Trading Standards website for more advice on buying consumer goods.