Incinerators were supposed to be a panacea, turning the UK’s waste mountain into clean energy. A SourceMaterial investigation found that the government is committing hundreds of millions of pounds of public money to an industry riddled with conflicts of interest, and far less green or cost-effective than it appears.
The Telegraph 29 April 2020
Chad Slater, an Australian hedge fund trader, had actually been cutting his bets against oil companies in recent weeks, assuming the oil price could not fall any further. Last week proved him wrong and the oil price dropped below zero for the first time in history. “I can safely say this wasn’t in my forecasts,” he says.
The Guardian 5 February 2020
Sara Mayer’s youngest child often asks: “Mum, how many days will we stay here?” Each time, she tells him they won’t have to move again, but so far she has been unable to keep her promise. In 2013, Mayer fled her abusive husband and went to the UK from mainland Europe with her two children, but he found them. The family moved and tried to settle somewhere new, but time and again he tracked them down.
The Independent 7 January 2020
“You mightn’t happen to have a piece of cheese about you, now? No? Well, many’s the long night I’ve dreamed of cheese – toasted, mostly.” Marooned for three years on Treasure Island, Ben Gunn may be desperate in his yearning for cheese, but plenty of people will sympathise as they reluctantly try veganism this January.
BBC Ideas 6 December 2019
The Times 29 November 2019
England burnt more waste than it recycled last year, prompting campaigners to call for a moratorium on all new incinerator projects. Recycling rates have fallen over the past five years in more than half of local authority areas and the nation incinerated 11.2 million tonnes of rubbish last year, compared with recycling and composting 10.9 million tonnes.
The Guardian 14 May 2019
“I’m a bit scatty with things like this,” Gemma* admits when talking about her finances. It was not scattiness that meant she struggled to make ends meet when taking home £399.69 a month for working 18 hours a week as a cashier at Betfred. Even with tax credits and child benefit topping up her meagre wages, it was a constant struggle to pay for the essentials and Gemma fell behind on her bills. She was already receiving letters, phone calls, texts and emails threatening legal action over previous unpaid bills, as well as £400 of benefit overpayments that had to be repaid.
The Telegraph 28 November 2018
Rachel met her attacker on Tinder. They had messaged for a week before their first date. “He sent me a photo and a song that he had written. He was sweet at first,” she recalls. On their second date, he forced her into a recording booth and locked the door. Rachel says, “I didn’t want to do what he wanted me to do. He said if you don’t do it, you will end up in hospital.” He then subjected her to a brutal attack, lasting around 45 minutes.
The Observer 21 July 2018
A large NHS body has spent millions of pounds on management consultants for a plan designed to save money – but which could cost more than £1bn to put into practice. Over the past six years, the North West London Clinical Commissioning Groups has spent £66m on 41 different management consulting firms – including the big four: McKinsey, EY, Deloitte and PwC – for a five-year programme to improve healthcare in the area while closing a £1.4bn budget gap forecast by 2021. However, costs have ballooned and the trust said it now needs £1.3bn to implement the programme. It declined to quantify the savings that have been made to date.
The Times 20 November 2017
Supermarkets have been criticised for using a responsible-fishing scheme that allegedly certified boats with crews on very low wages who lived on vessels that were unfit for habitation all year round. Seafish, a quango which aims to raise standards in the seafood industry, claims that its Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) certifies “high standards of crew welfare”.