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Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

Science
A new environment watchdog to protect UK wildlife, land, water and air once Britain leaves the European Union is being planned by the government.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the body would hold the powerful to account and deliver a green Brexit.The plans come amid concerns that environmental regulations enshrined in EU law could be lost after Brexit.Mr Gove told the Andrew Marr Show standards would not be sacrificed as part of a potential US free trade deal.Wildlife prioritisedMr Gove wants the watchdog to be independent of government - able to speak its mind freely, he said, with clear legal authority.Writing in The Telegraph, he said the watchdog would have "real bite" but did not outline exact planned powers.He said it was important that environmental enforcement and policym...
Hotel booking sites probed by consumer watchdog

Hotel booking sites probed by consumer watchdog

Business
Hotel booking sites are to be probed by the UK's competition watchdog to see if consumers are being misled by them.The Competition and Markets Authority is concerned that rather than helping consumers, the sites might actually be making it more difficult for them.The CMA said it was "concerned about the clarity, accuracy and presentation of information on sites".The investigation will examine areas such as hidden charges, search results, and discount claims.Leading booking sites include Expedia and Booking.com. In a statement, booking site Trivago, which is majority owned by Expedia, said: "Trivago will work with the CMA to explain the benefits it delivers to consumers looking for their ideal hotel."Booking.com said it would not be commenting at this time.According to the CMA, about 70% of...
Energy watchdog lowers prepayment price cap

Energy watchdog lowers prepayment price cap

Business
Energy regulator Ofgem has announced that it will be lowering the level of a temporary price cap on prepayment meters which was first introduced in April.The move will mean a bill reduction of up to £19 a year for three million customers who rely on prepayment meters for their energy, following on from a £80 drop when the cap first came into force.Ofgem initially introduced the cap to help alleviate pressure on customers who pay up-front for their energy at a time when many suppliers were implementing significant price hikes.Prepayment meters are often installed when a household struggles to pay for their gas and electricity, meaning they can be most vulnerable to the impact of higher bills.When it was first brought in the cap enforced a maximum price for electricity, gas and dual fuel cus
Online fraud 'overlooked', warns watchdog

Online fraud 'overlooked', warns watchdog

Business
Ministers are not doing enough to tackle online fraud and must take urgent action to tackle the growing problem, a watchdog has warned.The National Audit Office (NAO) said it was hard to see how the current response to the cyber crime - now the most commonly experienced offence in England and Wales - could be seen as "proportionate, efficient or effective".It also said some police forces were not treating the issue as a priority while some banks were doing better than others in their response.There was also concern about the level of sentence received by convicted fraudsters and whether current legislation was enough.Almost two million cyber-related fraud incidents were estimated to have taken place in a single year alone with the cost likely to run into billions of pounds.The report came ...