Hot under the collar - and everywhere else!

18th July 2014

Hot under the collar - and everywhere else!

How is the heat wave treating you? Have you been on the beach, dipping your feet into the children’s paddling pool, getting out in the garden or just lying down with the curtains closed to stop that pesky sun reaching you? You may even have the air conditioning on, though, honestly, in the UK, it never seems hot enough for long enough to justify such a thing.

We all find different ways of cooling down, and when the weather’s like this, it can be very easy to forget that the seasons will roll around and we’ll be back in the world of winter heating bills before too long.

A cashless or a choice-less society??

11th July 2014

A cashless or a choice-less society??

An interesting and eye-opening experiment in the Daily Mail this week as reporter Holly Black trooped off to Kings Lynn in Norfolk to see how the banks’ drive towards a “cashless” society would go down outside London. Answer – it doesn’t!

As Holly found, though in London she can order and pay for a minicab using an app, buy a coffee or lunch with her mobile phone and park a car without putting coins in a meter, outside it’s not so simple.

The cost of not being online

4th July 2014

The cost of not being online

I don’t know if you saw the news or listened to your local radio station this week, but we made a few headlines with our report which showed that without the internet, you are likely to spend an average of £440 extra on goods and services than those who are online.

According to figures, compiled for Keep me Posted by the Centre for Economic and Business Research, there are many reasons why, all adding up to what can be a substantial figure.

Can the Big Six win back trust?

27th June 2014

Can the Big Six win back trust?

You may have seen this week that energy regulator Ofgem has called for a major investigation into the Big Six suppliers, referring them to the Competition and Markets Authority. The aim of the investigation is to ensure the market is simpler, clearer and fairer for consumers, but also to restore the trust in them that appears to be lacking. Apparently 43 per cent of customers surveyed last year did not trust the Big Six to be open and transparent in their dealings with them, a rise from 39% the year before.

Celebrating our first year in style

20th June 2014

Celebrating our first year in style

Picture shows Judith Donovan, chair of Keep Me Posted (left) and Baroness Wilcox

There’s nowhere more glorious on a bright summer’s day than the towering edifice which is the Houses of Parliament. Swarming with snap-happy tourists, a couple of TV cameras on the green opposite capturing words of wisdom from politicians and commentators,  and the sonorous bongs from Big Ben make it one of the most vibrant places in London.

Second class "refuseniks" - for wanting paper!

12th June 2014

New Tesco Current Account Announced - Keep Me Posted comments:

Judith Donovan CBE, Chair of the Keep Me Posted campaign, comments on the launch of Tesco Bank’s online-only current account:

“Tesco’s entry into the current account market is a welcome move for the market as it creates more competition amongst the traditional high-street banks. The introduction of new brands willing to challenge the banking status quo coupled with recent moves to allow customers to switch their current account within only a week should lead to innovative products and more customer focus as businesses attempt to stand out from the crowd.

Saving Paper for Posterity

6th June 2014

One short meeting - so many stories

30th May 2014

One short meeting - so many stories

A Keep Me Posted colleague went along to a meeting this week to talk about the campaign and try to garner new supporters to join the 56 organisations and charities that have come on board so far.

Representatives from Shelter, the North Wales Energy Advice Centre, Leonard Cheshire and Citizens Advice – a wide range of ages and positions – were there. And guess what they had in common? All wanted to keep paper bills or had had problems with online only!

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