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Energy Efficiency Ratings- not worth the sticker they’re printed on?

You know how Energy Efficiency is a buzz word these days? With manufacturers and even comparison sites like Which! offering calculators telling you how much you could save over a product’s lifetime when factoring in the reduced energy usage- thereby justifying a higher purchase price. However, new European figures estimate that nearly one in five…

HSBC might move jobs to France over Brexit

While HSBC are keeping their HQ in London, this doesn't mean they're not looking elsewhere in the world. They've said that around a thousand jobs could be moved to Paris is Britain votes to leave the EU, according to the chief exec of the bank. Stuart Gulliver, the aforementioned HSBC's chief executive, said the imminent…

EU to bring new rules for emission testing

The European Union is proposing new rules when it comes to testing the emissions from cars, which is obviously something they've started thinking about after the Volkswagen scandal. Now, the EU are looking at tests that will be carried out by independent assessors, and basically, are not in any way connected to vehicle manufacturers. Of…

The rules on e-cigarettes are changing

Like smoking e-cigarettes? Got into that whole vaping thing where you have a massive clarinet looking thing? Well, things are about to change for you. As of May, laws are going to be standardised across the EU, which restricts how big your liquid containers can be, and how much nicotine they're allowed to contain. There'll…

Tampon Tax. Are you outraged?

Politics has never been so exciting. Not only do we have unconstitutional Lords, but we also have erstwhile Payday loans campaigner Stella Creasy delivering heartfelt pleas to ministers comparing sanitary products to jaffa cakes. So what is her beef and is it going to get sorted? Over 250,000 people signed a petition calling for the…

Is it time to change your lightbulbs to LEDs?

Lightbulbs. The plastic carrier bags of the energy-saving world (doing a perfectly fine job, but an easy target for Energy Saving Measures) have been fiddled with for years, with the EU banning normal incandescent bulbss back in 2011. Even the supposedly better Halogen bulbs are scheduled for extinction in a few years’ time, but the…

New consumer ombudsman service launched- but is it toothless?

Here at Bitterwallet we're a big fan of Ombudsmen- after all, it's a source of further redress if your complaint to the service or product provider hits a dead end. Now, a new service called the consumer ombudsman has launched whose remit seems to be practically anything you can buy. You may have noticed a…

Are cigarettes being over-taxed?

Everyone now knows that smoking is A Very Bad Thing, and the Government have been taking this as carte blanche to slap as much tax as humanly possible on those evil little sticks of icky stuff. In fact, over the past five years, taxes on tobacco products have risen by 40%, meaning that tax is…

Are you missing out on claiming for a flight delay?

It’s holiday season, which means many of you will be catching a flight to somewhere sunnier than here. But what happens if you get delayed? Latest Which!!! figures suggest that thousands of delayed people are missing out on claiming expenses and cold hard cash… Which!!! analysed data for 1.7m flights from Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)…

EU ruling means it will cost more to become more energy efficient

Sometimes bureaucracy is annoying; sometimes it’s plain silly and sometimes it’s downright ridiculous. Despite generally encouraging energy efficiency and green measures, a new VAT ruling from the European Court of Justice will mean that UK householders will have to spend 15% more on energy-saving home improvements. Government and tax officials have, perhaps unusually, joined with…

FSCS protection to be cut by European directive

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) was raised to £85,000 per account in 2010 following the financial crisis and specifically the collapse of Northern Rock. However, EU regulations mean that this amount is going to change, and it’s going to go down by £10,000. The Bank of England has announced today that the Prudential Regulation…

Roaming charges - gone in 2017

European big-cheese agreed today that mobile roaming charges need to die, beginning in 2017. This is very good news indeed. These new rules will also include net neutrality regulations, which hope to make sure internet service providers (and other businesses) can't discriminate between different services that run on their data networks. The reason behind all…

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Amazon to be probed by EU

Amazon to be probed by EU

The EU are going after Amazon, investigating their business practices relating to the way they sell e-books. There's been long grumbles about Amazon's way of doing business concerning e-books, and this probe will look at certain clauses in Amazon's contracts with publishers, which are thought to be relating to the protection Amazon get from publishers offering rivals…

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Skype too much like Sky

Skype too much like Sky

You know how words sometimes sound like each other? Well, this is a problem in the world of commerce and an EU court has said that Skype sounds too much like the name of Sky. If you're confused, one of these things is a communications application and the other one is a TV broadcaster. Thought it…

Is a single 'digital market' on the way?

The internet is supposed to be a global thing, but entertainment companies insist on geo-locking their product, making certain elements of online frustrating and pointless. With that, the European Commission have a plan to make a "digital single market", which aims to remove the borders from the content we get online. It is a nice idea,…