0 Have your say Childcare costs in Scotland have risen by more than a quarter in the past three years, a nationwide survey has found. A poll carried out by YouGov asked more than 3,000 Scots what they were spending on childcare, with parents now spending an average of £276 per month or £3,312 a year.The cost has risen £720 a year since 2016, when the average monthly spend was £216, a 28 per cent increase.Parents are turning to grandparents to provide free care, findings suggest. More than half of grandparents (53 per cent) said they look after their grandchildren either regularly or on an occasional basis.They spend 9.3 hours a week on average with their grandchildren, up from eight hours in 2016.The proportion providing 20 or more hours of care each week has risen from nine per cent to 15 per cent over the same period.Researchers found 6 per cent of parents said they ask their children’s great-grandparents to provide … [Read more...] about Childcare costs in Scotland rise by a quarter in three years
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FIVE retired agents from the feared Stasi secret police of the former East Germany are reportedly being questioned about the Lockerbie bombing. All 259 passengers and crew were killed, along with 11 people whose homes were destroyed, when Pan Am flight 103 was blown out of the sky and fell on the Scottish town. The only person ever convicted of the bombing was former Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, but many questions remain about the atrocity. His family and some relatives of the Lockerbie victims believe he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice and are fighting to clear his name. Scottish investigators also believe other Libyan agents were involved and attention has also focused on the former East Germany’s Stasi intelligence service. A team of nine officials from the Crown Office in Scotland, which oversees prosecutions, has asked the German authorities to interview some of the agency’s old employees, The Times reported. The prosecutor’s … [Read more...] about Five former Stasi agents quizzed in Germany over Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people in UK’s worst terror attack
Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 December 2018 Steve Russell Colchester has changed hugely since Joe Neal's childhood in the late 1940s and during the 1950s. This view is from 2010. 'I remember Colchester as it was before all those one-way systems and when everyone seemed to know each other when walking down the street, with Jumbo visible from all directions,' he says Picture: NICK STRUGNELL Writer Joe Neal on the lost treasures of Colchester, saving newts from the bulldozers and why ‘if you don’t love enough, you’ll always regret it’. Oh - and why Brexit’s crucial Joe Neal in his garden in Ireland. 'I had many friends in Colchester and played for Colchester Rugby Club. I still return from time to time and attend the Endsleighans reunions each year' Picture: JOE NEAL“Six things I most remember about Colchester? The good old North-East Essex accent, which seems to have been replaced by one from Romford and East … [Read more...] about Colchester today? Where does everybody park!
The year started with President Donald Trump promising big growth for stocks.In January, he shared excitement over a "big day" on Wall Street. By June, the president was tweeting: "Stock Market up almost 40% since the Election." When the market hit a record high on Aug. 25, Trump tweeted, "Congratulations U.S.A.!" And there was more excitement on Oct. 3: "The Stock Market just reached an All-Time High during my Administration for the 102nd Time, a presidential record, by far, for less than two years."Now, as those gains are wiped away, the president is attacking the Federal Reserve for the stock market's woes — and those tweets are pushing share prices even lower.On Monday, stocks slid an additional 2 to 3 percent after another Trump tweet-attack on the Fed and an effort by his Treasury secretary to calm investors' fears that only seemed to make matters worse.The market is now on track for its worst year since 2008 and its worst December since 1931, during the depths of the Great … [Read more...] about President Trump once boasted of market gains, now tweets cause drops