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Alcohol awareness – PRimage support new campaign

Monday, May 19th, 2008

On the day that the Government are launching a careful drinking campaign Judy Viitanen has read a new survey that shows despite most people claiming to know what a unit of alcohol is, there is widespread ignorance about how many units are in a typical drink. The YouGov poll found that 77 per cent of people do not know how many units are in a glass of wine. More than half (55 per cent) of those questioned thought a large glass of wine would contain two units, when it actually contains three. Over a third (35 per cent) did not know that an average pint of beer contains two units, while nearly three out of five (58 per cent) did not know a double gin and tonic also contains two units. The survey was released to coincide with the launch of the biggest alcohol awareness campaign to date. The Department of Health’s Know Your Limits campaign aims to let drinkers know how many units are in their drinks and to help them stick to healthy limits. Adverts will appear on television, radio, advertising boards and in the written press advising that women should not regularly drink more than two to three units a day and men three to four.

Judy and the PRimage team totally support the aims of this important campaign – we all like a drink, but it’s crucial that we all understand the need to stick to healthly limits because excessive alcohol consumption has been proven to play a significant role in the development of numerous diseases, including several cancers, heart disease and stroke.

Dying patients need better care – PRimage agree

Monday, May 19th, 2008

The UK Department of Health has announced plans to fund improvements to services for dying patients and their families after it was revealed that the standard of palliative care across the county is at an unacceptably low level. PRimage totally support these plans, which in our view are long overdue! Having nursed her first husband with terminal cancer, PRimage MD, Judy Viitanen, has first hand experience of the gaps in palliative care and knows very well the need for first-rate support for dying patients and their families.

PRimage support plans for more ethnic councillors

Monday, May 19th, 2008

As a former Conservative District Councillor, PRimage MD Judy Viitanen totally supports the government’s plan to launch a new taskforce to help more black, Asian and minority ethnic women to become councillors. Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality, backed the proposal which aims to make councils more representative of the community. The taskforce will be chaired by Baroness Uddin, the first Muslim woman in the House of Lords and a prominent figure in the black and Asian community. Other members invited to contribute to the taskforce will include councillors from across Britain, from all ethnicities and political parties.

Mixed messages on property prices?

Monday, May 19th, 2008

PRimage has seen conflicting reports this morning on the temperature of house prices: Surveyors have warned of home sales fall, claiming that property sales may fall by 40% this year because of the credit crunch restricting access to loans. And according to research from RightMove asking prices for houses in England and Wales were up 1.2 per cent in May and the annual increase in asking prices has recovered to 2.2 per cent. This is up from 1.3 per cent in April. Judy Viitanen’s take is that this is unlikely to mark the return to a positive property market.

How long do you spend commuting?

Monday, May 19th, 2008

How depressing! Judy Viitaen has learnt that according to research from Work Wise UK and the AA the average commuter spends almost 29 working days each year travelling to work – more than most people’s annual leave! It appears that Londoners spend more than triple this amount of time on their commute – 96 working days in a year. PRimage agree that the enormous amount of time and money spent on commuting needs to be addressed.

Bankruptcy and debt threat looms for more Britons – PRimage alert!

Monday, May 19th, 2008

This morning the PRimage team has read a number of news stories indicating depressing news on how the credit crunch and gloomy financial situation is impacting on consumers: Statistics show that almost 18,000 UK residents faced bankruptcy in the first three months of this year. A total of 17,931 petitions for bankruptcy were launched – a rise of ten per cent on the last quarter of 2007. Some 4,851 moves for bankruptcies came from creditors and 11,674 from debtors themselves. Company winding up orders rose 2.6 per cent to 2,965 in total. And it’s not just poorer consumers who are threatened: it seems that debt problems are also hiiting the affluent – as a debt advice body says its offices in some affluent parts of the UK are overwhelmed by demands for help.

PRimage welcome parent power

Monday, May 19th, 2008

As a former Secondary School Governor, Judy Viitanen is pleased to learn that new reforms will enable parents to instigate an Ofsted inspection of their child’s school if they feel that teachers are falling short.

Polls show Tories widening lead – PRimage say ‘well done’!

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team note that latest opinion polls show that Gordon Brown is facing another disastrous setback in next week’s crucial by-election battle. Despite a surprise tax cut and frantic campaigning by senior Government ministers, the Tories have doubled their lead in Crewe and Nantwich over the past week. And there was no comfort for the Prime Minister at a national level, with a separate survey giving Cameron a massive 20-point advantage. Research by ICM for the News of the World found that 45% of Crewe and Nantwich constituents are planning to vote Conservative, compared with 37% backing Labour. If repeated on Thursday, the result would destroy Labour’s 7,000 majority and deliver Cameron a new MP by a margin of more than 1,000. The survey suggested that this week’s “mini-Budget”, which handed a £2.7 billion windfall to basic rate taxpayers, had backfired. Nearly half of voters said the package – designed to defuse anger over the abolition of the 10p band – was the right thing to do. But 59% also viewed the move as a cynical pre-election bribe, and 24% claimed it would make them less likely to support Labour. Just under two-thirds were convinced that the Government would have a better chance of winning a General Election without Brown in charge. Meanwhile, a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times put the Tories on 45% to Labour’s 25%, with the Lib Dems on 18% – up two points since last month.

Bankruptcy threat looms for more Britons

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Almost 18,000 UK residents faced bankruptcy in the first three months of this year, statistics have shown. A total of 17,931 petitions for bankruptcy were launched – a rise of ten per cent on the last quarter of 2007. Some 4,851 moves for bankruptcies came from creditors and 11,674 from debtors themselves. Company winding up orders rose 2.6 per cent to 2,965 in total.

Plastic bag policy ‘a diversion’

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Plans to tackle use of plastic bags are a diversion from the real environmental issues, a government adviser says.