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Costs of smart meters to be borne by consumers says Committee

Consumers will bear the cost of installing smart meters through their energy bills, at a cost of around £215 per home or small business over the next five years, finds the Public Accounts Committee in a new report.

‘Update on Preparations for Smart Metering’ (HC 103) says that despite bearing the cost, consumers can only expect to make a saving of only 2% on the average bill.

How does it affect me?

If you are employed by an energy supplier, or if you are concerned about the complexity of switching to smart metering or the costs that you may be expected to face, then this will be of interest to you.

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Smarter approach needed for adult literacy and numeracy

A recent OECD report ranked England and Wales 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries.

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report ‘Adult Literacy and Numeracy’ (HC 557) finds that a more joined up approach is needed to tackle the problem of low numeracy and literacy in adults.

How does it affect me?

If you are employed in the education of adults, if you know someone who needs help with literacy and numeracy skills, or if you are concerned about the level of public spending on the education of adults, then this will be of interest to you.

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Recruitment to Army Reserve must be stepped up

The Army Reserve must improve on recruitment levels if it is to meet government targets to reduce spending on the regular army, says the Public Accounts Committee report ‘Army 2020’ (HC104).

The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Army 2020 programme includes targets for reducing the number of regular army soldiers from 102,000 to 82,500.

How does it affect me?

If you are employed in the regular British Army, if you are an army reservist or if you are concerned about defence funding in the UK, then this will be of interest to you.

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