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First broadcast:
Thursday 11 August 2011

Consumer news with Winifred Robinson

With fees about to triple, is the Open University still value for money?

Hundreds of residents in rural parts of Rossendale in Lancashire are losing their door to door bin collections in a bid to save money. Will taking the rubbish to collection points just encourage more problems with litter?

And Julia, the only co-operatively owned ferry in Europe, which sails between Cork in Ireland and Pembroke in Wales is under threat. She was bought by local people in West Cork to bring much needed tourism into the area. But can a small, locally owned ferry compete against low cost airlines and rising fuel prices to stay in business?


7 items
  • Cheque Scam

    We have an exclusive report on criminals using dodgy cheques to steal millions of pounds - and the banks know about it.

  • Rossendale residents to lose bin collections

    Seven hundred households in rural Rossendale in Lancashire are affected by plans for residents to take bin bags to collection points.

  • Irish Ferries

    We examine the future of Julia, the only co-operatively owned ferry in Europe, which sails between Corke in Ireland and Pembroke in Wales.

  • Mining Degrees

    Barnsley College in Yorkshire is hoping to use the town's heritage to attract students from around the world to a new mining degree course.

  • Personal Health Budgets

    A report says that many users of mental health services are sceptical about personal health budgets planned to give them a greater say in how their care money is spent.

  • Nintendo

    Nintendo DS 3D is dropping its on 12th August. People who paid the full price are eligible for some free games but must register by midnight 11th August.

  • OU Fees Going Up

    The Open University is tripling its fees, is it still value for money?



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