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Unpaid work trials and zero hours contracts - are they fair?

53 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 28 September 2011

Are unpaid work trials, and zero hours contracts fair ways to assess skills and manage unpredictable work patterns, or exploitation? Winifred Robinson finds out.

More about Richard Desmond's Hospital Lottery - is it set to challenge the National Lottery?

We find out whether having a lodger can affect your insurance.

The government is withdrawing elderly and disabled concessions on coach travel in England, but the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament aren't. We find out what impact this will have on travellers.

Reevoo has launched a mark to guarantee authentic social media content. We find out why it is needed, and whether it will work.

And ahead of the Office of Fair Trading report into off-gas grid domestic energy market we look at the effectiveness of price comparison for this part of the market, and whether customers off grid should be buying now, or waiting till the winter.

Producer: Rebecca Moore.


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  • Health Lottery

    Richard Desmond's new Health Lottery - the organisers respond to accusations of profiteering.

  • Air Passenger Duty in Northern Ireland

    From November passengers flying economy class to America from Belfast International airport will pay just a fifth of the air passenger duty people flying from the rest of the UK have to pay.

  • Zero-hours contracts

    Are zero-hours contracts and unpaid work trials fair? We hear from a listener about her experience.

  • Online review quality mark

    Will a new quality mark help you trust online reviews? The CEO of a company called Reevoo explains how it works.

  • Lodgers

    You can earn up to £4,250 tax-free if you rent a spare room to a lodger but beware of what it might do to your home insurance.

  • Cornish gas grid

    Ahead of the OFT full report into off-gas grid domestic energy market Pauline McCole reports from Cornwall about the off-gas grid and what effect events in Libya will have on heating bills.

  • Coach concessions

    From November, pensioners and disabled people in England will not be able to travel half price when they go by coach. Is the government protecting the most vulnerable?


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