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Loans to the developing world, beer tax and empty homes

53 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 12 December 2012

If you're keen to save money, why not try a radical approach - follow the example of one woman and simply stop buying clothes. Ethical Christmas presents have been with us for a while, but instead of buying something to support a good cause, why not make a loan instead through a scheme aimed at helping entrepreneurs in the developing world? Landlords are unhappy at plans by some local authorities to levy extra council tax charges on properties that are lying empty.

Producer: Jonathan Hallewell
Presenter: Winifred Robinson.


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