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Council run broadband, carbon in China and low alcohol beer

Consumer news with Julian Worricker. Featuring a council-run broadband scheme in South Yorkshire that is running at a loss of millions of pounds.

Radio 4's Consumer Affairs Programme with Julian Worricker. A Council-run broadband scheme in South Yorkshire is running at a loss of millions of pounds - could this be a wake-up call for the Government as it encourages lots of other local authorities to develop their own broadband projects?

Last year was the worst for metal thefts from churches, they now fear that they'll have to shoulder most of the cost themselves.

And sales of low alcohol beer are booming - we examine the reasons why.

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55 minutes

Chapters

  • Smart Meters

    The Government has plans for smart meters in every home and business by 2019, but are some of the leading energy companies jumping the gun?

    Duration: 11:48

  • Metal Theft

    As metal theft is on the increase, churches are struggling to foot the bill when thieves strike.

    Duration: 06:42

  • Low Alcohol Beer

    The sales of low alcohol beer are booming, we examine the reasons why.

    Duration: 07:15

  • Patient Access to GPs

    We hear about a scheme aimed at improving access to our GPs, but will it suit all patients?

    Duration: 09:00

  • China EU Carbon Scheme

    China has said that it won't pay Europe's green tax which airlines have to pay if they are using European airspace and airports.

    Duration: 02:46

  • Council-run Broadband

    The publicly funded project aimed at bringing superfast broadband to one English region which hasn't gone accoring to plan.

    Duration: 07:45

  • Abuse of Disabled People

    Claims from six leading charities that talk of benefit cuts is fuelling abuse of disabled people.

    Duration: 07:13

Broadcast

  • Mon 6 Feb 2012 12:00

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