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Toys R Us, Plastic Packaging, Chat Stories

Toys R Us calls in the administrators. Plus, can plastic packaging be removed from supermarkets, the council that spends its money locally and can you write a story through texts?

Toys R Us and Maplin both call in the administrators.

It's more than a decade since Go Compare came along with a cheesy TV advert, featuring an operatic tenor offering price comparisons. The head of the company tells us if the market still works and gives us his predictions on the future of comparison websites.

A supermarket in Amsterdam claims to be the first in the world to have a plastic-free aisle. It contains 700 items, with everything from meat to rice. Are we ready to ditch the plastic? What are the alternatives?

We visit Preston in Lancashire where the local authority decided to spend its budget locally to create a better life for local people. Does it work?

We talk to a single mother on benefits who was turned away by landlords but has now won a legal victory that could help thousands like her.

Is it really possible to write a decent short story using just text messages?

Presenter: Winifred Robinson

Producer: Pete Wilson.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • TOYS R US and MAPLIN

    Two big names in UK retail have gone into administration today

    Duration: 03:40

  • Go Compare

    Comparison-site Go Compare states the company is more than just a cheesy advert

    Duration: 05:21

  • FCA

    Consumer debt in the UK has risen by almost 10% in the last year

    Duration: 04:23

  • Plastics

    A supermarket pledges to make an aisle free from plastic. But is it that sustainable?

    Duration: 04:54

  • Preston Model

    What happens when local councils only spend its money on local firms to help local people

    Duration: 06:07

  • Chat Stories

    Can you tell a story in a text?

    Duration: 06:47

  • Rents Case Wins

    Single mother on benefits wins legal battle against landlords paving a path for thousands

    Duration: 06:28

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