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Sheffield in broadband slow lane

13:24 Wednesday 10 August 2016

Sheffield is among the worst cities in the UK for slow broadband speeds, it has been revealed. Research from the USwitch puts Sheffield in the bottom five cities in the country when it comes to internet connections. It is 38th out of 42 town and cities in the UK, with download speeds almost half of those in the best-performing places – Middlesbrough, Belfast and Brighton.

Sheffield s average download speed between August 2015 and February this year was 18.36 Megabits per second, compared to 34.46 Mbps in top-performer Middlesbrough. The figures have been highlighted by the Fix Britain s Internet campaign as Ofcom open a public consultation on broadband speeds. Research from Fix Britain s Internet suggests 56 per cent of the population complained they were unable to perform simple online tasks such as working from home, streaming films, chatting on Skype, or making purchases due to a poor internet connection.

A spokesman said: A quarter said the frustration caused by slow internet is comparable to public transport delays and one in seven believe it induces the same level of stress as being on a long-haul flight next to screaming children. The Fix Britain s Internet campaign was started by an industry coalition made up of Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and the Federation of Communication Services. Regulator Ofcom is currently consulting on major reform of Openreach, the network division of BT which is the UK s national internet network.

The plans include Openreach becoming a distinct company to BT; greater choice of broadband networks and better broadband and mobile coverage for people and businesses across the country.

Sharon White, Ofcom chief executive, said: We re pressing ahead with the biggest shake-up of telecoms in a decade, to make sure the market is delivering the best possible services for people and business across the UK.

Low-income households are struggling to heat and eat, new report …

Low-income households are struggling to heat and eat, new report finds

February 17, 2016

Low income households in the UK are struggling to sufficiently eat and heat their homes, according to a new joint report by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) and the University of York. The combination of growing food bank use, welfare cuts and rising energy bills has led to a high-profile political debate about food and fuel poverty in the UK, and the impact of austerity on low income households. Attention has focused on the choice between ‘heating or eating’ that many people are seen to face. The report confirms this dilemma exists, but says the reality is more complex and severe than is often reported in the media and political debates. Interviews with 1 users revealed that their decision is not choosing to heat or eat, but how to spend less on their food and fuel.

Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford, co-author of the report and research fellow at SPERI at the University of Sheffield, said: “The ‘heat or eat’ dilemma is real, but our research suggests that this winter many low income households won’t be able to afford either sufficient food or fuel. These incredibly tough budgeting decisions are leading households to prioritise and ration their spending in complex ways. Food is often prioritised over heating, although cheaper food is often bought out of necessity, and using energy for lighting, cooking and hot water is often prioritised over heating.”

The research found that government welfare reforms, benefit payment delays and an increase in benefit sanctioning are all negatively impacting the budgets of low income households. Cuts to local government budgets are also reducing the ability of local services to support people at risk of fuel and food poverty. Dr Lambie-Mumford added: “Low income households face a combination of further large cuts to the welfare budget which risk forcing them to reduce their spending on food and fuel, and cuts to council budgets which risk weakening local support services.

Action is urgently needed to address the root causes of food and fuel poverty.”

The report also analysed the specific challenges faced by rural communities which drive rural food and 2. These include the large distances that people often need to travel to access food banks, libraries or advice services, and limited public transport; a lack of affordable housing which is made worse by ‘second’ holiday homes; cold and damp private rental housing; low pay and insecure seasonal employment; poor mobile and broadband coverage which makes applying for jobs difficult, and restricted access to cheaper forms of fuel such as mains gas. Dr Carolyn Snell from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York, and co-author of the report, said: “Poverty isn’t just an inner-city problem, yet rural communities are often missing from national debates about poverty. Policymakers need to address the unique challenges facing the rural poor.

“More research is needed to understand the impact of austerity on all households, in cities and 3, and the complex budget decisions for their 4 and heating costs they are being forced to make.”

Today’s publication is the 19th in a new series of SPERI British Political Economy Briefs. Through this series SPERI hopes to draw upon the expertise of its academic researchers to influence the debate in the UK on sustainable economic recovery.

Low-income Households Are Struggling To Heat And Eat, New Report ... Explore further: It’s another cold night for poor5

More information: ‘Heating or eating’ and the impact of austerity. speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/SPERI-Brief-19-Heating-or-Eating-and-the-impact-of-austerity.pdf
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People rich and poor did not heat their homes until recent decades in the UK–fires if lit would have been very occasional. Fuel poverty is a modern concept based upon recent fact most but not all modern people have central heating. It would be nice if all could have the comfort of warmth. But historically living in a warm home is new phenomena.

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… eat and heat their homes … – line 1 body article.

For the loss of an Oxford comma these sad people are eating their cold homes. Yum, Yum! … eat, and heat their homes .. Much more sensible, though sad. Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more1718

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Low-income households are struggling to heat and eat, new report finds

February 17, 2016

Low income households in the UK are struggling to sufficiently eat and heat their homes, according to a new joint report by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) and the University of York. The combination of growing food bank use, welfare cuts and rising energy bills has led to a high-profile political debate about food and fuel poverty in the UK, and the impact of austerity on low income households. Attention has focused on the choice between ‘heating or eating’ that many people are seen to face. The report confirms this dilemma exists, but says the reality is more complex and severe than is often reported in the media and political debates. Interviews with 20 users revealed that their decision is not choosing to heat or eat, but how to spend less on their food and fuel.

Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford, co-author of the report and research fellow at SPERI at the University of Sheffield, said: “The ‘heat or eat’ dilemma is real, but our research suggests that this winter many low income households won’t be able to afford either sufficient food or fuel. These incredibly tough budgeting decisions are leading households to prioritise and ration their spending in complex ways. Food is often prioritised over heating, although cheaper food is often bought out of necessity, and using energy for lighting, cooking and hot water is often prioritised over heating.”

The research found that government welfare reforms, benefit payment delays and an increase in benefit sanctioning are all negatively impacting the budgets of low income households. Cuts to local government budgets are also reducing the ability of local services to support people at risk of fuel and food poverty. Dr Lambie-Mumford added: “Low income households face a combination of further large cuts to the welfare budget which risk forcing them to reduce their spending on food and fuel, and cuts to council budgets which risk weakening local support services.

Action is urgently needed to address the root causes of food and fuel poverty.”

The report also analysed the specific challenges faced by rural communities which drive rural food and 21. These include the large distances that people often need to travel to access food banks, libraries or advice services, and limited public transport; a lack of affordable housing which is made worse by ‘second’ holiday homes; cold and damp private rental housing; low pay and insecure seasonal employment; poor mobile and broadband coverage which makes applying for jobs difficult, and restricted access to cheaper forms of fuel such as mains gas. Dr Carolyn Snell from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York, and co-author of the report, said: “Poverty isn’t just an inner-city problem, yet rural communities are often missing from national debates about poverty. Policymakers need to address the unique challenges facing the rural poor.

“More research is needed to understand the impact of austerity on all households, in cities and 22, and the complex budget decisions for their 23 and heating costs they are being forced to make.”

Today’s publication is the 19th in a new series of SPERI British Political Economy Briefs. Through this series SPERI hopes to draw upon the expertise of its academic researchers to influence the debate in the UK on sustainable economic recovery.

Low-income Households Are Struggling To Heat And Eat, New Report ... Explore further: It’s another cold night for poor24

More information: ‘Heating or eating’ and the impact of austerity. speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/SPERI-Brief-19-Heating-or-Eating-and-the-impact-of-austerity.pdf
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People rich and poor did not heat their homes until recent decades in the UK–fires if lit would have been very occasional. Fuel poverty is a modern concept based upon recent fact most but not all modern people have central heating. It would be nice if all could have the comfort of warmth. But historically living in a warm home is new phenomena.

bluehigh35

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… eat and heat their homes … – line 1 body article.

For the loss of an Oxford comma these sad people are eating their cold homes. Yum, Yum! … eat, and heat their homes .. Much more sensible, though sad. Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more3637

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