Uk Cameron’s Party Pledges Budget Surplus If It Wins Election
GovDelivery’s David Worsell Elected to Influential UK Trade Body Public Sector Council
Norway exported 103.8 billion cubic metres (bcm) of pipeline gas in the 2012/2013 gas year, which ended on September 30, including 29.8 bcm to the UK, up from 25 bcm during the previous gas year of 2011/2012. For the first eight months of 2013, Norwegian exports to Europe fell four percent to 68.6 bcm from 71.3 bcm during the same period in 2012. “Norway normally produces gas at full capacity during the coldest months, and Troll’s outage leaves no flexibility to ramp-up production to meet peak demand in case both the UK and continental Europe freeze,” said Anette Einarsen, an Oslo-based gas analyst at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon. News about Norway’s gas outage extending throughout the winter has forced British gas traders to buy more forward contracts in order to hedge against any further supply disruptions from Britain’s key gas supplier. LOW FLEXIBILITY Should Norwegian supplies not meet demand in case of a cold British winter, UK customers could begin importing gas from continental Europe, which receives most of its gas from Russia. But analysts say such a switch would come at a high cost, forcing British customers to pay above Russian oil-indexed gas prices to attract flows from continental Europe. Point Carbon estimates Russian oil-indexed price at 74-78 pence per therm, compared with current UK spot prices of under 65 pence and average winter prices of below 70 pence per therm. Russia sells most of its gas under long-term contracts linked to the price of oil, while Norway has switched increasingly to a pricing model based on gas spot markets such as Britain’s National Balancing Point (NBP). Oil prices have been relatively high as a result of booming demand outside Europe and as a result of political unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, while European spot gas prices have been low because of Europe’s sluggish economy. This means that Russian oil-linked gas prices have been more expensive than Norwegian spot supplies. To regain competitiveness, Russia’s gas export monopolist Gazprom has handed out price rebates worth billions of euros over the past year, bringing its contracts closer to the spot market, and analysts say this will increase Russia’s gas market share. “We expect the continent to take more Russian gas and less Norwegian gas, if we have a normal winter, during the next gas year,” said Einarsen. Russian preliminary gas exports to Europe rose by 14 percent to 105.2 bcm during January-August, and its gas monopoly Gazprom plans to restore supplies to Europe to 152 bcm this year after they fell 8 percent to 139 bcm in 2012. Alternatively Britain could get gas through shipped supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from suppliers such as Qatar.
NETGEAR 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot Now Available in the UK Through O2’s New 4G Network
When the Conservatives ousted Labour from power in 2010, Osborne said he would work over the five-year parliament to nearly eradicate the current budget deficit as measured in cyclically adjusted terms – which do not include the effects of swings in the economy or investment spending. Those plans are now running behind that schedule. In his speech on Monday, Osborne adopted a new target, saying he would aim for a budget surplus in absolute terms – including investment and economic swings – during the next parliament which is scheduled to run until 2020. Carl Emmerson, deputy director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a think-tank, said the deficit by that measure was forecast by Britain’s official budget watchdog to be 42 billion pounds ($67.7 billion) in 2017-18, the last year in its forecasting period. With the economy now showing signs of recovery, rising tax revenues and lower welfare bills could leave the structural part of the deficit at 12 billion pounds – or 0.6 percent of gross domestic product – by 2017-18, which Osborne would need to close in the following years to meet his new target. “In normal times that would look like a large but achievable number. In the current climate, it’s worth stressing, it’s a lot less than the current rate of austerity,” Emmerson said. FIVE MORE YEARS OF CUTS Osborne’s plan depends on his party winning the next election. One opinion poll on Sunday said it was 11 percentage points behind the opposition Labour party. It would also be largely reliant on the ability of a re-elected Conservative government to stick to tough austerity targets it has already announced for the years up to 2017-18. In his speech, Osborne proposed tougher new rules for people claiming jobless benefits and said that by spending less on welfare and routine costs, a new Conservative government would pave the way for lower taxes at some point in the future.
Mike Barton, Police Chief, Says UK Should Decriminalize Drugs Because Drug War Is Failing
The PSC is an industry leadership forum focused on working with the UK Government to harness technology to deliver better public services. Senior representatives from both large and small companies comprise this forum for the technology industry to engage strategically with Government on cross-cutting issues. David manages the European division of the world’s leading provider of government-to-citizen communication solutions. He has helped guide GovDelivery’s rapid growth in the UK, which now serves more than 60 local and central government organisations, including GOV.UK, HMRC, DoH and many local authorities. With over 2.5 million UK citizen subscribers, GovDelivery is the largest dedicated public sector digital communications platform in the UK. Unique collaboration across these public sector clients enables them to dramatically increase their outreach and achieve channel shift goals. “We are delighted to have David Worsell onboard. This is an important time for the UK technology industry, and we are looking forward to working with GovDelivery and members of the PSC to help to unlock the potential of technology to transform public services,” stated Naureen Kahn, Head of Public Sector Programme — Intellect UK. Having worked at the intersection of Government and digital engagement technologies, David brings firsthand experience of the challenges and benefits of working at the cutting edge of the government’s digital agenda. This gives him a critical understanding of the obstacles that Government must overcome to engage the public and ultimately meet channel shift goals. With his expertise, David will provide a critical perspective on Government IT strategy as well as serve as a voice for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) on the Council. The “Digital by Default” agenda is changing the way Government procures and delivers IT, presenting an extraordinary opportunity for innovative technology companies.
“Decriminalising their commodity will immediately cut off their income stream and destroy their power,” he said. “Making drugs legal would tackle the supply chain much more effectively and much more economically than we can currently manage.” Mr Barton said that offering drugs therapeutically through the NHS and similar organisations would avoid the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among needle users. But he underlined that he was in favour of their use in a controlled environment, rather than a “free for all”. “I am saying that people who encourage others to take drugs by selling them are criminals, and their actions should be tackled,” he said. “But addicts, on the other hand, need to be treated, cared for and encouraged to break the cycle of addiction. They do not need to be criminalised.” Earlier on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow #1: Cannabis The UNODC estimates that 2.8-4.5% of the global population aged 15-64 used cannabis in 2009. According to the report, cannabis is by far the most widely used illicit substance. The Weed Fairy, left, smokes a massive marijuana joint right at 4:20 p.m. as thousands take part in the annual marijuana 420 smoke off at Dundas Square in Toronto on Friday, April 20, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette) #2: Amphetamines The UNODC estimates that 0.3-1.3% of the global population aged 15-64 used amphetamines, such as ecstasy, making it the second most used drug in the world. #3: Opioids The UNODC estimates that 0.5-0.8% of the global population aged 15-64 used opioids, such as heroin, in 2009, making it the third most used drug in the world. A Pakistani drug user prepares a syringe of a heroin along a street in Karachi on June 25, 2012. (ASIF HASSAN/AFP/GettyImages) #4: Cocaine The UNODC estimates that 0.3-0.5% of the global population aged 15-64 used cocaine in 2009.
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