"It is a requirement of Civil Service departments to link individuals’
performance to their pay. This, together with other Commission reward
practices, aims to ensure employees are engaged and motivated through three
years of Government pay restraint. In line with this, Commission staff
members who met or exceeded their objectives in 2012-13 – the vast majority
of our staff – received an end of year payment to recognise their good
The firm told the Daily Echo the nearest Natwest branch is just under two miles away, in Bitterne, and an arrangement will be in place with the Post Office in Woolston for customers to pay bills, withdraw cash and pay balances.
The leading independent builders merchants, which also has a branch in Inverurie, is running an online competition through its Facebook page, offering people the chance to win a variety of DIY goods including paints, power tools and garden equipment.
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“The question will be - will there be proper protections and proper financial
education so people don’t make the wrong choices and end up running out of
their pension pot well before their retirement ends. And secondly, will it
become a way in which people can save substantial amounts of money
tax-advantaged, take it out at retirement and then use the money essentially
to avoid tax after that.”
For example, Wolf cited Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp at $42 per user, which is in line with price-per-user acquisitions of companies like YouTube, Tumblr and Instagram. This is one way of looking at things, but it's severely flawed.