A quarter of Brits admit to worry about having power cuts and being left without electricity for hours or even days. And many fears have been realised in recent years with the high number of storms and flooding this country has been battered by. The Energy Network Association have come up with an idea to help - the 105 number. To find out more, our reporter Dan Goldsmith spoke to Tony Glover, director of policy at the Energy Network Association.
Have you written a will? If not and you have dependent children, then you are part of the half of British parents who have not made a will. A study, found that half of mums and dads have not prepared this vital piece of paperwork. That's why this month is Will Aid a special partnership between the legal profession and nine of the UK's best-loved charities. For more information, Georgie spoke to Solicitor Lesley Morgan, founder and director law firm AAG Legal Services.
Georgie Frost is joined in the studio by Russell Quirk, CEO of eMoov estate agents. Today they discuss the big story of the day from the high street, that Marks and Spencer close about 60 clothing and home stores over the next five years as part of plans to turn around the business. Elsewhere, it's bad news for the government as The UK's public finances are expected to worsen by 25 billion pounds by the end of the decade. But it's good news for Tesco Bank customers after a bad weekend, as they will get there money back by the end of the day. All these stories and more on The News Review.
The latest consumer spend data from Barclaycard shows that spending growth hit 5.5% in October. But the data also reveals that consumer confidence in the UK economy dropped from a record high level in September, with only a third of people feeling confident in the UK economy. Paul Lockstone, Managing Director at Barclaycard, joined Share Radio Breakfast to discuss the data.
This US election campaign has been unlike any other, and the result is too close to call. But how will this election change the shape of future campaigns? To find out more, US political historian Professor Jonathan Bell, Director of the Institute of the Americas at University College London, joined Share Radio to look at the kind of precedent the last 18 months has set in terms of campaign procedure.
Theresa May continues her visit to India, but it seems an attempt to strengthen relations between the two nations post-EU referendum has been mired by issues. Tech was in focus as May and Modi spoke at the Indo-UK Tech Summit, but the two leaders have also butted heads over immigration and student visa concerns. Matt Cox spoke to Dr. Ruth Kattumuri, Co-Director of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics, to find out more.
They call it the presidential cycle of stock market investing, in which gains during the fourth year of a US President's term are greater than the other three combined. But is this cycle a trader myth or a tried-and-tested investment model? Matt Cox spoke with Colin Ciezsynski, Chief Market Analyst at CMC Markets, to find out.
Between 11am and 12 UK time, polling stations around the United States will open to conclude one of the most controversial and dramatic presidential battles in history. Share Radio's Colin Bloom is in Florida, and he spoke to us about whether the polls have anything to do with this election being described as "The Brexit of the US".
Storyteller and financial journalist Chris Bishop speaks to Share Radio's Alex Clark, taking you across the continent of Africa from his desk in Johannesburg for the major stories of the week.
On today's programme: state capture in South Africa. A report from the country's public prosecutor has released a report detailing the full extent of the Gupta family's political influence. Is this a turning point for good governance in South Africa? Chris gives his take.
For more of Chris's stories, check out last week’s episode: https://audioboom.com/posts/5226386-conversations-from-africa-fraud-charge-backtrack