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FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS.For some people it is not bearable to think about, or to plan for their own funeral or for that of their spouse. However in these uncertain times I believe it is a responsible thing to do to take some of the pressure and grief off family members by not leaving things to late. Myself and my wife have taken steps to leave very little for our family members to worry about regarding these arrangementsWe have taken steps to arrange Pure Cremation funerals which was catapulted into the news a few years ago by singer David Bowie. For instance, if I die first, my wife will contact a funeral director in Hampshire. They will take care of all the arrangements needed. I would be collected from my home or from anywhere else and taken to Hampshire to to the funeral director's own private crematorium for disposal. No flowers, no family present and no funeral service. Arrangements have already been made for a memorial service shortly after my death.The benefits of doing things this way is that the cost to my wife and family is minimal. If I die at home the cost of the complete funeral arrangement is £1195.00 or £1.445 if I die in hospital or nursing home. The average cost of a cremation funeral in the UK is £3,986, sometimes thousands more.Being a very competitive business I am sure that some funeral directors would charge less than £1195.00.Nobody wants to die, but time and unforeseen events befall us all. In the mean time wash your hands and socially distance.

Neil Milkins ● 17h34 Comments ● 25m

Lords amendments to Trade Bill rejected

The Lords amendments below on the Trade Bill were deliberated, and voted on, by the House of Commons on 19 January 2021.  The amendments related to Parliamentary approval of trade agreements, genocide, NHS health and care, food standards were rejected by the HoC. It really is unbelievableThe following are the main amendments made in the Lords, all made at Lords report stage:- Parliamentary approval of trade agreements: this would give Parliament a greater statutory role in the scrutiny and approval of trade agreements.- Human rights etc – determination on compliance: this would require ministers to assess whether countries with which the UK was negotiating, or had negotiated, trade agreements, had committed serious human rights violations.- Genocide: this would allow the High Court to make a ruling on whether a trade agreement should be revoked, on the grounds that the state with which the UK has the agreement has committed genocide.- NHS health and care: this is intended to protect the NHS and care, including health and care data, from control from outside the UK through trade agreements.- Ratification of international trade agreements and treaties: this would require that Ministers explain and enact domestic implementing legislation before a trade treaty could be ratified.- Standards affected by international trade agreements: this would require ministers take certain steps if a proposed trade agreement would have an impact on certain standards (e.g. for food).- Protection of children online: this is intended to ensure that online safety is not compromised by trade agreements.- Northern Ireland: non-discrimination: this is intended to ensure that free trade agreements do not negatively affect market access for goods and services within the UK internal market.Trade and Agriculture Commission:- Appointments and purpose: this government amendment allows for appointments to the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC), and sets out its purpose. This amendment was itself amended to add “public health and health inequalities” to the list of areas of expertise which the Secretary of State must take into account when appointing TAC members.- Advisory functions: this government amendment required the Secretary of State to request advice from the TAC in preparing the report on trade agreements required by section 42 of the Agriculture Act 2020. This amendment was itself amended so that the TAC could take human life or health into account.

Ivonne Holliday ● 4d31 Comments ● 2d