Boots opening and closing times for August Bank Holiday Monday

The August bank holiday is the perfect opportunity to head to Boots, but only if you know your local store’s opening times.

Here’s everything you’ll need to know if you want to stock up for all your health and beauty needs.

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Check your local Boots opening hours for the bank holiday
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When is Boots open over the bank holiday?

Usually, Boots stores are open from as early as 7am and close between 8pm and 10pm.

Some of the larger stores will have longer opening hours.

Most Boots branches will remain open on Monday, but many will close around 6pm.

Times at each store will vary, though, so it’s a good idea to check your local store’s opening hours in advance.

How can I check if my local Boots pharmacy will be open?

You can find out if and when your local branch is open by using the Store Locator on their website.

Simply type in your postcode and it will be able to tell you the specific opening times for that branch.

You can also see suggestions for alternative stores nearby, should your nearest store be closed.

If your closest Boots pharmacy is located within a shopping centre, it is advisable to check the opening times of the precinct as well.

What bank holidays are remaining in 2019?

Each year sees eight bank holidays in England and Wales.

The next after Monday will be Christmas Day, followed closely by Boxing Day, and then New Year’s.

The UK has fewer bank holidays than most other European countries.

Recent years have seen some people pushing for extra holidays to honour the patron saints days of the constituent countries of the UK.

Why do Scotland and Northern Ireland have more bank holidays?

Scotland has nine bank holidays a year while Northern Ireland has ten.

Those extra days mark events of particular significance in each country’s culture.

In Scotland, January 2 is a bank holiday because of the extra importance of Hogmanay and New Year’s in the country.

St Andrew’s Day is also a public holiday, though has to be taken instead of another bank holiday.

As well as St. Patrick’s Day, Northern Ireland has a bank holiday on July 12 to celebrate the victory of protestant William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne.

Bank or public holidays do not have to be given to employees as paid leave, an employer can decide whether to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s statutory leave.

The Government website has more details on what your worker’s rights are in regards to public holidays.

Bank holidays may also impact how benefits are paid, the website explains how they may be affected.

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Doctors charging patients up to £120 for sick notes and letters depending on where you live

PATIENTS up and down the country are being slapped with fees of up to £120 when they want a sick note, letter or report from the doctor.

It’s the latest example of a postcode lottery, which sees households penalised depending on where they live.

How much you’ll pay for a sick note varies wildly across the UK

The Sun’s research into 20 randomly picked NHS doctors’ surgeries around England found that households are being charged for everything from a sick note explaining why they’re not at work to travel letters confirming they’re fit for overseas trips.

How much do doctors charge?

Sick notes range in price from £10 at a surgery in Kentish Town in London to four times the price at £40 in a Coventry and Cross Hills in Yorkshire practice.

Travel letters were even more, ranging from £15 in Kentish Town and Wood Green in London to £50 in Coventry and Petersfield.

But these weren’t the only services doctors are charging for, with letters to show your travel insurer when you’re too ill to go make a trip ranging from £15 in Kentish Town to £60 in Deal, Kent.

While a private letter, which can be used to show you can’t participate in a certain task, such as sports at your local gym for example, cost from £15.50 in Reading to £70 in Deal.

Doctors can charge up to £120 for writing notes, reports and providing certificates

And if you’re an older person who still wants to drive and needs a doctor to confirm you’re still fit to do so, then prices rocket even more.

Here, we found doctors charging £60 in Market Drayton in Shropshire, while a practice in South Shields in Tyne and Wear charged double at £120.

We’ve listed these fees in the table above but we also found the same surgeries charging between £11 and £35 for vaccination certificates and between £40 and £90 if you have a medical exemption, which means you can’t wear a seatbelt.

If you need a witness for a driving licence photo this costs between £20 and £40, while a medical examination needed to drive a HGV, LGV or taxi cost between £80 and £130.

Martyn James, a consumer expert at complaints website Resolver said: “The NHS is one of the things that makes our country great.

“But that’s why it’s so shocking that these fees for doctors letters are hitting us with private healthcare prices.

“Play fair and set a flat rate for all, so our postcodes don’t penalise us for vital services like a traditional doctors note.”

Are GPs allowed to charge NHS patients?

This may come as a shock to patients of NHS practices, but trade body the British Medical Association (BMA) explains that NHS GPs can charge NHS patients for work that’s considered to be a non-NHS service.

And GPs can even refuse to do this work.

How can I complain about doctors' fees?

FIRST of all be aware that doctors are allowed to charge fees for certain services – and that includes to NHS patients.

But if you’re unhappy with the fee charged or perhaps you weren’t told in advance that you would be charged then you can complain to the GP practice or hospital involved.

Check with the pratice involved for its complaint procedure and follow this.

You should make your complaint within 12 months of the incident.

If you need help making a complaint your local Healthwatch can help you find free, independent NHS complaints advocacy services in your area.

If you don’t get the response you were hoping for from your surgery then complaints can be taken to your local clinicial commissioning group or to the Health Ombudsman.

See Citizens Advice for more information.

But the problem is that while the BMA recommends the price of some fees, it’s ultimately down to the practice to choose, which can lead to this postcode lottery.

A BMA spokesperson, however, doesn’t believe our research is representative of the country as it only covers 20 of the 6,910 GP practices in England.

They added: “GPs are self-employed and they have to cover their costs in the same way as any small business.

“The NHS covers costs only for NHS work, so GPs have to charge fees to cover their time and cost of non-NHS work.

“Due to competition regulations, it is not possible for GPs to agree to set many types of fees.

“While the BMA provides limited guidance about what they may wish to consider charging for some non-contractual work, practices are not obliged to follow this and are free to set their fees as they see appropriate.”

Doctors fees aren’t the only postcode lottery households face, with funeral providers charging £2,400 MORE for same service just 2.2 miles apart.

While grieving families are being charged up to £680 more for cremating loved-ones based on where they live.

Brits also face a fuel postcode lottery – here are the regions where you’ll fork out more of your salary to fill up your car.

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Bosses at Britain’s biggest firms are still earning 117 times more than the average worker despite pay reduction

BOSSES at Britain’s biggest firms still earn 117 times more than a typical worker — despite a 13 per cent fall.

Chief executives at FTSE 100 firms ­trousered an average £3.46million in 2018, down from £3.97million the year before.

Ben van Beurden of Royal Dutch Shell still received a pay rise from £7.8million to £17.8million
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Ben van Beurden of Royal Dutch Shell still received a £10million pay rise from £7.8million to £17.8million[/caption]

The average worker earned £29,574, said the High Pay Centre and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

It would take a FTSE firm chief just three days to earn the same amount.

Of the 100 bosses, 43 saw their salary increase.

The research found 64 per cent of workers agree that CEO pay is too high.


TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This shocking pay gap won’t change without major reform.

“We need new rules to give workers seats on executive pay committees.

“This would help bring some much-needed common sense and fairness to boardroom pay.”

Mark Cutifani of Anglo American trousered over double the amount he was paid the previous year
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Mark Cutifani of Anglo American trousered over double the amount he was paid the previous year, from £6.7million to £14.7million[/caption]

Rakesh Kapoor of Reckitt Benckiser received a substantial pay rise from £9million to £15.2million
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Rakesh Kapoor of Reckitt Benckiser received a substantial pay rise from £9million to £15.2million[/caption]

Ivan Menezes of Diageo also managed to avoid falling pay, earning £9million compared to the previous years £3.4million
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Ivan Menezes of Diageo also managed to avoid a pay fall, earning £9million compared to the previous year’s £3.4million[/caption]

Superdrug is giving 10% off to all NHS staff including make up and perfume

HEALTH and beauty retailer Superdrug is giving all NHS staff 10 per cent off their shopping when they buy anything in store.

The discounts will be available from now until December 31 – so you’ll be able to use it through the Christmas period too.

Superdrug is giving NHS staff 10 per cent off until the end of the year

The discount applies to all ranges across the store including perfume, healthcare and make up.

For example, the offer brings down the price of Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Eau de Toilette 50ml down to £51.30 or £1.60 off a NYX Professional Eyeshadow Palette.

To get the discount, all you’ll need to do is show a valid NHS staff ID to the person at the checkout who will apply the money off your bill.

You’ll also need to be signed up to their Health & Beauty loyalty scheme.

What you need to know before signing up to any reward scheme

THERE are thousands of different loyalty schemes and reward cards available – so you need to make sure you know what you're signing up for

  • By signing up for a loyalty card, a retailer will get a lot of information about you and your shopping habits. The data might be shared within its group of companies to target you with offers and advertising.
  • If a firm goes bust, you will lose your points, which have no cash value. Hoarding points also means you risk losing them if a retailer or restaurant shuts your account after a long period of inaction.
  • Read the terms and conditions carefullly some retailers and restaurant will have expiration dates on certain offers (for example you might have limited amount of time to spend your extra points).
  • Don’t choose where to shop or where to eat based on a store’s loyalty scheme. If there is a particular item you want, shop around rather than head straight for the retailer where you have a loyalty card. In a restaurant check some of the special deals or menus – they might be better value than the loyalty scheme.
  • Beware of spending more simply because you have a loyalty card and don’t buy something just for any bonus points you may earn.

If you don’t already have one of the cards you can sign up for free here.

You will need to provide basic information such as your full name, age, address and contact details.

Remember, by signing up to the scheme you are agreeing to share a lot of information with the retailer including your spending habits.

The discount isn’t available online so you’ll have to head into one of Superdrugs 800 branches – you can find your nearest one here.

Iceland often run deals for emergency service staff where they can get 10 per cent off their shopping bill.

Nandos also offers 20 per cent off to customers who work in the emergency services, forces and NHS.

Superdrug’s skincare collection has been dubbed a “game changer” by beauty fans and it costs less than £3.

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Greedy football clubs charge admin fees on season tickets that sell for up to £1,995

CLUBS are charging footie fans as much as £50 in admin fees to buy season tickets that can hit £1,995 on their own.

Premier League giants Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are accused of cashing in on supporters’ loyalty by slapping on the extra charge.

It applies when fans use a club’s loan service to pay for their ticket in instalments.

Arsenal top the list of offenders, charging a £50 fee — plus an additional nine per cent APR interest rate if paying over six months and ten per cent if paid over ten months.

Face value

Their North London rivals Spurs charge a fee of £39.46.

That is the equivalent of a loan charged at 8.66 per cent interest.

Factoring that in, a season ticket at Tottenham Hotspur’s new ground with a face value of £1,052.25 ends up costing £1,091.71.

Spurs currently charge the most for a season ticket in the Premier League, with their top-priced seats costing an incredible £1,995.

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Spurs add a fee of £39.46 even thought they have the highest priced ticket in the Premier League[/caption]

Last year, the Champions League runners-up earned more than £141million in TV and prize money, having finished fourth in the Premier League.

Elsewhere in the top six, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have also hit their fans in the pocket.

United charge an “arrangement fee” of £38.50 — equal to an interest rate of 10.9 per cent APR.

That pushes the price of a season ticket at Old Trafford from £703 to £741.50 when paid over ten monthly instalments.

United scooped £139million in TV money last term, after finishing sixth.


Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool charge supporters a “transaction fee” of 5.25 per cent, which works out as £25.96 on a typical season ticket, plus an interest rate of ten per cent on the rest of the loan.

This equates to another £10 in interest charges when paid back over ten months.

So a season ticket at Anfield rises from £685 to £720.96 as a result.

The club pocketed £149million — more than any other club — last time out, having been crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time.

Chelsea ask fans to stump up an admin fee of 3.75 per cent when paying in instalments — approx-imately £22.70 — on top of a basic season ticket starting at £595.


Chelsea fans are also forced to fork out unnecessary admin fees despite having mega-rich Roman Abramovich as owner[/caption]

The West London outfit trousered more than £142million in telly money last season for finishing third in the Premier League.

Season-ticket prices have soared since the advent of the Premier League. The cheapest ticket at Anfield for the 1989-90 season cost £60, while at Man United that figure was £96.

Fast-forward to the 2008-09 season and United were charging £665 for a ticket in the Upper East Stand. In 2010-11, Spurs charged £1,175, far below today’s top price.

Half of the top flight’s clubs — among them Burnley, Newcastle United, Watford, Brighton and Crystal Palace — do not impose charges for spreading the cost of a season ticket.

Supporters last night slammed the ten sides who do add top-up fees.

A spokesman for the Football Supporters’ Association told us: “There won’t be a one-size-fits all payment system that will work for all clubs and fans.

“It’s up to clubs to find out what works best for supporters by ensuring there’s constructive dialogue in place. They owe it to their fans to ensure season tickets are affordable for the majority.”

Martyn James of consumer group told us: “When will greedy football clubs learn you can’t put a price on loyalty? Football is for everyone.

“Fans who need loans could easily be subsidised using the millions clubs earn in TV rights and sponsorship.”