Jo Gibney

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Jo is an advocacy assistant at Which? working on a wide range of areas, from health to energy, food to travel. She has worked in policy and then advocacy since 2005. She likes medical and crime dramas, and secretly wants to drive steam trains.

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We want healthy multibuys not just multi-pies

by , Advocacy Assistant Consumer Rights 3 July 2013
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Pies

It's been reported that the government wants supermarkets and food makers to put more effort into promoting healthier products. Wouldn’t it be nice if multibuy promotions weren’t just for pizzas, pies and pop? (more about multibuys...)

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Buy Fairtrade? You’d be bananas not to

by , Advocacy Assistant Consumer Rights 26 February 2013
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Bunches of bananas

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight, but with the cost of food increasing and budgets reaching breaking point, can you afford to put ethical food at the top of your shopping list? (more about buying ethical food...)

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Complain for change: use chargeback, get your money back?

by , Advocacy Assistant Consumer Rights 31 January 2013
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A pile of pound coins

Last year, I bought tickets for a boat trip to the Olympic Park. But before the trip happened, the company went into administration. I tried to use ‘chargeback’ to get a refund, but what does it actually mean? (more about the chargeback scheme...)

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Why bother buying bottled water?

by , Advocacy Assistant Energy & Home 3 January 2013
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Rows of bottled water

I have a confession: I like bottled water. I’m partial to a bottle of the fizzy stuff, but I’m also keen on a chilled bottle of still. But am I the only one who still occasionally buys my water in a bottle? (more about buying bottled water...)

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Christmas on credit – blown out finances or under control?

by , Advocacy Assistant Money 30 December 2012
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Party pooper

That’s Christmas done and dusted for another year. Well, until the credit card bill lands on the doormat (or inbox). Our new research found half the nation paid for Christmas on credit. (more about the cost of Christmas...)

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From bacon sarnies to bug surprise – is this the future of food?

by , Advocacy Assistant Consumer Rights 3 August 2012
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A robot holding an apple

Food, glorious food! Lab-grown bacon and mustard. While we’re in the mood, ants, algae and custard. It may sound unappetising but, if Dickens wrote Oliver in 20 years time, how far off the mark could this be? (more about future food...)

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Should all GPs offer extended opening hours?

by , Advocacy Assistant Consumer Rights 26 July 2012
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An ill girl on the phone

If like me and Dolly, you work nine to five to make a livin’, how easy is it for you to get an appointment with your GP out of work hours? And I don’t mean emergency appointments, but routine visits like medication reviews. (more about extended hours...)

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Specialist light bulb fittings stole my energy saving choice

by , Advocacy Assistant Energy & Home 7 July 2012
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Light bulb in hand isolated on black background

While not ‘de-lighted’, I’m certainly not mourning the passing of the incandescent light bulb. I think energy efficiency is a good thing and have had no problems with low-energy bulbs. That's until I moved house… (more about specialist light bulbs...)

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The magical world of… junk food free ads

by , Advocacy Assistant Energy & Home 9 June 2012
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Disney characters

Can Disney help tackle childhood obesity? In the US they think it can. In a recent announcement, the company has said it will ban junk food ads on their TV, radio and online programmes. (more about Disney banning junk food ads...)

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Roll up, roll up, which Bill would you take to parliament?

by , Advocacy Assistant Consumer Rights 17 May 2012
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Man putting letter in suggestions box

The Private Members’ Bill ballot opens today. It’s this process that prompted the ban on under-18s using sunbeds and allowed marriages to take place in registered locations. What will be pulled out this year? (more about Private Members' Bills...)

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Will Marks & Spencer’s clothes ‘shwopping’ take off?

by , Advocacy Assistant Energy & Home 3 May 2012
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Joanna Lumley at M&S Shwopping launch

Odd socks - where do they come from? But more importantly: what’s the best way of getting rid of them without the guilt of sending them to landfill? Marks & Spencer says it’s come up with the solution… (more about M&S recycling...)

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Sayonara stamp duty holiday – are you sad to see it go?

by , Advocacy Assistant Money 28 March 2012
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Money in letterbox

The holiday is over. First-time buyers are no longer exempt from stamp duty on properties valued between £125,000 and £250,000. Will the extra cost of stamp duty stop you from buying your first house? (more about stamp duty...)

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Should prescriptions be free?

by , Advocacy Assistant Consumer Rights 23 February 2012
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Money next to drugs

When I recently wrote about re-issued prescription drugs, I was surprised to hear that many of my friends and family thought they should be free. But what about your original prescription – should it be free too? (more about prescription charges...)

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Would you re-use medicines returned to the NHS?

by , Advocacy Assistant Consumer Rights 7 February 2012
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Blue drugs in tin

Apparently over half of people would be happy to re-use prescription medicines returned by other patients, as long as they were safe. Is this the way to cut the amount of wasted NHS medication? (more about re-issued medication...)

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