Free Lightbulbs

Douglas Council says it can provide up to five LED light bulbs for eligible households through a scheme with Manx Utilities. The initiative assists eligible households to reduce their energy usage by providing up to five free LED lightbulbs. By switching to LED, you could save up to £5 per year per bulb on your energy bill.

To be eligible to receive up to five LED bulbs, a member of the household must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • In receipt of benefits i.e. Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, or Employed Person’s Allowance
  • In receipt of Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Incapacity Benefit
  • Manx Utilities priority care register
  • In receipt of Food Bank resources
  • In receipt of Town/Village ‘Coal Fund’ resources at Christmas
  • The household has an inadequate number of light bulbs, reason cited being unable to afford new light bulbs
  • In recipient of financial advice from Office of Fair Trading
  • An occupant aged 75 or over

For eligible households, LED bulbs can be collected at Douglas Town Hall or Henry Bloom Noble Library. You can also pick them up at Onchan or Ramsey Commissioners or the MUA HQ at St Johns.

No Fair, No Fun

An urgent motion from Jason Moorhouse that would’ve called on Tynwald to arrange for a funfair to be on island this TT has failed without even going to debate in Keys. Having passed the test of having four members rise in support of a vote being taken on whether that motion could be introduced, the vote was then lost by 15-6.

The gov said it chose not to invite the fair over this year to support local business. This has caused some division online between those who think its good not to invite them over and those who now believe bored children and teenagers will have even less to do than normal during TT.


Applications are now open for anyone looking to gain UCAS points, retrain or improve their career prospects through University College Isle of Man’s Access to Higher Education courses starting in September. The access courses take one year to complete, and are designed for people who wish to continue on and study at degree level. On completion of the course, students will earn UCAS points which will enable them to continue their studies at Higher Education level at UCM or at other educational institutions off island.

Karen Davies, Head of UCM’s Wellbeing Faculty said: ‘It’s never too late to change career or return to education with a more mature mindset, ready to take on new qualifications. Many of our Access to Higher Education students have dreamed about achieving a degree but because they didn’t obtain the required qualifications whilst at school, they didn’t think it would be possible, so they are delighted to achieve this by studying an access course and move on to degree studies. These courses are also perfect for anyone who feels stuck in a rut in their current job and want to move into their dream career.’

Whilst there are minimum Maths and English requirements for the course, students can attain ‘Functional Skills Maths and English’ at UCM. Visit to apply online.