Advent is here already, and in the CJS office that means mince pies! Yum, yum - a dozen pies for a year of 'merry months' will be no hardship at all. Last night the lights on the village Christmas tree were lit, mulled wine was drunk and carols sung. As the last carol was dying away a large yellow (lesser spotted) gritter went past to a round of rapturous applause (more for the tree organisers than the lorry I think). We were grateful for the grit this morning, a very heavy frost overnight and cold all day but the woodstove is doing a wonderful job of keeping the office warm.
Second Christmas warning in Monday's edition of CJS Weekly which has gone to print with 14 pages including a full round up of reactions to the Autumn Statement from the Treasury, delivered by George Osborne on Tuesday, with its warnings of melting the "gold plating of EU rules on things like Habitats". There are 38 new paid posts of which 28 came direct to CJS you'll also find details of 13+ voluntary placements. Digital copies are already online and email editions should be landing in your in box any time soon.
The readers surveys closed on Wednesday, many thanks to everyone who took the time to fill them in and send your thoughts and feedback. We have replied to some of you already, this coming week we will analyse the surveys and give you an overview of the results in a future edition.