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  1. Court bans mobility equipment boss for 6 years - Churchills Homecare READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/court-bans-mobility-equipment-boss-for-6-years
  2. 17-year bans for claims management bosses after breaching regulations READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/17-year-bans-for-claims-management-bosses-after-breaching-regulations
  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/07/28/tesco-ribena-ban-reaction_n_7885776.html People have taken to twitter and other social media and it seems they are NOT happy
  4. Lord Mayor of Copenhagen accuses Ryanair of 'social dumping' and bans staff from flying with company on official business In a plot twist worthy of a Nordic Noir serial, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen has dented Ryanair’s plans to make a killing with its new base in the Danish capital. Frank Jensen, a Social Democrat who has been the city’s Lord Mayor for five years, has banned staff from flying with Ryanair while on official business - even if it means paying much more on the Scandinavian airline SAS. Copenhagen has 45,000 municipal workers. Mr Jensen told the Berlinske newspaper: “We require all of those who deliver services to the municipality, including those who would sell us plane tickets, to offer their employees proper salaries and working conditions.” On his Facebook page, he described Ryanair’s practices as “social dumping.” Ryanair responded by tweeting a picture of Mr Jensen’s face superimposed on Marie-Antoinette’s body, with the slogan: “Let them eat cake!” and “Let them pay high fares!” The Dublin-based airline has a long history of striving to avoid what it sees as onerous labour laws by employing crew on contracts written under Irish law. The Danish trade-union movement is seeking to have this practice overturned, with a case set for next month. Ryanair, which is the biggest budget carrier in Europe, set up a base in Copenhagen this year. It had previously offered flights to the city, though rather than landing in the Danish capital they actually touched down at Malmo in Sweden - on the other side of the bridge between the two nations. Copenhagen is already experiencing strong low-cost competition, with Norwegian and easyJet taking on SAS. Ryanair’s schedule from the capital serves a dozen cities, including London Luton, Madrid and Milan Bergamo.
  5. http://www.insuranceage.co.uk/insurance-age/news/2379614/fca-fines-and-bans-three-former-swinton-senior-executives?utm_term=&utm_content=FCA%20fines%20and%20bans%20three%20former%20Swinton%20senior%20executives&utm_campaign=IA.Daily_RL.EU.A.U&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=IA.DCM.Editors_Updates "Ban follows enforcement action in 2013 and Halpin, Bowyer and Clare have been barred from senior roles at FCA regulated firms. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined three former senior executives of Swinton Group a combined total of £928,000 and banned them from performing various roles at financial services firms. The FCA's action follows previous enforcement action taken against Swinton in 2013 when the company was fined £7.4m after it adopted an aggressive sales strategy that resulted in mis-sales of monthly add-on insurance policies. A culture of pushing for high sales and increased profit without regard for customers had developed at Swinton according to the regulator. Peter Halpin, former chief executive of Swinton, was fined £412,700 and is banned from acting as chief executive of a financial services firm. Anthony Clare, the former finance director, was fined £208,600 and is banned from performing significant influence functions at financial services firms. And the same ban has also been placed on Nicholas Bowyer, former marketing director, who was fined £306,700. Competence All three have been banned on the basis of showing a lack of competence in their respective former roles. Tracey McDermott, director of enforcement and financial crime at the FCA, said: "A culture was allowed to develop within Swinton that pushed for high sales and increased profit without regard to the impact on the firm's customers. "We expect firms to put customers at the heart of their business. These three directors should have recognised the risk to customers and redressed the balance so that the drive to maximise profits did not jeopardise the fair treatment of customers. "Those with significant influence within firms are responsible for setting the tone and the culture; they set the example that others will follow. Action "Today's enforcement action should serve as a timely reminder to those at the very top of firms that the FCA is determined to hold individuals to account where they fall short of the standard we require." A statement from Halpin reads: "I sincerely regret any possible unintended detriment suffered by customers. "I acted in good faith at all times and it is of some significant comfort that the Regulator did not impugn my integrity, nor find that my conduct was improperly motivated by incentive arrangements". Swinton was also fined £770,000 in 2009 for failures in its sales of PPI"
  6. Adverts for websites that charge for free government services are removed from search results Google has cracked down on "copycat" websites that charge unsuspecting users for government services that are normally free. The websites typically enable users to order official documents such as driving licences or European Health Insurance Cards but add a "service fee" on top of the Government's own charge. They attract users by being advertised above the normal rankings on search engines such as Google and are often designed to appear similar to the equivalent official websites. Users can pay sums such as £100 more than the services would cost via the official channels. Over the past few days adverts for many copycat websites have disappeared from Google as a result of cooperation between the search giant and the Government. However, some copycat websites were still appearing when The Telegraph checked today. For example, when “passport” is searched for on Google, several links to the official government website (http://www.gov.uk) now feature at the top of the list. But for some other services, links to copycat and unofficial websites still appear before government sites. More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10765909/Google-bans-copycat-websites.html
  7. The Advertising Standards Authority has ordered a payday lender to pull a television advert for being misleading and for failing to ensure the representative APR was sufficiently prominent. The advert, from Peachy.co.uk, a trading style of Cash on Go, stated: “Payday loan companies expect you to repay your loan in one big payment. However, Peachy.co.uk offers multiple repayments, that’s right, multiple repayments”. Images of different payment amounts appeared before on-screen text stated “MULTIPLE REPAYMENTS. Over 18s, subject to status. Representative APR 1058%. Terms and conditions apply”. One complainant challenged whether the claim “payday loan companies expect you to repay your loan in one big payment” was misleading because they understood most companies allowed payments in instalments. Further, the ASA challenged whether the APR was sufficiently prominent. The advertising watchdog ruled the firm’s claim that other payday lenders require borrowers to pay in one lump sum implied Peachy.co.uk is the only firm offering multiple repayments and was therefore misleading. It did, however, accept Peachy.co.uk was in the minority in offering this type of repayment option. Consumer credit advertising regulations state that where a credit advertisement includes trigger information, such as an incentive to apply for credit, the ad was required to also contain a representative example of the APR. The regulations also state that where the APR was supplied in an ad it needed to be more prominent that the information that triggered it. Peachy.co.uk’s advert contained incentive about multiple repayments in capital letters and although the APR was also capitalised, it appeared toward the end of the sentence and was therefore less prominent, therefore breaching the advertising rules. The ASA has ruled the advert should not appear again in its current form and has told the firm to ensure the future adverts contained a representative APR that was more prominent than the trigger information. More: http://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/news-and-features/latest-news/asa-bans-payday-lender-advert-for-being-misleading/2003646.article
  8. read more: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/civil-servant-david-kelly-allegedly-5764484
  9. Customers are currently being charged as much as £12 to use their cards when they pay, though the transactions can cost as little as 20p to process. Jo Swinson, consumer minister, said companies had been getting away with using hidden charges to "rip people off" for far too long. Surcharges have risen dramatically in recent years, particularly among low-cost airlines. The extra fees have been levied on everything from cinema tickets to utility bills and holidays. In some cases, the surcharges are higher than the value of the item being purchased. Airlines, which currently impose some of the largest fees on bookings, make around £300 million a year from them, while rail companies make around £50 million a year from charging customers extra. More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/9974318/Government-bans-companies-from-charging-rip-off-card-fees.html
  10. The consumer regulator, which is closely watching payday lending practices, has revoked the lending licence of MCO Capital, which traded as Help Loan. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today stepped up its action to curb rogue payday lenders by banning MCO Capital, which traded online as Help Loan. The regulator revoked the company's consumer credit licence after it failed to improve its "unfair business practices", which included chasing non-customers for debts they had not taken. Last August, the OFT found that MCO was failing to make identity checks on applicants, which led to it being targeted by fraudsters who used the personal details of more than 7,000 individuals to apply successfully for loans totalling millions of pounds. The company was also accused of writing to people who it was aware may not have taken out loans, asking "unequivocally" for repayment. MCO ignored OFT requests to stop this practice. The watchdog also said MCO lacked the "necessary skills, knowledge and experience to run a consumer credit business". Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/loans/9939967/OFT-bans-payday-lender-that-chased-wrong-borrowers.html
  11. The loans, sometimes taken by student-parents to feed their children, lead to “desperate measures” as people get caught in a vicious cycle of debt, it is said. As a result companies which offer short term, unsecured loans at high interest rates have been banned from advertising anywhere on the University of East London campus, including in magazines, on posters, or online. UEL made the move as more students were turning to the firms to tide themselves over between grants and loans. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/loans/9898361/University-bans-payday-loan-companies.html
  12. http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/socially-irresponsible-loan-firm-advert-banned-1-2752623
  13. Rogue money lenders and debt collectors will be stopped from trading under plans put out for consultation. The proposals will mean the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) can suspend firms' consumer credit licences and stop them operating with immediate effect if it believes there is an urgent need to protect consumers from harm. The OFT currently has the power to suspend licences, but businesses can continue to trade pending appeals, which can take two years to be heard. Plans to put such firms out of action immediately were announced by the Government in July. The move, which could apply to any firm which holds a consumer credit licence, forms part of wider Government plans to strengthen consumer protection and clamp down on the payday lending and debt management industries. The watchdog said factors it would consider when using its new powers include evidence that the business has engaged in violence, fraud or dishonesty, is preying on vulnerable consumers, or that it has failed to listen to previous warnings about its behaviour. David Fisher, OFT director of credit, said: "This is an important new power that will allow us to deal quickly with businesses posing an immediate and serious risk to consumers. Following consultation with interested parties, we expect to use the power in serious cases where it is essential we prevent a business operating to protect people." More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/loans/9628338/Rogue-lenders-face-immediate-bans.html
  14. Another indictment of the BPA's poor control over its own code of practice -which is itself half hearted, self serving and inadequate anyway http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/business/dvla-bans-excel-from-database-1-5038603
  15. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2213975/Tradition-selling-jam-used-jars-breaches-EU-health-safety-rules.html
  16. Bosses of failed banks would be handed lifelong bans from top City jobs and even jailed under plans unveiled last night. The Treasury published proposals that would see directors of broken banks prevented from working at other financial institutions, while the Government launched a consultation on new criminal offences covering misconduct in bank management. A Treasury source said: ‘It is vital that directors be held to account in the event of a bank failure. These would be among the toughest reforms of this kind in Europe.’ Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2168558/Bosses-failed-banks-face-bans-City-jobs-jail-new-plans.html#ixzz1zeRgKddD
  17. Follows the FSA report.Vince Cable expected to announce also if prosecutions will be pursued. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/9336327/Vince-Cable-RBS-report-recommends-prosecution.html
  18. The already famous Ukraine Police,who are always quick to top up their wages with "fines" extracted from foreigners for so called infringements ...will be rubbing their hands at this latest earner rubber stamped by Yanukovitch today. Getting caught smoking in non designated places could now set you back 1000 uah (approx 81 quid) That is of course if you choose to elect for Court.....its likely that an offender will escape this by presenting 2-500 crispy Hirivnas to avoid any "problems" you read it here first.....watch the newspaper complaints come flooding in before the end of the comp. http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/129509/
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