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  1. This programme on C4 titled ' The Great Benefits Row' sends a reporter in as a trainee assessor for PIP Watch this Capita employee describing the disabled woman as 'too fat to wipe her own arse' See also here http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/watch-fitness-work-assessor-mock-7732900
  2. Tonight on channel 4; http://www.tvguide.co.uk/detail/2093682/105705159/secrets-of-the-parking-wardens-channel-4-dispatches
  3. Tonight on channel 4; http://www.tvguide.co.uk/detail/2093682/105705159/secrets-of-the-parking-wardens-channel-4-dispatches
  4. The unauthorised sales practices of staff working for major estate agencies including Countrywide, Connells and Spicer Haart have been exposed in an investigative documentary. As part of Channel 4’s Dispatches, broadcast last night, an agent from Countrywide, the UK’s largest estate agency group, was secretly recorded telling a reporter that his firm had exclusive rights to promote the second phase of the Help to Buy scheme. The agent told Channel 4’s reporter: “The scheme kicks in from next year but because Countrywide does so many mortgages for the main lenders they’ve given us the go ahead on it now.” A spokesman from PalmerSnell, part of the Countrywide group, issued an apology on behalf of the “one branch” which had deviated from agreed marketing material regarding Help to Buy. Abbotts estate agents, also part of the Countrywide group, was later exposed for advising the sale of buy-to-let mortgages to buyers who were unable to obtain residential loans. When asked by undercover reporters what options were available when the employment history they provided were insufficient for traditional mortgage lenders, the agents proposed the route of buy-to-let - saying it was “a bit naughty.” The programme also featured several secretly filmed visits to estate agencies by an undercover reporter posing as a homebuyer. On one such visit to Barnard Marcus, part of the Connells group, the reporter was informed that using an in-house mortgage adviser would result in the buyer getting to view properties earlier than those who did not. Further to this ‘priority viewing’ practice, Felicity J Lord - a member of the Spicer Haart group - said it would recommend offers from buyers who opted to use the agency’s in-house mortgage broker. A Barnard Marcus member of staff also told an undercover reporter they would remove a property from the market once an agreement was in place to use an estate agent’s in-house mortgage adviser. Both estate agencies offered a response to Channel 4 in light of the revelations. Barnard Marcus said: “Our in-house services are entirely optional. We treat all buyers equally, regardless of whether they use additional services. “We take allegations of pressurised selling very seriously. We have a legal obligation to qualify buyers and forward all offers in writing to vendors.” Felicity J Lord said: “We seek to act in the best interests of our customer, the seller of a property at all times. It is not our practice to discriminate against any consumer because they decline to buy in-house services. “Our mortgage advisers compare rates across the whole of the market in order to find the best deal for buyers.” A spokeswoman from Countrywide Mortgage Services says: ”We do not condone such actions and take these matters very seriously. Once this matter was brought to our attention, we took immediate action and implemented our internal investigations process. The individuals identified have been suspended pending formal internal investigation.” Link: http://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/2002318.article
  5. http://thehardesthit.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/united-sector-secures-late-changes-to-pip-regulations/ Will post more information when I can find some. That's all I can find for now.
  6. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/episode-guide/series-111/episode-3 Channel 4 - Dispatches - The Truth About Leaseholds - Monday 20th August - 8pm Should be interesting viewing for those involved in leasehold/service charge disputes. Andy
  7. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/4od#3388437
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