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  1. More than half of British households are set to see an increase in the cost of energy in April after the regulator, Ofgem, raised price caps. Ofgem sets maximum prices that can be charged for gas and electricity to those who have not switched suppliers and are on default tariffs. The new cap could see these households typically pay an extra £117 a year. The regulator is allowing suppliers to cover the higher costs they face on the wholesale market. "We can assure these customers that they remain protected from being overcharged for their energy and that these increases are only due to actual rises in energy costs, rather than excess charges from supplier profiteering," said Dermot Nolan, chief executive of Ofgem. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47133564
  2. Virgin Media has announced price hikes for its cable service, which includes broadband, TV and fixed-line phones, which will affect five million customers. The broadband provider said prices for “the significant majority” of customers will rise by between £2 and £4 per month, or an average increase of 4.5 per cent. The company said this was a lower price hike than last year, despite the fact that broadband usage on its network had increased by almost 40 per cent since then, with approximately 60 per cent of total traffic now due to more streaming of video. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/virgin-media-price-hike-customers-bills-broadband-cable-phone-tv-a8494391.html
  3. Say they haven't increased their prices since 2013 and have lost nearly 400,000 customers which meant they posted a loss on their consumer business this last quarter ! I wonder why !! Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/personalfinance/british-gas-announces-major-hike-in-energy-prices-leaving-millions-of-customers-paying-more/ar-AAperr7?li=AA54rU&ocid=ientp
  4. Last year on 24th August we switched providers and signed a 12 month contract with BT for supply of land line plus broadband. However this morning in my inbox was an email notifying me that there was a price increase of £2.50 and that this would be implemented from 1st April. Can they do this and is it a get out of contract if they impose the extra charge? As below Hello, We wanted to let you know that the price you pay for your broadband and calls will be going up on 2 April 2017. We've put the changes into a simple table for you below. Even though some of your prices are increasing, you won't have to pay any extra for your line rental as we're committed to keeping it at the same price for the whole of 2017. Here's how we're making your services even better Get even more from your broadband with the exclusive offer we've put together for you. Just visit bt.com/myoffer and log in with your BT ID or Account Number before 1 April to find your exclusive broadband offer. See how your prices are changing. We simplified your bill. So on your first bill after 2 April, you'll see one charge that includes your broadband, call package and line rental. We're committed to keeping your line rental at the same price for the whole of 2017. Prices that are going upOn 2 April 2017 your monthly price will increase by Broadband and Calls£2.50 Your discount ends on 24 August 2017. After this, you will pay the standard price of £47.49 (this price has changed by £2.50) including Line Rental. Please give us a call when your discount ends and we will make sure that you are still getting the best value. Unlimited Anytime Calls add-on£0.49 Prices that aren't changing On 2 April 2017 your monthly price will change by Line Rental £0.00 If you've got other services that aren't showing here, don't worry. It means those prices aren't changing. Standard prices for calls that aren't included in your Calling Plan are increasing on 2 April 2017 as follows:• Calls to UK landlines and the Access Charge for calls to Service Numbers will go from 11p to 12p a minute Calls to mobiles from your landline are going up from 15p to 16p a minute. (But if you have the Unlimited Anytime Calls plan, you'll pay half price with a change from 7.5p to 8p a minute) International calls from your landline are increasing from 45p to 46p for countries in Band A, 75p to 76p for Band B and 135p to 136p for Band C. Visit bt.com/international for more information The set-up fee for calls will go from 19p to 21p a call. Pay-Per-Use features From 2 April 2017, the price will increase by Call Return 1471 #3 or 1571 #0 (per call) 1p If you haven't already, take a look above to learn how we're making your service better.
  5. Hi, My partner has had an agreement with IDEM services for a repayment plan of 95 pounds. She was diagnosed with Parkinsons in January. She has been without work for 2 years and now she must accept early retirement as she is no longer capable of working. We wrote to idem and her other creditors asking to reduce the figures to a token 5 pounds of which all but idem agreed. I will fill out and income/expenditure form for her to send, as now I am the only earner in the house and so am responsible for all expenses. is there anything I can do in order to get them to drop their figures or see sense, ultimately she will never realise the conculsion fo these debts as she is no longer in a position to earn money outside of her pension.
  6. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/feb/19/royal-mail-raises-stamp-prices
  7. Sky is putting up the prices of its TV packages by an average of between £2 and £3 a month from 1 June. The TV giant has revealed new prices for both upgrades and its TV deals, with increases ranging between £1 and £4.25 per month. Sky’s premier package, The Complete, will see the biggest jump in cost, with customers required to pay £80 a month from June – a rise of £4.25. “While existing customers who have been with Sky for longer than the minimum term (12 months) can vote with their feet, in doing so they say goodbye to a lot of content you cannot get anywhere else. Meanwhile, those still in contract have little choice but to pay whatever Sky asks.” Article
  8. Always happy to look around the charity shops.And spend a pound or two or even three. And donated as well. But increasingly finding it difficult to find not a bargain but a fair priced item. As the Great British public donate things free i would have thought the policy would be stack it high sell it cheap. Charity shops are now everywhere on the high streets of Britain and would have thought competition was fierce. Shoes,clothes household items at prices that you can now buy at certain stores cheaper.New. Charity shops are places where the poorer can go to find things cheaper,are things changing,have they changed do you think in the last few years. Now i do have Yorkshire origins and do not want to appear tight and am willing to pay a fair price. And opening this thread i do expect a little criticism perhaps.I can take it been round long enough. Maybe i am getting older and grumpier as time goes by. Also some Tips have now opened Tip shops usually in metal containers where articles that the British Public have thrown away are sold. Now once again some of the prices i have seen are priced at silly prices and you usually get the response well that is the price. Have you had any dealings. Have you noticed things have changed. Bring it on.Have your say. God bless the volunteers in these charity shops.How are the prices arrived at.Who decides.
  9. Argos has done much advertising about their" clearance" sale. but where are the bargains? I bought a Double sized Silentnight bed blanket from them at £24.99. X shop. It was unsuitable so I returned it. Amazon were advertising the same blanket but in King size for £16+£3.99 delivery. Just another example of Argos un competitive pricing.
  10. Wholesale gas and electricity prices in the UK hit a five-year low at the end of 2015, energy market analysts have said. A mild winter and lower global commodity prices were behind the fall, according to market information provider ICIS. Pressure is mounting on the UK's big six energy suppliers to cut their prices in line with falling costs. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35309741
  11. When buying a new Apple device direct from Apple they now offer to buy your old device. You don't get cash, you get a voucher, which you have to spend with them. I therefore expected a decent deal, as usually you get a better deal if you accept a voucher. Not from Apple, I found a working, excellent condition iphone 4 was "worth" £25. To compare (I only checked 3 others): Envirofone £46 Mazuma £45 (or £49.50 if you accept a voucher) Envirofone via sellmymobile £50 Somehow, I expected better from Apple, I did not think they would offer so much less than other sites.
  12. I recently made a purchase ONLINE, live, gold bullion. I have used the regulated company & site many times before. pressing the CONFIRM button . it requires acceptance etc, that clearly states the order cannot be CANCELLED and payment is immediate by debit card. it is VERY clear that this contract is exempt Regulations 2013 regulation distance and off-premises because of LIVE fluctuating prices. PRICES ARE FIXED upon confirming, which I did, and is a in STOCK items. I receive the confirmation of ORDER , and acceptance of order also confirmation of receipt of payment ALL 3 By email. However the fluctuating OFFER price was a lot lot lower than usual .But the gold markets where very volatile (e.g. in 1min GOLD price fell 5% Lower, though I did not know this , till later,) but I made the decision to purchase. and I was very very happy. Please could you advise me if the well established bullion online regulated trading company, can now, cancel my order. and just refund my payment. Briefly citing it was an live OFFER price ' error ' due to technical /software glitch. and stated I am taking advantage of them. and if I continue the argument they will hand my case to their solicitors. please advise, many thanks graham young
  13. Is that exciting news! Is it hell as like seeing as Gas and Oil have dropped over 50%. Utilities companies are second only to banks in ripping people off. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30792208 Notice he hasn't said Labour 'will' give them the power if voted in. More political bull. So we can look forward to big reductions later in the year or next year. Lets remember what they have said above and ensure they comply.
  14. I could do with reducing our outgoings and I think I might be able to cancel my Sky subscription as ther've sent me an email saying they're putting their prices up on their line rental and phone service. We have TV which thankfully we can definitely cancel as its just out of contract.. .but, does the fact theyre putting prices up mean I can cancel the line and phone? (Its contracted til Aug next year as well as the internet apparently) If I can cancel the phone and line does that mean I can therefore cancel the internet due to it being linked in with the online and line "deal" originally?? Thanks all...hope that makes sense.
  15. Hi all, unsure whether this belongs here or another forum area so please move if needed I noticed something this morning on an item I've had in my Amazon basket for a while. It was priced at £250 for a couple of weeks and the same item was the same price in Argos, John Lewis and even Halfords was similar (Couple of pounds more) What seemed like seconds before todays lightning deal kicked in for that item, the price went up to £268 and the lightning deal kicked in @ 30% off RRP. To me RRP was £250 and from what I can see, the item was increased in price for the deal. If I remember correctly, shops used to do this before in-store promos and was deemed either wrong or maybe even unlawful though I may be wrong here. Online chat was pointless and they just maintain prices go up and down but I find it too much of a coincidence it was increased seconds before the deal. Deal still means it's cheaper than JL but it's more the morality of it. What do you think? Looking too much into it? cheers
  16. Hi, Im not sure what it is im looking for in asking the question whether Newlyn are fixing prices. They say i owe £324.54, giving their breakdown that i asked them for the said as follows; TOTAL BALANCE INCLUDING FEES £835.04 TOTAL PAID £510.50 BALANCE OUTSTANDING £324.54 i asked for the breakdown of the balance and they said VISIT ONE £24.50 VISIT TWO £18.00 LEVY FEE £42.16 (they say they levied the car outside my house, but they gave me the wrong details it was not my car ) ATTENDANCE/VAN £136.00 Their fees come to £220.66 Leaving £103.88 I asked the council for the total of my liability order which they said was COUNCIL TAX DEBT £188.54 I have paid most of my council tax online instead of to the bailiff, these sums dont add up, are Newlyn fixing these prices, they dont seem to know how much i owe the council
  17. Ok, I need to go to to London from Nottingham this Thurs/Fri. On East Midlands Trains website it says this: "Return tickets to London for £38 or less" http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/travelling-with-us/our-network/trains-to-london/ Ok, now I have been quoted from Nottm to London £17 one way, return journey I am getting stupid figures around £48-90 one way! The return tickets are coming in at over £120. The above prices are from 2 singles (even with their "best fare finder") - as you can see these figures are way out with their "£38 or less".... What is going on here? I drove to London twice before and back to Nottm on £40 worth of diesel. Moreover, I get my own personal space in the car, and dont have to stand around cramped at peak hours, or listen to some drunk rage at off peak times. I thought public transport was supposed to be cheap?
  18. The Energy Secretary is to warn that customers are not "cash cows" to be squeezed for profits by the shareholders of energy companies. Liberal Democrat Ed Davey will deliver the warning in a speech to Energy UK's annual conference at lunchtime. He will urge the industry to "open up your books" to show how it is trying to keep tariffs low. His speech comes amid warnings that gas prices could soar this winter if the national supply runs short during another cold snap. Average price rises of 9.1% had been announced by four of the UK's six main energy companies. However, EDF today became the fifth energy firm to announce a price increase significantly unveiling a far lower rise - just 3.9% - than the other companies. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/energy-prices-customers-not-cash-cows-085145211.html#RcfQ0LX
  19. http://www.which.co.uk/campaigns/energy-prices/british-gas-price-rise-energy-bills-sse-17102013/?utm_campaign=171013_campaigns_energy_prices_non_supporters&utm_medium=email&utm_source=email_campaigns&cmp=171013_campaigns_energy_prices_non_supporters http://www.which.co.uk/campaigns/energy-prices/know-the-issue/ http://www.which.co.uk/campaigns/energy-prices/
  20. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24562930
  21. Six High Street furniture and carpet retailers have been accused of misleading their customers with fake prices. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said the stores had all advertised price cuts which were not genuine. In particular, they advertised reductions from previously higher prices, which tricked customers into thinking they were getting a bargain. Carpetright and the ScS chain are among the six being investigated. During its inquiries, the OFT said it found systematic examples of inflated "reference pricing". That is where a retailer claims the price "was" £500, for example, and is "now" £300. But the OFT said that in some cases, the stores under investigation had not sold a single product at the previous higher price. On average, it found that 95% of sales were at the lower, or "now" price, suggesting the original prices were not genuine. It also said the problem was "endemic" within the industry. Carpetright said it would co-operate fully with the OFT, but insisted there was no suggestion that it had broken competition law. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23797882
  22. i know its not a huge rise but wifes on a low wage and isnt happy shes just had a letter to say her contracts going up by 50p a month shes still fixed into a contract, only 9 months into a 2 year contract i assume theres some sort of get out clause for them to put it up even tho its now going to be more than agreed
  23. I've just receive a letter to inform me of a price increase by £4.59. I'm on 50mb and was told, along with everyone else, that my speed would be doubling, that was last year, Then came a big price rise and still no speed increase. Now we are almost a year on and another increase in price but no increase in BB speed, I'm still on 50mb despite being told it would be doubling. They now say it will be by the Autumn of 2013 which I suppose will be after another couple of price rises. So much for 'Free' speed increase. Time to make this public on Consumer Action Group. There are some not very happy bunnies on http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Up-to-60Mb-Setup-Equipment/Downgrade-Virgin-Media-Package-on-Price-Increase-In-Feb-2013/m-p/1593162/highlight/false#M124754 Virgins forum. This post is a copy of what I posted on the Virgin forum.
  24. The Financial Services Authority, is investigating claims by a whistleblower that Britain's £300bn wholesale gas market has been "regularly" manipulated by some of the big power companies, exploiting weaknesses that echo the recent Libor scandal. Separately, the energy regulator Ofgem has been warned by a company responsible for setting so-called benchmark prices, ICIS Heren, that it had seen evidence of suspect trading on 28 September, a key date as it marks the end of the gas financial year and can have an important influence on future prices. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/12/libor-like-manipulation-gas-markets
  25. The second wettest summer on record has blighted UK harvests and will lead to food price rises, farmers and retailers have warned. Wheat yields in England are down by almost 15% on the five-year average, the National Farmers' Union (NFU) reported, with some areas in the west of England suffering worst from the summer rain. The world price of grain has already been rising in recent months following a heatwave in Russia and the worst drought in 50 years in the US, which destroyed 45% of corn and 35% of the soya bean crop. Read more here :- http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/oct/10/food-prices-rise-wettest-summer?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038 Farmers are taking the first hit as feed wheat and compond foods for stock have risen by £50 a tonne this month !!! Lex
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