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  1. Jail for travel agent who failed to explain missing thousands READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jail-for-travel-agent-who-failed-to-explain-missing-thousands https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/former-travelogue-travel-agent-boss-15327351
  2. Nearly 180 employers named and shamed for underpaying thousands of minimum wage workers READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nearly-180-employers-named-and-shamed-for-underpaying-thousands-of-minimum-wage-workers
  3. Tens of thousands of drivers get increased fines for using mobiles at wheel READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tens-of-thousands-of-drivers-get-increased-fines-for-using-mobiles-at-wheel
  4. http://www.itv.com/news/border/2017-04-12/thousands-lose-cars-due-to-change-in-disability-benefits/ However, many of these people will have received Lifetime awards on the old DLA system !! It makes no sense at all.
  5. It would appear that new tax rules will apply to Non Doms from April 2017. There is some information in the link below - but mostly all I could find was being reported by the FT - which doesn't like being linked. https://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/shrewsbury/community-hub/blog/view/shrewsbury-financial-adviser-warns-of-non-dom-danger
  6. READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-of-students-will-benefit-from-new-cadet-units-backed-by-50-million-government-plan
  7. Tens of thousands of people will receive refunds, plus interest, for charges incorrectly applied to student current accounts held with RBS and NatWest between 2002 and 2016. The RBS Group, which RBS and NatWest are both part of, says it has written to affected customers. The two banks offered interest-free overdrafts on their student current accounts. However, some people had the option to increase their arranged overdraft limit, in exchange for interest being charged on these higher balances. But following a business review this year, the RBS Group discovered this went against the terms and conditions of the account, which said students would not be charged interest on any authorised overdrafts. As such, it is refunding any interest it charged on these authorised overdrafts, plus interest. http://www.moneywise.co.uk/news/2016-08-25/thousands-due-refund-after-rbs-student-account-error
  8. READ MORE HERE: http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/thousands-of-three-mobile-phone-customers-double-charged-due-to-technical-error-34970802.html
  9. BBC News - Hundreds of thousands register to vote as deadline looms Registration needed by 23.59pm tonight. People have until 23:59 BST on Tuesday 7 June to register to be able to vote in the UK's EU referendum. The Electoral Commission said 1.65 million people had applied for a vote since a campaign began last month - but millions more have yet to sign up. Registering online should take about five minutes. People may need their National Insurance number, or passport number if a UK citizen living abroad. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36462425 Just in case.Check things out.In or out your vote counts. https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
  10. Thousands of cars are at risk of electronic hacking, according to computer scientists whose research was suppressed for two years by a court injunction for fear it would help thieves steal vehicles to order. It highlights a weakness in the Megamos Crypto system, a piece of technology used by big manufacturers such as Audi, Fiat, Honda, Volvo and Volkswagen. It is supposed to prevent a car engine being started without the presence of a keyfob containing the correct radio frequency identification chip. However, researchers at Birmingham University and Radbound University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, were able to intercept signals sent between the chip and the car. Listening in twice allowed them to use a process of reverse engineering – using a commercially available computer programmer - to identify the secret codes used to start the car. "This is a serious flaw and it's not very easy to quickly correct," Tim Watson, Director of Cyber Security at the University of Warwick, told Bloomberg. "It isn't a theoretical weakness, it's an actual one and it doesn't cost theoretical dollars to fix, it costs actual dollars."
  11. For the full story : - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/thousands-of-barclays-customers-data-stolen-and-sold-to-on-rogue-traders-9117329.html
  12. Hundreds of thousands of people could already have been taken to court for failing to pay council tax following benefit changes, Labour has claimed. Figures obtained by the party found 112 English councils had issued more than 156,000 court summonses since April, according to reports. Shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn said: "David Cameron boasts about keeping council tax down, but last April he deliberately imposed a council tax increase on people on the lowest incomes, including hundreds of thousands of low-paid workers. "That's why hundreds of thousands are now facing court summonses. The Prime Minister needs to wake up to what's going on." Labour made Freedom of Information requests to all 326 councils in England to ask how many people have been paying council tax for the first time or paying increased council tax since April, when the changes were introduced. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/council-tax-arrears-see-thousands-court-081124861.html#SvAKBSX
  13. NatWest orders long-standing customer to take his account elsewhere - but won’t tell him why . Customers are often urged not to be loyal to their bank and to switch to a better one. But have you heard of the opposite cases, where loyal customers are contacted out of the blue by their bank and told to take their business elsewhere? A small but steady number of people, estimated to be in the low thousands each year, are “sacked” by their banks in precisely this way. A recent example is Daily Telegraph reader Alan Streeter, 70, who last month received a letter from NatWest, his bank of 49 years, asking him to close his accounts within 60 days. It said it no longer wanted to provide him with banking services – but wouldn’t say why. Mr Streeter, who opened his first account with NatWest in 1964 in Deal, Kent, said he knows of no good reason for NatWest’s action. In the early Eighties, Mr Streeter moved his NatWest account from England to a NatWest International branch in Jersey for tax reasons. This suited his work as a helicopter pilot, first in the Royal Marines and later as a commercial pilot for companies in Malta, China, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and Abu Dhabi. His salary was paid into the Jersey account until his retirement in 2004, without any problems. At that point Mr Streeter retired to Paphos, Cyprus, with his Chinese wife, Yingwu Zhang. Again there were no problems. His various pensions from different employment, like his salary before, were paid into his NatWest International account in Jersey. Three or four times a year he moved money from this NatWest account to his Cypriot account in Paphos. More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/savings/10273512/Banks-dump-thousands-of-loyal-customers.html
  14. In yet another humiliating court defeat for Iain Duncan Smith, thousands of sacked Jobcentre staff may be entitled to compensation due to an employment tribunal ruling that they were unlawfully sacked. Story http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/jobcentre-illegally-sacked-thousands-of-workers/ As the article states I wonder if IDS will attempt to retrospectively change the law on this one.
  15. One of Britain's largest doorstep lenders gave thousands of pounds of loans to a schizophrenic woman despite knowing she was "not all there", it was claimed today. The BBC current affairs programme Panorama went undercover at Provident Financial, a FTSE 250 company with 1.8 million customers, and says it found cases of lending to customers which appeared to breach Office for Fair Trading (OFT) industry guidelines. Panorama - Undercover: Debt on the Doorstep, which is broadcast tonight, interviewed the mother of the unnamed woman, who requires constant care for her condition but was allegedly given loans over several years. "You can talk to (her) and anyone in their right mind would know she's got an illness," her mother told the programme. "She's so vulnerable she just agrees to them (the loans). I want it all to stop." Provident said it had strict policies in place to prevent loans being given to people without the mental capacity to know what they are doing. The programme also claims to show a Provident seller calling at another customer's house and acknowledging that she didn't think the woman could look after herself. The customer's sister told Panorama: "They (the agents) would clearly be able to see just by looking around the house that she is vulnerable." A Provident manager is quoted as saying they need to keep selling good customers loans in order to continue collecting from them. She told the reporter: “You don’t ever want to let [the customer] pay up.” Gillian Guy, chief executive of the Citizen's Advice Bureau, told the programme: "I call into question...the motivation to keep exploiting people who clearly can't be held responsible for their own decisions in that situation." The OFT's guidelines for the industry state: "Borrowers who may be particularly vulnerable by virtue of their current indebtedness, poor credit history, or by reason of age or health, or disability, or for any other reason, should, in particular, not be targeted or exploited. But they do add that creditors should always begin by assuming that the borrower does have the mental capacity to make the relevant financial decision, as "having a mental health problem, or acting in an unusual or unorthodox manner, does not necessarily mean they lack the ability to make the relevant financial decision". According to its website, Provident Financial was established in Bradford, West Yorkshire in 1880 and has a network of more than 400 branches, administrative offices and call centres. It describes itself as "one of the UK's leading suppliers of personal credit products to the non-standard lending market" and reported pre-tax profits of £72.9m in the first six months of this year, up 17% from £62.3m in the same period in 2011. In a statement the company said: "Provident has strict policies in place to prevent loans being advanced to anyone it believes does not have the mental capacity to understand the terms of the loan they are taking out, whilst at the same time ensuring that it does not discriminate against anyone, including those with mental illness but no loss of mental capacity." It added: "(Provident Financial) is properly regulated and adheres strictly to the OFT's guidelines on responsible lending. "Provident takes great care to ensure that it only lends amounts appropriate to the personal circumstances of each customer. "The size of the loan granted is always designed to match the circumstances of each individual customer. Provident is a responsible lender and currently 80% of our loans applications are turned down. "In independent research over 90% of our customers say they are satisfied with the home credit service they receive. "However with 1.8 million customers we recognise that we will not always get it right and if we make a mistake we work hard to put matters right and will not hesitate to take any necessary action." Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/loans/9578257/Doorstep-lender-gave-thousands-to-schizophrenic-woman.html Link to the show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01n7m0q/Panorama_Undercover_Debt_on_the_Doorstep/
  16. Company responsible for scheme has taken £36.5m more than it was owed from wages The controversial company in charge of collecting student loan repayments for the Government has taken tens of millions of pounds extra from unwitting graduates. Tens of thousands of people have been advised to apply for refunds from the Student Loans Company (SLC) after it emerged that the firm had collected an additional £36.5m from them in 2010-11 alone. More than 63,000 former students carried on repaying from their salary, often for months, after they had paid off loans taken out to fund university education. The average amount overpaid was £577, although several graduates claim they paid out several thousand pounds more than they owed. The total "over-repaid" by graduates is the highest amount ever taken by the SLC, despite assurances that it had made strenuous attempts to ensure it didn't collect more than was due. Graduates overpaid by £22m in 2009-10, compared to £19m in 2008-09 and almost £16m in 2007-08. Student groups last night blamed a lack of communication between the SLC and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for the millions disappearing from graduates' incomes. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/thousands-of-exstudents-overpay-loans-8007767.html
  17. Thousands of people facing parking fines may be let off after a judge ruled that one firm did not have the power to pursue a motorist for an unpaid penalty. Ronald Ibbotson was taken to court by Vehicle Control Services (VCS) after he left his car at a Wickes DIY store for 35 minutes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150551/Thousands-beat-parking-fines-judge-tackles-766k-Mr-Clampit-landmark-penalty-claim-case.html
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