Category: Money

Trading Standards warning after illegally imported puppy is quarantined

Buying or rehoming a cute puppy may seem a good idea and a welcome addition to a family, but Central Bedfordshire Council’s Trading Standards team is warning residents to be aware of illegal imports.

Last week, officers had to quarantine an illegally imported puppy because it had not received a rabies vaccination before coming to the UK. The second time in four months they have had to take such action.

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2,700 tax returns sent in on Christmas Day

HMRC has revelled that over 2,700 people filed their Self Assessment tax return on Christmas Day.

The Self Assessment deadline is on 31 January 2021. Those who need to complete a tax return can do so online ahead of the deadline at a time that suits them.

Every year, HMRC said that it sees thousands of taxpayers using the festive period to get their documents in order and complete the task.

On Christmas Day, the peak time for completing tax returns was 14:00 to 14:59, with more than 200 customers pressing send on their online form.

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Fraud prevention advice ahead of lockdown

Bedfordshire Police is working with partners across the country to help keep your vulnerable family members and friends safe.

Ahead of the planned increase of restrictions, the force would like to encourage people with elderly and vulnerable family members and friends to familiarise themselves with available crime prevention materials.

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Morrisons offers teachers and school staff 10% off groceries

From Monday 2 November 2020, all teachers and school staff will be able to claim a 10% discount on their shopping in Morrisons stores nationwide.

Lasting until after Christmas, the special discount is a thank you to half a million teachers and additional school staff who are looking after the nation’s children and supporting them through the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Government announces changes to support tenants

The government has announced emergency legislation that will help support tenants over the winter months.

Eviction notice periods have been increased to six months. This means that tenants who are served notice will be able to stay in their homes until the end of March 2021. This will allow them extra time to find alternative support or accommodation.

Some exceptions remain, including where a tenant has demonstrated anti-social behaviour or committed fraud, and the landlord would like to rent the property to an alternative tenant.

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Citizens Advice: help for renters worried about eviction

The ban on evictions comes to an end this weekend, and Citizens Advice suggests its new figures show concern is building amongst renters about the possibility of losing their home.

Amy Hughes, housing expert at Citizens Advice, shares the top five ‘need-to-knows’ for renters* in England worried about staying in their home.

1. Find out where you are in the process
2. If you haven’t received notice yet but are worried about eviction
3. If you’ve received a notice
4. If your notice is expiring and you’re due to go to court
5. If you’ve had a possession order and are facing eviction

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