Category: Money

Specialist telephones to crack down on scammers

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has teamed up with Age UK by funding the purchase of specialist telephones which prevent scam callers from connecting to potentially vulnerable individuals and in turn, preventing fraudsters from deceiving older people out of money via telephone scams.

The specialist devices have an inbuilt scam calling blocker, preventing known incoming scam numbers from being able to connect to the client’s home telephone number.

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Cranfield postman affected by brain tumour launches charity campaign to find a cure

A Cranfield postman living with a brain tumour, and his wife, also a key worker, are taking centre stage in a charity’s campaign to find a cure for the devastating disease.

Matt Shanley, 46, and Julie, 36, who works in Thames Valley Police’s control room, are helping the national charity Brain Tumour Research celebrate its Wear A Hat Day campaign for 2021.

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Fairer for Carers Campaign

Local charity Carers in Bedfordshire is supporting Carers UK’s campaign. This launched today (Wednesday 10 February) and calls upon the Government to address the financial hardship faced by many unpaid carers.

Carers UK is calling for a £20 a week supplement to the Carer’s Allowance, which would help carers manage both the higher costs of caring and the lack of services available to help them stay in work.

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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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