Charities: ‘time for action on bailiff regulation’

Charities are calling for action on bailiff regulation

Rule-breaking bailiffs are causing people increased stress, anxiety and financial hardship, according to new research by Citizens Advice and StepChange.

Government and CMA to research targeting of consumers through personalised pricing

Government and CMA to research targeting of consumers through personalised pricing

New research commissioned to explore how widespread the practice of targeting consumers through personalised pricing and search results is.

Companies can use customer data and technology to offer different prices to consumers based on factors which may include geography and marital status.

Research comes as government held the first meeting of the Consumer Forum with government and regulators this week to discuss what more the government and regulators can do to protect vulnerable consumers

Call for evidence on amending airport licensing laws

Call for evidence on airport licensing laws in England and Wales

Should drinking laws apply to airports?

The government has asked for the publics’ views on introducing alcohol licensing laws in airports, to reduce problems with drunk and disruptive passengers.

Five steps motorists should take to avoid deer collisions this autumn

Steps motorists should take to avoid deer collisions this autumn

Changes to the clocks this weekend mean deer movement will coincide with peak commuting hours, increasing the likelihood of collisions.

Highways England gears up for winter

Highways England gears up for winter

Highways England’s team of 1,300 specially trained gritter drivers based across the country are geared up for winter, ready to keep drivers moving.

The company responsible for the country’s motorways and major A roads has over 500 salt spreading vehicles ready, around the clock, to help drivers get to their destinations safely.

To monitor the weather Highways England uses 245 anemometers to check wind speeds and has over 260 weather stations at locations across its network. The overhead warning signs are also used to advise motorists of severe weather.

Virgin Trains helps to fight homelessness with ‘life changing’ coffee from Change Please

Virgin Trains helps to fight homelessness with ‘life changing’ coffee from Change Please

Change Please coffee is now available on all Virgin Trains services.

Virgin Trains has partnered with Change Please to offer a premium coffee range onboard, whilst supporting the social enterprise, to help tackle homelessness in the UK.

2.4 million households in England only shown tenancy agreement after putting down money

Extra fees only explained after deposit was paid
More than half of renters had only been shown their tenancy agreement after they’d put down money on the property,

A Citizens Advice survey found that more than one-in-three tenants were only told about additional fees that could be charged during their tenancy after putting down money.

Know thy neighbour?

Know thy neighbour?

A new study from Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch shows that more than half of UK homeowners (54%) know most of their neighbours by name and a quarter (29%) of homeowners would trust their neighbours with a key.*

The joint report, ’A Neighbourly Nation: Through the Keyhole’ , also reveals that that it’s not all quiet on the home front. Although 98% of people think they’re good neighbours with almost a third (30%) saying they get on better with neighbours now than they did five years ago, two in five Brits (45%) have had a disagreement with their neighbours.

Paws for a cause: Wag for meningitis

Dogs and their owners are taking the lead to help fight meningitis

The charity Meningitis Now has launched its new pooch-friendly fundraiser WAG for Meningitis. Four-legged friends can Walk and Give (WAG) for the charity anytime, anywhere.

WAG for Meningitis could be a sponsored walk every day for 30 days, getting involved on doggy challenges or a few canine capers.

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