Canine Cottages hunt for Canine Critics to review dog-friendly holidays

Canine Cottages has announced that applications are open for the third annual Canine Critics competition.

Successful applicants will be offered positions as four-legged brand ambassadors and will act as the paws on the ground.

Cranfield proud to support ZeroAvia’s world-first hydrogen-electric passenger aircraft flight

Cranfield University has said that it is proud to have supported ZeroAvia in achieving the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered flight of a commercial-grade aircraft.

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.

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

TUI UK to complete refunds by the end of the September

The Competition and Markets Authority has been investigating TUI UK after receiving thousands of complaints from people that they were not receiving refunds for their cancelled holidays within 14 days. Consumer protection law requires refunds within 14 days.

TUI UK has engaged constructively with the CMA throughout the investigation and while the vast majority of people have already received their refunds or rebooked during the CMA’s investigation, any outstanding refund requests for people who had their package holiday cancelled as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be paid by 30 September 2020.

Some customers may have accepted Refund Credit Notes. It is important they know they are entitled to a cash refund as an alternative.

Cranfield postie to take on the Brain Tumour Research Walk of Hope

Postie, who stopped breathing for four minutes when he had a seizure just after brain tumour diagnosis, to take on Walk of Hope

A postman who is living with life-changing effects after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumour is taking on a Walk of Hope to raise funds to help find a cure for the disease.

Father-of-three, Matt Shanley, 46, will take on the challenge event with his wife Julie, 36, a civilian working in the Thames Valley Police control room

Citizens Advice’s back-to-school checklist for first-time benefits claimants

Citizens Advice has seen double the number of visits to its Help with School Costs page during the run-up to the first week of term for many pupils in England and Wales. Page views jumped from 5,566 in August 2019 to 12,069 in August 2020.

It has put a checklist together for help with ongoing school costs in England.

Watchdog opens probe into leasehold practices

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said today (4 September 2020) that it is opening enforcement action involving four leading housing developers it believes may have broken consumer protection law in relation to leasehold homes.

The CMA said that it had uncovered evidence of potentially unfair terms concerning ground rents in leasehold contracts and potential mis-selling.

It is concerned that leasehold homeowners may have been unfairly treated and that buyers may have been misled by developers.

Govia Thameslink Railway food bank pilot scheme collects over 800 meals for local charities

Donations at Bedford and Brighton stations meant that 822 meals were given to those in need, following a six-week community pilot scheme from Govia Thameslink Railway and UK charity, The Trussell Trust.

The Railway Food Collection is a partnership between Govia Thameslink Railway and local food banks. It aims to encourage the public and railway staff, to donate food and other essential items to vulnerable people in their local communities.

The pilot helped support The Black & Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP) Food Bank in Brighton & Hove and the Bedford Foodbank to increase the number of families in crisis that they can support

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