Pensions cold-calling banned

Pensions cold-calling ban comes into effect.

Pensions fraud can be devastating, leaving victims without the means to fund their retirement. One of the most common methods used by scammers to commit pensions fraud is through cold calls, which is why the government has taken action. Research by the Money Advice Service suggests that there could be as many as 8 scam calls every second – the equivalent of 250 million calls per year.

Loyal energy customers to pay fair price from today

Government delivers on manifesto commitment to protect millions from unjustified price rises as energy price cap comes into force 1 January 2019

The new cap will mean 11 million loyal energy customers on “default” tariffs pay a fair price for their energy
part of the government’s commitment to tackle fuel poverty and protect consumers

Following a consultation, Ofgem set the price cap level at £1,137 per year for a typical dual fuel customer paying by direct debit

Stagecoach 53 service ends for Cranfield and Marston Moretaine

Stagecoach has announced that due to low passenger use, Route 53 service will no longer serve Marston Moretaine, Upper Shelton, Lower Shelton and Cranfield. Buses will instead terminate at Wootton. This is one of 12 changes

Turkey dinner and tax returns

Completing your tax return may not be top of your priorities on Christmas Day, but that didn’t stop 2,616 taxpayers from filing their Self Assessment returns on 25 December.

Government welcomes landmark law which will improve the safety of tenants

A new law that will help to boost standards in rented homes and give tenants more powers to hold their landlord to account has been welcomed by Housing and Homelessness Minister, Heather Wheeler MP.

Under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, landlords of both social and privately rented properties must make sure that their properties meet certain standards at the beginning and throughout a tenancy. If they fail to do this, tenants have the right to take legal action – making this a landmark moment for the rented sector.

Bedford station hosts colossal community cake sale for homelessness charity

Thameslink staff, Bedford station businesses and the local community pooled their baking skills to fight homelessness on 14 December 2018 with a colossal cake and pastries sale at the station. Bedford station staff and the Bedford-to-St Albans Community Rail Partnership together raised £775 for NOAH, a Luton-based charity providing support for homeless and excluded people.

12 rules to help you shop safely for children this Christmas

12 rules to help you shop safely for children this Christmas

The Office for Product Safety and Standards has launched ‘The 12 Rules of Christmas’, to help consumers shop safely for children’s presents this Christmas.

National campaign target loan sharks

Unscrupulous loan sharks are being targeted by a national campaign aimed at clamping down on illegal money lenders.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team’s (IMLT) social media campaign gives users advice on how to avoid falling victim to loan sharks, as well as reporting illegal money lending in their community.

The campaign began on 5th December and will run until Wednesday, 12th December. The content will consist of tweets, advice articles and media links being shared from the Stop Loan Sharks Facebook and Twitter accounts

No room at the inn? Growth in hotel and villa complaints

UK European Consumer Centre research found that complaints and questions about places to stay such as hotels and villas went up by almost 16% from January 2018 to the end of November compared to the same period last year.

The number of visits abroad by UK residents has increased from 55.6 million in 2010 to a peak of 72.7 million visits in 2017, it’s clear that UK travellers need more accommodation.

Thameslink’s winter timetable to be introduced on Monday 10 December

Additional services on Thameslink Bedford – St Pancras Line
From 10 December, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will be adding 19 weekday services between Bedford and St Pancras (total in both directions). Of these, two are in the peaks; of the 17 off-peak services, five are night services (that is, they depart from or arrive at Bedford after midnight).

In addition, two trains will be lengthened from eight to 12 carriages.

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