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New government campaign to empower social housing residents to raise complaints and make things right

‘Make Things Right’ will help residents raise complaints if they are unhappy with their landlord and struggling to get problems resolved, with clear advice on how to progress issues to the Housing Ombudsman if necessary.

Iconic rock frontman and Heart Research UK patron Robert Smith selling special edition artwork raising money for charity

Robert Smith, of alternative rock band The Cure, is selling off prints of his original artwork to raise money for Heart Research UK.

Robert became a patron of the charity in 2020, following his involvement with the charity’s anonymous heART project over the past 2 years

Army veteran from Marston Moretaine is marching in aid of military charity

Andrew Poole, an Army veteran living in Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, will be pulling on his boots next month to March in March. This is the annual fundraiser for the UK veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress.

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.

Citizens Advice: “more than one in six struggling to afford broadband”

Citizens Advice research has found that more than one in six people are struggling to afford their broadband during the third lockdown.

This comes at a time when people are more reliant on broadband to work, teach their children and order essentials.

Bedfordshire’s frontline services issue warning vaccine scam

Bedfordshire’s frontline services have issued a warning to residents across the county as criminals seize the current opportunity of the pandemic to use the vaccination programme to create new scams.

These scams could cheat people out of their life savings and put people in danger.

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.

Marston Moretaine neighbours celebrate £100K lottery win

Two Marston Moretaine residents are starting 2021 on a high, after winning £50,000 each with People’s Postcode Lottery.

Their postcode, MK43 0WX, was announced as a winner with the lottery on Tuesday 5th January.

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.

Big Issue calls for public support as restrictions deal ‘a devastating blow’ for Big vendors on biggest week of the year

The Big Issue has called upon the public to, once again, support the organisation as hundreds of vendors are being forced off the streets as Tier 4 COVID-19 measures in London, south-east and east England and South Wales take effect.

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