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O2 Think Big wins Big Society Award

O2 Think Big programme which helps young people turn their ideas into reality has been recognised with a Big Society Award. O2 Think Big is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award for its work to help thousands of young people across the UK, turn their ideas for positive change into reality…. Read more »

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Meeting the need for affordable credit – Carnegie UK Trust

How to provide access to more affordable credit for citizens is a long-standing, complex public policy issue. This discussion paper by the Trust, led by Carnegie Associate Niall Alexander, highlights that we need a much better understanding of credit markets if we are to find the right solutions and calls for a wider public debate… Read more »

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Motorists warned about DVLA refund scam emails

DVLA warns the public of an email scam that asks drivers to verify their driving licence and vehicle tax details via an online link. In some cases the email quotes a 16 digit reference number, telling drivers they’re due a refund for some of the payment made when they taxed their vehicle. They’re then asked… Read more »

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ASA Adjudication on FCL Consumer Finance Ltd – Advertising Standards Authority

ASA Adjudication on FCL Consumer Finance Ltd FCL Consumer Finance Ltd t/a Smart-Pig.com 12 Hamilton Terrace Leamington Spa Warwickshire CV32 4LY Date: 25 March 2015 Media: Poster, Ambient Sector: Financial Number of complaints: 4 Complaint Ref: A14-283329 Background Summary of Council decision: Three issues were investigated, of which two were Upheld and one was Not… Read more »

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Pension Wise guidance appointments

How to book Call 030 0330 1001 between 8am and 10pm, Monday to Sunday. Calls cost the same as a normal call – if your calls are free, it’s included. Appointments are free and impartial. Phone appointments are with The Pensions Advisory Service and face-to-face appointments take place at branches of the Citizens Advice services…. Read more »

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CP15/12: Pension Wise – recommendation policy Consultation

FCA publish consultation paper on their policy for making recommendation to the designated guidance providers and the Treasury. To support this increased flexibility, Pension Wise is being introduced to help empower consumers to make informed and confident decisions on how they use their pension savings in retirement. People will not be required to take this… Read more »

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Pension Wise phone line 030 0330 1001

A phone line to give guidance to people ahead of April’s pension reforms has opened, just two weeks before the changes take effect. Anyone over the age of 55 can call the government’s Pension Wise service to get help, or book a face-to face interview. The number is 030 0330 1001. The news was welcomed… Read more »

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The Law Society & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v The Lord Chancellor [2015] EWCA Civ 230 (25 March 2015)

Criminal solicitors have failed in their attempt to prevent the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, imposing deep cuts on the number of legal aid contracts for defence lawyers. But the Law Society and the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association are now seeking permission to appeal to the supreme court to overturn the judgment. Read more… The… Read more »

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SRA | Record fine from SDT |Nigel Harvie

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has handed down a record fine to a solicitor who took an unfair advantage of his former client. To view the decision against this individual, click the decision below. Prosecution—26 February 2015 Nigel Harvie, who worked at a firm with his name in Oxford, was fined £305,000 by the tribunal… Read more »

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Cifas – Protective Registration for Vulnerable people

Cifas Protective Registration is a defence against identity fraud for anyone with good reason to think they’re at risk, for example: people who have recently lost personal documents, or had them stolen customers of organisations that recently lost or leaked sensitive data anyone who has been advised by the police that they’re at risk. vulnerable… Read more »

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Landmark DLA takeaway case heard at Supreme Court this week

A family from Warrington will challenge the government rule that removed their hospitalised son’s Disability Living Allowance DLA at the Supreme Court this Thursday 26 March.  Join the Stop the DLA Takeaway campaign and show your support by signing the petition. Landmark case The landmark case is the culmination of over four years’ tireless campaigning… Read more »

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Profits Crisis Sparks New Tesco Legal Battle

The challenge facing Tesco’s new leadership team will be underlined on Tuesday with the emergence of another legal claim from shareholders over the retailer’s £263m profit mis-statement.Sky News understands that a leading litigation specialist has been appointed to co-ordinate an action from a group of Tesco investors who will demand compensation following the slump in… Read more »