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Warning issued over celeb-marketed store pod investment – Professional Adviser IFAonline

An industry trade body is warning investors about the risks of putting money into store pod investments advertised by a former Top Gear presenter, based on what it says are inaccuracies in the scheme’s marketing material.

The Self Storage Association UK (SSA UK) is concerned people may be investing in the various investment vehicles which trade as Store First, unaware of the potential risks.

Store First offers unregulated investments in storage pods, containers that are used to store belongings, in the north west of England.

via Warning issued over celeb-marketed store pod investment – Professional Adviser IFAonline.

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Man on hunger strike chains himself outside Speke offices in pension row – Liverpool Echo

A man has handcuffed himself to a Liverpool office building in a row over pensions.

Anthony Helps, 56, chained himself to the B1 Business Park building on Goodlass Road, Speke, at 11am yesterday morning and told the ECHO he would remain there until his pension fund was transferred from company Henley Retirement Benefit Scheme, based inside the building.

Police confirmed allegations about the company had been referred to them and were being assessed.

Mr Helps, from Preston, also said he would be on hunger strike until the matter was resolved.

Yesterday afternoon he said he was planning to spend the night outside the office block.

He said he had transferred his local authority pension to the OMNI Trust through the scheme in 2012 after receiving a cold call from another firm.

via Man on hunger strike chains himself outside Speke offices in pension row – Liverpool Echo.

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Ofcom | Campaign to explain major changes for telephone users

16 September 2014

Landline and mobile companies work with Ofcom on national information drive

Consumer campaign will explain clearer pricing for 08, 09 and 118 calls

Consumers to be told: 0800 and 0808 will be free from summer 2015

Ofcom and the UK telephone industry are working together on a major new consumer information campaign to explain the biggest changes to calls in more than a decade.

The six-month national campaign is planned to launch in January 2015, under the banner UK Calling. It will explain two important changes coming into effect on the same day* in summer 2015: clearer call rates for 08, 09 and 118 calls; and Freephone (0800 and 0808) calls becoming free from all mobiles.

An information website – - goes live today, so that people can find out more before the full campaign launches next year.

From January, UK Calling information will be provided directly to landline and mobile customers, using channels such as paper and online bills, text messages, customer magazines, social media and high street stores. There will also be advertising across national newspapers, radio stations and online.

Ofcom, the communications regulator, is co-ordinating the campaign, supported by the UK’s largest telephone providers: BT, EE, O2, Sky, TalkTalk, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone. KC, the major operator in Kingston upon Hull, is also involved in the campaign. The changes themselves will apply to all consumer mobile and landline phones in the UK.

via Ofcom | Campaign to explain major changes for telephone users.

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Flight claim on hold? Supreme Court reveals – Money Saving Expert

Travellers with flight delay and cancellation compensation claims on hold due to court cases should know by early November whether airlines have been successful in challenging the rules.

 

A number of airlines have put claims on hold while two court cases being fought by Thomson and Jet2 are decided (see our Court Cases section for more details on this).

Thomson argues claims older than two years can’t be made, while Jet2 says technical problems shouldn’t be counted as its fault.

The pair both lost their cases at county court level and then again at the Court of Appeal this summer. But they both then requested permission to appeal the decisions at the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has this month announced an update on both cases. It says the airlines’ applications will be considered by a panel of three Supreme Court Justices and that a decision on whether the appeals should proceed to a full hearing is expected to be made by early November.

via Flight claim on hold? Supreme Court reveals – Money Saving Expert.

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BBC News – Thousands lie on motor cover forms, says ABI

A total of 180,675 fraudulent applications for motor insurance were detected by the industry last year, a trade body has said.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said applicants failed to disclose full information to specific questions about their driving record.

These included previous claims and unspent convictions.

The ABI said that some had attempted the fraud in an attempt to secure cheaper motor insurance cover.

via BBC News – Thousands lie on motor cover forms, says ABI.