Misleading websites that try and palm themselves off as legitimate Government services are to come under the spotlight from Trading Standards today as Consumer Minister Jenny Willott confirmed extra funding for them to help tackle these rogue traders.
The Minister has committed an additional £120,000 this financial year to National Trading Standards Board (NTSB) so they can investigate these websites. This money will help NTSB also tackle websites that exaggerate the nature of the services they provide or deliberately underplay that people can get them for free or at a lower cost from official sources.
The extra funding for NTSB will mean that they are better equipped to identify, investigate and take enforcement action against any misleading websites that pass themselves off as official Government services.
via News item – Trading Standards Institute.
Legal Beagles’ Celestine will be appearing live on the BBC Radio 4 Money Box show at 12.00 today . Listen here
via LegalBeagles Forum
Acas Early Conciliation – A free new service launching April 2014EC calendar Acas’ Early Conciliation service will launch on 6 April 2014.Anyone thinking about making an employment tribunal claim will need to contact Acas first. Acas will then offer Early Conciliation to try and resolve the dispute quickly and cost effectively.At Acas, our advice is always that it is best for employers and employees to resolve disputes as early as possible.However, if an issue can’t be resolved in the workplace, then reaching a settlement through conciliation at the earliest opportunity is quicker, cheaper and less stressful for all concerned than a tribunal hearing.
via Acas – Acas Early Conciliation – A free new service launching April 2014.
You can read the background to this service – https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/early-conciliation-consultation-on-proposals-for-implementation
Kate Briscoe co-founder of Legal Beagles appeared on Radio 4’s Moneybox today with Paul Lewis to discuss the FCA’s record 28 million pound fine against the Lloyds Banking Group.
Kate Briscoe is a Consumer Litigator for Quality Solicitors Howlett Clarke in Brighton
She co-founded LegalBEAGLES in May 2007.
Many UK banking customers are waking up to yet another banking scandal this week. Lloyds Banking Group, already the UK’s consistently most complained about bank has been hit with the fine due to aggressive pressure selling tactics employed between 2010 and 2012.
700,000 customers were sold investment and protection products that they simply did not need. Yet only 12,000 of these are currently likely to receive an automatic refund as they were handled by staff who have already been identified for miss-selling.
This is very worrying as it is clear there was an unpleasant sales culture in residence at Lloyds long before the admitted period. I believe many more than 12,000 will be entitled to redress. Read More
A rundown of those top 10 financial products you don’t really need:
- Extended warranties
- Charity credit cards
- Gift cards or vouchers
- Healthcare cash plans
- ID fraud protection policies
- Expensive tracker funds
- Structured deposit schemes
- Over 50s insurance plans
- Paid-for debt management
- Card protection
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