Information Updates

 

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CONCLUSIONS

Consumer

Scams

Citizen’s Advice are to set up a Scams Action Project to protect consumers, and there will be a scam advert reporting tool on Facebook.

Consumer

Cold Calling

A ban on cold calling has now come into effect. If you experience this please contact your local Constabulary.

Consumer

Switching Energy Providers

Many of us are moving away from the Big 6 energy providers. Its one of the easiest ways to save money. Please have a look at the Citizen’s Advice website for guidance.

Debt

Private Overdraft Fees

The Financial Conduct Authority is planning to ban unarranged overdraft fees. A consultation about this is under way.

Benefits

Universal Credit (UC)

Across the UK all new claims are now for UC. For mixed age couples where only 1 is over State Retirement Age, new UC claims will be much less than in the previous benefit system.

Benefits

PIP Appeals

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit appeals can now be done online in England and Wales.

Benefits

State Pension Age

As of October 2018 the State Pension Age for both men and women is the same.

Benefits

Poll Checker

Turn 2 Us asked consumers when they last checked their benefit entitlements:

  • 8.8% in the last week
  • 7.5% in the last month
  • 12.9% in the last 3 months
  • 14.6% in the last 6 months
  • 16.1% in the last year
  • 10.8% in the last 2 years
  • 16.9% have never checked