Children invited to join Animal Agents in libraries

St Helens Libraries Service is calling on children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Animal Agents, the national Summer Reading Challenge 2017. The Summer Reading Challenge challenges children to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays – a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip. … Read more

Animal Agents volunteers needed for St Helens Libraries this summer!

Are you aged 13 to 19, love books and have spare time to inspire younger children? Then St Helens Libraries Service wants to hear from you. Every year Reading Hack volunteers aged 13-24 help libraries make the Summer Reading Challenge a success across the country. Reading Hack is a programme led by young people who … Read more

Government action to ban letting agent fees

New measures to provide a fairer deal for renters by banning unfair letting agent fees. New measures to provide a fairer deal for renters by banning unfair letting agent fees and encouraging greater competition in the rental sector have been set out by the government today (7 April 2017). The proposed measures will stop hidden charges … Read more

Problems with letting agents on the rise for young adults as fees go up

The number of people aged 17-24 seeking help with problems with letting agents has more than doubled over the last two years, Citizens Advice reveals today. University students moving into privately rented accommodation around the country this month could be among those stung by bad letting agents that charge hundreds of pounds but provide poor … Read more

Brandon Lewis welcomes law to give greater protections to tenants

New rules require letting agents to join a redress scheme, to ensure tenants have a straightforward option to hold them to account. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis today (3 October 2014) welcomed new rules that require letting agents to join 1 of 3 redress schemes, to ensure tenants and leaseholders have a straightforward option to hold … Read more

Letting agents need to move quickly to sign up to redress schemes

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis urges letting agents to meet the deadline to register with an approved redress scheme. Letting agents have until 1 October 2014 to register with 1 of 3 redress schemes, to ensure tenants and leaseholders have a straightforward option to hold their agents to account. Anyone who feels they get a poor … Read more