Government launches proposals to better protect holidaymakers

Consumer Minister Margot James launches proposals to better protect travellers booking package holidays online. Enhanced regulations will better protect an extra 10 million UK package holidays booked online, under proposals outlined today (14 August 2017) by Consumer Minister Margot James. The Consultation on the Package Travel Regulations sets out the government’s proposals for the introduction of new consumer … Read more

Environment Secretary pledges action on ocean plastics

The Environment Secretary has set out how the government is protecting our oceans. Environment Secretary Michael Gove pledged action to reduce plastic waste choking our oceans as he set out his ambition for the UK to lead the world in environmental protection. Around eight million tonnes of plastic makes its way into oceans each year, posing … Read more

Citizens Advice response to Ofgem’s proposed safeguard tariff

Citizens Advice has said today that extending the prepayment meter cap to those eligible for the Warm Home Discount is “the best way to protect the worst off.” The national charity has been calling for the price protection for the most vulnerable since 2014 and has welcomed the announcement from the regulator Ofgem that will … Read more

Sunscreen products must live up to their claims

Consumers heading off on holiday this summer need to feel confident that the sunscreen they use lives up to the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) claimed, but a Which? test found one sunscreen failed to do so. Which? assessed a total of 14 sunscreen products from high-street brands and found that one sunscreen – Avon’s Sun+Multi Protection Moisturising … Read more

New crackdown on child groomers comes into force

New offence of sexual communication with a child introduced today (3 April 2017). New offence of sexual communication with a child introduced today (3 April 2017) Groomers face up to two years in prison and will be automatically placed on the sex offenders register NSPCC commends Justice Secretary for doing “the right thing” Groomers who … Read more

Council Tax rise will help protect vulnerable residents

St Helens Council has agreed to increase Council Tax by 4.99 per cent to help protect essential services. At last night’s (Wednesday 1 March) full council meeting in the Council Chamber, councillors unanimously agreed the budget and Council Tax rate for 2017/18 which will see Council Tax rise by 1.99 per cent – the maximum … Read more