Pensioners and those approaching retirement should be aware of attempts by cold callers to dupe them into transferring their pensions into scam schemes.The warning comes as four scammers have been ordered by the High Court to repay £13.7 million taken from 245 victims – the first time such an order has been obtained.

Source: Scam watch: Beware pension transfer cold calls as fraudsters ordered to repay £13.7m


Red Brick

Yesterday, 19 January 2018, Karen Buck MP sought a second reading of her private member’s Bill, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill.

After a long an interesting debate, with support from all sides of the House, the Bill was given an unopposed second reading and now has a good chance of becoming law. Below is Karen’s speech, slightly reduced to take out interventions from other MPs.

It explains the background to the Bill and its purpose and will be of interest to most people involved with housing. The speech is taken from the ‘They Work For You’ website, where the whole debate can be found.

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Karen Buck MP in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th January 2018.

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Everyone deserves to live in a safe…

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180118 FBC meeting RAG Fylde Borough Council meeting discussing Cuadrilla’s Roseacre Wood traffic plans, 18 January 2018. Photo: Roseacre Awareness Group

Fylde Borough councillors voted unanimously yesterday against Cuadrilla’s updated transport plans for its Roseacre Wood fracking site near Blackpool.

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#NoFracking anywhere


180118 KM Eddie Thornton 1 Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton, 18 January 2018. Photo: Eddie Thornton

Campaigners in North Yorkshire have said they may seek an injunction against fracking by Third Energy at Kirby Misperton because of concerns about the pipeline that would transport any produced gas.

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Going out on a limb, I’d guess that most people who don’t work in the banking sector (and maybe even some that do!) don’t actually understand what “monetary policy” actually is. I certainly didn’t.

In The Production of Money, Ann Pettifor painstakingly spells out the need for the layperson to have a basic working knowledge of monetary policy, especially if we are to save our democracy from the despotism of global finance. She observes that the financial elite – and many of the academic economists who enable them – deliberately propagate a distorted view of the money system, as if it’s behaviour was an immutable law of nature, rather than a carefully rigged arrangement designed to maintain the dominant position of finance over governments, industry and workers.

She dispels the myth that credit is the loaning out of existing, hoarded wealth as if we still lived in the age of…

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Transport Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route A1(M) Alconbury to Peterborough A13 Thames Gateway A417/A419 Swindon to Gloucester A55 A249 Chiltern Rail …

Source: Public Private Partnership Case Studies



The poor side of life

Ok first may I wish each and every one of my readers a happy new year and I hope that the new year treats you better than the previous one has. Of course I understand that this is impossible unless something drastic happens in the near future, and that isn’t likely is it.

Anyway today was our first week back after the festive period, although we didn’t have any time off, we were helping people outside the Jobcentre last week in appalling weather and that help was desperately needed.

I arrived as usual and as I did Roy was already there waiting for me in his car with the food parcels. I really do appreciate this Roy, because I do know that your health isn’t brilliant at the moment. Please get well soon!

We placed the food parcels in their usual place, and I really had no idea that they…

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