April 2014 Archive

Pricing Practices Guide Review - A Call For Evidence

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On 5 February 2014, the TSI, the industry association for Trading Standards Professionals, announced that it was conducting a review of the current Pricing Practices Guide (PPG) and has invited responses from stakeholders. More …

The role of external HR consultants

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External HR consultants are becoming an increasingly common, and useful, tool for small to medium size businesses that do not have the resources or demand for a full size HR department. More …

Employment Tribunal claims plummet

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Last year we looked at the Employment Tribunal (ET) statistics released for July to September 2013 and asked whether the introduction of ET fees in July 2013 were reducing the number of ET claims. More …

Whistleblowing update

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In June 2013 the law on whistleblowing changed to ensure that any qualifying disclosures must be in the public interest for the worker to receive the protection enshrined in whistleblowing law. More …

Ponzi schemes still at large

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Ponzi Schemes are essentially simple investment frauds which operate by paying returns to investors from their own money, or from the money of new investors. Often, there is no investment portfolio and the fraudster will simply manage the fund and siphon off monies for their own benefit. More …

Important employment law changes imminent

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There are a number of important employment law developments taking place on 6 April 2014 which all employers, regardless of their size, need to be aware of. More …

Operation Shunt - Local Fraud Ring smashed by Police

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On 2nd April 2014, Thames Valley Police made four arrests of men across Reading, as part of an investigation into "crash for cash" insurance scams. More …

Serious financial abuse found at Astonbrook Housing Association

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The Charity Commission's inquiry into allegations of serious fraud by Astonbrook Housing Association has been published. The inquiry demonstrates how the Charity Commission can ensure that a charity's beneficiaries are protected. More …

Financing: getting your house in order

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With a house building target of 7,500 by 2016 we were delighted when the Welsh Government announced that it is to inject a further £400 million (a mixture of private finance and a direct contribution from the Government to supplement private finance) into new social housing over the next three decades and that plans are being finalised for a new innovative mechanism to make available £140million finance for social housing. More …

Consumer credit activities: transfer of responsibility

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You will need to apply for an interim permission to continue with activities covered by your licence from 1 April 2014. Applications are to be made online and are subject to the payment of a fee. More …