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Photo driving licence extension

Drivers with a photocard driving licence due to expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be granted a 7-month extension from the date of expiry the DVLA has announced today (4 June 2020). This will help drivers to make necessary journeys without having to obtain a new photograph […]

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TV cameras to start rolling again in the coming weeks

From the Government: The nation’s favourite soaps are expected to resume production in the coming weeks after new industry guidance is published by broadcasters today. The new guidance sets out steps for a safe return to television production in a significant move towards getting the cameras rolling again on some […]

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How we can expect lockdown to ease

First, a few stats which show that we still have new cases of Coronavirus occurring. Hospital case numbers have dropped a little but having 11,404 people in hospital with coronavirus is still quite a lot. Of those tested positive for the virus, 32,065 have died to date. Many others will […]

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260 kilos of cocaine bound for UK seized by border force in France

One industry which hasn’t stopped during coronavirus is the drugs trade, unfortunately. Border Force officers at Coquelles have prevented an attempt to smuggle more than 260 kilos of cocaine into the UK in a lorry. The seizure, which had a potential street value of around £20 million, happened on 28 […]

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Thousands of seafarers are stranded aboard ships, with no end to their shift in sight

Helen Devereux, Solent University At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, there was much attention on the plight of cruise tourists. Governments around the world closed their ports to cruise ships and refused to allow passengers to disembark. While all cruise passengers are now ashore, those who work on cruise […]

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Complaints about cancellations and refunds

Makes me wonder where the insurance companies are in all this, to be honest because I thought cancellation was one of the risks insurance is supposed to cover.   Through its Covid-19 Taskforce, which monitors market developments and identifies the big problems facing consumers, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) […]

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Whirlpool having a mare with its washing machine recall

Whirlpool has identified a further 21 models to be added to its list of recalled washing machines. The company estimates this will affect up to 55,000 machines in addition to more than 500,000 originally identified. In light of Coronavirus, Whirlpool has today set out the measures that will apply during […]

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China gives back on PPE equipment

The UK Government has flown over 21 million pieces of PPE and more than 1,000 ventilators to the NHS and Social Care Services from China over the last three weeks. The British Embassy in Beijing has worked with the Department of Health to procure and source donations of medical equipment […]

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Be careful when taxing your car

I’m usually reasonably savvy about this kind of thing, but today went online to tax my car now my MOT has been extended. The correct website is this one https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax but when I did a Google search, this is what came up first in the list  https://ww1.vehicleinformation.uk/. I went through […]

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Fast-track finance scheme for businesses

As, in my view, and experience, the banks are being useless again in terms of supporting businesses at this very difficult time, the Government has stepped in again so the banks have no risk if they actually ever make a decision to lend any money. This is not a gripe […]

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