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Yet another call for a ban on adverts for sugar

There's more calls for bans on adverts that basically promote sugar. A report, released today, wants to the government to be "bold and brave" and try and tackle Britain's obesity. The report doesn't want healthy eating campaigns, but rather, promoting exercise. Members of the Commons health committee think that it is time for a "far more ambitious"…

The Autumn Statement- what might affect you?

When we had a Labour government, the Autumn Statement was an exciting mini-Budget event, with surprise announcements and new legislation. George always promised his Statements would not be any such thing and would merely update the country on his fiscal and economic progress and that’s largely what he has done. No shock announcements (unless the…

How to stay anonymous online, after government announce snooping charter

Home Secretary Theresa May is showing off the new Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, which in short, means the government can spy on you. For a slightly longer answer, May thinks that some websites are 'safe havens' for criminals, and now she wants to see new laws which give authorities the chance to access everyone's information. It…

Tax Credits cuts now uncertain

The tax credit argument has been rumbling on for some time, with everyone except MPs it seems having some issue with the plans to cut tax credits put forward by Chancellor George Osborne in his summer budget. In a shock move the House of Lords have now forced George to "lessen" the impact of tax…

Pensions - the next PPI scandal?

The PPI scandal hasn't even been sorted out, and we're already looking at the next one to contend with. If you're planning on making a PPI claim, do hurry up though - and here's advice on how to do it. Anyway, it looks like the next massive financial mis-selling scandal is going to concern pensions. "These…

Uber ruled as lawful in High Court

Black cab drivers will be livid today, as the High Courts have ruled that Uber doesn't break the law. Cabbies have been arguing that using GPS signals to calculate the cost of a journey was against the law, so the TfL went to the courts to see what was was. There, Mr Justice Ouseley handed Uber…

Solar company gets record fine for automated nuisance calls

Have you heard of a company called Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd (Helms for short)? If you have, chances are they've been pestering your phone so frequently, that you ended up throwing your handset into the sky, just for some respite. The solar energy company has been plaguing consumers with millions of nuisance calls, which…

There's a new Consumer Rights Act – here's what you should know

Soon, there's going to be a big shake-up with the Consumer Rights Act, which aims to be more relevant in the digital age. If you want to exercise your rights, then you're going to have to know what the changes are. So with that, we've rounded up everything you need. WHEN? The new Consumer Rights…

Government aiming to ban WhatsApp and iMessage again

While the government are trying to stop people from undertaking Freedom of Information requests, so we can't look at their correspondence and dodgy deals, funnily enough, they're not so concerned about privacy when it comes to the public's messages. MI5 boss Andrew Parker is asking the government to get new powers to monitor communications, which means…

1 in 6 six pensioners hit by £5,000 fee when cashing pension in

We blorted on about what to expect from the new freedoms around pensions, but as ever, there's a catch. We spoke about the charges and tax consequences, and thanks to new figures, we see that 1 in 6 people over 55 will be hit by exit charges of (up to) £5,000 if they want to…

MPs to cut Tax Credits by £4.4 Billion

MPs have voted on George Osborne's plans to cut tax credits, which they say will save the country £4.4 billion from the welfare coffers. There was opposition from the SNP and Labour Party, but these cuts will be going ahead, and will affect a lot of families. Basically, what is happening is that the Commons…

Tories won't be emptying bins once a week

Remember when the Conservatives told everyone that weekly bin collections would be coming back? Well, they're not doing it anymore. Eric Pickles - a man who must generate incredible amounts of waste at an disgusting rate - was the man who said that he would see an end to fortnightly collections and was going to…

BT's lacklustre broadband rollout, noted

You may recall that BT made a deal with the British government, in a bid to get broadband rolled out across the country. Well, it isn't happening quickly enough, and millions still don't have a proper internet connection. In addition to that, Openreach has doled out slower speeds that originally advertised. It is all a bit…

New Government consultation aims to prevent extortionate pension freedom charges

2015 has been the year of ‘Pension Freedom’ and since the Chancellor relaxed the rules allowing people to get wider access to their pension funds (after retirement age of course), it has proven decidedly popular with the populace. However, insurance companies, being money-grabbing so and sos profit-driven, seem to have taken pension freedom as an…

Marriage Allowance money is now up for grabs

Are you married? Well done you. You must be thrilled and exponentially more lonely as you've irritated everyone on Facebook with your incessant cooing and 3,000 wedding photos that look like everyone else's stupid wedding photos. Anyway, if you've got married and are earning £10,600 or less in the 2015 to 2016 tax year, you may…