Now that the lockdown restrictions are being eased, the Consumer Association (Which?) is warning residents to be on their guard for an increase in cold callers on your doorstep. These operators might be offering repair jobs such as gutter cleaning, roof repairs etc.
You are advised not to use cold callers as they may suggest that more work is required than initially stated. They will probably charge much more than usual and the work may be of an inferior standard.
If you feel intimidated by these people or have a complaint, please contact Trading Standards on 0808 223 1133.
On our ‘Alerts’ page you find an warning from the North Yorkshire Community Messaging service.
It relates to ‘number spoofing’ ….. yet another type of telephone scam.
COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace scam warning
City of London National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued information about the risk of a scam involving the NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace procedure.
This information has now been circulated by the Yorkshire Community Messaging Service.
Please visit our ‘Alerts’ page for further details.
North Yorkshire Police have revealed Harrogate residents have lost over £50,000 in the latest scam using courier fraud. To find out more, please see our ‘Alerts’ page.
Stray FM our local radio station which has provided so much support to the local community is to be rebranded as ‘Greatest Hits Radio’. This is a sad loss of yet another local radio station.
Castle Howard’s Gardens will re-open to Members from Wed 3rd June and to all visitors from Mon 8th June. Please read the information about pre-booking and safety measures on site. https://bit.ly/2ZI4IJh
A report, by Carers UK, ‘Caring Behind Closed Doors’ provides a real insight into the experience of being a carer during this pandemic over a 10 day period in April. The comments by carers highlight the stress and heart-breaking concerns they experience. 55% of unpaid carers feel overwhelmed and are worried that they are going to burnout in the coming weeks. Read the report here.
In response to the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Carers UK is committed to maintaining its services as effectively as possible.
They have been monitoring the outbreak very closely. As you know the situation has rapidly changed as has the guidance. As a result they have decided to postpone the State of Caring conference scheduled to take place on 16th July 2020.
The State of Caring Conference 2020 will now take place on Wednesday 21st October 2020 at Holiday Inn Bloomsbury. See here for more details about the conference.
They will continue to take bookings, however, they will not get in touch with conference updates before the end of May as they do appreciate everyone’s priorities and way of working have been impacted due to the latest developments. Contact them by email or visit their website for more information and updates.
From April 1st the limit for contactless card payments will rise from £30 to £45. This action has been taken partly to reduce the number of cash transactions but also to assist in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.