Following the closure of the final bank in Knaresborough, last year, residents have experienced difficulty obtaining cash. There is now hope that a Banking Hub could improve the situation. Banking Hubs aim to provide banking counter services suited to the needs of the community. To ensure their views are heard, residents were encouraged to complete an on-line survey before March 14th
For further details, please see our ‘Have your say’ page
Trading Standards is warning the public about fraudsters spoofing bank messages. For further details, please go to our ‘Alerts’ page.
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.
There is an updated warning from North Yorkshire Police about scams related to the coronavirus. For more details, please see our ‘alerts’ page. Be prepared – don’t get taken in by the scammers.
The Post Office to to increase the cost of postage stamps from March 23rd.
The cost of a 1st class stamp will rise by 6p to 76p.
The cost of a 2nd class stamp will rise by 4p to 65p
This rise is 5 times January’s annual inflation rate
The Mobile Post Office has added 5 extra stops to its post office route. To find out more, please follow this link.
‘Just because someone knows a few basic details about you, it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Fraudsters regularly use personal information to build trust and believability’.
Don’t take any risks. If you don’t know the caller, hang up.
Saint Michael’s Hospice has launched its annual Make a Will Month, where people can make or amend a will and local trusted solicitors across the Harrogate District will waive the fee so a donation can be made so Saint Michael’s.
People can register their interest via their website here: http://bit.ly/MaWM2020 or via the telephone: (01423) 878 628. Do spread the word, if you know of anyone who might be interested.
The Ombudsman service has issued advice about the management of care home top-up fees, following appeals against its decisions recently. If you are currently paying top-up fees for a relative, or are planning long-term care for someone, please follow this link for advice.