I know some of you may be FED UP with me banging on about this, but it really is becoming very serious now. Finance and Investment is something I have a good working knowledge of and the number of SCAMS are increasing , I have commented on this several times and as savings interest rates decline , and returns on Personal Pensions become squeezed the temptation to look at ways of improving your position becomes very tempting in these difficult times and it is exactly that which the SCAMMERS hope for so
Beware of telephone scams
We are aware that criminals are trying to exploit the national coronavirus crisis and take advantage of innocent people.
Fraudsters purporting to be from the police, or your bank are targeting elderly and vulnerable people to try and steal money from their accounts. The callers will often seem genuine, offering you the opportunity to call them back to prove their identity.
They establish their trust with you by confirming some of your personal details and will then make up a story in which money in your bank account needs to be transferred or withdrawn.
The police or your bank will never:
• Contact you out of the blue and ask for your personal details, including your PIN number, password or account details
• Ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons
• Ask you to withdraw cash and hand to someone for safe keeping
• Send someone to your home to collect cash, bank cards, account details or PIN numbers
• If you are unsure whether someone on the phone is genuine, hang up and then use a different line to call the organisation they are purporting to be from using a number from the phonebook or internet to verify their identity
• Don’t give out your personal information to anyone over the phone, including your PIN number and bank account or card details
• If you have given out your personal banking details to someone over the phone or have given someone your card details, contact your bank immediately to cancel your card.
Beware of anyone trying to get you to move your pension with the promise of greater returns or switching providers.
There are lots about this now both nationally and in specialist publications and it is regarded as an increasing risk.
If you have a personal pension fund and you are contacted or approached to change it DON’T without talking with your advisor, if your unsure about the legitimacy of the adviser you can always check at the financial services register at
If there not listed there irrelevant of what they say assume there is a serious risk.
Still I won’t get caught, WRONG you may do some very intelligent people have been caught out losing THOUSANDS that they will never get back.
If this frightens you good but
Don’t be one of those who get caught, and don’t be embarrassed reporting it
Where to go for help
• If you receive a call from someone purporting to be a police officer and asking you to withdraw or transfer money, call Warwickshire Police on 101 – the more intelligence we receive, the more likely we are to catch those responsible.
• If you have been a victim of a telephone scam, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
• For advice on scams, contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.
• Always call 999 in an emergency.
Over the past week or so we have been updating and encouraging small businesses to apply for the grants available to support them, and by way of an UPDATE WDC have now paid nearly 1800 grants totalling nearly £23.5m
The WDC business team are now contacting the businesses that haven’t yet applied in addition to dealing with queries associated with obtaining the grants.
We would like to thank all of you who have passed the message out to local businesses to apply & if you can continue to do so it would be hugely appreciated.
So how are we doing in terms of Business grants ?
Today the government have produced a table showing of all the authorities across the country, in terms of grants paid, and Warwick District Council have come out as 47th out of 314th which as we are one of the smallest authorities is not bad at all and is in fact a credit to all those who worked over recent weekends including Easter to support and process the applications.
BUT WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT IN MAKING SURE OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES GET THE HELP THEY MAY NEED
And you can do this by continuing to pass on the message and by encouraging them to apply, we have the money from central government and we don’t really want to hand any of it back , so if you know anyone who qualifies and may benefit please encourage them to apply by going to the following link :-
There is some welcome good news for residents living in Warwick district with the announcement that Green Bin Collections will recommence from Monday 20 April.
In the wake of the Coronavirus emergency, Warwick District Council has been following the latest guidance from government to protect the health and safety of the public and colleagues on the front line who continue to operate the district’s waste and recycling services. This has required some temporary changes to collections in order to maintain the service and prioritise the collection of grey bin household waste.
Since the suspension of Green Bin collections on 6 April the Council’s refuse and recycling team has been working with colleagues from Warwickshire County Council and partners Suez and Veolia to redeploy resources, enabling the service to be restarted in line with the necessary social distancing requirements.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger commented;
“These are challenging times for those operating our waste collections and we are doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of both the public and our crews. We do however realise the value and importance of the Green Bin Service to residents, particularly at this time of year. I’m therefore pleased to announce that though collaborative working with Warwickshire County Council we have sourced additional vehicles and drivers which will allow us to restart the service from next week.”
The Council would like to advise local residents that the green bin service will remain under review, and along with other collections may be subject to delay.
Councillor Grainger added;
“Whilst we continue to provide all of our refuse, recycling and green waste services, collections will take longer than usual and may fall a couple of days behind. We do however ask the public to continue to put their bins out on the correct day and assist us by minimising food waste and composting where possible.”
What is happening with regards to rough sleepers in the Warwick District area during these difficult times ?
We can confirm that WDC take this issue very seriously and even more so in light of the current difficulties and as I consequence we can confirm that we have secured accommodation for all rough sleepers.
Since the onset of the Coronavirus emergency, a team from Warwick District Council and their partners in the voluntary sector have been working together to ensure that all rough sleepers are given the option of moving into safe housing.
In the wake of the crisis, the Council’s housing team secured additional furnished self-contained accommodation, which has been used to complement the rooms available at the Council’s Hostel, William Wallsgrove House, which remains open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Following the lock-down which began on 23 March, volunteers from local agencies including P3, The Salvation Army Way Ahead Project, Helping Hands, Cyrenians and LWS Night Shelter have worked tirelessly to trace and offer accommodation to all those sleeping rough in our district. All but two people are now in secure accommodation and those who have chosen not to be placed are engaging regularly with outreach officers.
Despite the efforts of local support agencies, the Council is aware that a number of very vulnerable individuals, with complex needs and addictions are now finding their way back onto the streets, risking their health and those of others too, by asking directly for money.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Property, Cllr Jan Matecki commented;
“I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to all volunteers and agencies who have been on the frontline helping the most vulnerable in our society during this crisis situation. The Council would now like to make an appeal to the public not to offer cash to anyone asking for money on the street. Rather than giving directly please either direct these people to local support groups or donate to ‘Meaningful Change-Royal Leamington Spa’, a local multi-agency campaign made up of a number of charities who are all working together to provide meaningful and long-term support, to help these people to turn their lives around"
Taking the issue even further, in addition to providing secure accommodation for them all, through the local charities and volunteers they are also receiving all the support they need which includes food, medication and telephone support for their needs.
With all these actions now in place there is no need for them to be out other than to exercise.
However, unfortunately some still continue to make their way into our town centres and beg, which is not good for them or indeed the public when we should be socially distancing.
As long as they keep being successful in getting money they will continue to put themselves and others at risk.
Finally if you want to support them you may benefit from taking a look at "Meaningful Change-Royal Leamington Spa" which provides detailed information about just how you can help in a positive and productive way.
For more information please follow the link below
Last week we updated you on the position with regards to the grants made to small businesses in the Warwick District Council area and by way of an update we have now processed 1502 grants totalling £19.7m.
We have another 250 grant requests in the system, however if you know/think of any businesses who haven’t applied , or who may have slipped through the cracks please encourage them to apply so we can get these funds to them asap.
To apply the full criteria is here: -
Small Business Grant Fund:
Under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) all businesses in England in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR)as of the 11 March will be eligible for a payment of £10,000.
It is estimated that this will apply to some 730,000 businesses across England
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund:
Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) businesses in England that would have been in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure)on 11 March, with a rateable value of less than £51,000,will be eligible for cash grants of up to £25,000 per property.
Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.
Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of £15,000.01or over and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000
If you would like further information please follow the link below
www.warwickdc.gov.uk/info/20827/coronavirus/1553/coronavirus_information_for_businesses/2apply, please follow the link
All blogs are written or edited by Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright