HMRC Tax Credit Reviews
Report by Patrick
WE are looking
into an issue that has come to our attention, about the Self
Employment Reviews of people claiming Tax Credits and would like to
know of other readers who have had problems with this review. These
reviews were publicised back in February, when it was announced to
the media that there was to be a search for "tax credit
. If you have had any issues, please let us know by
emailing our newsroom. We do think it is correct to do
reviews, but we are deeply concerned about some issues which have
been raised, and want to see if they are isolated incidents or, in
fact, more wide spread. Your information can be kept fully
confidential. You may want us to refer your ideas or information on
to a local MP, or you might wish to seek the MP's help. Please
indicate this clearly on the email you send to us. To find out if
you can make a claim, why not visit this free advice guide page on:-
information on the Government’s Fraud and Error strategy for
benefits and tax credits see:-
dwp.gov.uk. We are awaiting a
response from HMRC.
New chef for Ramada Plaza
A new Head
Chef at one of Southport’s leading hotels says he will strive to
continue its high standards of cuisine. Fred Laithwaite, who
has joined the kitchen team at the Ramada Plaza, says he also plans
to introduce more seasonal fresh produce to the menu of the
four-star hotel. The 32 year old started his career at the age
of 18, cooking in a variety of hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants
and gastro pubs in locations from New York to Gloucestershire. He
has also previously established his own restaurant. Mr
Laithwaite said:- "I am very pleased to have joined such a
prestigious hotel as the Ramada Plaza. The great thing is that we
cater for such a broad range of customers - from those looking for a
top quality gourmet meal to those wanting a simple pub-style lunch.
We always have a varied and exciting menu here, and I plan to make
the best of the excellent seasonal fresh produce which is readily
available locally." Hotel General Manager Enda Rylands
said:- "Fred has extensive experience and will be a great
asset to the hotel. We are delighted to welcome him on board."
PHISHING for INFORMATION!
Trading Standards officers are warning residents in Sefton to be on
the guard following a spate of reported 'phishing'
Phishing is the name given to the practice of sending emails at
random purporting to come from a genuine company operating on the
internet. This is done in an attempt to trick customers into
disclosing information at a bogus website operated by fraudsters.
One reported email purports to be from Western Union with the
subject:- "Your money transfer has been authorised".
The email details a transaction of 600 Euros that claim to have been
paid on behalf of the recipient and asks them to click a link for a
refund if the payment should not have been made.
A second email claims to be from Microsoft in relation to a hotmail
account which will be shut down if the recipient does not respond to
the email and update usernames and passwords.
The intention of both emails is to obtain personal information from
the recipient including bank details.
Sefton Council Trading Standards manager, Andrew Naisbitt, said:-
"These are classic examples of 'phishing' emails. They catch many
people out as they claim to come from organisations that they may
already deal with and the bogus websites can be very convincing
copies of the genuine sites. Other examples appear to come from Her
Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), eBay or banks and building
societies. Some phishing emails threaten that there will be
consequences if you don't reply, but don't be fooled. The sole
purpose of the bogus site is to trick you into revealing your
personal information, confidential passwords and even bank details,
so the operators can steal your identity, run up bills or commit
crimes in your name. Our advice is don't reply to such emails, don't
give out personal details and to contact your bank, building society
or credit card company immediately if you think you may have already
Anyone wishing to report a scam email can do so by contacting
Consumer Direct on:- 08454040506 or by using the 'Report a
scam' facility on the Consumer Direct website:-consumerdirect.gov.uk.