targeted by TV License scam
Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have issued a warning after
receiving notice that hundreds of UK consumers have been
targeted with a text message scam, offering a free TV License
for over 75's. The NCSC said that this scam was identified by
Parliament Street Researchers who describe it as:- "fraud
designed to steal the personal financial data of victims."
Victims are asked to enter various pieces of personal
information including:- name, date of birth, home address and
banking details, which are then stolen. The cyber criminals have
exploited recent changes to TV License requirements for the over
75's and used it to target vulnerable users. Throughout the
pandemic there has been an increase in phishing attacks, so it
is important to remain vigilant. The NCSC has produced guidance
that will help you deal with suspicious emails, phone calls, or
phishing attacks that you can access the NCSC's
website. Suspicious text
messages can be forwarded to:- 7726. If you do become a victim
of an attack, then we recommend contacting Action Fraud
"Lunch is on us..."
Would Liverpool Office Workers return to work for a free lunch?
the success of the:- "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme,
Liverpool office company
Offices.Co.UK is asking the
Government to give free lunches to all Office Workers to
encourage them to return to work with the:- "Lunch is on
Jonathan Ratcliffe from
Liverpool Office company, Offices.Co.UK explains:-
"Liverpool is struggling;- cafes and sandwich shops empty,
trains and buses underused; we want the Government to
incentivise their use by providing lunch and travel vouchers.
It's not dissimilar to the Eat Out scheme, and just as
important, possibly more so."
Would you return to the office if you got a free lunch? The
thinking behind the:- "Lunch is on us" campaign is
to incentivise Liverpool Office Workers back to work by using
the same style of tactics as used in the hugely popular:- "Eat Out
to Help Out" scheme. Bosses would reward loyal workers with free
₤5 vouchers. The Eat Out to Help Out scheme does not really help
Office Workers, who generally buy takeout food to the value of
around ₤5 each day.
"Every office in Liverpool I've been into recently has spent a
fortune on Covid protection measures, they are safe; we just
need a little help to get folks back into the swing of working
life again. We are asking the Government to support City Centres
in encouraging workers back into the office," adds
How the "Lunch is on Us" Campaign would work:-
Government would provide free lunch vouchers for the value of
would hand out vouchers every day.
► Valid in
Liverpool cafes and sandwich shops only.
Restriction to working days only.
The same campaign could be used to incentivise different parts
of working life, such as providing free transport vouchers to
encourage use of the public transport system just like the Fix
your Bike Voucher Scheme did for bike usage.
Jonathan Ratcliffe from Offices.Co.UK will be writing to Mr
Johnson and Mr Sunak this week to campaign for the scheme. If
enough interest is shown a Government petition will be launched.
Jonathan concluded:- "We need some serious out of the box
thinking here, we can't sit back and just cross our fingers.
Liverpool businesses are on the edge, we need folks back in the
office spending money, and anyway who doesn't love a free
The average Brit has saved
£495 per month as a result of Covid-19
survey of 2,002 UK adults,
conducted by leading personal insolvency practice,
Creditfix.co.uk, has revealed that due to the social
restrictions that have been in place during lockdown, the
average Brit has been able to save £495 per month (an increase
of £273 compared to their monthly savings pre-pandemic).
According to the data, during lockdown the average UK adult has
saved £178 per month on recreational and cultural activities,
such as going to the cinema or going out for drinks with
The data also shows the average adult has saved £142 per month
on restaurant meals and £121 per month on hotels or holiday
The increased number of people working remotely has also had an
impact on savings, as the average adult has managed to save £92
per month on commuting costs.
The research has also revealed that the temporary closure of
gyms and sports facilities has helped to reduce spending habits,
as the average adult has saved £54 per month on their membership
during the pandemic.
More than 1 in 3 respondents (40%) say they are surprised with
the amount of money they have saved, with a third saying they
will be more conscious of their spending as social restrictions
continue to ease.
Taylor Flynn, head of marketing at Creditfix, comments:-
"It appears that one of the
only positive outcomes during this saddening and uncertain time
is that some people are managing to top up their savings for
future use. For many, the emotional effects of not being able to
socialise and see loved ones as often as they would like has
been tough, but at least now they can begin to relieve some of
the financial pressures faced before the pandemic hit. As the
hospitality industry reopens and restrictions ease further, this
is the time for people to rethink their spending strategy and
not rush themselves by doing too much too soon. Individuals
should start by getting on top of their finances first, paying
off any debt and easing the financial strain this brings with
it. With better management of their personal finances in
addition to being sensible about expenditure, individuals will
be able to spend money without the guilt and stress associated
with living beyond your means. Although this research reflects
increased savings levels for those who are fortunate enough to
still be in employment, we understand that not everyone has been
so lucky in these difficult times. However, for those who need
it, there are support resources available that individuals can
turn to for help and advice."
With over 70 years' experience between their insolvency
practitioners in the financial industry, Creditfix has
successfully helped over 141,000 people with their debt over the
years which has led to them becoming 1 of the most experienced
in the market. Creditfix Limited is one of the largest personal
insolvency practices in the UK, servicing Scotland, England,
Wales and Northern Ireland.
Sefton Council urges
residents facing Council Tax Concerns to get in contact now
Coronavirus pandemic having had an impact on many people's
incomes, Sefton Council is urging anyone concerned about their
Council Tax payments to get in touch, on:- 03451400845, as soon
as possible. A wide range of advice and support is available to
people facing difficulties paying Council Tax and other
household bills. Council staff can put callers in touch with
organisations providing free, independent financial advice such
as:- Citizens Advice Sefton, Sefton Advice Services, Sefton
Credit Union, National Debt Line and the Step Change Debt
Charity. There are also a number of ways that people can reduce
their Council Tax liability. These include the Local Council Tax
Reduction Scheme for people on a low income and the Exceptional
Hardship Fund. There are also several discounts and exemptions
including for people who are sole occupiers.
A Council spokesperson said:- “COVID-19 and the measures
taken to prevent its spread have had a direct and indirect
impact on many of us and has had a negative effect on many
people's incomes. Feeling you can't pay your bills can be
frightening which is why we want people concerned about their
Council Tax and other outgoings to start talking to us now,
rather than just worrying about it. The sooner people get in
touch, they sooner we can start helping them with practical
solutions and ways to reschedule their payments.”
Anyone who thinks they will struggling to meet their payments,
should contact the Council on:- 03451400845, between 9am and
5pm, Monday to Friday, where an advisor will be able to help.
People can also see what help is available by visiting:-
The spokesperson added:- "It's so important that those of
who can pay our Council Tax, continue to do so; now more than
ever. Council Tax pays for facilities and services including to
some of the most vulnerable in our communities and it is our
duty to everyone in the Borough to collect it. We have already
written to residents with existing Council Tax arrears to remind
them about payment and to ask them to get in touch if they
anticipate payment problems. The Government recently introduced
revised legislation allowing Enforcement Agents to re-start
visits to collect debts in the coming weeks. However, where
Sefton residents are facing genuine and often unforeseen
financial challenges as a result of Coronavirus, we want to work
with them to find solutions and see that kind of recovery action
as a last resort."
Total UK cases COVID-19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
THE total UK daily
number of lab-confirmed positive test results:-
1,009. The total
overall UK lab-confirmed positive test results:-
number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total,
was sadly reported to be:-
77, with the total number of deaths of
people who have had a positive test result now standing at:-
In England, there are a total of:-
confirmed cases since the outbreak. North West - total of:-
48,919 confirmed cases.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK
1,001. The current number of COVID-19 patients
currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:-
Daily number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
142. Due to new UK Government
system of reporting we are having to sort out a new system to
bring you the local area results, for the Liverpool City Region
and surrounding areas.
The number of laboratory
the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
2,659 confirmed cases.
Halton, 718 confirmed cases.
1,046 confirmed cases.
Sefton, 1,596 confirmed cases.
St. Helens, 1,239 confirmed cases
Wirral, 2,091 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory
cases within Local Authorities around
the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Blackburn with Darwen, 1,606 confirmed cases.
Blackpool, 1,066 confirmed cases.
Bolton, 2,119 confirmed cases.
Bury, 1,422 confirmed cases.
Cheshire East, 2,291 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester, 2,077 confirmed cases.
Lancashire, 7,568 confirmed cases.
Manchester, 3,627 confirmed cases.
Oldham, 2,498 confirmed cases.
Rochdale, 2,020 confirmed cases.
Salford, 1,594 confirmed cases.
Stockport, 1,869 confirmed cases.
Tameside, 1,747 confirmed cases.
Trafford, 1,528 confirmed cases.
Warrington, 1,382 confirmed
Wigan, 2,225 confirmed cases.