20 April 2016

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Social Media Ticket Fraud
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The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has recently received an influx of reports that fraudsters are targeting the public, via social media, in relation to football tickets.   Fraudsters are posting pictures or statuses online telling members of the public to contact them via Direct Message for football tickets. This then leads to a mobile messaging conversation. During the conversation, bank details are provided by the suspect so that the tickets can be purchased.   After the victim has paid for the ticket the fraudster blocks them to stop further conversation, leaving victims without the tickets and out of pocket.   Protect yourself:
  • Check the security of the website and validity of the post
  • Avoid taking the conversation offline to private messages
  • When purchasing any products over the internet always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some sort of payment cover
  If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.  
 
 

 23 April 2016

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HMRC Tax Rebate Scam
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Fraudsters are texting members of the public offering a tax rebate. The text message contains a link to a website and requests to provide personal information, such as bank account information, to claim the nonexistent rebate.
Protect Yourself
  • Don’t click on web links contained in unsolicited texts or emails.
  • Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
  • Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.
  • HMRC will never use texts or emails or tell you about a potential rebate or ask for personal information.
  • If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration.
 
 
 

  

Consultation - Bus services in Central Bedfordshire

 
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Have your say on changes to bus services in Central Bedfordshire

We currently subsidise or partially fund 53% of bus routes in Central Bedfordshire while also covering the cost of 43,000 bus pass holders every time they use their bus pass.

At a time where our funding has been reduced this is seen as being neither sustainable or a fair way to use council tax payers money.

That is why we are looking at developing a fair and transparent process to make decisions about whether or not to fund bus routes that do not have enough passengers to make them financially viable.

Decisions on levels of services provided will take account of commercial bus operations, actual bus usage and alternative provisions. 

We are already seeing community transport solutions stepping in to provide services and we want to encourage more of this so we are proposing to facilitate a new process where community bus providers can compete to provide travel, should demand be high enough.

As well as this the we're looking to make changes to concessionary fares such as changing the times when people can use their bus passes in line with  English National concessionary Travel Scheme.

All the changes are set out in detail in the new draft Passenger Transport Strategy.

 

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Share your views on housing vision

 
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Housing Strategy

The council is consulting on its Housing Strategy for 2016 – 2021, which sets out our vision and plans for housing and working in partnership to deliver more for our residents and communities.

It identifies the issues we face as a council around ensuring the delivery of new homes and the challenges for housing services over the next five years in the context of a growing population, new government policies, a fast changing local housing market and a challenging economic climate.


Have your say

You can have your say on the Strategy by completing the questionnaire on our website. You can also find more information about the Strategy online, as well as instructions on how to complete and return a paper copy. 

Please respond by Friday, 20 May 2016.