#AceConsumerNews says changes to paying for your UK Licence together with Road Fund Tax Changes in April 2014, means vigilance is required as more `Motorists are warned that when applying online for your driving licence to always make sure you use the official GOV.UK site’
DVLA warns that when applying online for your driving licence, you should always make sure you use the official GOV.UK site.
DVLA has been made aware of several websites offering a check and send service for driving licence applications. These services are in no way affiliated with DVLA. You may come across these websites in the sponsored links or paid-for results section when using online search engines. The Office of Fair Trading has ruled that websites which charge additional fees and services are not acting illegally.
These websites will claim to offer value-added services to ensure your application is correct before you send it to DVLA. However, using this service will mean you can end up paying as much as 3 times the normal price for your driving licence, and all you will receive is a paper application form that has been completed for you.
The government, led by Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service (GDS), will continue to investigate reports of organisations which may be actively misleading users about their services or acting illegally, taking swift action when necessary. By using the online driving licence transactions on GOV.UK you can be sure that you are dealing directly with DVLA and will not be charged any additional fees for your driving licence. Your application will be completed online without the need for a paper application in most cases. By using the online driving licence transactions on GOV.UK you can be sure that you are dealing directly with DVLA and you will not be charged any additional fees for your driving licence. Your application will be completed online without the need for a paper application in the majority of cases.
You can find the online driving licence services in the driving licence section of GOV.UK.
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#AceNewsServices says the recent planned rise in the energy bills by the big six energy companies is becoming a bigger and more difficult problem, as the cold snaps of the last few days start to bite.
Then add in the fact as this video shows that “Energy Costs” have risen by just 1.7% whilst the costs of consumers bills have risen by 75% over the past two years.
Our UK Prime Minster and his Chancellor tells us they can do nothing other than to make bills even clearer and offer great choice to the consumer, with the added bonus of them taking away their “Green Levy” with of course replacing it with added back tax to people receiving the “Warm Front Incentive” of just £135.00 per annum.
The fact that the average “UK Energy Bill ” is over a £1,000 and some even more in some cases, with a planned 6% rise in the offing, it would mean families being worst off to the tune of another £60.00 per year.
Of course our illustrious Prime Minister has all the answers he says ” Just Put on Another Jumper ” but as one “Elderly Pensioner” retorted on the video – ” You Can only Wear So Many Jumpers” – she is quite right.
Maybe he could dip into his “Private Trust Fund ” and give all those that need it a helping hand, at least his hands will be warm not like so many more!
#AceConsumerNews says an independent review published on the (29 November 2013) recommends that the government reforms the Local Government Ombudsman, which deals with poor council services.
The independent review also recommends that consideration be given to the creation of a single public services ombudsman for England. Establishing a 1-stop-shop for problems or complaints will make it easier for the public to register complaints and seek redress.
Currently the public can complain to either the Local Government Ombudsman or the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman when they feel the have suffered poor service from local government and seek compensation.
The government shares the reviewer’s conclusions and intends to develop and test ideas for how such a 1-stop-shop service might operate.
In the short term, the government accepts the conclusions of the review that the governance arrangements of the Local Government Ombudsman service should be modernised, moving to a single Local Government Ombudsman for England, providing robust and consistent leadership, driving up performance and ensuring that the public can obtain swift redress when things go wrong.
The review conducted by Robert Gordon CB, a former director general in the Scottish government, carefully examined how the ombudsman operated and what would benefit taxpayers better in the future.
Read More: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ombudsman-to-offer-better-public-redress-service