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#UKGovNews : ” Be Careful When `Applying and Paying’ for your Driving Licence On-line”

03/02/2014 Comments off

#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’

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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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01/01/2014 Comments off

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Osborne Changes Rules From Vehicle Excise Licence to Road Fund Taxation to Benefit Them not Us – All With a Swipe of His Pen”

05/12/2013 Comments off

#AceNewsServices says the government is changing the law in 2014 to reduce tax administration costs and burdens associated with vehicle tax sounds good does it not, but of course that was the whole idea. But shall we take a look deeper at the history of the ” Road Fund Licence” because as the words reflect it, as it was and still is until today, a “Road Fund Licence”  meaning the right to travel on the UK roads and licensed to do so ,providing you pay for a Tax Disc. Well there is the change from licence to tax and this has been so for many a year. But of course it was really called a “Vehicle Excise Licence” not as so many people believe “Road Tax” as extract below confirms.

Vehicle Excise Licence or Road Tax:   

The term “road tax“, which appears in the Oxford English Dictionary, is commonly used when referring to “Vehicle Excise Duty“. This use is controversial though as technically there is no such thing as road tax, despite its common usage. Peter Walker, a journalist at The Guardian gives this opinion of it “I’ve always felt the road tax argument supports a more general feeling of entitlement among too many drivers. Those who trot it out often seem to genuinely treat cyclists like we’re interlopers who should be pushed aside”. The BBC echoed this argument in 2013, reporting how the term “road tax” is used by some drivers as a badge of entitlement to hog the road and drive badly, even intentionally hitting cyclists to argue their point. The Cyclists’ Touring Club argue ‘most adult cyclists do pay for the roads, even though they impose minimal wear and tear on them’.The Cambridge Cycle Campaign suggested that “Arguing that cyclists therefore have less right to use the roads is like arguing that smokers should take precedence for medical treatment, because non-smokers don’t buy cigarettes and therefore ‘don’t pay hospital tax.

Osborne’s Autumn Statement:

Today (Thursday 5 December 2013), the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the government will change the law in 2014 to reduce tax administration costs and burdens associated with vehicle tax.

The Department for Transport (DfT) made clear in its recent Motoring Services Strategy consultation that the government is committed to offering high quality and cost-effective services to the public and businessesDfT and DVLA have listened to the views of both businesses and the public to remove unnecessary burden and provide modern and efficient services to meet their needs. This includes getting rid of unnecessary paper where possible and making it easier for people and businesses to use government services.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DVLA will offer motorists the ability to spread their vehicle tax payments should they wish to do so. From 1 October 2014 motorists will be able to pay vehicle tax by direct debit annually, biannual or monthly. There will be no additional handling fees for annual payments but to limit the impact on the public finances there will be a small surcharge of 5% of vehicle tax for biannual and monthly payments. This is half of the 10% surcharge that is currently applied to 6 monthly tax discs and which has been in existence for a number of decades.

Also from 1 October 2014, the paper tax disc, first issued on 1 January 1921, will no longer be issued and required to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen. Vehicle tax will still need to be paid but with DVLA having a digital record of who has and has not paid, a paper tax disc is no longer necessary as proof that vehicle tax is paid. The majority of motorists pay their vehicle tax with latest figures confirming that over 99% of motorists’ tax their vehicles on time… Most on-road enforcement action is now based on using Automatic Number Plate Readers. These cameras use the number plate rather than a visual inspection of the tax disc. The police also have access to DVLA records via the police national computer. There are significant savings for fleet operators and other businesses from not having to handle the administration of tax discs.

Editor’s Conclusion:

Well a simple way to raise extra money for the UK Treasury and at the same time get everyone paying monthly, with the added bonus of “Police Enforcement Measures” all under the auspices of ” Saving Money and Austerity Measures” and many people will look and think he is doing us a favour. The Tories never did anyone any favours, unless it provided a benefit to their coffer’s.

So readers what is your opinion leave a comment and add #AceConsumerViews and l will publish all of them that are related to the article. 

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“Eat or Heat as Keeping UK Homes Warm is Becoming a Bigger Problem”


UK energy-related grapic

UK energy-related grapic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#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!  

 

Outdated Local Government Ombudsman to be reformed.


#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

UK Digital Services Now On-line – Check Them Out

28/11/2013 Comments off

Digital Services On-Line#AceConsumerNews says “Digital Services” so good people prefer to use them.

Transformation programme logoThe Government Digital Strategy and Departmental Digital Strategies commit us to the redesigning and rebuilding of 25 significant ‘exemplar’ services. We’re going to make them simpler, clearer and faster to use. All these are to meet the Digital By Default Service Standard by April 2014 and be completed by March 2015.This dashboard shows you which transactions are in the programme, what progress is being made, the estimated scale of the digital service. Click each service name for more detail.This demo, from our ‘Sprint Alpha’ event, will give you a quick look at some of the exemplars.

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Electoral registration BETA

Rebuilding trust in our electoral system and making voter registration more convenient and secure

47mConfirmed on the electoral register in first year
2

Apprenticeship applications DISCOVERY

If you want to advertise or apply for an apprenticeship you’ll be able to do it quickly and easily online

1.2mApplications a year
Department
for Business
Innovation & Skills
3

Redundancy payments ALPHA

If your company has recently become insolvent you will be able to apply for redundancy payment online

270kTransactions a year
Department
for Business
Innovation & Skills
4

Patent renewals BETA

If you want to renew a patent you will be able to do it quickly and easily online

380kRenewals a year
Department
for Business
Innovation & Skills
5

Property register ALPHA

If you are interested in a property you can search an online map to find out more about it

598kCustomer requests a year
Department
for Business
Innovation & Skills
6

Student finance LIVE

If you have, or are applying for, student loans and grants you will be able to manage them using an improved online service

1.3mStudents supported
Department
for Business
Innovation & Skills
7

Waste carrier registration BETA

If you need to register to handle waste, we’ll make it quick and easy online

200kRegistrations in first year
Department
for Environment
Food & Rural Affairs
8

Rural support (Common Agricultural Policy) ALPHA

You will be able to submit accurate and verifiable information online about how you use your land, so you can claim subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy

105kApplications in first year
Department
for Environment
Food & Rural Affairs
9

View driving record BETA

If you are a driver you will be able to view information from your record, including what vehicles you can drive and any penalty points and disqualifications. Driver’s data will be made available via a new DVLA enquiry platform built to handle high-volume enquiries

6mDriver enquiries a year
Department
for Transport
10

Personalised registrations DISCOVERY

If you want to transfer or apply for a number plate you will be able do so online, without having to visit a DVLA office

1.6mTransactions a year
Department
for Transport
11

Vehicle management DISCOVERY

If you want to transfer ownership of a car you will be able to do it yourself online or using an intermediary

18mTransactions a year
Department
for Transport
12

Claim Carer’s Allowance BETA

If you’re a carer you will be able to apply for financial help from government using an improved online service

3.2mCarers supported
Department
for Work &
Pensions
13

Claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) DISCOVERY

If you’re applying for financial help from government for living with disabilities there will be a convenient digital service for you to use

2mPeople supported
Department
for Work &
Pensions
14

Universal Credit BETA

Universal Credit will roll 6 benefits and tax credits into 1 to simplify the system and ensure people are better off in work.

10mAdults supported
Department
for Work &
Pensions
15

PAYE for employees BETA

If you want to check or update your PAYE status you will be able to do so online, and see the impact on the tax you pay

2mEmployees a year
HM Revenue
& Customs
16

Digital self-assessment BETA

If you are registered for self-assessment you will be able to manage your tax affairs through a fully digital service, without any more confusing paper correspondence

10mRegistered for self-assessment
HM Revenue
& Customs
17

Business tax dashboard BETA

If you run a business you will be able to check how much tax you owe, learn about what you can and can’t claim, and pay your tax – all in one place

2.5mRegistered for corporation tax
HM Revenue
& Customs
18

Agent online self-serve BETA

If you are the tax agent for another company or individual you will be able to do everything they can with the new digital tax services on their behalf (update details, file returns, etc)

120kTax agents
HM Revenue
& Customs
19

Registered traveller ALPHA

If you’re an eligible, frequent traveller to the UK you’ll be able to easily apply to use e-Gates, cutting time queuing at airports

Home Office
20

Criminal record check DISCOVERY

If you need to get a criminal record check you will be able to do this simply and quickly online.

3.9mEnhanced checks
Home Office
21

Visit visa applications BETA

If you need a visa to visit the UK you will be able to apply using a simple online service

3.4mVisas issued a year
Home Office
22

Civil claims BETA

Saving people money and hassle by creating a digital service for small claims, including money and possession claims

1.85mClaims a year
Ministry
of Justice
23

Employment tribunal fee payment BETA

If you’re lodging an appeal to an employment tribunal you will be able to pay the accompanying fee online

200kTransactions per year
Ministry
of Justice
24

Prison visit booking ALPHA

If you’re visiting a prison you will be able to use a single, national service, reducing staff time and offering a better experience for families, friends and professionals

1.5mVisits a year
Ministry
of Justice
25

Lasting power of attorney BETA

If you’re making a lasting power of attorney it will be easier, leading to fewer errors, encouraging more people to plan ahead for an uncertain future

200kApplications a year
Ministry
of Justice

Paying to Carry your Shopping Home Gets a Price Tag – But How Much Will You Pay

28/11/2013 Comments off

#AceConsumerNews says call for evidence: “Plastic Bag Charge” for England

Overview: SURVEY 

Plastic Bag Charges just 5pThis Call for Evidence is an opportunity for you to provide evidence on key aspects of how the plastic bag charge in England will work.

Some decisions about how the charge will work have already been made, such as the size of the charge (5p) and what it applies to (single-use plastic bags).  We would like you to focus your responses on the areas where we are still considering the evidence.

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