Durham Trading Standards have become aware of cold callers trying to sell goods on the doorstep in various areas of the County. In some cases, their approach has been persistent, causing both upset and annoyance.
While it is not an offence to simply cold call, we would always urge residents to be extremely cautious when dealing with unsolicited visitors.
Some top tips to keep yourself and others safe:
DO report suspicious cold callers to the Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 11 33 or to the police on 101
Learn more about how to protect yourself and others from scams by becoming a Friend Against Scams at: friendsagainstscams
A new helpline has been launched to support people in the North East navigating their way through the criminal justice system.
Nepacs (a north east charity) introduced the new helpline to offer information and support to individuals, their families and loved ones at the point of arrest, at court, throughout a prison sentence, and on release. Their friendly team of helpline volunteers are available to offer a listening ear to those who need someone to talk to, and provide important information about processes and next steps.
The new helpline is part of the charity's 'Early days in custody' project which is funded for three years by National Lottery Reaching Communities fund and a legacy gift donated to Nepacs from the Newcastle and Northumberland Police Courts Mission Fund.
The helpline team can be contacted by: Freephone 0800 012 1539, Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Text 07983 437 457 and is open: Monday and Friday 12noon - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am - 2pm.
Durham Constabulary have informed of a new stop loan sharks app to make it quicker and easier for people to report loan sharks and access support services. For more information go to https://www.stoploansharks.co.uk
Possession proceedings to commence again in England and Wales from 21 September 2020, however in most cases landlords wishing to evict tenants will be required to give six months' notice.
This rule will be in place for social and private landlords until at least March 2021, except in cases involving:
No evictions will take place in areas affected by local lockdowns, or during the Christmas period except in the most serious circumstances.
Guides and further information can be found here
Thousands of vulnerable people who were housed during the pandemic will be helped to stay in accommodation this year thanks to the allocations of funding announced (17 September 2020) by Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick.
274 local councils will share £91.5 million of government funding to ensure interim accommodation and support for the most vulnerable people. An additional £13.5 million fund will be used to enable local authorities to tackle new or emerging challenges.
Bids have also been submitted for £161 million support to help secure 3,300 longer-term homes.