UK Big Four Barclays announced that it will be shutting down its Glasgow Claims Centre as numbers of PPI complaints filed against the bank are slowly reducing in number. However, employee union Unite said that the anger and betrayal felt by the 244 employees about to be laid off in the claims centre is rightful and Barclays should be responsible enough to provide alternatives for the employees.
Recently, Barclays announced its third quarter financial results and it is the only bank that added no further provisions to its PPI redress. Its counterparts, the Lloyds Banking Group, declared an additional £750 million to redress PPI. RBS had also announced an additional £250 million for PPI and HSBC with £90 million.
PPI or payment protection insurance repays consumer loans and mortgages in case you get sick or get unemployed. However, because bank employees intended to increase work volume for incentives, many ineligible consumers were mis sold the insurance policy. I f you were mis sold PPI, you could consult www.PPIClaimsAdviceLine.com or other clais management company for help.
Barclays said that the Glasgow claims center had already fulfilled its objective and other claims centres in different areas can handle the remaining workload effectively.
The Financial Conduct Authority had also announced that the number of PPI complaints had steadily fallen since the first two quarters of 2013.
Workers said that they were promised good employment length during the time they were first introduced to resolving the mis sold PPI issues of Barclays. They felt betrayed that they were now to be laid off because the objective for the business was already complete.
A 25-year old Ukranian student had launched a three-month one man racist attack against different victims. Pavlo Lapshyn, a PHD technology student in Britain, had only five days in the UK before he stabbed an 82-year old Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham. He had admitted to bombing mosques and engaging in terrorist activities.
According to police interogations, Lapshyn admitted that he was trying to “increase racial conflict” to increase community tension after the murder of different white men around the United Kingdom. Lapshyn had a case of a small explosion at his flat before he left for the United Kingdom.
His attacks fuelled concerns in Britain regarding a far-right supremacist terrorism in Britain. Many believed that he had more bombs planted elsewhere before the police caught him. The bomb he was about to set off was estimated to have killed or injured hundreds of people if not for the police.
His July bombing of a Tipton mosque had been timed to detonate when worshippers were to arrive at the said mosque. However, the delays caused by Ramadan had only the infrastructure damaged, but no one was injured. He had already detonated bombs in Walsall and Wolverhampton mosques.
He had expressed great racial hatred as his motivation and remained emotionless when asked by the local police about his crimes.
Judge Sylvia de Bertonadno sentenced Karl Clay, referred to by the police as the “monster”, in the Leamington Justice Centre, to serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars. Clay, a 39 year old from Wood End, Coventry, raped two children and almost drowned two women.
Aside from his child rape allegations, he also almost burned two children and three more people on fire after dousing them with lighter fuel. There were 13 charges against him, which includes raping children, threatening children and attacking children and adults from 1991. Indecent assault of a child, forcing a child to perform sexual activities, harassment and bodily harm were the other serious charges filed against him.
According to the police, Karl Clay is a “monster” and everyone working to put him to justice were deeply affected by his case. According to Detective Inspector Christopher Hanson, Karl Clay is one of the most vilest criminals in the last 21 years he worked. According to the inspector, aside from the court evidences and testimonies from victims, Clay had more victims in Coventry.
The detective said that Karl Clay never stopped at anything. Once he laid an eyes on a child or a woman he would use such an opportunity to assault them.
British Prime Minister David Cameron proudly defended the UK’s heritage after Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly said, “Britain is a small island that nobody listens to” to the Russian media during a G-20 briefing.
Cameron defended the UK speaking to British reporters yesterday. He said that the Russians deny making the statement and said that he could not confirm anybody told him such a statement directly. However, he said that Britain might be a small island and challenged anyone to rebuke its great history, values and capabilities.
The Prime Minister went to say Britain’s accomplishments during World War II and its endeavour to stop fascism during such a time. He also said that Britain “is an island” that helped remove slavery, promoted great music, art and literature and had invented many kinds of sports played all over the world.
Putin’s official spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied that the Russian president made the statement.
Prime Minister Cameron said that even in an intolerable situation, one must always maintain their good manners and politeness.
The G-20 summit focused greatly on Syria as more countries vouched for military strikes from a chemical attack that the United States believes to have been done by the Syrian regime itself.
There has always been a risk for the rich and famous that people may be out there, petty thieves and devoted fans alike, who would want to pinch their belongings. Newcastle defender Ryan Taylor may have been the latest victim of such an attack on his private property. He has accused a car valet of stealing his boots and selling them on eBay.
The car valet who was named as Lee Donnelly, aged 35, was cautioned by police after a holdall of cherished memorabilia went missing from Taylor’s garage. The 35-year-old Mr Donnelly, who runs his own valet business, has worked for a host of stars and made national news earlier this year when he claimed Demba Ba owed him £40 for work he had done. Included in the goods that he stole were the boots Taylor wore when he scored the winner during Newcastle’s 1-0 derby win over Sunderland in 2011 and the boots he wore when he scored for Newcastle in a 2009 Sir Bobby Robson tribute match against Ipswich. He has now been reunited with the derby-day boots
The 28-year-old, who is taking a break due to a knee injury, told a reporter: ‘He was quick to point the finger at Demba but he was happy to steal from me.’ Taylor, who contacted police straight away, also said: “I called Lee after he was cautioned and he answered straight away, “Hello Ryan”. It was completely disrespectful. I just said, “Don’t you Hello Ryan me”. I asked him, “Why me?” “He said he was sorry and he had sold four pairs of boots for £100. It’s ridiculous because he’s got no idea what they meant to me.”
“I couldn’t put a value on them because they had sentimental value. They were things I wanted to keep and cherish and for him to just flog them like that. He’s been so stupid. I asked him to come around to my house to apologise but he said no because I would beat him up. Why would I get in trouble with the police over him? It’s completely and utterly out of order. I never want to see him again.”
Northumbria Police commented: “We got a report at 7.15pm on Wednesday, August 7, to a report of a theft of a number of items from an address in Ponteland. A 35-year-old man was arrested and accepted a simple caution.”
The United Kingdom follows the measures of India regarding restrictions on Internet Pornography. British Prime Minister David Cameron had announced the new plans for filtering Internet content by having all UK homes contacted by service providers to install family-friendly filters that allow blocking of all pornographic websites.
Prime Minister Cameron also intends to pass a legislation that would block extreme pornography. These forms of media include simulated rape and torture.
The new measures to reduce the pornographic content in the UK will involve many Internet companies, including Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Twitter, to comply with the legislation because they have a moral duty to act. Uncompromising search engines will be given sanctions in the United Kingdom.
The pornographic industry, along with several anti-censorship groups spoke against the Prime Minister’s new legislative proposals. They warned that the government might also ban websites concerning sexual health and education.
Julian Huppert, MP for the Liberal Democrats, said that Cameron might be exaggerating about the porn ban. He was greatly concerned with the exaggerated media blocking. He said that it would be very difficult for the government to get the filtering done right.
XXXchurch founder Craig Gross said that the only way to protect children wasn’t by banning pornography through legislation. Regardless of the efforts of governments, pornographic addiction and access to it, whether legal or illegal, will exist regardless of laws emplaced.
The Office for National Statistics released a report showing that so far this year, seasonally-adjusted basis construction output has increased. It can be inferred from these results that this year will be more prosperous for the UK, with the first quarter showing a rate of growth at 0.3%.
The report shows a change from the tendency for the construction industry to perform poorly when compared to other sectors. However volumes in this industry have still fallen to their lowest since 1999 in the first economic quarter of 2013, totalling just £23.7 billion, with a drop in output by 18.9%. The construction industry’s growth in output for May also slowed dramatically, with it reaching just 4.8%, a mere 0.2% growth.
HIS Global Insight’s Chief UK and European economist, Howard Archer has said that “It looks highly likely that construction output made a recently all-too-rare positive contribution to gross domestic product growth in the second quarter, thereby helping growth to strengthen and broaden from the first quarter.”
The International Monetary Fund has also predicted positive economic growth by 0.9% in 2013. The British Chambers of Commerce have also recently reported through a survey that it has been the highest point for business confidence in six years.
The government’s Help to Buy programme has helped to boost the sales rate of many businesses in housebuilding, such as Barratt which saw an increase in the first half of 2013 by a considerable 17.9%, with a total of 34.7% when compared to the initiation of the plan in April. There is also the knock on effect on employment and on other businesses and sectors, for example, for a construction recruitment agency, there has been a rise in the number of vacancies available.
Along with these results is the recovery of UK house prices, supporting the possibility of continued positive economic growth. Howard Archer also commented: “Any positive contribution from the construction sector in the second quarter would feel like a bonus for the UK economy, given the sector’s prolonged struggle”.
Insurance companies are among the things we try to avoid as much as possible due to their ill reputation. Whenever we have to deal with insurances we all turn a little bit into angry sceptical individuals or we even begin to support the conspiracy theory according to which the insurance company will do anything in its power to delay our payment as long as possible or even cancel the payment altogether. As it turns out some of us were right all along according to the latest new from the Lloyds PPI scandal.
The staff were instructed to delay or reject claims
Apparently, Lloyds outsourced the call centre to Deloitte, a financial service company which terminated its contractual obligations with Lloyd after several issues were recorded several months before this scandal surfaced. Allegedly Deloitte instructed its call centre staff to reject or postpone PPI claims in order to convince the claimants to give up their claims. A smart strategy, taking into account that many claimants have actually renounced their rights over the PPI claims. Lloyds appears to have escaped unharmed from this scandal by citing their internal manual on how to deal with PPI claims.
Just a spark among the fire
This latest scandal represents just a small spark among the bigger issue which is miss-selling of PPI which caused quite a stir in England, some voicing that might just be the biggest financial scandal in England. However, company officials have urged their customers to resubmit their claims in case they fell victims to the above mention strategy put into action by Deloitte. For the time being the work has been transferred to another contractor, Huntswood.
This latest scandal casts doubt whether insurance companies in general treat their customers with respect or if their claims are already resolved even before they are being made. This series of unfortunate events will surely make people resort to using the services offered by companies in order to obtain compensation. People are becoming more and more aware of PPI and how “efficient” they are and as a result it is unclear what lies in the future for this particular type of insurances.
For more information on your right to reclaim PPI, click here or visit www.ppiclaimsco.co.
British Terrorism Law reviewer David Anderson said that the UK anti-terrorism laws allow UK border police to seize and download data from any mobile device from an incoming traveller, foreigner or civilian without citing any reason. He called for the government to make investigations to ensure that it was not being abused.
UK anti-terrorism laws indicate that law and military officials do not need reasonable suspicion to seize any electronic device. They can also retain the subject’s information for an unspecified time. The owner of the device may be questioned and contained until they check out of a terrorism risk.
In the UK, at least 58,000 people are examined by border police as they enter the United Kingdom terminals for suspicion of terrorism.
Privacy groups are calling for British police and authorities to give up the information and be stricter of its regulations to avoid restricting people of opening accounts or doing business in the UK. The intrusion on privacy, amid the GCHQ leak, could cause massive damages on investor interest in the United Kingdom. It may also step on the boundaries of discrimination.
Passengers, travellers and foreigners point out that the UK customs staff were not pleasing and officers have already “laid judgment” on you with complete suspicion and will not tell you what is happening in any way.
A Police spokesman pointed out that the law may permit them to do such, but to examine the phones and seize them for evidence they will need a warrant.