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BE PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER

BE PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER

Thursday 16th November 2017

Now that summer is over every insurance broker’s fancy turns to thoughts of severe weather, floods and snow [apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson]. While the weather we can expect in the UK is not as severe as some parts of the world it is still advisable to be prepared for what the winter can bring your way. Exactly what you should do to protect your property from severe weather will depend on various factors including where you are in the country,...

TIPS FOR WINTER AND BAD WEATHER DRIVING

TIPS FOR WINTER AND BAD WEATHER DRIVING

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Now the clocks have gone back it is that time of year once again for dire warnings to be issued about the dangers of driving on slippery roads with poor visibility in bad weather. Of course bad weather does make driving more hazardous and there is more bad weather in winter,...

NEW ROADWORTHINESS RULES FOR SPECIALISED HEAVY VEHICLES

NEW ROADWORTHINESS RULES FOR SPECIALISED HEAVY VEHICLES

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Currently most vehicles are required by law to have at least an annual roadworthiness test if they are used on the road, however for various reasons there are certain categories of “heavy vehicle” which are exempt from this requirement. In preparation for a new EU directive, due to come into force...

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES FIRE SAFETY CONSULTATION

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES FIRE SAFETY CONSULTATION

Monday 13th November 2017

The Scottish government has launched a consultation on new fire safety guidance for existing premises with sleeping accommodation. The new guidance covers various types of premises such as hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast, holiday lets, houses in multiple occupation and is intended to replace three current guides. It is intended that...

CHARITY COMMISSION ISSUES FRAUD AND CYBER CRIME ALERT

CHARITY COMMISSION ISSUES FRAUD AND CYBER CRIME ALERT

Friday 10th November 2017

The Charity Commission has issued an alert urging charities to be vigilant “because of increasing reports of phishing scams”. These are scams where fraudsters attempt to hoax individuals into revealing sensitive information such as passwords, usernames, credit card details and similar information. The alert states that Action Fraud, the UK’s national...

BREASTFEEDING, RISK ASSESSMENT AND SEX DISCRIMINATION

BREASTFEEDING, RISK ASSESSMENT AND SEX DISCRIMINATION

Thursday 9th November 2017

One of the roles of the Court of Justice of the European Union is to make rulings on points of EU law, for example the court recently ruled that duplicate bridge is not a “sport” for the purposes of the VAT Directive and cannot therefore be exempt as such. A significant...