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Last day to renew your tax Credits.

Last year 320,000 customers had their payments stopped or altered because they missed the deadline to inform HMRC of changes to their circumstances. These include changes to working hours, income and childcare costs. Online help and information on renewing tax credits is available GOV.UK and via HMRC’s customer service Twitter feed @HMRCcustomers. Support is also available via the tax credits helpline.Claimants can get help and information on renewing tax credits:

  • on GOV.UK
  • by tweeting @HMRCcustomers or posting on our Facebook page with general queries
  • using HMRC’s App, which is available on the App Store or Google Play Store
  • using the HMRC service on Amazon Alexa
  • using our online forum (click on Tax Credits and You)
  • through HMRC’s webchat help service
  • by calling the tax credits helpline: 0345 300 3900

Tax credit deadline tomorrow.

Tax credits graphic stating "Get cracking with your tax credits".

Don’t forget.

 

Tax credits help working families with targeted financial support. HMRC has made it easier than ever to renew and more than 59% of customers have renewed online or via the HMRC App. The most popular times of day to renew by phone are between 10am to 12pm and 4:30 to 6:30pm, but customers renew any time – day or night – through HMRC’s online services.

Claimants can get help and information on renewing tax credits:

  • on GOV.UK
  • by tweeting @HMRCcustomers or posting on our Facebook page with general queries
  • using HMRC’s App, which is available on the App Store or Google Play Store
  • using the HMRC service on Amazon Alexa
  • using our online forum (click on Tax Credits and You)
  • through HMRC’s webchat help service
  • by calling the tax credits helpline: 0345 300 3900

More than a million people still to need to renew their tax credits

Tax credits graphic stating "Get cracking with your tax credits".

There’s is just a few days to go to the 31 July tax credit renewal deadline and HMRC is urging over a million customers yet to renew to do it online todaybecause this is the quickest and easiest way.

Angela MacDonald, Director General of Customer Services, said:

We’ve improved our services so customers can renew their tax credits at a time that’s convenient to them but the 31 July deadline is fast approaching.

There is a wealth of support available at all times of the day and night from HMRC via GOV.UK, the app, or Alexa to help customers get their renewal right.

I urge customers who have yet to renew their tax credits to do so as soon as possible, to avoid their payments being stopped.

Tax credits help working families with targeted financial support. HMRC has made it easier than ever to renew and more than 59% of customers have renewed online or via the HMRC App. The most popular times of day to renew by phone are between 10am to 12pm and 4:30 to 6:30pm, but customers renew any time – day or night – through HMRC’s online services.

This year, HMRC has also launched a customer-focused service via Amazon Alexa to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions about tax credits renewals. Customers with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices can ask Alexa to open HMRC and ask for direct links to information and renewals.

Last year 320,000 customers had their payments stopped or altered because they missed the deadline to inform HMRC of changes to their circumstances. These include changes to working hours, income and childcare costs. Online help and information on renewing tax credits is available GOV.UK and via HMRC’s customer service Twitter feed @HMRCcustomers. Support is also available via the tax credits helpline.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-than-a-million-people-still-to-need-to-renew-their-tax-credits

UK seawater ‘warmer than California’

The heatwave is raising sea temperatures in parts of England to higher than some of those in California, according to statistics.

Bracklesham Bay in West Sussex, where temperatures have hit 21.6C, is beating temperatures in Zuma Beach, at 20.6C.

UK temperatures are overall way higher than the average for the time of year.

Figures from the Channel Coast Observatory (CCO) also show that Skegness and Morecambe have been a few degrees warmer than Cornwall

Map

Penzance at 17.6C is more than 2C above the average of 15.2C for this month over the last 11 years.

The South West, which is famed for its beaches, may be the first choice for many to dip their toes in the water.

But the warmest places include Bracklesham Bay, and Weston Bay in the Bristol Channel, which both hit 21.6C on Monday.

 

From https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-44923091

Stolen banana plants in Falmouth cause for concern in latest incident

A plant thief has struck again in Falmouth, this time stealing £250 worth of banana plants in a week.

The tropical plants were stolen from the public Fox Rosehill gardens off Melville Road.

Matt Stannard, from Cormac’s gardening team, said: “The gardens are there for absolutely everybody to enjoy. What we don’t want is people taking plants away and selling them on. It’s something that we can’t afford.”

This latest incident is not the first time the town’s plants have been the target of robberies.

On the morning of Tuesday, May 8, a man in a flat cap was spotted filling a carrier bag with “exotic succulents” stolen from Falmouth’s seafront.

The plants were largely planted by volunteers during the town’s Spring Festival.

He was believed to be in his late 60s, and was described as “quite well dressed” and of average height. He was a wearing a black and white check flat cap, a short beige jacket and carrying a shoulder bag.

 

Please see  http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/16359284.stolen-banana-plants-in-falmouth-cause-for-concern-in-latest-incident/?ref=mr&lp=20

Persimmon homeowners in Newquay warn would-be buyers with signs

Signs put up in newbuild home

A couple living on a new housing estate have put up signs in their windows urging potential buyers not to buy the properties.

Lucy and Guy Sousse moved into the estate in Newquay, Cornwall, a year ago and say Persimmon Homes promised to complete snagging work by last October.

But they say they are still waiting for 90 different faults to be finished.

Persimmon Homes said it was committed to fixing the problems but had not been able to arrange a time for the work.

Pipework still to be finished

Lucy and Guy Sousse put their signs up in their home, directly opposite the Persimmon Homes marketing suite and show home.

The couple say the signs will stay up until the work is done.

“We did expect snagging moving in initially with a new home,” said Lucy.

“But we didn’t expect that the back patio doors wouldn’t close overnight, which is a health and safety risk.

“My little boy walking up the stairs finding nails sticking out – that’s definitely not just snagging.”

Radiator still to be finished

Several other residents say they are also still waiting for repairs to be completed.

Tamsin Lynex bought her house on the Goldings estate about a year ago.

“You expect snags,” she said.

“But you buy a new build so you don’t have to do all that renovating.

“I feel like our house was rushed. I don’t feel like our house is worth what we paid for it. I just feel like we wasted our money, really.”

window of a house

In a statement Persimmon Homes said: “The company remains committed to resolving the works and will liaise in a further attempt to establish a mutually acceptable timetable.

“Our policy is that we will not work in a customer’s home without them being present.

“Under these circumstances, the presence of the sign is regrettable and has had an impact on other residents who are happy in their homes.”

 

See full article at   https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-44879858

Battle of Britain RAF Spitfire pilot Geoffrey Wellum dies at his home in Cornwall.

Wellum and Kingcombe

The youngest Spitfire pilot to fly in the Battle of Britain during World War Two has died, it has been announced.

Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Wellum, who was just 18 when he joined the RAF in August 1939, died at his home in Cornwall on Wednesday evening aged 96.

He served with 92 Squadron and his first missions included the “dogfights” above London and the Home Counties for which the battle became known.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said it was “saddened by the news”.

Sqn Ldr Wellum was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and was later promoted to flight commander with 65 Squadron.

He later led eight Spitfires from HMS Furious to relieve Malta.

Sqn Ldr Wellum, speaking in 2013, said: “Somebody said: ‘Here’s a Spitfire – fly it, and if you break it there will be bloody hell to pay’.”

“Looking at my life now, I had peaked at about 21 or 22. It was just lovely blokes, all together in Fighter Squadron.”

Geoffrey Wellum and Prince Charles in 2015

He remained in the RAF until 1960.

Patrick Tootal, secretary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, said members of the charity’s staff and volunteers had been “much saddened by the news”.

“Only this week Sqn Ldr Wellum had been talking enthusiastically about attending the Memorial Service at Westminster Abbey on 16 September,” he said.

 

See full article at   https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-44895703

The man who created a $2bn ice cream firm in his kitchen

Just a few years ago Justin Woolverton was pleading with US supermarkets to keep his reduced calorie ice cream tubs in their freezer cabinets.

Sales of his low fat, low sugar brand Halo Top were flat-lining, and stores were continually threatening to stop stocking it.

“We were hanging on by the skin of our teeth,” says the 38-year-old, who launched the business in 2012. “We’d tell them ‘leave us up there, things are going to turn around’.”

In his wildest dreams Mr Woolverton couldn’t have predicted just how dramatic the turnaround would be. Just six years after starting, his ice cream is now the best-selling brand in the US.

With very little money for marketing, the LA-based start-up had been trying to inch up sales by working hard to promote itself on social media.

Justin Woolverton

Then in 2016 a journalist for GQ magazine wrote a very witty article about how he ate only Halo Top ice cream for 10 straight days.

The story went viral, and Halo Top’s sales went through the roof.

In 2016 it was reported to have sold 28.8 million tubs, generating $132.4m (£101m) in revenues becoming the best-selling pint of ice cream in the US, beating iconic industry leaders such as Ben & Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs.

Not bad for a small independent business that has no outside investors, other than the family and friends of Mr Woolverton and his co-founder Doug Bouton.

Yet despite the brand’s success, some critics have questioned the claimed health credentials of the “guilt free” ice cream. While others wonder if it should be allowed to call itself ice cream at all.

A tub of Halo Top ice cream

Before founding Halo Top, Mr Woolverton was working in Los Angeles as a corporate lawyer, a job with which he’d become disenchanted.

The idea for the ice cream came about because of restrictions he made to his diet to manage his blood sugar levels.

At home, instead of sugary treats, he’d have a bowl of Greek yogurt with fruit, to which he would add the sweetener stevia.

After buying a $20 ice cream maker he put the mixture through it to see what it would taste like. “It was delicious. So from there, it was like: ‘Holy cow, if I like this why wouldn’t other people like it?’.”

Mr Woolverton then started experimenting with ingredients, including replacing the yogurt with milk, to make the concoction behave more like ice cream when frozen and enable it to be produced on a mass scale.

 

See full article at  https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44614104

Classic Rolls Royce to be restored after years in storage

BBC Spotlight

A classic car enthusiast from Dawlish is trying to bring a 1930s Rolls Royce – hidden away for years – back to life.

The car was lost for a decade after being hidden to avoid German bombing during World War Two and spent most of the next 70 years inside a barn on a farm in Wales.

It has fewer than 8,000 miles on the clock.

1930s Rolls Royce
The 1935 Rolls Royce has fewer than 8,000 miles on the clock

Classic car enthusiast Mike Waters said it would take lots of work to get it on the road but it would be worth it.

There are a few thousand hours of work in there, and a few long nights. I’m not doing it as part of my job, I’m doing it as my passion and my hobby. It’s evenings and weekends, so things do take time.”

Mike Waters