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Tax dodgers named on HMRC list

21 February 2013 Last updated at 17:12 GMT Treasury Minister David Gauke says the move is aimed at deterring would-be tax evaders

Tax dodgers are being named on a list published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for the first time, as their affairs come under greater scrutiny.

The list highlights “deliberate defaulters” who were found during investigations by HMRC into affairs conducted after April 2010.

In these cases, the culprits had each not paid more than £25,000 of tax.

The naming and shaming exercise is part of a crackdown that includes larger fines and tracing previous evaders.

The first list features nine names, including a hairdresser, a coach operator and a knitwear manufacturer.

They received fines ranging from a few thousand pounds to £291,830. This was imposed on wine retailer The Trade Beverage Company Ltd of Mobberley in Cheshire.

Other businesses named were bar and club Southport Leisure, of Coronation Walk, Southport, Gatemain Contractors, of Wainscott in Rochester, Kent, and Menemis, trading as Unlimited Knits in Nottingham.

Individuals named were hairdresser Joseph Tyrrell, of Prescot Road in Liverpool, grocer Rafique Maroof Raja, of Thornton, Kirkcaldy, pipework specialist S Stewart, of Woolton in Liverpool, David Alan Jay, who trades in property maintenance in Cranham, Essex, and coach operator Brian Clifford Tattersall, of Bolton.

“The publication of these names sends a clear signal that cheating on tax is wrong and reassures people who pay their taxes – the vast majority – that there are consequences for those who refuse to tell HMRC about their full liability,” said Treasury Minister David Gauke.

“It also encourages defaulters to make a full and prompt disclosure and cooperate with HMRC to avoid being named.”

When added together, the tax owed amounted to less than £1m.

When asked why no large corporations appeared on the list, Mr Gauke said that HMRC was taking action to close legal loopholes, and those who promoted aggressive tax avoidance schemes were also being exposed.

A recent Commons public accounts committee report called for HMRC to publicly list promoters of tax avoidance schemes and those who used them.

Crackdown

Under the new plan, called the Managing Deliberate Defaulters (MDD) scheme, anyone who evades tax will also have their financial affairs watched closely for up to five years to make sure they do not re-offend.

Tax form The crackdown was aimed at deterring would-be tax evaders

It started with letters being sent to 900 known tax dodgers warning them they will stay in the Revenue’s sights for up to the next five years.

HMRC has said the programme was as much about deterring would-be tax evaders as punishing those who had already been found out.

Other measures include:

making announced or surprise inspections of books and recordsasking for additional information or documents to be sent in with the person’s tax returns carrying out in-depth compliance checks into all or any part of the person’s tax affairsobserving and recording the person’s business activities and cross-checking details in their accounts requiring more frequent VAT returns or cancelling certain favourable VAT schemes for miscreants.

Ordinarily, tax offenders can be fined up to 100% of the tax they have not paid, plus the payment of the back taxes plus interest.

Offenders who have been trying to evade tax in some offshore jurisdictions now face fines of up to 200% of their unpaid tax.

HMRC has the option of prosecuting the worst offenders, which can lead to them being sent to jail if convicted.

The list will be updated every three months.

In order for someone to be named on the website, they must have failed to fully disclose what they owed at the outset.

The taxman can only publish defaulters’ names for a year and within 12 months of the penalty becoming final. Details are published only once all appeal routes have been exhausted.

Chas Roy-Chowdhury, of the ACCA tax body, said this made the list “credible”.

Tax avoiders ‘named and shamed’

A man views a tax return form A spending watchdog says the taxman is losing the “game of cat and mouse” to tax avoidance schemes Tax dodgers should be “named and shamed” to discourage the rich and famous from using legal loopholes to avoid paying the taxman, a spending watchdog says.


The Public Accounts Committee says HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is missing out on £5bn a year.


It found some tax avoidance promoters were “running rings” around HMRC.


Meanwhile, Labour leader Ed Miliband says firms in the UK should publish the amount of tax they pay in the country.


Mr Miliband has already called for greater transparency in corporate tax bills, but speaking during a visit to Scandinavia, he said if international action failed to deliver a change in corporate behaviour, the government should take action at home.

‘Boutique’ schemes

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report warned that the taxman was losing the “game of cat and mouse” to clients and promoters of tax avoidance schemes as they deliberately took advantage of the time it takes HMRC to shut down a particular method.


HMRC must start publicly listing promoters and those who use their schemes, the committee said.

Jimmy Carr Jimmy Carr was widely criticised last year for taking part in a tax avoidance scheme

Last year comedian Jimmy Carr admitted making a “terrible error of judgment” after it emerged he used a complex scheme to reduce his tax bill. The K2 tax-avoidance scheme Carr is said to have used enabled members to pay income tax rates as low as 1%.


Labour MP Margaret Hodge, who chairs the committee, said: “Promoters of ’boutique’ tax avoidance schemes like the one brought to our attention by the case of Jimmy Carr, are running rings around HMRC.


“They create schemes which exploit loopholes in legislation or abuse available tax reliefs such as those intended to encourage investment in British films, and then sign up as many clients as possible, knowing that it will take time for HMRC to change the law and shut the scheme down.”


Chas Roy-Chowdhury, head of tax at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, says naming and shaming is a dangerous game to play.


“Where do you draw the line?” he said.


“There isn’t a clear cliff edge between what you could say is acceptable tax planning and what is unacceptable tax avoidance. I think there’s some difficulty in terms of where do you pitch it in terms of where you name and shame.”


‘Anti-abuse rule’


Tax rules mean promoters must notify HMRC of new avoidance schemes, which has led to the swift closure of some, according to the PAC’s report.


But it warned that officials do not know how many promoters are ignoring the requirement.

Mrs Hodge said: “We are also alarmed to hear that promoters are getting off paying fines for not disclosing their schemes by pleading that, in the opinion of a QC, they have a ‘reasonable excuse’ for non-disclosure. HMRC is right to explore how to make it more difficult for this tactic to work.


“The number of cases HMRC takes to court is tiny compared to the overall caseload. It must make use of the additional resources it has been given to act much more urgently to investigate and close down new schemes and to bring more cases to court.”


Welcoming the report, an HMRC spokesman said: “In the last year alone the courts have ruled in HMRC’s favour in multiple tax avoidance cases where over £1bn has been protected.


“Additionally the government recently announced an extra £77m in HMRC funding to tackle evasion and aggressive avoidance; we have also already consulted on strengthening the regulations around these schemes; and, for the first time ever, this government is introducing a general anti-abuse rule which will make it even harder for people to avoid paying their share of tax.”


A recent meeting of finance ministers of the G20 group of nations in Moscow pledged to crack down on tax avoidance by multinational companies.


The move, led by the UK, France and Germany, could see the development of measures to stop firms shifting profits from a home country to pay less tax elsewhere.


But Mr Miliband says ministers should be prepared to act domestically if international moves do not work.


The Labour leader says, if he were in power, he would consider using legislation to enforce transparency which, he believes, has produced results in countries such as Denmark and Sweden.

PNG firm named as a global sustainability leader


Papua New Guinea’s biggest palm oil producer has been named as the world’s leading sustainable agricultural company by a London-based independent assessment organisation.


The Forest Footprint Disclosure Project ranked 100 companies from every region of the world, including Colgate-Palmolive, Gucci and Heinz, in its 2012 assessment.


Backed by $US 13 trillion in invested capital, the FFD Project engages with smallholders, and works with them to improve yields and reduce the area of land that needs to be farmed.


It rates agricultural companies highly if they have independently verified sustainable certification of their products.


The FFD Project also rates the timber industry, oil and gas, cattle producers and many others.


New Britain Palm Oil, which has farms in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, was ranked number one among agricultural companies.


The FFD Projects director James Hulse says it was the only company to score well in all categories.


“In terms of all of those, it is certified, it is engaging with its suppliers and it is working with the community and within the community to really try and improve best practice as to how it goes about its plantations,” he said.


“New Britain Palm Oil are one of the few companies to have a fully integrated, segregated, supply chain that I believe is almost entirely RSPO certified.”


New Britain Palm Oil was a foundation member of the industry certification body, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, but it has found the process is expensive.


“I think there are financial advantage to becoming RSPO certified,” Mr Hulse said.


“There have been a number of studies done that show, yes, there has been an investment but, yes, there has been a return in terms of improved yields and lower input costs.”


Mr Hulse says companies need to be aware of the risks of being associated with deforestation.


“There are big reputational risks for companies. There are also legislation risks We are starting to see with logging around the world Europe the US and obviously Australia is now working on its own illegal logging laws, and we’ve also got operational risk.


“These are food commodities that are operating under increased supply constraints and increased demands, from population growth, from changing diet and also from climate change and it is causing a massive squeeze – you know the world missed the credit crunch but I don’t think it is going to miss the commodity crunch.


“It is a well understood theme among investors. So really a lot of what we are doing is about supply chain management for companies. It is about risk management within the context of feeding the world and not expanding into deforested lands.”


Oil palm plantations are one of the biggest threats to tropical rainforests.


Deforestation accounts for 15 per cent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions and takes a toll on biodiversity.


Big companies and their investors are increasingly seeing it as a risk to their reputation.


In June 2012 the FFD Project merged with the Carbon Disclosure Project create the world’s largest natural capital disclosure system covering the carbon, water and forests.


Mr Hulse says it is important that the issues are understood separately, and that with deforestation there are global supply chains.


“A lot of companies aren’t actually aware of what is going on within their supply chains,” he said.


“What we would like to do is bring them together to look a little bit more realistically at how companies use natural capital and how they impact on the environment more generally.


“And the Carbon Disclosure Project obviously gives us some huge reach – it has been backed by more than half the world’s investable capital. There are 4,000 companies around the world that are reporting to it. The scale of the CDP is going to be hugely important for us to get the message across.”

Topics: environmentally-sustainable-business, agribusiness, papua-new-guinea, united-kingdom, pacific

First posted February 06, 2013 18:29:44

Silicon Valley plant named as Apple manufacturer

apple-logo-bSAN FRANCISCO: Apple on Friday listed a Silicon Valley facility as a location where the California company’s Macintosh computers are assembled.


The addition to Apple’s list of final assembly plants came less than two months after chief executive Tim Cook vowed to shift some computer manufacturing from China to the United States to catalyze domestic high-tech production.


A Quanta Computer Inc. operation in Fremont, California, not far from where Apple got its start, joined a roster of “final assembly facilities” heavily weighted with plants in China.


Taiwan-based Quanta was listed as operating Macintosh computer and iPod MP3 player assembly plants in China.


Cook, in a pair of interviews given in December, said one line of Mac computers will be made exclusively in the United States, but did not say which one.


Asked why Apple would not move out of China entirely and manufacture everything in the United States, Cook told NBC, “It’s not so much about price, it’s about the skills.”


Cook also told the broadcaster that he hopes the new project will help spur other US firms to bring manufacturing back home.


“The consumer electronics world was really never here,” he said. “It’s a matter of starting it here.”

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First supermarket ombudsman named

Ms Tacon will not formally take up her new four-year post until the law creating it has been passed later this year Christine Tacon, who ran the Co-operative’s farming unit for 11 years, has been named by the government as the first supermarket ombudsman.


The creation of the post was first recommended by the Competition Commission in 2008 to resolve disputes between supermarkets and suppliers.


As “Groceries Code Adjudicator”, Ms Tacon will have the power to fine misbehaving supermarkets.


She will hold the post for four years, once a law creating the post is passed.


Ms Tacon will be responsible for policing the “groceries supply code of practice”, which was instituted under the last government in 2010 in order to ensure that the 10 biggest supermarket groups – with annual turnover of over £1bn each – did not abuse their relations with their suppliers.

Anonymous tip-offs

“It’s quite a big responsibility, trying to represent the direct suppliers and making sure they’ve got fair contracts with the retailers,” Ms Tacon told the BBC.


The code of conduct came two years after the conclusion of a major two-year review of the supermarkets by the Competition Commission, which criticised the exclusivity arrangement often signed between the supermarket chains and their suppliers.


One of the past practices banned by the code of conduct, according to Ms Tacon, involved supermarkets receiving a payment from a packaging firm in return for forcing their suppliers to use that packaging firm even if it was more expensive.


However, she will not officially take up the watchdog role until the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill is passed by Parliament later this year. In the meantime she will act as “Adjudicator-Designate”.


“This is an incredibly important position in the retail groceries sector making sure that large supermarkets treat their suppliers fairly and lawfully,” said Consumer and Competition Minister, Jo Swinson.


Ms Tacon will be able to investigate anonymous tip-offs from suppliers.


“It’s a reactive role – I have to get complaints before I can get actually involved and do something,” she said. “There has been a lot of representation [from suppliers] that, although there is a code of practice, if it is not followed, people are frightened of complaining.”


She said that the first stage, if she identifies a malpractice, is to make recommendations as to what supermarkets should do in future.


If a supermarket fails to comply, it can then be named and shamed, and – as a last resort – fined.


Ms Tacon has previously worked for Mars Confectionery, Vodafone and Anchor Foods, and currently holds a number of non-executive positions in the agriculture sector, including chair of the BBC’s rural affairs advisory committee.


She will earn £69,000 per year in her new job, working three days a week.

Emirates SkyCargo named Air Cargo Carrier of the Year 2012

Dubai: Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has been named Air Cargo Carrier of the Year, at the 2012 Global Freight Awards held in London.

The awards, formerly known as the IFW (International Freighting Weekly) Awards, recognise excellence in the freight and logistics industry.

This is the sixth time that Emirates SkyCargo has won the award, having previously received the honour in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. Emirates SkyCargo beat off competition from five other carriers, namely British Airways World Cargo, Cargolux, Lufthansa Cargo, Air France/KLM Cargo and Virgin Atlantic Cargo.

The “Air Cargo Carrier of the Year” is a reader voted category award, in which Lloyds Loading List.com invites shippers and freight forwarders from around the globe to cast their vote and select those carriers and operators which, over the past year, in their opinion had provided the best quality service.

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“To win this prestigious award for a sixth time, and to be recognised directly by our customers in this way, is a great honour and a powerful endorsement of our focus and dedication to providing the highest levels of service,” said Ram Menen, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo.

Carney named as new Bank governor

26 November 2012 Last updated at 16:28 GMT Mark Carney ruling himself out of the position on HARDtalk in August 2012

Mark Carney has been named as the new governor of the Bank of England by Chancellor George Osborne.

Mr Carney, the governor of the Canadian central bank, will serve for five years and will hold new regulatory powers over banks.

He was a surprise choice for the head of the UK’s central bank and had previously ruled himself out.

The post is seen as one of the most important positions in the stewardship of the UK economy.

Current governor Sir Mervyn King steps down from the post next June.

‘Critical time’

Mr Osborne told Parliament that Mr Carney, 47, brought the “strong leadership and external experience the Bank needs” and added that the Canadian would apply for British citizenship.

During Mr Carney’s five years as governor in Canada, Mr Osborne said he was “acknowledged to have weathered the economic storm better than any other Western economy”.

Mr Carney said he was “honoured to accept this important and demanding role” at a “critical time for the British, European and global economies”.

He will serve in his current post until May next year. Mr Carney said he was “not without ties” to the UK – his wife is a dual national of the UK and Canada.

The term for a Bank governor is eight years. But the chancellor told Parliament that Mr Carney indicated he intended to serve for five years and to stand down at the end of June 2018.

The governor of the Bank chairs the monetary policy committee, which has responsibility for setting interest rates in the UK.

Following the government’s decision to scrap the Financial Services Authority and hand some of its responsibilities to the Bank, the governor will also oversee important regulatory powers as well.

Continue reading the main story Controlling inflation, primarily through setting interest ratesMonitoring the health of the financial system as a whole, and acting to reduce threats were necessaryFrom next year, regulating individual banksOther candidates for the post included Bank deputy governor Paul Tucker, FSA chairman Lord Turner, Sir John Vickers, who led the government’s recent review into breaking up the banks, and Santander bank’s UK chairman Lord Burns.

Mr Tucker, who has spent most of his career with the Bank, was seen by many as the favourite for the job.

The BBC understands that Mr Carney will be offered an annual salary of £480,000. He will also benefit from membership of the bank’s non-contributory pension scheme, which is worth another 30% of his annual salary, making his total pay and pension package worth about £624,000 a year.

Sir Mervyn’s salary is £305,000 a year, but he receives much more generous pension contributions making his total pay and pension package worth about £519,000.

Mr Osborne also announced the re-appointment of Charlie Bean as Bank of England deputy governor for monetary stability for a further year until the end of June 2014.

Hala Badri named to DMI board

Dubai: By a royal decree issued by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Hala Badri, Executive Vice President, Brand and Communications at du, has been appointed as a Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) board member. Du congratulated Hala on her new appointment.

Commenting on her appointment, Hala said, “It is an honour to have been selected by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed for this role. I am both proud and appreciative of this opportunity to represent Emirati women on the DMI board, and I look forward to working with my fellow board members. My time with du has given me the opportunity to prove myself, and the experience to make a difference in my newly appointed position.”

In a further development, Hala was announced as GEMAS Marketer of the Year at the GEMAS Effie Mena Awards 2012 ceremony, held on November 21. The GEMAS Marketer of the Year Award honours innovation, strategy and communications excellence, by recognising individuals who have made a positive impact and significant contribution to raising the standards of the Middle East’s marketing. Hala was given the awarded for her demonstration of leadership excellence, personable nature, and the results of the campaigns she has spearheaded for du.

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Kerry Stokes named WA’s Australian of the Year

Updated November 25, 2012 00:13:18

Businessman Kerry Stokes says he is humbled to have been named as Western Australia’s Australian of the Year for 2013.

Mr Stokes received the award at a ceremony at Government House in Perth on Saturday.

He was recognised for his efforts in preserving Australian military artefacts, including purchasing several Victoria Cross medals which he donated to the Australian War Memorial.

Mr Stokes says his passion for Australia’s military history is deeply personal.

“Cause that’s a part of who we are,” he said.

“That’s the foundation upon which the Australian pride is built. It’s something we look back on now and we understand the sacrifices that were made.

“And I think it’s really important that those sacrifices continue to be recognised.”

BRW magazine earlier this year estimated his net wealth to be $2.79 billion.

Mr Stokes says his motivation for philanthropy comes from the positive stories he hears through the wider community.

“I think it’s important to be judged by what you do, not what you say you do,” he said.

“And we try and make a contribution.”

The 72-year-old is now on the shortlist for the Australian of the Year Award, to be named by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard, on the eve of Australia Day next year.

Lorraine and Barry Young will represent WA at the awards in the Senior Australian of the Year category.

The couple have dedicated much of the past 15 years to raising awareness of the meningococcal septicaemia bacteria.

The disease killed their only daughter Amanda in 1997.

Western Australia’s Young Australian of the Year is 25-year-old Akram Azimi for his work mentoring young indigenous people.

Mr Azimi arrived in Australia from Afghanistan 13 years ago.

In 2011 he co-founded a student-run initiative designed to raise awareness about indigenous issues in universities.

His other roles have included mentoring young indigenous people in the Kimberley and young students in the small farming community of Wyalkatchem in the Wheatbelt.

Caroline de Mori has been named WA’s Local Hero 2013 for her work in establishing a not-for-profit foundation aimed at overcoming chronic health problems in indigenous communities.

The aim of the foundation is to help the communities grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Topics: awards-and-prizes, business-economics-and-finance, media, perth-6000, wa

First posted November 24, 2012 20:09:41

Etihad Airways named best long-haul airline

Abu Dhabi: Etihad Airways has won Best Long-haul Airline at Belgium’s 15th annual Travel Magazine Awards, held in Antwerp.

This is the first time Etihad Airways has won the prestigious Belgian travel industry award, beating five other long-haul carriers operating to and from Brussels International Airport.

The judging panel consisted of almost 400 Belgian travel industry professionals, tour operators, travel agencies, airlines, and cruise lines.

Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, Peter Baumgartner, said the airline was delighted to win the coveted title.

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“This award cements us as the airline of choice for long-haul guests travelling to and from Brussels, a strategically important market for Etihad Airways.

“It is testament to the strength and success of our whole product experience, whether it be Diamond First, Pearl Business, or Coral Economy. The award also recognises our success in inspiring our guests from the moment their journey begins, right through to journey’s end — in the air and on the ground.”

Etihad Airways operates eight times a week between Brussels and Abu Dhabi, offering onward connections to more than 80 destinations.

UAE named chairman of Halal standards committee

Abu Dhabi: The UAE was granted a three year chairmanship of the first technical committee for Halal food standards.

The committee was set up by Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahd, UAE Minister of Environment and Water and Deputy Chairman of the Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (ESMA), said the win is a new distinguished international achievement for the UAE as ESMA was able to garner the highest number of votes from members of the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC), which is based in Turkey.

“The UAE winning the chairmanship of this new community reaffirms the important role played by ESMA in the local, regional, Islamic and international stage to raise the standards of products and services provided to consumers. It also reaffirms the authority’s role in supporting the national economy, enhancing the flow of trade between the UAE and friendly countries, especially Islamic nations, by removing technical obstacles and improving trade movement in line with World Trade Organisation’s agreements,” said Fahd.

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The meeting also resulted in setting up a comprehensive system on the standard and safety of food products, and ensuring that it meets Halal standards, and testing these products across all OIC member countries to guarantee that they meet these standards for the import and export process. The Halal food committee has forwarded these standards and specification to all Halal certification bodies.

The UAE was also selected as Chairman of the Halal Cosmetics Committee (TC2). Farah Ali Al Zarouni, was chosen as the chairperson of the committee.

Fahd said that choosing the UAE to chair two major technical committee on the international stage is proof of how far women in the UAE have come under the wise directives of the UAE Leadership.

Firms named over ‘nuisance calls’

By Kevin Core You and Yours, Radio 4  The Information Commissioner’s Office says it is monitoring three more companies The Information Commissioner’s Office has named firms it has concerns over regarding unsolicited marketing calls.


Companies revealed on the ICO website include British Gas, Scottish Power, Talk Talk, Weatherseal Home Improvements, The Claims Guys, We Fight Any Claim and Anglian Windows.


The ICO can issue fines of up to £500,000 for breaches of regulations on unwanted calls, texts and emails.


The companies named said they were working with the ICO.


The list was compiled from complaints to the authority and the Telephone Preference Service. The ICO said it expected to see improvements in their operations in the coming months.


Three more companies, which have not been named, are being investigated by the ICO.


Speaking to Radio 4′s You & Yours, Simon Entwistle, the director of operations at the ICO, said that while companies often maintained that they had permission to contact customers directly, separate consent must exist for marketing calls.


He added that there was no action they could take about calls which were made to chase a debt.

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The ICO studied complaints about live calls.


These are unsolicited direct marketing calls received by consumers from a real live person.

“We start off by working with the organisations because some of these big companies like British Gas and Talk Talk want to get this right but clearly there are problems,” he said.


“We talk to them about how they can get it right and where we see in their system that something is going wrong.


“There is another category of organisation that only pay lip service to the regulations, what they want to do is to make as many calls as possible and try and get away with it.


“With those we take a very different approach, we have not named those organisations because we are actively gathering evidence in order to fine them for flouting the regulations as opposed to working and helping people who actually want to get it right.”

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The Telephone Preference Service runs a register that allows people to opt out of any unsolicited sales or marketing calls.


Individuals can register for free by visiting the website or calling 0845 070 0707. It takes 28 days for registration to become effective.


Mobile phone numbers can also be registered, although this will not prevent unsolicited text messages.


It is a legal requirement that all organisations – including charities, voluntary organisations and political parties – do not make such calls to numbers registered on the TPS unless they have the individual’s consent to do so.

A spokesman for British Gas said: “We uphold the highest standards when contacting people in their homes, and only use contact information if we have express permission to do so.”


Scottish Power said it was working with the ICO. Talk Talk said complaints had fallen, it was not facing enforcement action and was working with the ICO.


We Fight Any Claim said its data was provided by an external company and if numbers listed on the Telephone Preference Service slipped through they were immediately blocked.


Anglian Windows said it took complaints seriously.


Weatherseal Home Improvements confirmed it had been contacted by the ICO and was co-operating.


The BBC contacted The Claims Guys but has yet to receive a response.

NBAD Chief executive named “Banker of the Year” by ABA

Abu Dhabi/London: Arab Bankers Association chose Michael Tomalin, the Group Chief Executive of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), as the first recipient of the distinguished service award to Arab Banking and as such the Arab Bankers Association (ABA) “Banker of the Year”. Arab Bankers Association, founded in 1980 in London, represents and promotes the interests of Arab banks and financial professionals who work with Arab banks. This is particularly important with the very strong and significant banking and trade links between the UK and the Arab world.

NBAD launched its London branch in 1977. It provides private banking, trade finance, corporate banking, and treasury products.

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