Another fine mess: parking tickets and your right to appeal
Alan Titchmarsh Show / In the News / Legal Topics

Another fine mess: parking tickets and your right to appeal

Since the first parking meter was installed in 1958, parking charges have caused outrage, distress and – on occasion – violent outbreaks to many.  Last year, a parking ticket was issued every four seconds, totalling 8million tickets in 12 months. Even though the most common Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) can only be issued by local … Continue reading

Getting a fare deal – trains, planes and automobiles (but mainly trains)
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Getting a fare deal – trains, planes and automobiles (but mainly trains)

The Government has announced measures to curb train operators’ ability to increase ticket prices.  As part of its Fares and Ticketing review, from January 2014, some long distance commuters will save more than £200 as fares are capped at 6.1%.  Previously, the maximum increase allowed was 9.1%. As well as curbing the rise in fares, … Continue reading

Total recall: safety concerns and dangerous products
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Total recall: safety concerns and dangerous products

Every year in the UK, 400 products are recalled but only 10-20% are ever returned.  Product recalls are often made about safety concerns where the goods in their present state may pose a danger to the user.  By law, manufacturers must take all reasonable steps to inform consumers when a product is recalled, but there is … Continue reading

Beware the wonga: breaking the pay day loan cycle
Alan Titchmarsh Show / In the News

Beware the wonga: breaking the pay day loan cycle

Approximately two million adults in the UK have taken out a pay day loan in the past year and demand continues to rocket, providing lenders with headline making profits.  The amount of money being borrowed by cash-strapped workers is reported to have tripled over the last 18 months to an average of £660. Pay day loans aren’t illegal. … Continue reading

Cold calling – Britain starts fighting back
Alan Titchmarsh Show / In the News / Legal Topics

Cold calling – Britain starts fighting back

In my first weekly appearance on The Alan Titchmarsh Show I joined journalist Fiona Foster to discuss the growing problem of cold calling, especially for the elderly and vulnerable (view below).  New research Which? suggests that in June this year, an estimated 700million nuisance calls were received by people in the UK.  Calls range from live … Continue reading