News in October 2005

 
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  • 31 Oct 2005Tighter silent call rulesCompanies that consistently plague homeowners with nuisance silent calls are to face fines of up to GPB 50,000 under new plans announced by the government today.
  • 28 Oct 2005Honouring Sheila McKechnieTop politicians and journalists are backing new awards to highlight the next generation of campaigners who strive to improve the lives of ordinary people in Britain and particularly those denied a voice.
  • 27 Oct 2005Protect yourself onlineMillions of computer users are at risk of internet fraud because they don't know how to protect themselves online, says a government survey.
  • 27 Oct 2005TV on demandA set-top box to be launched next year will be a gateway to thousands of hours of archived TV programmes and films.
  • 25 Oct 2005iPod in court?Entertainment giant Apple is facing a US lawsuit over alleged problems with the recently launched iPod Nano.
  • 25 Oct 2005Drug side effectsA UK-wide pilot scheme allowing people to report suspected medicine side effects directly to the health watchdog has been welcomed by Which?.
  • 25 Oct 2005Southern water payoutA water company could be facing a multi-million pound payout over irregularities in the handling and reporting of its customer enquiries and complaints.
  • 24 Oct 2005Water shortage warningDespite the wet weather, water shortages are an 'increasingly serious issue' which can't be solved by building more reservoirs, says a new group set up to protect Britain's dwindling supply.
  • 21 Oct 2005Motorway breakdownsThere were over 90,000 accidents or near misses on motorway hard shoulders last year because drivers still don't know what to do when they break down, according to a new survey.
  • 21 Oct 2005Guide for simple billsNew guidelines have been introduced which aim to make it easier for consumers to understand their household bills.
  • 20 Oct 2005Laptop batteries recalledHewlett-Packard (HP) has recalled 135,000 laptop battery packs amid fears they could catch fire.
  • 18 Oct 2005Import tax for online shoppersOnline shoppers buying bargains from abroad have been warned they could be fined and have the goods seized if they try to duck import taxes.
  • 18 Oct 2005Retune for freeviewIf you watch TV through Freeview , you'll have to retune the box on October 18 following a major reshuffle of the channel numbers.
  • 17 Oct 2005Widower pension rightsMen whose wives died before 2001 may now be entitled to 'widow's benefit' following a landmark ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.
  • 17 Oct 2005Complaining about lawyersNews that lawyers will soon cease to handle their own complaints is a great victory for consumers, says Which?.
 
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