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Tesco fits car chargers

Tesco is to provide 2,500 electric chargers for cars over the next three years, the company said in November 2018. These will be provided in 600 car parks in an agreement with Volkswagen. It will increase the national number of charging points to 18,900. At Tesco, customers will be able to use a 7kW slow charger free. A faster 50kW charger may be used for £6. This charges a car to 80% capaci...
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Money paid into court

A person retains property of money paid into court to fortify a cross-undertaking or to provide security for another party's costs. The Court of Appeal so decided on 16 October 2018. The case concerned money paid into court by a company in the course of liquidation, and subsequently paid to the liquidators. The money was subject to a fixed charge executed by the company for its solicitors as se...
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Government loses three Brexit votes

The government lost three Brexit votes on 4 December 2018. One was to force the government to publish in full the legal advice it received from the attorney-general. This the government did the following morning. A second vote found the government in contempt of parliament for ignoring a previous vote to publish the attorney-general's opinion. This is an unprecedented constitutional position...
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Voluntary tax returns

HMRC's practice for voluntary tax returns is to be put on to a statutory footing. When a person files a tax return when not required to do so, it has been HMRC practice to treat it as if that had been submitted in response to a request to file a return. This avoids the strict provision which would require HMRC to reject the return, require submission of a new return, and then receive the inform...
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Actors and musicians earn less than £5,000 a year

Two-thirds of actors, musicians and dancers in Britain earn less than £5,000 a year from their art, according to a survey by recruitment company Mandy Network. They have other jobs to help them survive. Only one in eight earns at least £20,000. The mean average of performing salaries is just £10,500 a year. One fifth of performers had not had a paid job in the previous six months. [18.11]
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Pension scheme cannot change inflation index

A pension scheme was not allowed to change its inflation index, the Supreme Court ruled on 7 November 2018. In deciding the matter for each case, the words used by the draftsman should be considered rather than the background facts, which may be of relevance for other forms of contract. The pension scheme indexed benefits using the Retail Prices Index (RPI). It wished to moved to the Consume...
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Obituary: Baroness Trumpington

Baroness Trumpington died on 26 November 2018, aged 96. On being made a life peer in 1980 she successfully sponsored a bill relaxing laws on shopping hours, saying that shops should themselves determine when they will open. She served as a junior minister for health and social security in the 1980s and 1990s, becoming the oldest female minister at 70. At 90, she became the oldest panellist t...
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Viagogo must disclose touting

Viagogo must disclose whether tickets offered are being sold by touts. This follows a legal victory in November 2018 against the company by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). CMA started its action in August 2018. Viagogo is the country's largest ticket reselling website. Some venues have refused to give admittance to holders of resold tickets. This is part of a practice to stamp out ...
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Employment intermediary returns

Penalties for failing to file employment intermediary returns for three periods were cancelled, as there was no evidence that an authorised officer of HMRC had made a determination. These returns are required by Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 s716B when an agency or other intermediary provides the services of an employee but does not operate PAYE. There are penalties for not mak...
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Collecting used stamps

Charities should not collect used current postage stamps unless they are sure they are being passed on to collectors. On 30 November 2018, the Charity Commission said that many used stamps are then prepared for reuse as original stamps. Participating in such schemes is fraud. Ordinary postage stamps that have been used have negligible value to collectors. Genuine stamp dealers have their own...
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