New Hotline Established to Report Covid Fraudsters

We received the following information from OWL which may be useful if you encounter a scam pertaining to Covid-19.

HOTLINE TO REPORT COVID FRAUDSTERS

A new hotline has been launched to stop fraudsters illegally targeting Covid stimulus
schemes.

“Every pound stolen is a pound that could be spent on vital public services in our country’s hour of need. This is why we are urging the public to report any information about fraud of this kind to the Crimestoppers Covid Fraud Hotline.”

Cabinet office Minister Julia Lopez

In an initiative between government and the independent charity Crimestoppers, the public
can call a new Covid Fraud Hotline ( 0800 587 5030 ) anonymously and free of charge to
report suspected fraudulent activity.

Over 150 Covid support schemes have been introduced by the government to help those
struggling financially, but a minority of individuals have been abusing these schemes by
claiming loans and grants illegally.

Speaking from the Crimestoppers’ call centre today, Cabinet office Minister, Julia
Lopez said:
“It’s an affront both to hard working taxpayers and those in genuine need that
some people have been exploiting pandemic support schemes to line their own
pockets. Criminals must not be allowed to profit from this time of national
crisis.

“Every pound stolen is a pound that could be spent on vital public services in
our country’s hour of need. This is why we are urging the public to report any
information about fraud of this kind to the Crimestoppers Covid Fraud Hotline.”

Chief Executive of Crimestoppers, Mark Hallas OBE said:
“Fraud against the public purse denies access to vital funds that benefit us all.

“It’s crucial that anyone who has information or knows of someone who has
fraudulently claimed Government grants or loans to contact our charity
completely anonymously and tell us what you know.

“The Covid Fraud Hotline is open 24/7, 365 days a year on 0800 587 5030 or fill
in the simple and secure anonymous form at Covidfraudhotline.org. You’ll be
doing the right thing to help ensure the public purse is protected from
fraudsters.”

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:
“We have worked incredibly hard to make sure our support schemes get to
those that need it most, however we will not tolerate those that seek to defraud
the taxpayer.

“Every penny lost to fraud is a penny that cannot be spent on protecting jobs
and businesses, which is why we will take whatever steps are necessary to
hunt down those criminals found to be illegally profiting from this pandemic.”

Although fraud is a hidden crime and can take a great deal of time to be discovered, the
public can still look out for tell tale signs. These can include unusual buying activity by
companies and individuals and cold calling by those falsely claiming they are from the
Government offering money for schemes.

The Government has partnered with the independent charity Crimestoppers to provide an
anonymous hotline to gather information to ensure it carefully guards public resources paid
for by the taxpayer for vital services like hospitals and schools.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address:

Petition for Curo Park Pedestrian Crossing

With increased traffic in and out of Curo Park, and an increase in the number of people walking, the need for a safe pedestrian crossing is now quite strong. Please read the ePetition linked and sign, if you agree.

Thanks to Jon Breen for taking the initiative.

https://democracy.hertfordshire.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?id=77

St Stephen Parish Neighbourhood Plan Open for Public Consultation and Polling

Here’s a brief summary of the lengthy 99 page plan we uploaded earlier. Please log into your local Council website, read the document Regulation 14, then fill out the survey.

“Following many years of hard work and local engagement, we are pleased to invite your views on St Stephen Parish Council’s proposals for a neighbourhood development plan and associated documents.

This is a Pre-Submission Consultation in accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2015 (as amended).”

Additional information found here: https://www.ststephenparishcouncil.gov.uk/in-your-parish/parish-neighbourhood-plan/?fbclid=IwAR2PcWlwpXxw_mlVjd1_Uuzp-mYyST-uVTqo8SCAEmDDOo-DoAjw42GPF0Q