Warning of upsurge in text scams

Fraud WatchConsumers are being warned of a recent upsurge in spoof text message which appear to be sent from their bank or a government department in a bid to steal their personal or financial information.

The scam text messages claim that there has been suspicious activity on the recipient’s account or that their account details need to be ‘updated’ or ‘verified’. The recent rising trend has been reported to Financial Fraud Action UK.

The fraudulent texts encourage people to visit a website or call a number, often claiming the matter is urgent. However the website or telephone number is actually controlled by the fraudster, enabling them to steal security details which can be used to access the victim’s bank account and take money. (more…)

Understanding when food goes off could save you money.

Food date labelsUse by dates

These refer to food safety

Don’t eat food after this date, even if it looks and smells OK

Best before dates

These refer to food quality

Food is still safe to eat after this date, but may not be at its best

Did you know?

You can ignore ‘display until’ and ‘sell before’ dates. These are for shop staff, not shoppers.

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Your views sought on ABC draft budget

ABC CrestFollowing the Ashford Borough Council’s (ABC) December cabinet meeting the Council has formally proposed a draft budget.

The budget will be considered by the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee as part of the democratic process and, ultimately, will be considered by full council in February 2016. However, there is now an opportunity for residents to express their views.

ABC say that the draft budget has been put together at a time of continued uncertainty for local government. The comprehensive spending review took place in late December and the details are still being analysed. It is clear however, that the traditional way that central government has funded local authorities is being phased out.

This emphasises why the Council has stated its ambition to seek to be independent of government grant by the 2018-19 financial year, or as soon after as is possible. Initiatives such as the council’s property acquisition strategy, securing additional revenue streams, and innovations such as the creation of two companies wholly owned by the council, are helping to bridge what would otherwise have been gaps in budget. (more…)