Media Round-Up – Your rights in this week’s news

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October 01, 2018

01/10/2018 Are older and more conservative people out of control? That’s the theme of the news today, as Europe settles down to watch with Conservative Party Conference with a mixture of amusement and horror, and the audience at the English National Opera have been told off for smuggling in vodka and gin in water bottles and getting hammered. Apparently, the main offenders are in the 50+ group.

Bitchin’ in the kitchen

What’s the top story in the news from the Tory part conference today? Nope, not leadership squabbles or Brexit border babble. It’s proposals that would mean waiters finally get their own tips. Some might say this has been a long time coming…

Restaurants face ban on taking share of tips.

A Boris free zone

If you can’t bear any more stories about Boris or Brexit, there are some interesting promises coming from the conference. After last week’s renationalisation binge from Labour, the big threat to businesses – business rates – may finally be addressed by the Government. A tax on foreign home buyers is also being mooted. But is it too little, too late?

Business rates could be changed, Greg Clark says.

New tax on foreign home buyers to help rough sleepers, PM says.

Spend, spend, spend

One of Resolver’s leading campaign stories in the last year has been on the evolution of how we shop, spend and socialise. The BBC take a look at this changing landscape, while the Guardian focus on the impact of a ‘cashless society’.

High street crisis: Charting how we spend our money.

The rise of cashless Britain: the poor suffer as banks and ATMs are closed.

Facebook crooks

Remember when Facebook was fun instead of a world-straddling, data harvesting, evil machine? No? Me neither. Anyway, more bad press this week after a huge hack was brushed under the carpet by the company. Meanwhile, the Mail report that YouTube videos explaining how to hack the parent company are available online.

Facebook security breach: Up to 50m accounts attacked.

How YouTube videos teaching criminals how to hack your Facebook account are freely available.

I’d rather Jack

Another big fine for a bank that got breached. Tesco bank will be forced to pay out nearly £17 million for another error that could have been avoided. Expect more fines to follow – but will the industry shape up?

Tesco Bank fined £16.4m by watchdog over cyber-attack.

Fire in the hold

And compensation will be winging its way to Ford customer’s who suffered engine failures. This was a spectacular error, with many people having to deal with cars that burst in to flames while driving!

Ford to refund ‘engine fail’ EcoBoost customers.

…and finally…

James Walker comments on the trouble with car finance companies in the Mail on Sunday’s big money feature over the weekend. Find out more about how people are being ripped off below.

How rip-off car loans can leave you owing more than the motor’s worthwhile pushy salesmen rake in millions.

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James Walker

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