Mickleton Parish Council

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Press Release

        

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Monday 15 November 2021

   
   

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 Durham County Council has issued the following press release warning against fraudulent scams. There is a lot of it about. If you have any concerns don't open the concerning email and especially don't open any attachments. Contact to appropriate sender by phone, establish their authenticity and they will probably have a "phishing" email address to send the suspect email to.

 

Be aware of fraudulent scams

Residents in County Durham are being reminded to stay on their guard against fraudulent activity as part of a week of action.

As part of International Fraud Awareness Week, which takes place from 14 to 20 November, Durham County Council is calling on members of the public to be vigilant and help in its fight against fraud.

From sending fake emails designed to look like an offer of a council tax reduction, council tax refund or Universal Credit; to imitating NHS Track and Trace or TV Licensing and subscription services, scammers have been using the coronavirus pandemic to acquire personal details.

Other scams residents are being warned to look out for include fake courier texts which charge for rebooking delivery, emails about Amazon delivery problems which try and collect Amazon account details, and calls from people pretending to be from TalkTalk who ask people to carry out tasks on their computer which will give them remote access to a device.

The council’s corporate fraud team investigates frauds including adult social care, blue badge, business rates, council tax, insurance, procurement, schools and tenancy frauds. Since it was set up in June 2015 it has recovered or intercepted over £12.4million.

Between April and September this year, the team recovered or intercepted over £895,000 related to fraudulent activity and currently has 250 ongoing fraud investigations.

Since the pandemic, officers have also investigated 113 Covid-19 Grant Fraud cases, preventing fraud to the value of £902,000 and identified fraud activity which had taken place to the value of £265,000. The team continues to work alongside Durham Constabulary and had a successful prosecution earlier this year as a result of which a custodial sentence was imposed, as well as working in partnership with the National Anti-Fraud Network and reporting numerous national organised frauds to the National Investigation Service.

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Warning signs for a potential scam include:

•           A website address is inconsistent with that of the legitimate organisation

•           A phone call, text or email asks for financial information such as PINs or passwords

•           A call or email appears out of the blue with an urgent request for personal or financial information, or to make an immediate payment

•           An offer of a heavily discounted or considerably cheaper product compared to the original price

•           There are spelling and grammar mistakes or inconsistencies in the story given.

Cllr Richard Bell, the council’s deputy leader and Cabinet member for finance, said: “During the past 18 months scammers have been using the coronavirus pandemic and the public anxiety that this has understandably brought to take advantage and commit these deceptive crimes.

“Our corporate fraud team is working tirelessly to identify and prevent attempted frauds in County Durham.

“I urge all residents to remain vigilant against fraud and if they have concerns that any correspondence such as a phone call, email or letter does not appear to be genuine to follow the relevant advice and report it to us and in doing so join the fight against fraud.”

For more information or to report a case of fraud, visit www.durham.gov.uk/fraud

And to find out more on ways to spot a scam go to www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

Published on Wednesday, 17 November 2021 21:01

The next regular monthly meeting,  of Mickleton Parish Council will  be held in Mickleton Village Hall at 19:00 on MONDAY 15th November 2021 .The agenda for this meeting, can be downloaded here icon 11 Agenda Nov 2021 (87.4 kB) . The minutes of the October 2021 Regular Meeting can be downloaded here, icon 10 Minutes Oct 2021 (80.94 kB)  .  NOTE These minutes are not the Official Minutes of the October 2021 Meeting unless and until approved at the 15th November 2021 Meeting.

You can also download DCC's briefing on the A66 proposals here, icon A66 Routs Report (61.98 kB)

Members of the  public are always very welcome to attend the meeting as observers, Social distancing and Masks are required by all Council Members and atendees.

STOP PRESS, STOP PRESS, STOP PRESS

 Nota Bene, Due to a change in circumstances Mickleton Parish Council will now meet on the Third Monday of each month in the Village Hall at 19:00 except in August when there will be no meeting, and December when the meeting will be held on the Second Monday.

So the next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on MONDAY 13th December at 19:00.

 Watch this space for any developments,

Published on Saturday, 13 November 2021 21:23

The next regular monthly meeting,  of Mickleton Parish Council will  be held in Mickleton Village Hall at 19:00 on MONDAY 27th September 2021 .The agenda for this meeting, can be downloaded here icon 09 Agenda Sept 2021 (50.02 kB) . The minutes of the July 2021 Regular Meeting can be downloaded here, icon 07 Minutes July 2021 (82.84 kB) NOTE These minutes are not the Official Minutes of the July 2021 Meeting unless and until approved at the 27th September 2021 Meeting.

Members of the  public are always very welcome to attend the meeting as observers, Social distancing and Masks are required by all Council Members and atendees.

 

STOP PRESS, STOP PRESS, STOP PRESS

 Nota Bene, Due to a change in circumstances Mickleton Parish Council will now meet on the Third Monday of each month in the Village Hall at 19:00 except in August when there will be no meeting, and December when the meeting will be held on the Second Monday.

So the next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on MONDAY 18th October at 19:00.

 Watch this space for any developments,

 

Published on Thursday, 23 September 2021 11:04

Back the Blue 1The latest plan to "Dual" the A66 is currently at the consultation stage. At the last MPC meeting on the 18th October 2021 Durham County Councillor (DCC) and Deputy Chairman of DCC Richard Bell attended the MPC meeting to brief the Parish Councillors on developments. DCC is promoting the "Back the Blue" Option and following the briefing MPC voted unanimously to support the "Back the Blue" Option as well. If you have any comments for the consultation you should send them to:-

Back the Blue 2

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and marking youremail 'FEEDBACK'

The consultation closes on 6th November

 

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Front, Gaynor Taffurelli (Chairwoman of MPC)

Rear Councillors David Shepherd, Ken Walton

Rear Centre DCC Deputy Chairman Richard Bell

Parish Clerk Kathryn Towler and Councillors John Lonsdale and Pat Thompson.

 

The "Back the Blue" leaflets can be downloaded here icon Back the Blue (169.14 kB)

 

 

Published on Thursday, 28 October 2021 17:16

STOP PRESS, STOP PRESS, STOP PRESS

Nota Bene, Due to a change in circumstances Mickleton Parish Council will now meet on the Third Monday of each month in the Village Hall at 19:00 except in Auhust when there will be no meeting and December when the meeting will be held on the Second Monday.

So the next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on MONDAY 27th (to allow for the short notice) September at 19:00.

Watch this space for any developments,

Published on Saturday, 18 September 2021 20:45