Monday, 10 April 2017

Consumer Advice

Tonight was our monthly update on consumer matters with Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau, the following items were covered.

Work Place Bullying
If you’re bullied at work or your colleagues behave in an offensive or intimidating way towards you, it could be unlawful harassment under the Equality Act 2010. Harassment is a form of discrimination under the Act.You can ask the harasser to stop. Only do this if you feel it's safe. You should make it clear that you find the behaviour offensive and that you’ll take further action if the harassment doesn’t stop.

You could ask for an informal discussion with the harasser and it may help you to have a colleague with you when you do this and at any subsequent discussions.

If you don’t want to talk to the harasser, you can write to them or ask someone else to write on your behalf. Keep a copy of all the correspondence you send and receive from the harasser and any other person involved.

Probate Fees

Probate fees on some estates will increase by almost £20,000 from May, as the Ministry of Justice confirmed it will push through a massive hike to charges for processing forms, despite rejection in a consultation.

The huge rise in the fees for applications for grants of probate - dubbed a 'stealth tax' on estates - comes despite less than 2 per cent of respondents in a consultation agreeing with the new charges.

Probate fees, which are paid by executors to process estates and allow families access to money and assets left to them, are currently a flat £215 for all estates worth £5,000-plus.

From May they will be paid on estates above £50,000 instead, but above this level costs will rise by between 40 per cent and 9,202 per cent
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