- all people involved with the project are competent
- the risks to health and safety are properly managed
- sufficient time and resources are available for the work to be carried out safely
- information about known risks, such as the presence of asbestos materials, is provided to those involved with the project
- if more than one contractor is involved, one of them is appointed, in writing, as the Principal Contractor, and ensure that a construction phase plan is prepared before work starts.
In addition, if the construction work is going to last more than 30 working days, or involve more than 500 man days (eg 10 operatives working for 50 days) then additional steps must be taken to ensure that:
a health and safety project coordinator (HSPC) is appointed in writing certain health and safety related information is provided to the HSPC
- retain and provide access to a health and safety file which is prepared for the project
Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman
The Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman (CIFO) will commence the resolution of complaints about financial services on 16 November 2015, when its full legal powers are brought into force through the Financial Services Ombudsman (Jersey) Law 2014 (Appointed Day) (No. 3) Act 2015.
CIFO has published the Jersey Fee Scheme and Jersey Levy Scheme, setting out the detail of its funding mechanism. It has also published a consultation paper on a model complaint-handling procedure for financial services providers that can be found https://www.ci-fo.org/cifo-consultations/
The closing date for responses is 30 October 2015.
Three key messages emerged from our survey:
- We must all take personal responsibility for
our financial health;
- We must all research our facts and ask questions to help us make informed decisions and to better understand the bigger picture of what financial health entails – over the short, medium and long term;
- Most importantly we must NEVER put our head in the sand – financial difficulties escalate not diminish!
5 Ways to Respond to a Credit Card Interest Rate Increase
What to Do When Your Credit Card’s Interest Rate Increases
Wouldn’t it be nice if low interest rates last forever? Unfortunately, the saying “All good things must come to an end” is especially true when it comes to credit cards.
One of the practices credit card issuers are notorious for is suddenly increasing interest rates. Of course one of the reasons it seems so sudden is because most credit card issuers only have to send you 15 days notice before increasing your interest rate.
Staying Secure at Cashpoints
LINK is the UK’s cash machine network, providing you with access to your cash. The number of free machines is at an all time high, and to help you manage your money effectively you can also check your balance free of charge at any LINK machine.
Despite some recent high-profile incidents, cash machine crime is very uncommon. LINK have provided a number of simple steps which all cardholders can take to help fight ATM crime :Read More
Methods of Payment
A payment is the transfer of money from one party (such as a person or company) to another. A payment is usually made in exchange for the provision of goods, services or both, or to fulfill a legal obligation.
Common means of payment by an individual include: –
- Bank Transfer
Credit rating – what’s the score?
The importance of your credit history is not overrated. Your credit history information is of interest to a lot of people. A bad credit history can make it harder for you to obtain loans and even a mobile phone contract. Landlords and potential employers can and will also look at your credit history report.
Banks have changed the way they decide to lend money since the financial crisis. Essentially, the lenders now want to take fewer risks with their cash.
Basically, being granted a credit facility enables you to repay over a set term usually having interest added and paid back with the initial advance on a monthly basis.Read More
Danger: Direct Debit Bandits at Bay
Have you checked your statements lately?
When was the last time you checked your bank statements? Are you aware of all the direct debits you currently have set up? And did you know that ANYONE can initiate a direct debit on your account, so long as they have the correct sort code and account number?
Theft through fraudulent direct debits is becoming an increasing problem and it is estimated that well over 100,000 Britons have fallen victim. Back in 2010 (interestingly, the most recent statistics we could find), insurance group LV= found that direct debit (DD) fraud accounted for over 10% of ALL identity theft.Read More
Who we are and what we do
Community Savings is the only viable alternative to a high street bank based in Jersey. There is no other government or third party agency that is able to offer the range of services described below to all Island residents. We operate an “open door” policy and with virtually no restrictions based on residency or credit history we are able to help the majority of people who come to us.
To access our services customers need to join “an interest group” (similar to being a member of a credit union). Our biggest group is based at our town premises in Seale Street, St Helier by the Town Hall. Open from Tuesday – Friday from 9.30 am – 12.30pm our front desk services are provided by a team of welcoming volunteers. Applicants need only bring some photographic ID and proof of address and an account can be opened immediately if all is in order. Wages or income support can be paid into an account and direct debits paid out. In addition customers can have a Cred-E card which acts as a “top-up” debit card.Read More
APR – Annual Percentage Rate
Annual Percentage Rate
Everyone has heard of the abbreviated term “APR” but what does it exactly mean? And if we need a loan what are the conditions that we need to adhere to?
APR stands for “the Annual Percentage Rate of charge” and it can be used to compare different credit and loan offers. It is used as a measuring mechanism, which takes into account not just the interest on a loan, but also other charges incurred for borrowing the money (i.e. any arrangement fee).
APR will vary from lender to lender, but in short, the APR tells you how much your borrowing will cost over the course of a year, as a proportion of the amount you have borrowed. So if you are borrowing £100 at an APR of 9%, you will pay £9 in interest and charges over the first year.Read More