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Be On Alert For Bogus Council Tax Enquiries

Cotswold District Council has issued a warning to residents to be aware of fraudulent council tax phone calls and emails after receiving several reports from residents.

People are receiving cold calls and emails about council tax from individuals who are claiming to be council staff. In each instance the persons were told that their council tax direct debit had failed and that payment was required over the phone.

Fortunately, the offenders did not succeed in obtaining correct bank details from residents and no money was stolen.

Police Sgt Garrett Gloyn, from Cirencester Police, said: “We received reports that scam calls have shown the call as coming from the district council’s telephone number. This was not the case and the way the calls were made is being investigated.

“We advise you not to engage with cold callers seeking your bank details even if you believe you know the number from which the call is being made.”

Cotswold District Council has confirmed that any residents who miss a payment of their council tax would receive a letter rathan that a telephone call.

What do you need to do?

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot and they will never ask for your PIN.

Report phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

ENDS

Get Ready For The Parliamentary Election on 12 December

The Parliamentary election process officially starts today with the publication of the Notice of Election.

 

Voting at these elections

Anyone eligible to vote at the election on 12 December will receive a poll card soon. Please check your details are correct when the card arrives.

Anyone who lives in the Constituency but is not registered should do so as soon as possible. The deadline to register is midnight on 26 November. To register, visit Register to vote.

If you can’t get to the polling station on election day, you may vote at these elections by post or proxy (where someone else votes for you). To vote by post or proxy, you must apply to your local Electoral Registration Office.

For more details on your voting options, please visit How to Vote.

For the latest information on the current and future elections in Cotswold District please view:
https://cotswold.gov.uk/about-the-council/elections/current-future-elections/

 

Notice of Election for Two Seats on The Parish Council

The notice of election to fill two vacancies on Upper Rissington Parish Council has been published. Nomination papers are available to download below and the elections team can supply paper copies on request.

Completed nomination papers must be delivered by hand to the Returning Officer at the offices of Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester GL7 1PX on any working day between 9am and 5pm and no later than 4pm on Friday 15 November 2019.

If the election is contested, then a poll will take place on Thursday 12 December 2019 – that’s the same day as the General Election.

Please see the notice of election for details.

 

Completing the nomination papers

The pack includes nomination and consent forms. To stand in the election, a candidate must be nominated by two people on the electoral register for the parish. The consent form requires your name, address, electoral roll number and a declaration of eligibility. If you don’t already know the electoral roll numbers, then Cotswold District Council’s elections team can look them up for you. The Electoral Commission has published guidance on how to complete the declaration, which is reproduced below. It is advisable to complete as many sections of the declaration that apply. While this may appear onerous, it isn’t as difficult as it seems. The elections team will assist where they can, and could check the validity of your form electronically in order to save wasted journeys  – just scan and send a copy to elections@cotswold.gov.uk.

 

Want to know more about what is involved in being a councillor? The website beacouncillor.co.uk has lots of useful information. Please contact the Clerk or any member of the parish council with any questions.