Here’s what’s happening on Which? Conversation and around Which.co.uk for the week of 9 August 2021.
Anyone out there? With starting to get into the peak summer holidays, and especially with the fanfare of the Olympics quieting down now, it certainly feels a lot quieter this week. That being said, still lots to look forward to on Which? Conversation and around the rest of Which?.
Vehicle tax scams and mortgage questions
In case you missed it, please do check out our discussion with Stephen and Ian last week on cladding, mortgages, and other housing issues. Always good to have the chance to ask questions about what can be a very complicated subject.
Last Wednesday we posted a warning about a phishing email asking you to renew your vehicle tax. We often get asked what the value is in inviting discussion on these topics. There’s two key reasons for this:
- The comments give a sense of how active a scam may be in the current moment (the scam reporting tool helps as well), and
- We have a greater opportunity to direct people to help and advice they may need if they have been scammed.
Equally though, there’s a bit of filtering one needs to do when reading through these comments. We’re happy to hear the strength of feeling you have about these scams as well, but as always, please do keep it within the Community Guidelines.
When is a holiday essential?
With last week’s changing traffic lights and dropping of quarantine restrictions, it appears it may be easier to once again take a holiday abroad.
Is it easy enough that you’re willing to take the risk and book flights, or are you taking a more cautious approach to your holidays this year?
Are you planning to travel during the summer now that restrictions have eased?
No (53%, 813 Votes)
Yes - only within the UK though (33%, 514 Votes)
Yes - travelling abroad (14%, 220 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,547
If you are thinking of booking a holiday anywhere (including within the UK), it’s worth having a look at our 42 tour operators to book with, or make use of our Holiday Checker tool to compare in more detail.
More on sustainable travel and your carbon footprint
If you’ve been enjoying the Which? Investigates podcast, check out their special end of season episode, giving you the chance to hear more of the big conversations from season one, including whether a trip abroad can truly be sustainable.
The podcast returns in the autumn, so plenty of time to catch up if you’re just joining us now.
Coming up this week
We’ll be taking a break from live events this week in the run up to Customer Service week next week, so plenty of time to get your question in for Hannah and the Consumer Rights Team.
Some stories we’ll be watching with interest:
- The IPCC report on climate change is due to be published this week. No time like the present to start thinking how you might live more sustainably.
- Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland have been lifted from today. If you’re in Scotland, we’re keen to hear how you feel about restrictions being lifted.
- Highland Spring is recalling glass bottles of sparkling water due to risk of explosion.
Over to you – what’s happeneing where you are?
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