Payment and Services

DCMS: Broadband Universal Service Obligations

The Department for  Digital, Culture, Media & Sport have launched a consultation on the specific design of a new broadband Universal Service Obligation, which will give household and business the right to request a broadband connection at a minimum speed of at least 10Mbps.

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British Banking Association: Access to Banking

The British Banking Association underwent an independent review of the Access to Banking Protocol. The Access to Banking Protocol was established last year and committed to a year-on review of its implementation. The Protocol details how banks should ensure sufficient access to banking in local communities following the closure of branches.

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Interchange fee regulation: a consultation

The Interchange fee regulation consultation invites views on the government’s proposed steps to comply with the ‘Interchange Fee Regulation’ (IFR) that the European Union agreed to bring in across all EU countries earlier this year.

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Late payment: challenging 'grossly unfair' terms and practices

The 2011 EU Late Payment Directive was passed, and this consultation seeks how best to implement the changes to the law on how to provide business representative bodies with additional powers to challenge grossly unfair contractual terms and practices.

The consultation and ACS' response can be viewed via the links below.

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Call for Evidence Relating to Lotteries

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport have caledl for evidence exploring the current balance across society lotteries, The National Lottery and competing gambling products in raising funds for good causes and maintaining player protection.

The original consultation and ACS' submission can be viewed below.

In their submission, ACS highlights the role that lottery products play in convenience stores.

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Specification of the £1 coin: a technical consultation

Budget 2014 announced that the government will introduce a new and highly secure £1 coin. The design incorporates four key features that would make the new £1 coin the most secure circulating coin in the world. These include: a 12-sided shape; bi-metallic construction; bi-colour appearance; and the Royal Mint’s new, world-leading anti-counterfeiting technology (Integrated Secure Identification Systems). The government is now seeking views on the proposals.

The original consultation and ACS' response can be viewed via the links below.

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