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April 18, 2023

UK residents lost £177.6m to impersonation scams in 2022

  • Last year £177.6 million was lost to impersonation scams last year.
  • UK Finance have highlighted the dangers of fraud and stated that 45,367 cases of this specific type of fraud were carried out in 2022.
  • An impersonation scam is when a criminal contacts their victim pretending to be a trusted organisation or a friend or family member.
  • These scams also appear high in urgency and request money or personal or financial information.
  • The Take Five Campaign encourages people to stop and think before falling victim to these crimes.
  • For more advice check out our article Energy Bills Scam.
  • For more on this story please visit the Independent’s website.

Encrypted messaging services sign open letter against Online Safety Bill

  • Encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp, Element and Signal have signed an open letter opposing the Online Safety Bill.
  • The platforms argue that the Bill could challenge end-to-end encryption which is regarded as the highest level of privacy technology companies provide.
  • The Bill has been designed to help prevent online trolling and illegal forms of pornography by giving platforms more responsibility.
  • Check out our guide to the Online Safety Bill.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Independent’s website.

UK needs time to recruit more maths teachers

  • Rishi Sunak has said that the UK needs more time to recruit maths teachers.
  • He also has said that his compulsory maths plans would not involve students being required to study maths at A-level.
  • Speaking at the London Screen Academy, he said it was his personal passion to change the “anti-maths mindset” which make it acceptable to joke about having poor numeracy skills.
  • He raised problems in the current levels of maths teaching including a shortage of maths teachers and a third of young people being unable to pass maths GCSE.
  • For more, go to the Guardian’s website.

Student EMA to increase after 20 years

  • The Welsh Government has announced sixth form and college students from low-income households will receive a £10 grant increase.
  • Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is designed to help students with travel and food costs and around 16,000 young people in Wales currently receive the payment.
  • It has been frozen at £30 for nearly 20 years.
  • A new higher payment will begin from the start of the summer term.
  • Further education students are eligible if their household income is £20,817 for households with one young person, or £23,077 for households with more than one young person.
  • For the full story, go to the BBC’s website.