Ten major new laws and rule changes will go into effect in October and will impact the lives of everyone in the UK.
Everyone in the UK will see changes in the way they pay for energy and eat in cafes, while 1 million people see their jobs at risk.
For 15 million people, energy bills will go up and for millions, their benefit payments will go down.
At the same time, new laws to protect consumers and children come into force.
Here are the top 10 new October rules and legislative changes you need to know.
‘Natasha’s Law’ comes into effect today (Fri) after a long campaign by Tanya and Nadim Ednan-Laperouse.
Natasha Ednan-Laperouse suffered anaphylactic shock within minutes of taking off a British Airways flight to France after buying a sandwich at a Pret-A-Manger store at Heathrow Airport.
The 15-year-old knew that she was allergic to milk, eggs, bananas, nuts and sesame seeds, so she and her father Nadim carefully checked the label.
But the artichoke, olive, and tapenade baguette contained sesame seeds that were baked into the batter and are therefore not visible or listed in the ingredients.
She fell sick in the air and despite efforts to give her adrenaline shots, unable to breathe, suffered a heart attack and later died in a French hospital on July 17, 2016.
Natasha, who lived in Fulham, west London, was traveling to Nice with her father and best friend Bethany when tragedy struck.
Nadim, 56, administered two Epi-Pens – which provided his daughter with potentially life-saving adrenaline as she struggled to breathe – but they failed and she suffered multiple cardiac arrests.
Since her death, Natasha’s parents – Nadim and mother Tanya – have led a relentless campaign to strengthen food labeling regulations and better protect the estimated two million food allergy sufferers in the UK.
A loophole in the law meant that Pret – and other similar companies – were not required to provide a full list of allergens on the products made in their stores.
Starting today (October 1st), Natasha’s law will go into effect requiring more prepackaged foods such as sandwiches, cakes, and take-away salads to have full ingredients and allergy information on the item.
The changes introduced by the law will apply to businesses that sell their own prepackaged food in other outlets they operate – including market stalls and mobile food trucks.
Botox forbidden for children
Under a new law in England, people under the age of 18 can no longer get botox and lip fillers for cosmetic reasons.
The Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act, which came into effect in England on Friday, means that it is illegal to give the products to anyone under the age of 18 or to schedule an appointment, according to the Department of Health and Social Affairs ( DHSC).
The ministry said failure to do so could “result in criminal prosecution and an unlimited fine”.
The law applies to visitors from outside of England or who have permission from someone over the age of 18.
However, treatments may still be approved by a doctor, given by a doctor, nurse, dentist, or pharmacist to anyone under the age of 18 with a clinical need.
The coronavirus job retention program has ended, and it is believed that around a million people were still paying through the vacation program by the end of September.
Ministers say this could lead to a number of job losses as companies are now responsible for paying employees if they want to keep them on the books.
Electricity bills go up
Electricity bills for 15 million households are set to climb at least £ 139 to a record high below Ofgem’s latest price cap as of today as suppliers grapple with soaring wholesale prices.
The regulator ruled in August that standard-rate energy customers paying by direct debit will see the steepest price increase since the cap was introduced in January 2019, with average bills rising to £ 1,277.
For prepaid customers, the cost will increase by £ 153 from £ 1,156 to £ 1,309.
The surge was driven by an increase in energy costs of more than 50% in the past six months, with gas prices hitting record highs as inflation skyrocketed amid the easing of pandemic restrictions, Ofgem said.
Eliminated £ 20 universal credit
The government gave everyone with Universal Credit a weekly boost of £ 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
That ends in October – which means everyone who gets the benefit will see their payments go down.
The move is rejected by six former labor and pension ministers, charities, think tanks, teachers and MPs from across the political spectrum.
Halogen lamps forbidden
The sale of halogen lightbulbs is banned under the government’s climate plans, followed by high-energy fluorescent tubes.
The move will cut 1.26 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and is part of stricter energy efficiency rules that will help consumers save £ 75 a year, the business department said.
The UK started to stop selling higher energy halogen bulbs in 2018 under EU-wide regulations and now retailers will no longer be able to sell most of the remaining halogen bulbs such as kitchen spotlights as of September 2021.
It will help continue the switch to energy-efficient LED lightbulbs, which already account for around two-thirds of the lights sold in the UK, and LEDs are expected to make up 85% of all lightbulbs sold by 2030, officials said.
End of the last self-employment scholarship
The fifth and final SEISS grant (self-employed income support system) must be received by this Thursday (30.
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Changes to the eviction notice
Eviction notices are going back to normal starting this Friday (October 1st) after temporary measures were put in place to give people more time to find new homes during the Covid pandemic.
According to calculations by StepChange Debt Charity, around half a million private tenants are now trying to cover £ 360 million in arrears across the UK.
Private tenants in arrears said they were in arrears by an average of just under £ 800.
Now they are threatened with eviction by their landlords.
Sales tax vacation ends
Due to the pandemic, on July 8, 2020, the government announced a temporary reduced VAT rate of 5% for certain hospitality, hotel and vacation rental services and entry to certain attractions Cow gills.
The reduced rate was initially introduced for a limited period between July 15, 2020 and January 12, 2021 and then extended until March 31, 2021.
In the 2021 budget, the Chancellor announced that the reduced tax rate of 5% would be extended again to September 30, 2021 and from October 1, 2021 to 31, VAT of 12.5%.
The normal standard rate of 20% will now return on April 1, 2022.
That means the cost of your vacation and what you buy in cafes, pubs, and restaurants are likely to be higher this month.
Stamp duty leave ends
The stamp duty exemption introduced in July 2020 ends at the end of this month in England and Northern Ireland.
This means home buyers must pay stamp duty on all purchases over £ 125,000.
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