News in brief: Scammers warning, submariners’ remembrance, public to have a say on grants

Residents are being warned not to fall victim to scammers pretending to be from the HMRC.

Callers demand payment and people are told if they don’t pay up, they face prosecution.

The warning comes from Argyll and Bute Council’s trading standards team after reports of local residents receiving the calls.

Some people in Argyll and Bute have reported concerns over ‘aggressive’ callers.

As well as calls threatening prosecution if payment is not made, some callers ask for bank account or personal information in exchange for ‘tax advice’ or a bogus refund.

Trading Standards advise that people should never give out personal bank details over the phone.

For more information, or to report a suspected scam, contact the Citizens’ Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040606 or Action Fraud –

Hundreds of serving and former submariners, including Second World War veterans, will gather at Middle Temple Gardens in London tomorrow (Sunday) for the Submariners’ Remembrance Service and Parade in London.

The unique service is held each year to honour submariners of all generations who have “Crossed the Bar” in service to their country.

Taking the salute this year will be Rear Admiral John Weale, who is based at Faslane.

The ceremony was first instituted in 1923, following the unveiling of the National Submarine War Memorial in 1922, and is held on the Sunday before the national Remembrance Day Parade to enable submariners to attend both events.

Submariners are pictured gathering at a previous service in London.

Argyll and Bute Council is changing the way it distributes its Supporting Communities Fund, with members of the public having more say on which projects receive funding.

Applications to the fund, which was formerly Third Sector Grants, used to be assessed by officers with decisions made by elected members at area committees.

The next round of funds will be open for people living in Argyll and Bute to vote for projects to be funded. The change in method is part of the Scottish Government’s Participatory Budgeting/Community Choices agenda.

Groups will be invited to post their project ideas on an online site – allowing the community to find out about the project, ask questions and possibly help shape what the final project will be.

The council’s policy lead for communities, councillor Robin Currie said: “By letting members of the public have their say on which projects should be allocated funding, they are helping to identify what things are important to their local communities.

“Participatory budgeting is an extremely useful way of giving the public the opportunity to prioritise spending and have more control.“