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News from 2009

MP's 'junk mail allowance' to be abolished

The First Post today reports that from January 2010 MPs will no longer be able to claim expenses for sending 'junk mail'. Abolishing the 'communications allowance' was one of the recommendations in the Kelly Report on MP's expenses.

Consultation on Edited Electoral Register

Government has today published a consultation paper on the future of the Edited Electoral Register. Six options are being considered for the future of the register.

VAT exemption for junk mail remains

HM Revenue & Customs has told Royal Mail that it will need to start charging VAT on some of its services - but an exemption for junk mail will remain in place.

Councils spend £4.5bn on waste

As the cost of dealing with household waste rises local councils have been criticised for not doing enough to cut waste. Few councils spend money on waste prevention programmes, with only one in four councils encouraging people to reduce junk mail.

New Junk Buster launched

Stop Junk Mail has today introduced an improved version of its 'Junk Buster' widget. Junk Buster V2 should prevent further attempts by the Direct Marketing Assocation to block the service.

Inventor of junk mail opt-out dies

John Jay Daly, the man who developed the idea that consumers should be able to opt out of 'direct marketing' advertising, has died aged 80.