News story: Boost for motorists as government proposes no MOT test for first 4 years

New cars and motorcycles could no longer require an MOT for the first 4 years on the road under plans to save motorists more than £100 million a year.

Proposals unveiled today (22 January 2017) by Transport Minister Andrew Jones would extend the period before the first MOT test is needed from the current 3 years to 4.

The government is consulting on the plans which will bring England, Scotland and Wales in line with Northern Ireland and many other European countries including France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Norway.

In 1967 the MOT-free period was reduced from 10 to 3 years. Now, safer technology and improved manufacturing means new vehicles stay roadworthy for longer.

Andrew Jones said:

We have some of the safest roads in the world and MOT tests play an important role in ensuring the standard of vehicles on our roads.

New vehicles are much safer than they were 50 years ago and so it is only right we bring the MOT test up to date to help save motorists money where we can.

It is a legal requirement that all vehicles are roadworthy, regardless of whether they have passed an MOT test and the content of the tests will not be changed.

More than 2.2 million cars each year have to undergo their first MOT test, which costs owners a maximum of £54.85.

In the last 10 years, the number of 3 or 4-year-old cars involved in accidents where a vehicle defect was a contributory factor has fallen by almost two thirds, from 155 in 2006 to 57 in 2015.

The most common reasons for cars to fail their first tests are faulty lights, according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

In addition, almost half of faults found during all MOT tests could be avoided by carrying out simple checks and maintenance, including replacing bulbs, checking tyres and oil as well as ensuring windscreen wipers work, and the DVSA is running an ongoing campaign to help motorists ensure their vehicles are safe at all times.

Subject to the public consultation, the changes could come into effect in 2018.

Tyre checks

The steps you need to take when checking the tyres of your car

The steps you need to take when checking the oil levels of your car

Brakes, lights, indicators and horn checks

News story: Government takes action on county line drug gangs

Drug gangs using mobiles and couriers to deal remotely in rural areas, including coastal and market towns, will have phones shut down, under new plans announced by the Home Secretary.

The so-called county lines operations involve urban dealers expanding their crack and heroin business into small town markets, operating remotely through the use of specific mobile phone numbers.

The gangs then exploiting children and vulnerable people as couriers to move drugs and money between the new market and their urban hub. The model means dealers can peddle class A drugs without having to visit their markets – cutting the risk of being picked up and arrested by local police.

Now the gangs face having their so-called ‘deal lines’ shut down by the police under new laws being proposed by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

The use of dedicated mobile phone lines has been identified by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as a key tactic by the drug gangs.

To counter this, the government will table an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill tomorrow (Monday 23 January). If passed, the law will compel the relevant communications provider to disconnect a mobile, SIM card or phone number where it can be proved they are being used in connection with drug offences.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

Gang violence, drug dealing and exploitation have a devastating impact on vulnerable young people, their families and local communities. And they have no place in a Britain that works for everyone.

Taking action to shut down these phone lines demonstrates this government’s determination to crack down on gangs and sends a very clear message that we will not tolerate this despicable criminal activity.

The National Crime Agency published their second report into the county lines drug distribution in November last year. It found that over 70% of police forces in England and Wales are now reporting activity within their area.

Tony Saggers, NCA Head of Drugs Threat and Intelligence, and co-author of the county lines report, said:

Urban street gangs operating under the county lines model have become a nationwide problem that relies heavily upon anonymously acquired mobile phones, used as deal lines, branded to particular gangs and their reputation. The numbers have a high value in their own right to crime groups, who can’t simply replace them quickly and start over, so taking them out of service is a powerful disruptive tool.

These lines are at the very heart of high volume drug supply, which in turn leads to the daily exploitation of young and vulnerable people. A typical line will likely generate in the region of £2,000 to £3,000 per day. Due to the high number of lines, this has the potential to aggregate to over £2 million per week in illicit revenue.

We welcome the proposal to table an addition to the Digital Economy Bill to disrupt these lines. The proposed legislation will add significant value to law enforcement initiatives to combat gang activity and remove confidence in their operating model.

The government is working with key partners, including law enforcement, local authorities and the voluntary sector to bring a new focus to tackling county lines gangs and to produce a coordinated response.

Last July, the government launched a new partnership with the Institute for Community Safety (ICS), providing funding to support communities facing new gang-related threats.

It brings together frontline professionals such as teachers, police officers and youth workers to identify problems in their local areas, then use this information to develop tailor-made plans to tackle gang violence and exploitation.

Certification Officer: forthcoming hearings

Published 18 November 2016
Last updated 27 September 2022 + show all updates

  1. Dawes v Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom: hearing adjourned

  2. Hearing listed: Dawes v RCN

  3. Hearing listed: Watkins v British Medical Association

  4. Date for a new hearing

  5. Certification Officer Hearing in the case of Hussain v CWU to be held on 15 December 2020

  6. Simpson v Unite the Union: rescheduled hearing date

  7. Kidd v MU -Adjourned

  8. new hearing dates

  9. update of page

  10. new hearing date

  11. new hearing date

  12. CO hearing – Hussain v CWU

  13. postponement of hearing

  14. Two new Certification Officer hearings listed: St John v Unite the Union on 7 January 2020; Hussain v CWU on 29 January 2020.

  15. New hearing added (Crew v Aegis the Union) and new date for Dinsdale v GMB (2)

  16. new hearing date

  17. Three new hearings added, Watkins v British Medical Association, Parlour v NASWUT and Dunham v Society of Radiographers

  18. new CO hearing

  19. Cancellation of hearing – Dosanjh v POA

  20. New Certification Officer hearings listed: – Dosanjh v POA and Oley & Others v Unite the Union

  21. new hearing date

  22. Hearing for McFadden v Unite the Union on 16 January 2019 cancelled

  23. McFadden v Unite the Union – hearing added

  24. Kelly v Musicians’ Union – hearing added

  25. Robinson v GMB – hearing added

  26. A new Certification Officer hearing has been listed – Lascelles v Prospect

  27. Blackledge v UCU – hearing listed

  28. Hussain v CWU – remedy hearing listed

  29. New Certification Officer Hearing

  30. Start time for Coyne & Brooks v Unite the Union (25 June) changed to 2:00pm and Thursday 28 June as an afternoon only hearing

  31. Gates v Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists – hearing listed for 4 July 2018

  32. Coyne & Brooks v Unite the Union – 5 day hearing listed for 25-29 June.

  33. cancellation of hearing – Dawson v UCU

  34. new hearing date added

  35. Added hearing in the case of Dinsdale v GMB on 19 April 2018

  36. Added preliminary hearing in the case of Coyne & Brooks v Unite the Union

  37. Rolfe v POA: hearing listed for Friday 2 March 2018

  38. Pollock v Accord: the hearing set for 15 February 2018 is cancelled

  39. The hearing set for Wednesday 24 January 2018 has been cancelled

  40. Added directions hearing for Coyne & Brooks v Unite the Union on 26/01/18

  41. New hearings announced for Markham v GMB and for Pollock v Accord.

  42. 1. The hearing for Pollock v Accord set for 30 November 2017 has been cancelled 2. Hearing listed for Chisholm v Unite the Union on 18 December 2017

  43. Pollock v Accord hearing

  44. McFadden v Unite the Union: the hearing set for Monday 9 October and Tuesday 10 October 2017 has been cancelled

  45. Announcement of forthcoming hearings.

  46. hearing date

  47. Details of restricted seating at venue.

  48. hearing postponed

  49. First published.

  50. New Certification Officer hearing dates

  51. A number of cases have been listed for hearings.

  52. Brough v Union of Construction, Allied Trades & Technicians (UCATT) (No. 2) has been listed for a hearing on 15 August 2016.

  53. Forbes v Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association: the hearing scheduled for 25 May 2016 in Edinburgh has been postponed.

  54. Three cases listed by the Certification Officer for hearings.

  55. Henderson v GMB has been listed for a hearing on 1 March 2016.

  56. The case of Mills v Unite the Union has been listed for a hearing on 11 November 2015 at Fleetbank House, London.

  57. Forthcoming hearings

  58. Forthcoming hearings

  59. Forthcoming Certification Officer hearing

  60. Stevens v Union of Democratic Mineworkers will be heard before the Certification Officer on 7 May 2015.

  61. Beaumont (4) and Mansell v Unite the Union: venue confirmed

  62. New venue for the Mills v Unite the Union hearing on 9 April 2015.

  63. New venue for the Street and Street (2) v UNISON hearing on 1 April 2015.

  64. Forthcoming hearings before the Certification Officer.

  65. The hearing date of 25 February 2015 for the case Stevens v Union of Democratic Mineworkers has been postponed. A new hearing date will be announced shortly.

  66. The hearing scheduled for 28 January 2015 in the case Barton v UNISON will not now go ahead. A decision will be placed on the website in due course.

  67. The hearing date of 19 January 2015 for Street and Street (2) v UNISON has been postponed. A new hearing date will be announced shortly.

  68. Details of forthcoming hearings published on the Certification Officer’s website.

  69. Notice of three new public hearings.

Intellectual property clinics

The intellectual property clinics which we hold in Newport are currently postponed. Please see Other IP clinics below for more information about other clinics which run.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is holding free regular IP legal clinics in Newport. The IP clinics are hosted by an IP Attorney who is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).

The IP clinics are for individuals and businesses seeking legal advice on patents, trade marks and designs. If you require more general help and support with intellectual property please visit our IP for Business tools.

What will you get?

You can discuss your ideas or problems in confidence with an IP Attorney for 30 minutes at no cost. An Examiner from the IPO will also take part in the clinic to help give an understanding of the IPO´s requirements.

How to register

For help and information on IP matters or to make an appointment, please call our Information Centre on 0300 300 2000 or email us to discuss your requirements.


Intellectual Property Office
Concept House
Cardiff Road
South Wales
NP10 8QQ
United Kingdom


Please see our events calendar for other dates.

Other IP clinics

Please note that this clinic is based in Newport, South Wales.

Other IP clinics are held regularly across the UK which may be more convenient. For more information please see CIPA and CITMA.

For further non legal IP support in your area, locate your nearest Patlib or Business and IP Centre.

Published 2 November 2016
Last updated 21 January 2022 + show all updates

  1. Information about our IP clinics held in Newport are currently postponed.

  2. Date removed due to being out of date and the next clinic is to be confirmed.

  3. IP clinic added for 30 October 2018.

  4. New Intellectual property clinic date (20 February 2018) added.

  5. IP clinic for 12 December 2017, 20 February, 24 April and 26 June 2018 added.

  6. Date added for October 2017.

  7. New intellectual property clinic date added.

  8. New Intellectual Property clinic date added.

  9. New clinic date added.

  10. First published.

30 September filing deadline for accounts

Companies House letter on doormat.

It’s easier to file your accounts online.

Find out how to get your company authentication code, which you’ll need to file online. It’s sent by post to the company’s registered office and can take up to 5 days to arrive.

What are annual accounts?

You can watch our annual accounts video with captions on YouTube (1m 45s).

File early and file online

File online before your deadline and we’ll send you an email to confirm we’ve received your accounts. We’ll send you another email when we’ve registered your accounts.

It can take as little as 15 minutes from start to finish and you’ll know your accounts have been delivered on time.

If you’re a small company, you cannot file abbreviated accounts any more. Find out your accounts filing options for small companies.

You’ll still need to file accounts if your company is dormant.

Avoid rejections

Our online filing service has inbuilt checks to help you avoid mistakes.

Accounts filed on paper need to be manually checked. We can only check them during office opening hours, and they can take over a week to process.

If you have to file paper accounts, you may want to use a guaranteed next day delivery service. Send your accounts well before the deadline in case you need time to resubmit them. If your accounts are rejected and you need to resend them, you could be too late to avoid a penalty.

Postal delays will not be accepted as an excuse for late filing.

Our online services

Our online services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Check your company is registered for online filing and you’re able to file your accounts on the service.

Filing accounts at our offices

Our Cardiff office is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can receive documents during the holiday period. Our London and Edinburgh offices have a letterbox for out of hours deliveries. Our Belfast office can only accept documents during opening hours.

Further information

Find out more about our WebFiling service and the company authentication code you’ll need to file online.

GOV.UK has information about how to prepare your accounts.

We have further guidance on accounts and late filing penalties.

If you cannot file your accounts on time, email as soon as possible. Include your company name, number and the reasons you need an extension.

Published 6 September 2016
Last updated 30 August 2019 + show all updates

  1. Updated for September 2019.
  2. Latest video about accounts added.
  3. Further information updated.
  4. Added translation