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Hello resident,
                      please see the information below, supplied by Halton Trading Standards.
Holiday credit notes
This week the government has clarified that the ATOL scheme does protect holiday refund credit notes. For several months, it has been unclear if credit notes issues by holiday companies were backed by the government’s ATOL scheme.
The step, which will apply to package holidays including a flight, will mean passengers who accept refund credit notes for cancelled holidays as a result of COVID-19 will be protected by the ATOL scheme if necessary, even if the company they have booked with later collapses.
By providing confidence to holidaymakers that their refund credit notes are protected, the government hopes customers are able to support the travel sector’s recovery from the pandemic by accepting a refund credit note. However customers are still entitled to a refund, if they so wish.
It is important to note that credit notes and holiday vouchers are not the same, holiday vouchers are not protected by the ATOL scheme.
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of Halton Trading Standards specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
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Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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