Yes, £860 per week really is the cost of residential care at the present time – and that’s only for accommodation! Of course with staff rightly being given the living wage (or the London living wage), the costs will go up.  We are told that this – combined with a decrease in staff – may see the standard …
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Winter Fuel Payments

September 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Energy and Fuel - (0 Comments)

Yes – it’s that time of year again!  It really makes you realise that winter is on its way in spite of the Indian summer we have been enjoying. We can look forward to “rain on the tracks”, “leaves on the tracks”, “snow on the tracks”, and maybe even a train on the tracks! We can …
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I caught the back end of Crime Watch on BBC1 the other night, namely the bit that shows a gallery of faces of people they want to contact. I was absolutely horrified.  There were men wanted for murder, rape, and serious assault – dangerous “do not approach” people. Why was the call put out? Because these …
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Positive Ageing in London, the London regional forum on ageing, wants to hear your views on what we should be doing from late 2016 on!  With London’s older people growing in number and their contribution to the capital increasingly important, and increasing challenges to tackle ageism and meet growing needs, there is everything to play …
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As the Capital marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London – which began in a baker’s kitchen, lasted for four days and destroyed more than 13,000 homes – research by Electrical Safety First has found that more than a million people have called 999 to deal with a kitchen fire . To …
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You know how we are always being told that we must move into the modern world? No paper to clutter up your desk and home because emails/technology are the best things that have ever happened to mankind and save you so much time etc. etc. – rubbish! What absolute rubbish! Ok, it may be fine …
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I know, I know – more about PPI… As if you’ve not been battered enough by the constant cold calls! But never fear – it will end soon. PPI (Payment Protection Insurance) is a type of insurance designed to cover repayments on a loan or credit card in the event of an accident, sickness, or unemployment. …
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Do you remember the care.data fiasco of the last few years?  How the NHSE are spending millions of pounds it does not have on expensive consultants, consultation events, publicity information, and IT systems (it would be interesting to know how much the NHSE has spent on the various IT systems over the last 5 years …
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When is the Right Time to Die? Why am I asking this question? Well, Katie Morley – Consumer Affairs Editor of The Telegraph – is suggesting that close to 30,000 families will be paying inheritance tax in the two years from April 2015. I argue that they should be compensated as the government has taken …
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You may be aware that we have been highlighting the issue of ID for many years. One of the biggest barriers to banking for many older people is the problem of ID and the fact that many banks and building societies will only accept a driving licence with a photo or a passport.  This is …
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