Author Archives: Lynn Strother

Why Don’t Government Departments Communicate?

November 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Health - (0 Comments)

Why don’t government departments communicate? I thought it must only be a case of walking down the corridor, but then of course I am out of date – any communication will surely be done by computer! I suppose it would be almost treason to have regular meetings with different departments to enable everyone to be …
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Should Services be Rationed?

October 12th, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Health - (0 Comments)

Interesting… when watching the news or documentaries, whenever there is a failure in the provision of services, health care, housing (or in fact most things in life), it’s always the fault of older people!  Why are you living so long?! Not that there’s much room in the cemeteries where you have to share a space… …
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Residential Care – Some Cost Cutting Alternatives

September 28th, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Care | Health | Prison - (0 Comments)

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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Bail – Please Can Someone Explain?

September 15th, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Judicial System | Prison - (0 Comments)

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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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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Do You Know if You’ve Had PPI?

August 31st, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Business | London | Older People | Scams | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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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Inheritance Tax – When is the Right Time to Die?

August 12th, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Business | Retirement - (0 Comments)

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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A Banking Update – What ID Do You Need?

August 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Business | London | Older People | Transport - (1 Comments)

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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