Welcome to 2017! Where we’re asking “has life got better?”. Over the last few years I have written about a wide variety of issues and concerns – many of which are a real concern, not just to older people, but the wider community. So just out of interest, I thought I would look back on …
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Just how low will Local Councils go?

February 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Care | Finance - (1 Comments)

If you go into a residential or nursing home and you have no family looking out for you or managing your affairs, then the council will break into your home and go through it with a fine tooth comb. They’ll then aim to discover your bank accounts and details of any assets you may have …
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Nobody is listening to us. Not the banks, financial services, and not the government. Especially not the government!  Maybe the bright young things aged 20-30 who advise the government on their policies do not realise that the largest percentage of the population is over 50 – the older person’s label. How many times have we …
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Good-Bye to Cold Calling!

December 15th, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Business | Scams - (0 Comments)

Wonderful news – isn’t it nice to be able to give some good news amongst all the gloom and doom of recent months?! At long last the government has taken action! Thanks to Which? and its campaign, companies who are caught bombarding the general public with nuisance calls will see their bosses face proceedings and …
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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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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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I am sorry that I am once again repeating the warnings about scams, and you will say that we know all this, but there has been an alert that scams are yet again on the increase and people need to be very aware. There is of course the old scam of telling people they are …
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Another Scam Alert

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in London | Older People | Scams - (0 Comments)

Over time I know I have frequently highlighted new scams that keep appearing and, obviously, the main people who suffer from scams are older people, people who do not have much in the way of literacy skills or where English is a second language – and some of these people may well be vulnerable and …
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Unwanted Phone Calls

August 14th, 2014 | Posted by Lynn Strother in London | Older People | Scams - (0 Comments)

When, oh when, are these unwanted phone calls going to cease? Are you fed up with them? You are in the middle of doing something, maybe with wet hands – the phone goes, you rush to dry your hands get to the phone and… This is an important message from Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC etc. blah, …
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