Category Archives: Finance

Should you be on the Priority Services Register?

Priority Services RegisterShould you or your relative be on the Priority Services Register? This is a register of people who would be particularly at risk, if there were to be a power cut. To find out if you are eligible to register, please click here.

Note:  This link also offers advice if you are struggling to pay your energy bills.

Do you know about personal wheelchair budgets?

Wheelchair userPersonal wheelchair budgets are being introduced and will replace the wheelchair voucher scheme. There has been a public consultation about extending the legal rights to have personal health budgets, including for people accessing wheelchair services. If you would like further information, please e-mail england.personalbudgets@nhs.net.

 

 

April 1st price increases – act now to avoid them

Piles of poundsCome April 1st, there will be several price increases. For further information, please visit our ‘Alerts’ page.  If you act now, you might be able to avoid them!

If you want to find out how to make savings on goods and services, and also how to stay ahead of the scammers, why not subscribe to the Money Saving Expert’s newsletter? Follow this link for further information.

Could you be entitled to the ‘marriage allowance’

HMRC 3Remember when David Cameron was Prime Minister and he was promoting the institution of marriage? No? Well as part of this, the marriage allowance was initiated. People who are married or in a civil partnership are eligible. Like some other allowances and benefits, the uptake has been described as ‘shockingly low’. To find out how this allowance works and if you could apply for it (very simple, apparently) please follow this link. Free money ….. how can you lose? Even if your partner has died since April 5th 2015, you could sttill apply.

Could you be eligible for a Harrogate Better Homes grant?

Home improvement imageGrants and interest free loans are available to households in the Harrogate area for home energy improvements to give you a warmer home and lower bills. To be eligible your home must be suitable for insulation or need a new boiler and your total household income must be less than £35,000. (Data Source: Community First Yorkshire)

Find out if you are covered at www.harrogate.gov.uk/betterhomesharrogate

It’s ‘free wills’ month again

uk-will-writing-network-will-roseIf you haven’t yet made a will, or you need to amend an existing simple will, now is the time to do it. In association with various charities, some solicitors are participating in a scheme for ‘free’ wills, this month. To find out more click here.

You  may have seen advertisements for cheap options for will writing, but be sure that they are suitable for your circumstances. For more information, follow this link.