The Pensions Regulator has circulated the following document to advise people on pension scams. The main tactics scammers use are:
1. Making contact out of the blue
2. Making promises of high /guaranteed returns
3. Offering free pension reviews
4. Allowing access to your pension before age 55
5. Pressurising you to act quickly
The document can be accessed at
It is well worth a read (Courtesy of NY Police)
This year, four of the largest mobile phone providers (EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three) will launch a new system, which blocks scammers who attempt to send text messages, which appear to come from your bank. The Consumer Association Which? reports that ’for years, fraudsters have been spoofing bank phone numbers and scaring people with threatening text messages to call them back’. The new system will stop the spoofing of phone numbers and will help to distinguish between genuine and fraudulent text messages.
In the meantime, you can report scam and spam texts directly to your mobile phone provider by forwarding it to 7726, which is free of charge. To find out more, please see our ‘Alerts’ page
An important consultation has just been opened on proposed changes to the way in which adult social care is charged.
NYCC is consulting on proposals about how people who use adult social care services contribute to their costs. The consultation covers two main areas:
- the cost of transport to places where people may receive a service; and
- how the total cost of care is calculated.
Please go to our ‘Have your say‘ page to read about details of the proposed changes and how you can have your say.
Be aware! Consumer Association Which? is warning that more than 1,400 people have been targeted by the latest TV Licensing refund scam emails. The e-mails take various forms, but mainly involve the use of a convincing facsimie of the TV Licensing Authority logos etc. The e-mail offers a refund for over payment or a billing error. For further details on how to spot these e-mails and what to do if you have been scammed, go to https://bit.ly/2q2Jnaz
Should 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.
As a carer, you could be entitled to carers’ allowance. You can easily check your eligibility with CarersUK, Age UK and the Government website. Make sure you don’t miss out on this benefit.
Personal 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a personal health budget?
Have your say on proposals to extend rights to have personal health budgets. Easy read version of consultation now available http://ow.ly/Ory130k3OZG together with lots of helpful information about personal health budget. Closing date June 8th.
Parking permit charges have been frozen for nearly five years, but are due to increase on April 9th 2018. The new charges are, however, amongst the lowest in the country. For further details, visit the North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) website.