Lots of us are already doing a great job of looking out for each other, but there is still more we can do to make our local areas healthier and happier for everyone. ‘Looking Out for Neighbours’ is a community campaign running across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to help local people feel better in the place they live and have the peace of mind good neighbours bring. For further advice and tips on how to help neighbours, follow this link.
As we get older it may feel like we are slowing down, it is important to listen to our bodies but it’s also good to keep ourselves mobile and active, socially and mentally. Why not try something new this year? Check out the Harrogate and Ripon Centre for Voluntary Services (HARCVS) ‘Where to Turn’ directory for ideas.
Today the BBC announced that it will only be funding free TV licences for those over 75, who are receiving pension credit. The corporation suggests that this is the fairest way to support the most financially challenged. The alternative would have been to severely reduce the services which the BBC provides and this was considered to be unacceptable. To read more, follow this link.
Millions of people are missing out on benefits to which they are entitled. These benefits include childcare help, pension credit and universal credit. Could you be one of the 8 million people who are missing out?
The Money Saving Expert has set up a simple benefits calculator, which could help you to identify if you could claim any. Please follow this link.
Saga has announced that its Platinum credit card will be taken off the market on March 28th 2019 and that accounts must be settled in full by that date. This means that customers have two months to pay off the balance or arrange to transfer it to another provider.
For further information and advice, please visit our ‘Alerts’ page.
Thousands of people have notified the TV Licensing Authority about a new phishing scam. Follow their advice. Be on the alert. Don’t get caught. https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FAQ288
Here is some timely advice from Citizens’ Advice about your rights if something you order doesn’t arrive. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/somethings-gone-wrong-with-a-purchase/if-something-you-ordered-hasnt-been-delivered/
The Consumer Association Which? has launched a new website ‘Later Life Care’ https://www.which.co.uk/later-life-care providing lots of useful information and advice about care choices, allowances etc.9:24 AM – 20 Oct 2018
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
Help save Harrogate’s main Post Office
As WH Smith continues its programme to amalgamate post offices within its branches, it has been confirmed that the town centre post office in Harrogate is marked for closure. The plan is to relocate the post office within the WH Smith store in Cambridge Street. This move comes at a time when the future of the post office in Cold Bath Road is also in doubt. To read more about this, please see our ‘Have Your Say’ page, which includes an article from the Harrogate Advertiser.