We need to use our voice to try to make things better for older people, because we are members of a large population. Just look at the figures …..
There are more people in the UK aged 60 and over, than there are under 18*
23,200,000 people, one third of the UK population, are 50 years of age and over.
3,500,000 people in the UK over the age of 65+ live alone
2,000,000 people aged 75+ live alone; of these, 1.5 million are women.
3,000,000 people aged 80 or over are living in the UK
As Emma Thompson (actress) once stated, ‘The trick is to age honestly and gracefully and make it look great, so that everyone looks forward to it’.
The Consumer Association (Which?) and Cleveland Police are warning of a new scam involving the International Postcode Lottery Association. For further details, please see our ‘Alerts’ page.
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.
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.
‘NHS England has told local health leaders not to reveal the plans to the public or the media until they are finalised and have been approved by their own officials first, according to published documents and a new analysis by the King’s Fund. The national body even told local managers to refuse applications from the media or the public to see the proposals under the Freedom of Information Act’. (Guardian 14.11.16). To find out more, please go to ‘Older People’s Issues – news items’ on the ‘Publications’ page.
The Harrogate Bus Company has announced the introduction of £1 single bus fares across Harrogate on Sundays. This move comes in response to the introduction of parking charges in Harrogate on Sundays.
For further details follow this link: Sunday bus fares
Following North Yorkshire County Council’s recent review and consultation in relation to supported Local Bus Services, the Executive Committee met on Tuesday 8 December 2015 and agreed the overall strategy set out in the report which can be found here.
It was agreed that the budget for supporting bus services will be reduced to £1.5m per annum from April 2016. To see the timetable information for the revised services follow this link.
Read the latest Harrogate District Community Safety Newsletter and find out how to deal with cold callers, shed theft and a whole host of other issues.
Follow this link to access the newsletter.
There are lots of new ventures and activity groups starting this month. Make sure you don’t miss any. They have all moved to the new ‘New Ventures & Special Events page’ in the ‘Events’ section ….. there’s plenty to read about. There’s also a new ‘Alerts’ page which highlights the latest news on issues which might affect you.
Also ….. there’s the latest edition of ‘Care in Action’. Click here to read it