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.
A selection of items from the Guardian. Also …..
‘Better Shed than Dead’ This is a 2014 documentary about the Men’s Shed movement by director David George http://www.bettershedthandead.co.uk
Aardman and the Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) have teamed up to create a short film illustrating local older people’s experience of social isolation in the city, and what they can do to be less lonely.http://www.aardman.com/aardman-create-film-for-bristol-ageing-better/
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
From time-to-time, we can all find that things aren’t quite as easy as they used to be. Sometimes, it’s difficult to reach something on the top shelf in a cupboard, or pick something up which has fallen on the floor. Or perhaps you’ve had difficulty opening those pesky packets containing your medication ….. help is at hand! Continue reading