"When I was a little girl our indispensable, winter item of clothing was a liberty bodice. I have a Mother who is very frail and feels the cold, especially in the winter, and I thought that a liberty bodice, if they are still available, would be just the thing to keep her warm. Can you help?"
Answer : Yes , I recently came across a company that still sells Liberty Bodices for adults. The price is around £30.00 per bodice and you can contact the company at: Woods, Unit 11, Northgate, White Lund Industrial Estate, Morecambe. Tel. 01524 840084 Fax 01524 840501.
Answer : Cruising is an ideal holiday for people who have poor mobility and for people who are wheelchair users. It means that you can see a variety of places without having to continually repack your case and check in.
It is possible to find cruise ships with adapted cabins, toilet facilities, facilities for guide dogs panic buttons, and other helpful aids and equipment.
The association PSARA ( Passengers Shipping Association Agents Scheme) have staff trained to know about cruising and disability. Look in your travel agents windows for their sticker.
Cruise companies such as: Crystal Cruises, Princess Cruises, Radisson Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean International, Fred Olsen and P&O are among the companies who have disabled facilities.
They only allocate a small number of cabins for people with disabilities compared with the overall number of cabins available. It is likely therefore that you will have to book some time in advance. So start planning for next year!
Answer : If you would like to see your credit rating i.e. the information that is held on file about you with reference to financial matters then you can obtain your personal report by writing to one of the three credit reference agencies in the UK.
Unfortunately, the reports from each company may differ so to get a true picture you may wish to contact all three.
Your credit rating information will not have any reference to your medical history, your employment, criminal record, political persuasion, religion or race. What the report will also tell you however is who has looked at your personal credit rating in the last two years.
The three companies from whom you can obtain your information are:
Answer : Your first port of call is to contact The Confederation of Roofing Contractors, telephone 01206 306600 who will give you free advice.
Upon deciding to have your roof repaired get three written estimates for comparison. Make sure that these contractors carry Public Liability Insurance and ask to see a copy of their insurance certificate. It is illegal for them to work on your home without proper insurance cover. Finally, refuse all requests to pay them in cash.
Answer : You are concerned that your neighbour's relative is not acting in your neighbour's best interest and his/her financial situation may be being abused. If you genuinely believe that this is the case then the suspected abuse should be reported to the Police. If you are aware that the Enduring Power of Attorney is registered with The Public Guardianship Office then you could go directly to them with your suspicions.
Telephone EPA Helpline: 020 7664 7327 or 0845 330 2963 (UK only) or write to EPA Team, Public Guardianship Office, Archway Tower, Junction Rd, London N19 5SZ