"I am in my late fifties and would like to have a part time job. Can you tell me anything about the Government scheme for people of my age who are seeking work?"
Answer : I assume you are referring to the job-seeking scheme New Deal: 50 plus. This initiative is for people who are age over 50 and who want to work. You may be having difficulty finding work, or working for very low pay in which case you are eligible for some advice and help.
There are eligibility criteria that apply which are:
To speak to someone about New Deal 50 plus, call into your local Job Centre and ask to speak to a New Deal Personal Advisor.
Answer : Being a pensioner does not qualify you for help with your wheelie bin but if you are frail elderly or disabled then assistance should be available. It could be that you are unable to pull a bin or there may be steps to negotiate for example. Many Local Authorities maintain a register of those persons requesting assistance and the Refuse Collectors give additional help to those entered on the register, e.g. collecting and returning the bin to it normal place of storage. Contact your Mother's local Council Waste Department to register.
Answer : The cinema chain that I am aware of that provides free admission for Carers is the Odeon chain. They have a policy that Carers of customers with any disability are entitled to a free ticket at every Odeon cinema. This offer has been in operation since January 2005
The person who is registered as disabled has to obtain a Cinema Exhibitors Association (CEA) card.
You can get an application form from any Odeon cinema across the UK: http://www.ceacard.co.uk
The card is valid for three years from the date of issue. Qualification for the card is meeting one or more of the following:
Answer : It is estimated that there may be as much as £15billion pounds of money lying unclaimed in the UK from varying sources. There are two companies, which will try to help you find if any of that money is yours.
The Unclaimed Assets Register and Funds Reunited are on the Internet and their sites are: http://www.uar.co.uk and http://www.fundsreunited.com
Answer : One place I am aware of that sells a Button Hook is Boots. It works by passing through the button hole and gripping the thread on the button. A simple "pull through" and a "twist" and the button is fastened. The cost is £7.50 and can be ordered off their web site: http://www.boots.com or place an order in your local store.