"I am a pensioner with a fixed income. Is it possible for me to claim a reduction in my Council Tax?"
Answer : Although you are a pensioner you have not given me details of your income. Therefore, I can only give you some general information from which you will be able to see if you can get either a reduction or perhaps have to pay nothing at all.
If you are in receipt of the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit you will get all your Council Tax paid. However, this is not automatic, you will have to claim your exemption. If you do not get the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit and have savings in excess of £16,000 you are not eligible.
You can also get all your Council Tax paid in full if:
Dependent on the amount of Council Tax bill, you may still get some help if your income is higher than the above and you are aged 65 years or more.
The easiest way if you are unsure if you qualify for financial help is to go to your local Council and ask for advice and help. You can, if you are eligible, claim back benefit for a 12 month period (age 60 and above) and if you have to complete a form to apply, staff will help you complete it.
You do not say if you live alone, but if this is so, then you are automatically entitled to have your Council Tax cut by 25%. Similarly if you are disabled and your house meets certain conditions you may be entitled to a reduction of about 17%.
Answer : Much publicity has been given about the difficulty in finding English NHS dentists if you wish to register or need emergency treatment.
However there is a way in which you can find out if there is a local practice in your locality, or if not, where the nearest practice is that is accepting new NHS patients.
The information will also advise you as to specific services that are available in individual practices e.g. Dental Hygienist. Opening times and other information is also available.
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Answer : Contact your local District Council Planning Services and make a request that they take a look to see if lowering the kerb is possible. Outline your circumstances in a letter and the address will be in your local telephone book.
Answer : In 1985 The Cinnamon Trust was formed to address such a problem as you have anticipated. The Trust has a network of over 4000 volunteers who help when elderly people, for example are unable to take their dog for a walk, clean their budgie cage out, have to go into hospital through to providing care for a much loved pet when their owner dies. They can be contacted in the following ways:
Telephone: (01736) 757900
Fax: (01736) 757010