"I think my Father would benefit from having a wheelchair. I understand that he could get one free of charge rather than going to a shop and buying one, is this correct?"
Answer : Under The National Health Service Act 1997 anyone who has a permanent mobility problem is entitled to a free, long – term loan of a wheelchair from the NHS. You need therefore to contact your Father’s GP who will then refer him on to the NHS Wheelchair Service. In relation to other pieces of equipment or home adaptations under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 a local authority has a statutory responsibility to help people maintain their independence and safety.
Answer : The lower age limit is 17 years and the upper age limit is 70 years of age.
Answer : All licensed taxi drivers who apply for permission to operate in a local authority area and have the Council license details on their cab, will have been CRB checked. It is a mandatory requirement. However, for taxi drivers who are unlicensed by the statutory body of a Council, it is likely that they will not have applied for the CRB check.
Answer : If you cannot afford to pay for a funeral for your Mother there may be help available in the form of a Funeral Payment.
For further information visit http://www.direct.gov.uk and search for "Get help covering funeral costs (form SF200)".
This site will guide you through so you will know what to do when sadly your Mother dies.
Answer : The following comes from the Directgov website:
Most health treatment under the NHS (National Health Service) is free, although there can be charges for some things. If you're over 60, you're entitled to free prescriptions and sight tests under the NHS. If you're over 50, you can also get a free sight test if you meet certain conditions:
Answer : You can apply for a short-term licence to cover the months until you reach 75 years of age.