Provided by Mae Stewart, Editor UNISON Retired members Newsletter,
Dundee, Perth and Angus. Please note that this is not definitive
information about benefits but will provide a signpost as to where
to get up to date information. Please check the sources first. UNISON
Scotland can take no responsibility for information that may be
outdated or inaccurate. The member's information excerpts this month
were taken from the Pensioners Forum Newsletter, and the local Dundee
magazine called Retired & Living in Dundee. My apology for any
Issue 16 December 2007
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Thousands of older people die each year from cold-related
illnesses in the winter. Make sure you keep safe and warm. The
Age Concern website provides fact sheets on hints and tips for keeping
warm and well this winter which you may find helpful.
Help with heating - Factsheet 1
This factsheet looks at ways of reducing heating
Keep Warm - Top Tips
There are a number of things you can do to keep
you and your home warmer this winter
Well this winter
A balanced diet will help keep you warm and healthy
Keep moving! Physical activity will help you keep
warm this winter.
Electric Blanket Safety Tips
Make sure you are aware of the potential dangers
of your electric blanket.
Simple tips on how to minimise the risk of an accident
in your own home.
Follow our fire safety tips and substantially reduce
the chances of a fire.
Make sure you're aware of the dangers of carbon
monoxide and how to avoid poisoning.
Claim your benefits
We have launched our Your Rights campaign to encourage
older people to claim benefits that are rightfully theirs.
Our goal over the next year is to put over £100
million more in the pockets of older people like you. Money that
is rightfully yours. So don't delay, download our campaign booklet,
"More money in your pocket" from the top right hand
corner of this screen or call our free National Information Line
on 0800 00 99 66.
Find out why it is important to claim the benefits
We can advise you on a range of benefits and
entitlements and let you know what you can claim.
There are a number of ways we can help you claim
your benefits and make the process a lot easier.
I know I keep saying it, but it costs nothing to
pick up the phone and check your entitlements.
The above information is available online, but as
stated there is a free phone number for those of you who do not
want to use the Internet.
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