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  1. Visited my mum tonight like I do every week, she is 80 and suffering from the onset of dementia. Last week she had mentioned she loved the movie Dirty Dancing and would like to get the music from it so she could play it at home. When I walked in she was all excited saying she had bought the music from a 2nd hand record shop. The first problem was she had bought a 2nd hand copy on cassette and does not have a cassette player. She then tells me she has to return to the shop on Monday to pay the rest of the money for it as she did not have enough on her when she was in the shop. I
  2. ‘Where are my contributions?!’ Pensioner TAKES DOWN Government over £42,000 shortfall A BRITISH pensioner has taken the internet by storm after she demanded the Government reinstates her pension. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/793599/Pension-contributions-WASPI-Election-2017-payments-foreign-aid
  3. To cut a long story short I believe BT or one of their employees is responsible of untrue or misleading actions possibly fraud to my father of nearly 80. Basically my dad removed caller Id from his phone to reduce the cost. He has the true-caller BT phones so straight away they stopped working correctly. I explained that it was because he had removed caller ID. While I was visiting him he asked me to put it back on for him so he phoned them went through security and I then took the phone. I explained my Dad had accidentally removed caller ID and his call blocking had stopped working and c
  4. Hello there I have not put anything on here before but my daughter has and so she has introduced me to this. I am in a pickle and feeling the stress and at almost 70 I could do without it. I was a guarantor for my son for a loan a while back and he got into a terrible mess and tried his hardest to pay the huge monthly payment but had gotten behind with repayments along with a mountain of debt form elsewhere. Now me myself, I too am in a lot of debt and it is worrying me to the point I am awake at night just about my own mess. I own my home but there is a lifetime motgage on it as I
  5. Hundreds of thousands of over-65s who invested in National Savings & Investments pensioner bonds will see their savings rate plummet from Jan 15th. The rate on the one-year 65+ Guaranteed Growth Bonds will fall from a market-leading 2.8% AER to 1.45% AER. NS&I is writing to around 470,000 bond holders, giving them 30 days’ notice to consider their options. Due to the volume of customers making their decisions at the same time, NS&I will only take maturity instructions online or by post, not over the telephone. The first bonds are due to mature from Ja
  6. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/pensioner-reunited-car-forgetting-where-122008200.html#Vt0qp4x The principle again proving they call the shots...
  7. Hi, My uncle is about to retire from a skilled manual job. He's been in this job for 50 years but his intended retirement date in October has had to be brought forward due to ill health. My uncle had a stroke and a heart attack just over a month ago. He's worked all his life has never spent anything other than basics. He hasn't done any repairs on his house (he doesn't even have heating) other than the bare essentials (when my mother moved in for a few months about 7 years ago and made him do it to stop the place falling down). So he's very ill, living in an unheated damp hous
  8. Hello, I am brand new to this forum so please excuse my lack of knowledge. My mother is a pensioner who was missold PPI from Littlewoods on a credit card years ago. (Barclaycard?) She has no documentation for this currently. What I'd love to find out is 1) How do I make a claim/Who do I need to contact or address a letter to? 2) What proof/documentation would I need to do so? 3) Is the process very complicated, would I be better going through a company to do it for me or is the percentage they usually take too much? Sorry if I sound completely clueless, as indeed
  9. Hi, My good friend has been on sickness benefit for a long time at one point she was on dla too. It may have change and she may just be on a pension now, I do not know but will find out. she was taken very ill and is in hospital. However they say they will release her soon. However there are some urgent functional problems in her home that have not been repaired that need repairing plus lesser urgent but equally important work needs doing maybe costing altogether £5,000 upwards. This is aside from cosmetic re decorating that seriously needs doing too. I recall a la
  10. Millions of pensioners are likely to join a rush to invest in new Pensioner Bonds after the Chancellor announced that they would pay 4 per cent interest over three years. George Osborne announced the bonds will have the “best available interest rates”, saying they would provide “certainty and comfort” for over 65s. One year bonds will pay an annual interest rate of 2.8 per cent, while three year bonds will pay 4 per cent. The new bonds are expected to sell out within weeks when they are released in January. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11290450
  11. Hi All. My Father is nearly 80 and relies on his landline. He recently reported a problem on his line to his provider (Post Office) who confirmed there was a fault and advised him BT would be out to have a look. BT arrived a couple of days later and the engineer says there is a fault caused by water ingress and he needs a new connecter box in the house. He replaces this box and disappears. Next thing my Father is being charged by the Post Office £144 + VAT for this tiny box! No-one, not the engineer or the Post Office at any t
  12. http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/15/alzheimers-pensioner-sells-home-to-pay-for-care-then-gets-all-clear-4906574/
  13. Another one from Scoop, bailiffs sent to collect from a pensioner who owed nothing, this time it was the council who messed up, and sent bailiffs to collect the debt from an innocent pensioner. who was worried anout their threats to seize goods whether he was in or out, the usual implied threat of forced entry. http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/11477720.Bailiffs_threaten_to__break_into__innocent_pensioner_s_home/?ref=rss " Somerset County Council has since admitted there was an error due to an incorrectly registered vehicle and apologised to 85-year-old Michael O’Lou
  14. Hi all. Looking for a bit of input and for anyone in the know to approve or disapprove of my proposed plans... I am trying to help out my stepfather who is in over £30k worth of credit card/od/loan debt and until now has maintained minimum payments of c£900 per month out of his £1000 income from state and company pensions. He has 8 credit cards, 1 loan and 1 overdraft. Most of the cards are used to pay other the other debts and this has spiralled out of control. He is married to my mother but has no joint finance and they rent their house. My mum is the ow
  15. I am a widow on a small state/serps pension with some pensions savings credit. I was getting £1.80 in pensions guarantee credit which gave me full council tax benefit. Due to the state pension increase I no longer qualify for the guarantee credit. Basically, I now have to pay £70 a month towards my council tax where before it was all paid. The council sent me a revised bill and set out the money due each month. Job done. The following month they asked me to confirm in writing I had no private pensions and wanted to see two month's bank statements. I took them to the coucil office. Job
  16. My mum (75 years old) has just been the 02 shop in Penzance and despite me asking her to wait for me to come with her decided to go and sort it out on her own. She has come away from the shop saying shes renewed her contract at £11 per month but that shes just going to buy a handset on ebay! I am so cross with the shop, she should have had the choice of lots of phones from the shop as she was renewing with them but instead they let her walk away knowing she said she would buy one sepertaely! The sales assistants must have known what they were doing? I th
  17. Hi, I hope someone on this forum may have valuable advice to give, as I am distressed having just lost the car and the cash I have worked many many years to own. I saved hard and finally at the age of 60 managed to buy a sports car (30k), I had it for two years and we decided to sell as I no longer used it as much, & the grandchildren could do with some help for their education, placed an add on 'eBay', it did'nt achieve the reserve. Following day I get a call from a local dealer offering to sell on my behalf 'Sale or Return' with guaranteed price (25k), (I checked out the websit
  18. A housebound pensioner was threatened with eviction over a 28p unpaid water bill. Raymond Medlen, 78, received a letter warning him that he could be taken to court and could lose his home over the unpaid water charge. When his sister went to the office of Orbit South housing association to pay the money, staff refused to accept it from her. They said they would have to see her brother, or at least have proof he wished her to deal with the case for him. His sister, Maureen Price, condemned Orbit South housing association for their "appalling" treatment of Mr Medlen. She said : "He had a m
  19. NatWest bank loses 'irreplaceable' family heirlooms NatWest bank has lost a pensioner's safety deposit box which she said contained heirlooms worth £20,000. Hayat Panwar, 69, deposited the antique jewellery at the Solihull branch of the bank in February 2009. When she arrived at the branch in November 2012 and requested access to it, staff admitted they could not find the box or its contents. More ...
  20. An elderly neighbour has died, leaving just under £10,000 in cash in the house. (No bank account - she didn't like them!) Her family banked it, though, after her death - thinking that was the right thing to do. Now the benefit people are chasing them for extra information... I don't know how she did it, probably a war-time rationing mentality, but she managed to save the money while living on benefits. She only ever claimed what she was told she was entitled to as a widow, living on her own, with no other pensions etc. What will happen now? Did she do something wrong? I can't see w
  21. Campaigner whose daughter was sucked into cycle of debt urges Lords to vote to cap payday loan costs. A pensioner whose foster daughter got sucked into "an unrelenting cycle of debt" after borrowing money from payday lenders is urging members of the House of Lords to vote to cap the total cost of the loans which he claims exploit the poorest for profit. Arthur Breens has set up an online petition calling on the Lords to amend the Financial Services Bill on 28 November to include a cap on the interest and charges applied by these lenders, who charge up to 16,000% APR. So far, more than 45,
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