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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 UNISON Scotland can take no responsibility for information that may be outdated or inaccurate.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 misquotes.

Issue 13 May 2006

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Community Mediation

This is a service that we hope not to use, but it's always handy to know where you can get assistance if required.

Mediators are trained and experienced people who are able to help you find a way forward that everyone can live with.

Thousands of people from all over Scotland have found practical and peaceful solutions to problems with their neighbors through using this service.

And it's free.

You can obtain the leaflet from which this information was taken, or seek advice by contacting:

Dundee Community Mediation
Unit E, Market Mews
Market Street
Dundee [DD1 3LA]
Tele: 01382 459252
Fax: 01382 459318

E-mail: info@dundee.sacro.org.uk

For anyone who does not live in the Dundee Area, I am sure that you would find this organisation listed under the initials SACRO in the telephone book or check out www.sacro.org.uk/


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Dial-a-Law 24 Hour information & Referral Service.

Dial-a-Law is an on-line [Internet] service that you can access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There could be an occasion when you would want to know if you would require the services of a solicitor, but don't know who to ask. To help with such problems the Law Society of Scotland has developed Dial-a-law.

The leaflet that I took this extract from then lists all the topics covered by this service, and it seems it's just about everything.

Once more there is no charge for this service. All you need is access to the Internet where all the information you can read will be free.

The Law Society of Scotland issues this leaflet. There was an address provided but I do not think that they would deal with individual cases. I would imagine for that you would have to consult a solicitor. You can access the Dial-a-law service at:


And remember your own UNISON legal services and freephone advice line: click here for details.



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Health Care Abroad

Old form E111 now not available/applicable.

New European Health Insurance Cover [EH1C] provides cover for EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and is valid for 3 - 5 years.

For information on the above please contact at the Department of Health:

Telephone: 0845 606 2030

Website: dh.gov.uk/travellers

Ruth Wardill

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