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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 UNISON Scotland can take no responsibility for information that may be outdated or inaccurate.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 14 January 2007

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Well Magazine

Is published by the Scottish Executive as part of its programme for improving the nations health and well-being, which aims to help raise awareness and prevent the stigma around mental health.

The magazine contains lots of positive articles on all aspects of mental health.

The summer issue has features on dementia, the links between mental and physical health, and tips on living life to the full.

It's produced twice a year and is free.

To subscribe call 0131 244 5055, or write to: The National Programme for Improving Mental health and Well-being, The Scottish Executive, St Andrews House, Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG.

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ILA Scotland

It's never too late to learn. ILA Scotland is a Scottish Executive scheme that provides help, advice and funding of up to £200 per year to encourage people to get back into learning.

It's available to anyone whose annual income is £15,000 or less, or who is on benefits.

For more information on courses and places to learn near you, as well as to apply for the grant, call 0808 100 1090 or, go to: www.ilascotland.org.uk

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Alzheimer Scotland

Has produced a leaflet on what you can do to minimize the risk of dementia. It offers explanations and tips on healthy eating, staying mentally and physically active, and keeping up your social networks.

To get copies of the leaflet call 0845 456 7739 - 24 hour answer phone.

To find out more about dementia, caring or risk reduction, phone the Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000

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Tax Affairs

Are you worried about your tax affairs but nervous of approaching the Inland Revenue for help?

Taxhelp for Older people [TOP] provides an independent and free tax advice service for older people on low incomes. Problems such as reclaiming overpaid tax, checking your coding notice, getting help with form filling or helping negotiate with the Inland Revenue can all be dealt with.

Anyone aged 60 or over, with an income below £15,000 is eligible for this service.

Contact TOP on 0845 601 3321 to arrange a private appointment.

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Macmillan Cancer's Better Deal

Highlights the costs incurred by many people affected by cancer, including the cost of travelling to and parking at hospital. If you want help call 0800 500 800 for publicity materials, or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/abetterdeal

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