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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 UNISON Scotland can take no responsibility for information that may be outdated or inaccurate.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 16 December 2007

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Stay safe.

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 expenses.

Keep Warm - Top Tips

There are a number of things you can do to keep you and your home warmer this winter

Eat Well this winter

A balanced diet will help keep you warm and healthy this winter.

Winter Work out

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.

Safety at Home

Simple tips on how to minimise the risk of an accident in your own home.

Fire Safety

Follow our fire safety tips and substantially reduce the chances of a fire.

Carbon Monoxide

Make sure you're aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and how to avoid poisoning.

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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 you're owed.

  • What Can You Claim

We can advise you on a range of benefits and entitlements and let you know what you can claim.

  • How Can We Help

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.

Mae Stewart



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