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DENTAL. Free advice on all aspects of oral health. 0845 063 1188 local call rate 9-5 Mon-Friday.  For information on local NHS dental services in the Ashby Stroke area 0116 295 58 58.

For information on NHS dental treatment phone 0845 46 47.  www.dentalhelpline.org.uk   

FUEL BILLS.  08459 06 07 08 Energywatch.  Ask for a free copy of the gas and electricity tariff factsheet from OFGEM, the energy industry regulator to find the best deals.  There is no easy answer.

Factsheets are also on line at www.ofgem.gov.uk (Go to consumer information.)  For an online list of alternate suppliers and an estimate of savings www.moneynet.co.uk or www.switchwithwhich.co.uk also gives advice on energy, current accounts, mobile phones and mortgages.  www.energyhelpline.com for comparison by price or service on gas and electricity. 

While we are on www dots, Iím told a good one is www.netdoctor.co.uk info on pills and medication etc. 

HEARING.  It is now possible to check your hearing using a telephone based hearing test run by the Royal National Institute for the Deaf.  To take the test phone 0845 600 5555.

HELP.  If you have a problem, something you would like to talk over, an idea, maybe for a project in your home and would like to ask advice at a meeting, there is usually a member who has experience.

Or if you want to talk more privately, tell a committee member you would like to talk with two committee members in private with a problem.   A problem shared is a problem halved!

For projects in the home I recommend Care and Repair. 

NHS DIRECT telephone Helpline 0845 4647.  If you need urgent medical advice you can now phone and speak with a nurse.  NHS DIRECT can refer you to your GPís out of hours service, arrange for a GP to phone back and advise whether you should go to your local accident and emergency department. 

N.W.L.District Council phone numbers.  Council Tax Benefit 454 799.  Housing Benefit 454 802.

Council Tax 454 499.  Grants, Community Services 454 601.  Rent Collection 454 806.

PROSTATE CANCER Helpline 0845 300 8383 Men are now entitled to ask doctor for a PSA blood test. 

PRIORITY SERVICE REGISTER. Free services for gas and electricity customers is open to people over 60 and to those with disabilities or with long-term ill health.  Contact Energywatch on 08459 06 07 08 for advice on the Priority Service Register or go to the Energywatch website.  Better still; look on the back of your gas or electric bill for the phone number to contact the Customer Relations Team or Customer Services.  Have your customer account number at the ready. 

TAKE A BREAK FOR CARERS GRANT of up to £250.00 is available if you look after someone, a loved one, relative, friend, for more than 28 hours every week.  The grant can be used to provide a range of assistance, such as help with housework, gardening or sitting costs, to help support the carer.

CONTACT Sarah Hoult-Ellingworth, Carers Administration Clerk, on 01530 510 515. 

VAT relief on goods and services for disabled persons by signing an ELIGIBILITY DECLARATION on goods for domestic use, services to adapt, install or maintain goods, and alterations to a private residence. Service of monitoring a personal alarm system, and service or leasing of a motor vehicle. 

WATER METERS.  I recommend water meters.  Meters are supplied and fitted free of charge.  A water meter can save over a hundred pounds a year.  (Just donít leave the tap running when cleaning your teeth)  Phone METER INSTALLATION HELPLINE on 0845 709 0646 or write to: -

Severn Trent Water Ltd.  Sherbourne House, St Martinís Road, Finham, Coventry, CV3 6SD.

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