Category Archives: Advice

Blue Badge Scam

By: A.C. I recently became aware of a scam that affects Blue Badge applicants in Aberdeen. It is a very simple, cynical and convincing scam that involves paying £49 for what is a £20 Blue Badge– if one qualifies in the … Continue reading

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Insurance for Disabled Drivers

By: A.C. Like many teenagers, when I was young I was bursting to get my own wheels.   I started with a Heinkel three wheel bubble car, which was sold fairly quickly to a bubble–car enthusiast. Then I moved to motor bikes, … Continue reading

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Home or Cinema – Autism Friendly Screenings

By: A.C. I am sure that many of our readers, have a lot their technology worked out to give them the best experience for watching movies or their favourite TV series.  Some may have Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Now TV,  Netflix as … Continue reading

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PIP Criteria and Descriptors

Editor’s Note: We are often asked what exactly the criteria for various benefits are before people start the application process. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of the descriptors of peoples’ abilities as used in the assessment. … Continue reading

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Blue Badge Eligibility

By: A.C. I noticed this story in Disability News Service recently. Its rather shouty headline refers to the situation in England where the author of the article relates his opinion on the allocation of Blue badges, as it concerns those in … Continue reading

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Supermarket Delivery and Charges

<Editor’s Note: If you do shop online, then why not help us by raising donations via Easyfundraising.org? The donations come from the retailers you’re already buying from, so will only cost you a couple of clicks more than it would … Continue reading

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National Entitlement Card

By: A.C. In researching another article, I was reminded that many disabled people already have The National Entitlement Card, which allows people aged 60+ and people with a disability to travel for free on local or Scottish long distance buses. Transport … Continue reading

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Travel Discounts and Jobcentre Plus

By: A.C. It is maybe not that well known, but has anybody ever taken up a Jobcentre Plus travel card?  If you have, did you know about them, or were you made aware? Please comment below. These were introduced a few … Continue reading

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Aberdeen Care and Repair

By: A.C. A problem that many people in Aberdeen have had in recent years is finding a decent tradesman, who will actually turn up for small jobs. It has been my experience that tradesmen when contacted for an estimate either … Continue reading

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PIP, DLA and Motabillity

By: A.C. The recent figures published by the BBC recently on the amount of disabled people having their Motability Vehicles taken away when the DWP order a reassessment from DLA to PIP is very disturbing.   According to the BBC statistics: “More … Continue reading

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DVLA And Medical Reporting

By: A.C. The subject that I am about to try and comment on, is without doubt probably one of the few occasions where individuals are left to choose a path that will probably affect their job, mobility & social life … Continue reading

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Blue Badges

By: A.C. There are quite a few articles on this blog that comment on how disabled people look at themselves, and the definitions of what Disability is and is not under the Disability Discrimination Act 2010. (See our previous article … Continue reading

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DVLA Changes

By: A.C. I was just a little confused by recent press coverage on driving licences and whether one needed to destroy a counterfoil attached to ones driving licence or not . The press reporting seemed to focus on the problems … Continue reading

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Nuisance Calls

By: A.C. Nuisance calls really are a nuisance to the disabled. Depending on whether you are a mobile or landline user, there are different ways of dealing with nuisance calls. Some are free, and others will cost you a charge … Continue reading

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Independent Living Fund Changes

By: A.C. Complex legislation is always difficult to get a handle on. The Independent Living Fund (ILF) is a prime example of uncertainty, and fear all mixed into one for those clients who are in receipt of this payment. The … Continue reading

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Home Eye Tests

By: A.C. I saw an information leaflet at my local Optician recently explaining that a Free Home Eye Test was available for certain groups of people. Intrigued, I looked at the service and to see if other groups of Opticians … Continue reading

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My Dad’s Gas Bill

By: J.M. My Dad is very strict about paying his gas bill as soon as it comes in the door, so when the guy that reads the meter has been and gone my Dad knows that his bill will be … Continue reading

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The Taxman Cometh

By: A.C. I have to report to our readership a general heads–up regarding a situation that has arisen where I now owe the HMRC – the Taxman- to the tune of several hundreds of pounds through no fault of my … Continue reading

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Changes to the way you make local calls

By: A.C. This is another important story that you might have seen in your ‘phone bills or generally “heard about that“ in passing. From 1 October, all telephone users in the area where they stay will be required to dial … Continue reading

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Road Tax Changes

By: A.C. You might be aware that UK Government is abolishing the 93 year old system of issuing a paper road tax disc from 1 October 2014. Then again, like many people this story might just have passed you by. … Continue reading

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Follow Up to “When the Lights go Out”

By: A.C. Even with e–mail and online databases, it has taken some time to just get answers on how effective Power Generators are in letting customers know about the Priority Services Register. In researching this article, I discovered that they … Continue reading

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When The Lights Go Out.

By A.C. Last week I happened to be reading online about the Scottish Court case about Donald Trump and his loud objections to wind-turbines sited offshore at Aberdeen Bay. As though to remind me what wind turbines actually do, quite … Continue reading

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The Curious Incident of the Disappearing Benefit

By: R.S. The other day I was in Inverurie and decided that I needed to get some money from the ATM. Just on a whim I wondered how much money I had in my account. Looking at the on screen … Continue reading

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