Outrageous! The over 60s should be taxed out of their homes

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Outrageous! The over 60s should be taxed out of their homes

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
Outrageous! The over 60s should be taxed out of their homes
There has been a report from the Intergenerational Foundation which has been backed by labour  that older people should be taxed out of their family homes to free up space for younger generations. It argues that there are up to 25 million empty bedrooms across the country and this is a way to encourage older people to leave too large family homes. They believe in a new land tax to encourage older people to downsize to a smaller home. They believe it promotes fairness between generations.

Our Top Ten Tips for better ageing

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Our Top Ten Tips for better ageing

We know it’s not just about living longer, it’s about living healthily and happily for longer. Follow our top 10 tips for ageing better together. 

1. Exercise

2. Eat a healthy diet

3. Don’t smoke

4. Engage socially with others

5. Have a positive attitude about ageing

6. Get regular health check-ups

7. Protect your eyes

8. Avoid excessive sun exposure

9. Get sufficient good-quality sleep

10. Pay attention to your pension, and get expert financial advice

How to find out how much State Pension you are entitled to

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

There are several ways to find out how much State Pension you may be entitled to. If you have access to the internet you can use the online State Pension profiler to get an estimate of your basic State Pension. Or you can apply for a full State Pension forecast.

The State Pension profiler

Activate your Government Gateway account

If you have recently received a letter to activate your Government Gateway account, click the following link

The State Pension profiler is a simple tool. It does not access your National Insurance (NI) contributions record, so you do not need a Government Gateway account to use it. Instead, it uses information that you enter about what you have done during your working life to quickly give you:

  • Gives you an estimate of how many qualifying years you may have to date
  • Gives you details of how much basic State Pension those qualifying years may give you
  • Gives you the earliest date you may get your State Pension
  • Gives you information on how you may fill any gaps in your National Insurance (NI) contributions record
  • Gives you information about the State Pension, including how you may be affected by proposed change

Our tips when choosing a stairlift provider

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Here at One Stop Mobiity we understand that you don’t buy a stairlift everyday and the buying process can be quite daunting especially as there are so many different products on the market today. We have put together some tips to help you make the right decision when choosing your stairlift supplier.

  • Write down all your questions before they visit and done be afraid to ask them.
  • Don’t allow cold caller sellers into your home
  • Make sure the representative carefully assesses your staircase, hall and you
  • Get an official written quotation for the entire cost of the stairlift, including installation, on company headed paper. Do not accept an estimate
  • Only ever pay the full price of the stairlift once it is fully fitted and tested and you are happy
  • Make sure you have an installation date on your quote
  • You may be exempt from paying VAT so make sure you ask the representative about whether or not you are eligible.
  • Check your stairlift comes with a comprehensive warranty
  • Check there is a 24 hour call service
  • Check what other after sales service they provide, ie do the offer warranty contracts after the initial warranty has expired or do the offer service contracts?
  • Make sure a company representative leaves a card with personal details in case you want to ask anything else.