There have been quite a few important announcements since we sent out the last newsletter, so this calls for a little supplement for those who are on e-mail. Please tell any of your friends who aren’t, if you think they would like to know about these items. (Attached word file has a nicer format if you would rather download and read or print that).
1) Energy Advice Workshops
2) Protest about the government withdrawing free TV licences for the over 75s
3) What to do about the end of the free TV licence, if you have one
4) How to claim Pension Credit (which gets you a free TV licence and more money each week)
5) Update on Forum whatsapp group
6) Getting a blood test locally if your GP isn’t doing them now
Free Energy Advice Workshops on Zoom for Haringey residents over 50.
* Make your home more energy efficient.
* Save money on your bills.
* Energy adviser on hand to answer questions.
* Free goody bag for everyone taking part.
These are all on Zoom. The same advice is going to be repeated 4 times. Click on the link to book for the date you want. Then you will receive an e-mail with details about how to join the zoom meeting.
August 3 rd
Haringey Over 50s Energy Advice Workshop 1
August 17 th
Haringey Over 50s Energy Advice Workshop 2
September 8 th
Haringey Over 50s Energy Advice Workshop 3
September 15 th
Haringey Over 50s Energy Advice Workshop 4
Protest about the withdrawal of the free TV licence from the over 75s
A group of Hornsey Pensioners opposing the loss of the over 75’s TV
licence will stand in protest outside the BBC Television Tower at
Alexandra Palace from 11.00 to 11.30 on Thursday July 30th.
(If you join, wear a mask and observe social distancing. The W3
bus stops near. )
What to do about the end of your free TV licence
The government will write to you to say when you should start paying and how to pay. Till then you don’t need to do anything.
It costs £157.50 per year for a colour and £53 for a black and white TV Licence. You can pay all at once or spread the cost monthly.
Registered blind people only need pay 50%, care home residents may be able to pay just £7.50, AND if you’re on Pension Credit, it will still be free.
If you are on a low income, see if you can apply for Pension Credit. With a few complications about savings, it’s available if your weekly income is less than:
- £173.75 if you’re single
- or £265.20 if you’re a couple.
You can apply for Pension Credit on the phone – no forms to fill in. The idea of the benefit is to top up your income to the levels mentioned above.
Call 0800 99 1234 (textphone: 0800 169 0133). They will fill in the application for you over the phone. It’ll be quicker if you have the following details to hand:-
- National Insurance number
- Bank account details
- Information about your income, savings and investments
- Information about your pension (if you have one)
- Details of any housing costs (such as mortgage, interest payments, service charges)
- Partner’s details (if you have a partner)
Forum whatsapp group
A few of you wanted to join, but the setting up of this group has been delayed because the person we thought would act as administrator has dropped out. Any offers to take her place would be gratefully received on firstname.lastname@example.org
Some people in the west of Haringey who need blood tests (for whatever condition) are finding difficulty because some GPs who were doing it have stopped during the pandemic. If your GP has referred you for a blood test, they will make an appointment on your behalf. We got some advice from the NHS about where you can go now:-
Patients have a choice of Phlebotomy locations. They can specify a location but that may result in a longer wait for blood tests.
Patients can bring a signed GP request form to any of the following clinics.
5th Floor Outpatients Block
Magdala Avenue, London N19 5NF
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.30pm (excluding bank holidays)
This is a very popular location and therefore appointments are booked very quickly
Northern Medical Centre
580 Holloway Road, London N7 6LB
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8.30am – 12.30pm
It’s behind Holloway Rd station and has 250 appointments per day provided by a hospital phlebotomist. This clinic has available appointments every afternoon.
Queenswood Medical Practice
151 Park Road, London N8 8JD
Monday to Friday, 9am – 12.30pm
For enquiries phone 020 7288 5775/5776…but first go through your GP to book a blood test appointment.