Archive for June, 2014

Council Tax Banding Scam Warning

Man on phoneVale of Glamorgan Trading Standards Officers are warning residents of a scam involving calls offering to reduce council tax bills.

Callers claim to be able to do this because the house may be in the wrong band. They also say that refunds can be claimed for any previous overpayments.

The caller requests payment details to process a £50 upfront fee to open the file.

Residents should be aware that if their property is in the wrong band it can be corrected free of charge by contacting the Valuation Office on 03000 505505. In addition some of the properties involved were in the lowest priced band “A” and could not possibly have bills reduced.

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New Rights for Wales’ 370,000 Carers from April 2016

Gwenda Thomas

Carers in Wales will have equal legal rights to those they look after when a landmark Welsh law comes into force in April 2016, the Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas announced at the beginning of Carers Week.There are estimated to be more than 370,000 carers in Wales, 90,000 of whom look after family and friends for at least 50 hours a week. Between 70% and 95% of the care provided to people in communities across Wales is given freely by family and friends.

The Deputy Minister made the announcement during a visit to Neath Port Talbot Carers Service to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. Neath Port Talbot has the highest number of carers anywhere in Wales – 20,365 (2011 Census).

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Singing for the Brain with the Alzheimer’s Society

Group of Older PeopleThe Alzheimer’s Society Cardiff and Vale invites Carers and their relatives with dementia to join their weekly singing group.

No previous experience is necessary and there will be a warm welcome. There is a small charge of £2.50 per person to cover costs.

The group meets at Ty Hapus, 163 Holton Road, Barry CF63 4HB every Tuesday from 2pm – 3pm. There is a car park next door.

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Crossroads Care in the Vale NOT CLOSING

Fiona Guthrie, Scheme Manager of Crossroads Care in the Vale, has issued an urgent message to Carers following the recent announcement that Cardiff & Vale Crossroads Care is to close.

In her letter dated 12th June Fiona says, “You may have heard, or may hear soon, that Cardiff & Vale Crossroads Care has ceased offering a service to Carers in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. We would like to reassure you that our scheme, Crossroads Care in the Vale (EMI), is an entirely separate organisation from Cardiff & Vale Crossroads Care scheme. The consequences of their closure does not, and will not, impact on the care and support you receive from Crossroads Care in the Vale (EMI).

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