Scared to Pop the Heating on?

According to the Met Office, this spring is the coldest for 50 years.  This makes our campaign work on fuel poverty all the more pertinent. Age UK London is one of many organisations supporting the Energy Bill Revolution. Many British homes were not built with energy efficiency in mind. Heat can escape through poorly insulated walls or cracks in windows. This makes it hard for some people to afford to heat their homes and they may suffer ill health as a result. The statistics on fuel poverty are shocking, research has shown that: “On average, at least 7,800 people die […]

Escape Bank Holiday Boredom With a Great Book

Britain has been experiencing weather conditions typical for this time of year… rain. So this May bank holiday, rather than doing battle with the elements, put the kettle on and curl up with a good book. I recommend ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson. It is the story of Alan Karlsson, a centenarian, who decides on his one-hundredth birthday to abscond from his care home and see where life takes him. The tale describes historical events throughout Alan’s eventful century of life. There are mentions of the cold war, communism and the atom bomb. […]

Knowledge is Power! Arm Yourself Against Rogue Traders this ‘Scams Awareness Month.’

Scams Awareness Month takes place every May and is designed to alert people to scams in their local area. Citizens Advice estimate that ‘every year more than three million people in the UK fall victim to scams’ ( So although being successfully targeted by fraudsters may feel embarrassing, it is by no means rare. Hillingdon council, for example, was recently successful in securing justice against a business called SAS Fire and Security Systems Ltd. The company had been targeting older people with expensive security contracts, based on the initial offer of a free alarm. You can read more on this […]