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Medway Trading Standards are urging residents to draw up a list of traders they might need in a home emergency situation well before disaster strikes.

Posing as a consumer with a home emergency, the Medway Council team are conducting weekly online checks of more than 400 web links of nine types of home emergency trades from blocked drains to locksmiths.

Their websites are checked to see if response times have been exaggerated and if traders claiming to be local are genuinely based in the Medway area.

But despite searching for local traders officers found that only around 16 per cent were actually based in the Medway area with some being as far away as North Wales.

Several traders are also subject to further investigation for falsely advertising they were members of trade associations that they do not belong to including gas and electrical safety schemes. More

docsMedway Council Trading Standards Service is alerting consumers to a scam aimed at getting local people to pay over the odds for identification documents – such as passports and driving licenses.

The warning follows complaints from customers who have unknowingly applied and paid for identification documents through a commercial enterprise – rather than directly to official issuers such as the DVLA or Passport Office. More

The Gr@nd Healthy Living Centre is offering a free drop in service for Gravesham residents aged 50 years and over who need advice in using their digital equipment, such as digital cameras, laptops, how to upload pictures to the internet and set up a facebook account or use skype on their computer. More

Age UK has today launched a search for its Internet Champion of the Year for 2013, with the aim of inspiring the 824,000 people in the South East who have never been online.

The charity is looking for someone aged 55+ whose life has been changed for the better by learning to use the internet. The aim of the search is to demonstrate that with benefits such as keeping in touch with loved ones, making savings and pursuing hobbies, the Web isn’t just for computer geeks or young people but has benefits for everyone.

However, 31% of older people say they do not use the internet because they feel they have ‘no need for it’[ii], whilst 24% say they are ‘too old to use the internet’[iii]. The Internet Champion will inspire older people to get online by showing them how it enhanced their life and demonstrating that the benefits of the web are open to everyone, whatever their age.

Brenda O’Mulloy, 83, from Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, who is Age UK’s joint Internet Champion for 2012, is urging people to put themselves forward to be the 2013 Champion, saying: “I took up the internet on my 75th Birthday. My husband had passed away a few months after we moved to a new area, so my son bought me a computer to ensure that I wasn’t left alone and it has changed my life.

“The first thing I do in the morning is turn on my computer and check my emails. It’s fantastic to have the world at your fingertips and to have the ability to chat with friends and family so easily. It’s been great sharing my passion for all that the internet offers during my time as Internet Champion and encouraging others to get online, so I’d urge any older people who use the internet to enter.”

Frederick Briggs, 75, from Reading, Age UK’s joint Internet Champion for 2010 is urging people to put themselves forward to be the 2013 Champion. He said: “I love being online because it allows me to talk with my children and grandchildren as though they are in the same room. It’s wonderful being able to keep in touch with them so easily, especially my grandchildren who are always so busy. More

New portal gives local young people the resources to progress into a rewarding career

With unemployment at record levels among 16 to 24 year olds, and a recent survey stating that many young people don’t feel they will ever land their dream job, a groundbreaking initiative launches today. More


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