Beckenham

Links

GENERAL LINKS
Age UK
The national organisation working to improve later life for everyone by providing life-enhancing services and vital support. Advises on elderly benefits and care.
Government
The best place to find government services and advice
Office of Fair Trading
Enforces consumer protection law
Please Press 1
Telephoning call centres? Get through their menus quickly. Telephone menus for hundreds of companies and organisations including British Gas, BT, EDF, HMRC and many others
Mailing Preference Service
To stop unsolicited mail
Telephone Preference Service
To stop unsolicited sales or marketing telephone calls

LOCAL SERVICES
Age UK Bromley & Greenwich
The local branch of Age UK
Bromley Council
Your local Council's website
Safer Bromley Trader Register
The register set up to help local residents identify suitable home improvement traders and reduce the risk of being a victim of rogue traders
Fix My Street
Report, view or discuss local problems (like graffiti, fly tipping, broken paving slabs or street lighting)

COMPUTER HELP
Adobe Reader
Free software to allow viewing, printing and annotating of PDF documents
LibreOffice & Open Office
Free office software (word processing, spreadsheet and database) for PCs, offering an alternative to Microsoft Office

EDUCATIONAL/SPECIAL INTEREST
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Tickets for concert and drama performances by students, also lecture recitals and masterclasses available either free or at concessionary prices; some daytime performances
Royal Academy of Music
Tickets for concerts, masterclasses,research forum activity or any event (over 95% are free)
U3A Online Courses
Short courses specially designed for older people and aimed at those unable to access conventional courses
UCL Lunch Hour Lectures
An opportunity to sample the exceptional research work taking place at UCL in bite-sized chunks

SCAMBUSTERS
To report fraud:
Action Fraud
The national fraud reporting centre providing a central point of contact for information about fraud (including identity theft) and financially motivated internet crime
Bromley Trading Standards
Offers help, advice and information about buying and selling all kinds of goods and services
Citizens Advice Consumer Service replaces Consumer Direct
Provides advice and passes on details of rogue traders to Trading Standards
Fraud Alert
The Metropolitan Police's resource to assist in combating fraud and other economic crime
HMRC
To report Inland Revenue fraud: email phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

ACCREDITED LISTS OF TRADESMEN
Age UK: Checker Trader Scheme
Age UK Bromley & Greenwich offer advice on finding homeworkers
Buy with Confidence
Find a business vetted and approved by Trading Standards
Green Deal
The new Government initiative giving energy-saving advice
Trust Mark
Finding tradespeople you can trust operating to government endorsed standards