- Can I get help with small repairs?
The handyperson service arranges minor jobs in the home for older, disabled or otherwise vulnerable people.
To qualify for the basic handyperson grant the applicant must be:
Handy person grants cover :
1. emergency repairs
2. Essential works to enable vulnerable people to remain in their own homes
The team is based at the Town Hall start by going to their website or ring Tel: (020) 8825 6070
- aged 60 or over (and not in paid employment) or
- disabled or
- a single parent in receipt of an income-related benefit(*) living with child(ren) under 16
- How do I challenge a motoring fine?
You need grounds to challenge a parking fine, not knowing about the rules or not being able to afford a fine are not grounds.
There are a number of organisations which can issue motoring offence :
1. the council - in which can go to their website to find guidance on the process
2. the police - specific offences are issued by the police under criminal law and are called Fixed Penalty Notices.
3. Transport for London for red route contraventions - go to their website
4. Private companies for private car park, such as a supermarket or shopping centre contraventions - you will need to find out the company details to find out the procedure
The appeal rules depend on your ticket type so ensure you read the right section below. We've included info for civil ticket appeals, criminal ticket appeals and police ticket appeals.
Your appeal will largely involve writing up to three separate letters, though the general content will usually be similar in each of them. So keep a copy of the first one safe, and just alter the introduction and any other points as necessary.
A good website for guides on challenging and presenting your case including mitigating circumstances is the moneysavingexpert site .
- I have a health service related query or need help to resolve a problem?
The NHS Complaints Advocacy Service is free and independent service that helps you make a complaint about the NHS.
You can access their services either by web
Or you can phone 0300 330 5454 ( this is a "charity" phone number which is free form most mobiles and land lines as a part of your package)
- My relative needs representation at mental health tribunal. Where can I go?
You can find a specialist adviser at:
- The Social Fund have refused a grant. Are there any charities I can apply to?
For information on trusts and charities for individuals in need go to:
You should also try asking the council service: ( Local welfare assistance is an emergency financial payment and has replaced Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans
- I have a disability. Can I get free travel?
You may be able to get extra help for travel if you have a disability
A blue badge helps people with a seriously impaired ability to walk, or those registered blind, (passenger or driver) with parking in restricted areas to help provide better access to shops and services. It costs £10 and is available from the council. To apply click here
Taxicard - this scheme offers access to subsidies when using licensed London taxis and private hire vehicles. It aims to help people who have serious mobility impairment and difficulty in using public transport.To claim click here
For general information plaese go to teh council community transport page
Travel by train:
Your right to travel by train is protected by the train company’s Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP). Each train company must produce a DPPP and you can get a copy from the company. go to gov.uk : travel by train section ( this link takes you there) for more information.