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Claiming back care home fees, and is FairTrade chocolate a con?

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 13 September 2012

It's your last chance to claim for wrongly paid care home fees for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2011 in England. The deadline is the 30 September 2012 but just who is eligible and how easy is it to claim?

FairTrade was set up to help farmers and workers in the developing world. But not all FairTrade chocolate bars contain fairly traded cocoa beans. Are consumers getting what they expect, and does it matter as long as the premium continues to be paid to the farmers?

The cost of funerals is going up forcing more people into debt to pay for them. We hear from the woman who's started her own company to cut costs and make the experience better for families.

Saving the world a jar of chutney at a time - the entrepreneur who quit hedge fund management to start a food business using surplus fruit and vegetables.

And, the Scandinavian designers bringing beauty and style to the rather functional world of disability products.

Presenter: Winifred Robinson
Producer: Rebecca Moore.


7 items
  • Continuing Care Deadline

    Could you or your family be eligible to claim back thousands of pounds in care home fees? Hundreds of people have had refunds, but the deadline is at the end of this month. So what do you need to do?

  • Insurance Fraud

    A billion pounds has been saved over the past year in a clamp down on fraudulent insurance claims

  • Fairtrade Chocolate Con?

    FairTrade chocolate bars don't have to contain all fairly traded cocoa beans so are consumers being misled?

  • Debit Card Charges

    If hefty fees for paying by debit card annoy you then you now have the chance to take part in the government consultation on how best to stop them.

  • Rubies in the Rubble

    A woman who makes chutney from fruit and veg that would otherwise be dumped is the winner of the Ben & Jerry's sustainable business competition, Join Our Core.

  • Bringing style to disability aids

    Swedish designers profile their products for disabled people that aim to put as much emphasis on style as function.

  • Rising Funeral Costs

    The cost of funerals has risen above the cost of inflation for the ninth year running. We find out what's driving the increases, and how to keep the costs down.


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