Lasting power of attorney, Low-cost campervan holidays
Very few people have made legal arrangements to nominate someone to make decisions on their behalf if they become incapacitated and no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Research published this week by YouGov suggests that only seven in every hundred people have made these arrangements, granting what is called a lasting power of attorney, to someone they trust to act in their best interests should the need arise. We hear from Justine Clowes, Chair of SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly), the national organisation representing legal professionals specialising in helping people of all ages plan for later in life. The government publishes guidance and forms which can be downloaded here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/make-a-lasting-power-of-attorney.
There are now more than half a million caravans and a quarter of million campervans in the UK, and over the last three years the number of new motor homes registered with the DVLA has steadily increased. We report on a new trend among campers for cut-price camping off the beaten track. They steer clear of traditional campsites and instead camp in pub car parks, on farms, or European style camping areas set up by local councils.
It's National Novel Writing Month, when people are encouraged to try to write a novel in a month. We debate the virtues of creative writing at speed.
Producer: Jonathan Hallewell
Presenter: Winifred Robinson.