Till just lately I labored as a social employee and benefited from the Blue Mild Card low cost scheme for public service workers. I used it to economize on my weekly store in Asda, in addition to in excessive road shops comparable to Subsequent.
I retired final summer season and after I tried to resume my card I used to be turned down. Whereas retired members of the armed forces, police, fireplace service and NHS are nonetheless eligible, social care employees aren’t as a result of they can not present a “constant type of ID”.
I really feel strongly that we’re being discriminated towards for no good purpose.
The Blue Mild Card scheme provides members of the emergency companies, NHS, social care sector and armed forces entry to hundreds of reductions, and I agree that it doesn’t appear honest to deal with one group otherwise as soon as they retire.
Blue Mild Card says: “We take member verification very significantly as this allows us to barter market-leading reductions. To be able to do that, we require every of our members to offer a legitimate type of ID, which is reviewed by our workforce earlier than we will approve a membership request.
“Sadly, so far as we’re conscious, there may be presently no present, standardised and constant type of ID for retired social care employees that might permit us to make this verification to finish the method. Ought to this variation sooner or later, we might be more than pleased to assessment this.”
For the others, proof of their devoted pension scheme suffices as ID – however not the native authority one that you’ve got.
I can perceive your frustration and marvel if there’s a skilled physique that might assist resolve this anomaly? Produce other readers been affected by this and located an answer?
Some credit score the place it’s due
I’d wish to congratulate Alpkit. Final summer season we purchased a tent. It carried out very properly on a month-long tour of France however one of many poles developed a small cut up.
We emailed to see if we might purchase a brand new one and it despatched us a substitute part at no cost.
JD, by electronic mail
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