Residents in Stoke-on-Trent are being forced to travel three miles to collect their post because uneven slabs outside their homes are considered a safety risk. The Royal Mail has suspended deliveries to two roads in Penkhull after raising concerns.
And homeowners are being told because they own the paths they must pay for repairs.
A report from older persons' charity WRVS, says around 19% of over 65-year-olds in the region don't have their boiler serviced at least once a year as recommended. Scott MacDonald from Leicester had his boiler serviced today - he says high costs have put off some friends.