Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by retrofit, Nov 20, 2016.
Wossup Nige? Semper in excreta?
Don't go there. Simples.
Thank the non-existent god for company pensions.The Police pension is quite good isn't it?
Luckily it is quite good, yes.
Well I certainly won't (either/or) order the burger again/return. If the quality is good I'm happy enough to return and eat something else, otherwise I'm out.
but not for future generations and like most old public sector pensions costs the country a fortune.
Sod's law strikes again, bought a cheapy ink jet at the weekend as I want to print to some self adhesive vinyl, and I don't think the fuser in my laser would be very happy to be covered in molten vinyl. So today the laser is showing out of yellow toner - more expense. On top of that I got a letter from the letting agents this morning, my rent is going up by about £30 per month as from March, just hope pension rises will keep up, the state one and the RAF one usually go up, but my other employer's pension has only gone up by £2.03 in 20 years.
Yesterday I thought I'd made up my mind to finally go. Then today, call from son (unemployed at present) service charge at flat just gone up again (now x3 what it was when he bought 10 years ago and 16 year old Golf has broken down, £600 to fix, can I help out? Ah well, soldier on for a while longer I guess....
Ironic how the youngsters turn to us and not the other way round these days.
Does get any support from the State?
Yes. That support is of the form 'apply for 10 jobs a day or we'll cut your benefits' and 'don't turn up and we'll cut your benefits' and 'get annoyed and we'll cut your benefits'. See, it's important that unemployed people understand the negative impact they're having on our economy.
What grinds my gears is our welfare system being absolutely utterly broken.
I admit I am not up to date with current benefits but my youngest daughter’s boyfriend suffered a major industrial accident 14 months ago and after a major battle all he receives does not cover his rent and leaves him nothing to live on. The daughter has fibromyalgia but is expected to fend for herself which means we have to support her and him.
No because he took an offer to go, so classed as making yourself unemployed. But that cash ran out long ago.
I have nothing against them requiring a willingness to work, but just fact you voluntarily accepted redundancy seems to be a trap. If you wait until they force you, you get the legal minimum. If you accept it is inevitable (as it has been for many, or most, local journalists) and take a higher offer, the state doesn't want to know you.
Was talking to someone yesterday who is having problems navigating with the disability benefits system. I told him of a few he could apply for, which he wasn't aware of. This pretty well confirms my long-held suspicion that unless you don't know the name of some of the Benefits you could claim for, they don't tell you about them, because you haven't asked about them.
A few decades ago knew of people who were encountering this scenario:
Q: "What benefits can I claim?"
A: "Tell me which ones you think you can, and I'll check if you are entitled to them."
One could have wondered somewhat cynically back in the 80's, that the staff involved had been told that passing on information about unasked-for benefits contravened the Official Secrets Act!
I have very little idea how the current benefits system works, but from the little I do know, it doesn’t work. I have mentioned before that my youngest daughter’s boyfriend had a nasty work place accident and is still unable to work. The employer admitted fault and their insurer initially made payments which covered most of his living expenses but they stopped after the company apparently received a reference request. He then had to try to get support from the state but the agencies provided little guidance and what they did provide was conflicting. Eventually he found someone who was helpful and knew the system. However the amount he receives allows him nothing to live on so he is reliant on family and friends funding his grocery costs etc. Hopefully he will receive a large payment for the injury but this unlikely in the near future.
Without any egg suck teaching, maybe worth getting him to complete a benefit calculator and/or check with Citizens Advice, he may well be eligible.
I can't seem to be able to copy a link to a you tube piece of music any more. Wonder what I'm doing wrong. It copies over but when clicked on, it says it is unavailable. Hmm.
Must say I'd not looked at the issues, but rather trusted he had. That trust might be miosplaced. He is not the most diligent of people, but he did get carer's allowance for looking after his wife with cancer. She is now back at work. He has done odd jobs like proof reading a book translation and is now trying to set up as an English language tutor.
It could just be that the person who it belongs to has disabled embedding.
It comes over to facebook, just not to here.
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