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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #510 on: November 18, 2011, 07:10 AM »
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I was listening to the consumer show on local radio the other day. This show helps people with all kinds of financial problems. A guy rang in and told the presenter that he was having a problem getting money owed to him for a job he was doing for the local council. He was complaining that they were always late with their payments and he was still owed for September and October. Apparently, the job was 'ferrying' two children somewhere in his car. I'm not sure where, as I missed the beginning of the call, but it sounded as though it was probably school. Maybe a special school, as it was some distance away! The presenter asked him how much he got paid for a job like that. He answered that, for example, the bill for September alone was ..........ONE THOUSAND AND SEVEN POUNDS!  shocking The presenter remarked that, that seemed a lot for such a job, so, the guy explained that, not only had he the petrol to pay for, but he had to hire an escort to accompany the children, as they are minors! Guess what guys..........turns out, he is the kids GRANDFATHER! I wonder if he hires a bloody escort when he takes them to the park!  shocking I also wonder who the hired escort is! Could it be Grandma? What a waste of our money!
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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #511 on: November 18, 2011, 10:05 AM »
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wtf Cover petrol costs but really the rest of it? Beggars belief. I'm sure that this isn't the only such incident. Money gets wasted on the most ridiculous of things.
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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #512 on: November 18, 2011, 10:12 AM »
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Stamp Duty Refund?

Doing some work for a consumer champion-type company at the mo. I didn't know this but, if any of you have taken out a mortgage in the last six years and your property is valued up to £150k, you might be able to claim your stamp duty back (depends what kind of area you live in). Sounds ridiculous to me, but if you want more details, PM me.
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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #513 on: November 18, 2011, 11:07 AM »
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There are no jobs for the young. They try and try and keep sending CV's. It is soul destroying. This government should be employing the young for work in the community. At least they will get paid and feel they are doing something worthwhile. Then they can take their money without having to feel they are getting it for nothing. Instead of being called dole scroungers.

I agree, the problem is finding the government money for such projects when all councils are making redundancies etc. It takes money to set up such schemes and unlike generations back we don't have the same sort of national projects to shuffle the able unemployed into Shrug

I think as well that the attitude is changing towards a large number of people on jobseekers now. I know there are those who get it and aren't seeking work or who abuse benefits, but I think that with the current global situation there seems to be more understanding for the umemployed. The woman I see at the job centre is great and treats me as a person not a statistic and also with respect because she knows I'm trying my best to find work. That helps a lot.
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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #514 on: November 18, 2011, 01:05 PM »
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I know they are not dole scroungers. It is a general perception that a lot of people have. I know it took my son more than two years to find a job and he has a degree. I see in the paper today that benefits are going to be cut and will not keep up with inflation another hit at the sick,disabled and unemployed. The fat cats will no doubt be able to accept their bonuses at the end of the year. Bye the way who is going to decide who is going to get dole money or not.?
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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #515 on: November 18, 2011, 01:22 PM »
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Are they cutting unemployment benefit LB? I hadn't heard that.....Which paper is it in?
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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #516 on: November 18, 2011, 01:31 PM »
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I did not say specifically dole money. In the paper this morning it said that benefits would be cut and would not be in line with inflation. So it means that ALL benefit will loose out, its in the times front page. Millions to lose out as benefits are curbed. You can read the whole article on Page 15 of the times.
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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #517 on: November 18, 2011, 02:35 PM »
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Ahhh........Well yes, I'd heard that already!
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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #518 on: July 28, 2012, 11:23 AM »
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This, from a forum, made me laugh cry.

Currently my partner claims ESA, CTC, CB and HB/CTB She claims these for us a couple (she is the one who is sick) and we have 2 children under school age.

ESA £111.50 a week
CTC £113 A week
CB £33.70 a week
HB £98.08 a week
CTB £17.81 a week

I have been offered a FT job working 37.5hrs a week at minimum wage (£6.08)

If I take this job will everything we currently receive stop?

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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #519 on: July 28, 2012, 11:36 AM »
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So that load of benefits is nearly the equivalent of 10 quid an hour blink
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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #520 on: July 28, 2012, 11:37 AM »
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So that load of benefits is nearly the equivalent of 10 quid an hour blink

No, no - much more. It's tax-free, remember. Not to mention free prescriptions, free school meals etc.
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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #521 on: July 28, 2012, 11:38 AM »
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And for about 3 hours last night, I almost felt proud to be British.
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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #522 on: July 28, 2012, 11:46 AM »
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No, no - much more. It's tax-free, remember. Not to mention free prescriptions, free school meals etc.

Sh*t yeah!  I forgot about that.  Perhaps we could ignore the CB, every familiy that earns under 40k gets that (I think now)
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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #523 on: July 28, 2012, 01:18 PM »
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This, from a forum, made me laugh cry.

Currently my partner claims ESA, CTC, CB and HB/CTB She claims these for us a couple (she is the one who is sick) and we have 2 children under school age.

ESA £111.50 a week
CTC £113 A week
CB £33.70 a week
HB £98.08 a week
CTB £17.81 a week

I have been offered a FT job working 37.5hrs a week at minimum wage (£6.08)

If I take this job will everything we currently receive stop?



Never again say anything about people on benefits :P

My claim got sorted for ESA this week and got about 2 months in arrears yay finally out of overdraft Smile
I need to work out if I should claim anything else- don't want to take advantage but could probably do with the aid of Disability after over 2 years of chronic back pain.
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Re: Benefits and financial support « Reply #524 on: July 28, 2012, 01:50 PM »
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My husband got DLA after two attempts. A doctor came to see him after we made a second claim. My husband can hardly walk and had just had a triple bypass operation on his heart. The doctor was amazed that he had not been given it on the first  claim. He was in a bad accident years before I knew him. A car had smashed into him at a crossroad and killed his then girlfriend. He was in hospital for a year his left leg was badly injured and he almost lost the use of his left hand his ligaments were badly torn and had to be stitched together. His leg was not set correctly and as a result is badly bowed. He walks with the aid of a zimmer to cap it all he lost the sight in his left eye and lost his HVG licence. If you are declined DLA keep making attempts to get it. Those who make decisions are not always right. The forms ask the same questions in many different ways. Go to citizens advice they are there to help and are used to filling those forms. I am convinced the questions are there to trick you and can be answered in many different ways. My
husband finally got it just before he was medically retired. If we had not got it on his second attempt we would not have got it. Claims have to be made before you reach retirement age.
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