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Lifes Milestones. . .

Funny how officialdom likes to remind you every now and then that the know about you.

When I got to my 65th birthday I got a letter from Visa to tell me that my free life assurance, in the princely sum of 2,500 was no longer be available to me.

Now something new:

I have just received a letter, sent from Belfast, concerning my OA pension. It informs me that next month, when I reach to age of 80, I will be entitled to an "Age Addition" of 0.25p per week.

It then goes on to explain that if I think this decision is wrong I may contact them by telephone or in writing and explain why. It then runs on for a couple more pages about the possibility of a Mandatory Reconsideration. . .

How could such a decision be wrong? All I can think of so far is that the decimal point could do with being moved at least two places to the right. . .

In view of the poll that we had a while ago that showed quite a lot of people here in this age group, I wondered if anyone had contested this. . .
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Re: Lifes Milestones. . .

Hi Peter. I have yet to reach the age where I receive such a generous and welcome increase to my State Pension and have to reconsider my purchasing power

I would imagine the only reason anyone would contest the increase would be if their age was not correct. Surely it must cost HM Government more in admin fees than the paltry sum of 25 pence per week allowed

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Re: Lifes Milestones. . .

Talk about bureaucracy being out of touch. The administration cost of this hugely generous gift is ridiculous. Don't spend it all at once.
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Hi Peter. I have yet to reach the age where I receive such a generous and welcome increase to my State Pension and have to reconsider my purchasing power

I would imagine the only reason anyone would contest the increase would be if their age was not correct. Surely it must cost HM Government more in admin fees than the paltry sum of 25 pence per week allowed

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You might have something there. . .

If I was really 82 I could claim 104 weeks back pay or 26. Probably still not worth the bother. . .
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Re: Lifes Milestones. . .

On a slightly different topic we have been trying to reason with East Cheshire County Council over the matter of parking permits.

To explain, our daughter is starting an eleven month residentiary work placement at a veterinary practice in Macclesfield, living in a flat above the shop so to speak. There is no car park at the practice so she applied to ECCC for a twelve-month residents' parking permit in the street outside at a cost of 60. You would think that would be a simple enough request but ECCC want to see copies of a V5C and insurance documents showing the name of the property in that street even though our daughter had already provided copies of her Placement Contract.

However, DVLA advise that vehicles must be registered to the keeper's permanent place of residence and say that it is unlawful to register a private vehicle to a place of work unless it is a company vehicle.

ECCC now concede that the DVLA's advice is correct and cannot be overridden, but say 'we cannot tick these particular boxes unless we see the requested documents'. They have now directed our daughter to a public car park some distance away which allows overnight parking - with an annual charge of around 700!

I thought we paid these people to work on our behalf, not to make life unnecessarily difficult.

There are dire warnings of punitive charges for unlawful parking. I have suggested that perhaps she should drive a flat bed Transit covered in chrome and with scrap metal on the back as these seem to be exempt from road traffic laws.
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On a slightly different topic we have been trying to reason with East Cheshire County Council over the matter of parking permits.

To explain, our daughter is starting an eleven month residentiary work placement at a veterinary practice in Macclesfield, living in a flat above the shop so to speak. There is no car park at the practice so she applied to ECCC for a twelve-month residents' parking permit in the street outside at a cost of 60. You would think that would be a simple enough request but ECCC want to see copies of a V5C and insurance documents showing the name of the property in that street even though our daughter had already provided copies of her Placement Contract.

However, DVLA advise that vehicles must be registered to the keeper's permanent place of residence and say that it is unlawful to register a private vehicle to a place of work unless it is a company vehicle.

ECCC now concede that the DVLA's advice is correct and cannot be overridden, but say 'we cannot tick these particular boxes unless we see the requested documents'. They have now directed our daughter to a public car park some distance away which allows overnight parking - with an annual charge of around 700!

I thought we paid these people to work on our behalf, not to make life unnecessarily difficult.

There are dire warnings of punitive charges for unlawful parking. I have suggested that perhaps she should drive a flat bed Transit covered in chrome and with scrap metal on the back as these seem to be exempt from road traffic laws.
It never ceases to amaze me how the policy makers and jobsworths charged with enforcing these rules combine so seamlessly to create utter havoc and confusion, to the point where it becomes almost impossible to resolve a simple, straightforward situation.
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On a slightly different topic we have been trying to reason with East Cheshire County Council over the matter of parking permits.

To explain, our daughter is starting an eleven month residentiary work placement at a veterinary practice in Macclesfield, living in a flat above the shop so to speak. There is no car park at the practice so she applied to ECCC for a twelve-month residents' parking permit in the street outside at a cost of 60. You would think that would be a simple enough request but ECCC want to see copies of a V5C and insurance documents showing the name of the property in that street even though our daughter had already provided copies of her Placement Contract.

However, DVLA advise that vehicles must be registered to the keeper's permanent place of residence and say that it is unlawful to register a private vehicle to a place of work unless it is a company vehicle.

ECCC now concede that the DVLA's advice is correct and cannot be overridden, but say 'we cannot tick these particular boxes unless we see the requested documents'. They have now directed our daughter to a public car park some distance away which allows overnight parking - with an annual charge of around 700!

I thought we paid these people to work on our behalf, not to make life unnecessarily difficult.

There are dire warnings of punitive charges for unlawful parking. I have suggested that perhaps she should drive a flat bed Transit covered in chrome and with scrap metal on the back as these seem to be exempt from road traffic laws.

I live fairly close to Macclesfield and recently fell foul of the friendly Cheshire East Councils traffic warden in the nearby town of Congleton.
I was parked outside a small DIY shop behind the single yellow lines so not blocking the carriageway with no part of the car over the lines, as most people who use the shop do all the time. When I came out with my tin of paint the jobsworth traffic warden insisted that I was breaking the law as the yellow lines apply to all the road and pavement right up to the walls including the pavements either side. On looking this up in the highway code it is, of course, illegal to park on a single yellow line and block the carriageway but nowhere does it say you can't park behind the line. Apparently, it's down to individual councils to interpret the law.

I told the warden to get himself a chair as he will make a fortune charging all the shops customers and he said I could appeal.
The shop owner was surprised as well.
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It never ceases to amaze me how the policy makers and jobsworths charged with enforcing these rules combine so seamlessly to create utter havoc and confusion, to the point where it becomes almost impossible to resolve a simple, straightforward situation.
I wonder whether they receive special training?

When I spoke to one of the automatons on the phone I asked him whether he registered his own car at the council offices to use the car park there. He replied 'well I don't sleep here do I?' I said I couldn't possibly comment.
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On a slightly different topic we have been trying to reason with East Cheshire County Council over the matter of parking permits.

To explain, our daughter is starting an eleven month residentiary work placement at a veterinary practice in Macclesfield, living in a flat above the shop so to speak. There is no car park at the practice so she applied to ECCC for a twelve-month residents' parking permit in the street outside at a cost of 60. You would think that would be a simple enough request but ECCC want to see copies of a V5C and insurance documents showing the name of the property in that street even though our daughter had already provided copies of her Placement Contract.

However, DVLA advise that vehicles must be registered to the keeper's permanent place of residence and say that it is unlawful to register a private vehicle to a place of work unless it is a company vehicle.

ECCC now concede that the DVLA's advice is correct and cannot be overridden, but say 'we cannot tick these particular boxes unless we see the requested documents'. They have now directed our daughter to a public car park some distance away which allows overnight parking - with an annual charge of around 700!

I thought we paid these people to work on our behalf, not to make life unnecessarily difficult.

There are dire warnings of punitive charges for unlawful parking. I have suggested that perhaps she should drive a flat bed Transit covered in chrome and with scrap metal on the back as these seem to be exempt from road traffic laws.
I wondered if it might be possible to rent a garage or parking space in Macclesfield, but a quick look suggested that the 700 would be a cheaper option.

Then I wondered if it might be possible to transfer the ownership of the car to the vet.

I have thought again about that and held back after remembering what I was told by Mr Wong, owner of a Chinese restaurant in Redcar. It was a few years ago now, but he does not live on the premises and parks his car on his own private yard behind the shop.

He had just been told that the RCBC, would be charging the business 5000 per year per parking space. :
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Funny how officialdom likes to remind you every now and then that the know about you.

When I got to my 65th birthday I got a letter from Visa to tell me that my free life assurance, in the princely sum of 2,500 was no longer be available to me.
It's just possible that the amount covered the average monthly balance for cardholders.

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Re: Lifes Milestones. . .

Nigel,

I've just read through the document online from ECCC and it does state all of what you say..however on item No 28 it states permits for churches, Charities etc may be considered on their individual merits ...I am assuming that your daughter is still a student?? Try that as surely she would come under an etc. Don't you just hate the 'tick Box Brigade' of todays society or as TBB's as I refer to them as.

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Re: Lifes Milestones. . .

The 'Tick Box' way was created so that no one had to think. Either the right boxes were ticked or they weren't. A monkey could now do the job (and probably does in many cases).

However, the world is full of grey areas, there are reasons why some boxes are ticked or not ticked but nobody wants to know, listen, understand or actually get off their ar$es and try to help.

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Re: Lifes Milestones. . .

The whole point of the tick boxing in local government is to try and save money, avoiding even the food budget for the monkey. Everything is looking to be scripted and skilled staff are being downgraded and expected to do stuff that wasn’t previously in their remit. Older skilled staff are being early retired and with them goes years of practical experience.
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Re: Lifes Milestones. . .

Saw a brilliant example of officialdom today whilst visiting my sister. The double yellow lines on her road had been smartly repainted with loving care - too bad that the road surface, which is pitted with potholes and has been breaking up for years, remains untouched. I suppose it's all a matter of priorities.....
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Main road at the end of our road was lovingly resurfaced a couple of weeks ago and today the water board are digging it up again. Idiots, uncoordinated idiots. Shameful.
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