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Highways England - Space Invaders - Free Sticker Pack
Found 17th SepFound 17th Sep
Driving isn’t a game. Tailgating causes accidents – and you don’t get an extra life in the real world Driving too close to the vehicle in front is dangerous and can make it impos… Read more
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I ordered a pack of 10 for 10 Downing Street. "brexit isn't a game. Back the fuck off"


I just need a sticker which says "smile, I have dual dashcams"


That wasn't the "get 4 wheels" response I was expecting (y) (lol)


Problem solved. (y)


There's a reason for that. Driving to close to a cyclist with everyone moving, potholes, winds etc, can result in the cyclist being physically injured or killed by being passed at 25mph or above, and that's before you take into account the effect the passing car has on the wind, which can pull a cyclist off their line, and into the path of the car behind. And the difference in relative speeds doesn't matter much when the ground is always doing 0. In these scenarios, the cyclist knows what's ahead of them, and judging risks to themselves and others. When going past a slowly moving car, the cyclist is still judging risks, and the biggest risk, the car, is traveling slowly, and the most likely outome is still the cyclist being injured. It's like standing at a train station between the yellow line and the track when the train is passing, and when it's nearly stationary. And this is recognised in official guidance for cycle lanes; they should be 2 meters wide on a road where traffic is moving freely, and can drop to 1.2 m wide near traffic lights : I seem to recall it is defined in Department for transport technical note ltn 02/08

Help to save finally launched by government for those on low incomes - save up to £50 each month.  Good interest rate
Refreshed 25th SepRefreshed 25th Sep
Please follow link for details. The scheme, administered by HM Revenue and Customs, is open to UK residents who are: entitled to Working Tax Credit and receiving Working Tax Cre… Read more

It isn’t for people who are out of work!! You have to work to be able to claim working tax credits!!


Thank you for posting this, I have a disabled child and work part time so this is well worth doing for me :)


Great for those who fit the very limited criteria, not good for anybody else who is on a low income. Should be called Tax Credits saving scheme, not low income.


One thing to note: if you are no longer eligible for the tax credits in the future, you can still continue paying in to any existing scheme right up to the end of the four-year term.


This looks like an incredibly narrow re-hashed version of a Lifetime-ISA (LISA) savings account. In contrast LISA's give a bonus of 25% of everything you save and can be used to help get a house deposit - however that account needs to be started before people are 50 years of age I think. Correction - lisa start age is 18 - 39, so before 40 years of age and its possible to pay in till age 50 I think.

Up to £2000 towards childcare @ GOV.UK
Found 11th SepFound 11th Sep
So I'm not really sure on how much this is a deal but there was an advert at my workplace regarding a national childcare campaign where if you have children aged 0-11 (or 0-16 if d… Read more

If both Parents are employed you can apply for childcare vouchers now, you don’t have to wait till your child starts nursery, just speak to yours and your partners employers to join the scheme. Vouchers give you more money than TFC (only a bit) and you can use them to pay for after & before school clubs whereas TFC stops the moment they leave nursery for school.... another sneaky cost cut by the conservatives (annoyed)


I’m not sure if you are having a dig at the original post or the comment on it from grex9101. But if it’s the former, just letting you know you can get help through tax free childcare scheme so long as neither you or your partner earn over £100,000 per year.


Under labour everyone got 15 hours free childcare 52 weeks a year for children over the age of 2. The conservatives scrapped this and parents got nothing for years until they offered 30 hours childcare for 3 years however this is only term time which amounts to just 38 weeks and it only starts from the term after their 3rd birthday so if you toddler turns 3 mid September you’ll have to wait till the next term to qualify so you get even less. The reality is this, it costs £775 for my 1 year old to stay in nursery 5 days a week and with the 30 hours discount it costs £467 for my 3 year old. We also get 20% off the total thanks to the TFC scheme so the total bill is £993 a month. My wife earns minimum wage which is about £1130 a month so she makes just £130 a month, she also doesn’t get sick pay. For these reasons she’s not going back to work. Fortunately I can support my family as I earn plenty however I’ve no idea how 2 adults on a low wage can survive. We live in an incredibly expensive country and those who complain about spongers need to get a calculator out and stop reading the “headline”.


I was reading it then thinking, we work full time so i bet it wont apply to us (mad)


The cut of date is in October but most employers have a cut off date of about 1 month in advance, depending on payroll date. Mine had it for first week of September as it takes some time to contact the relevant provider. My OH was on maternity leave when the deadline was back in April and her employer offered to pay £1 a month until she joined payroll again so she could join the scheme. I think the old scheme is better but it depends on the circumstances of each family.

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Check the MOT history of a vehicle
Found 4th SepFound 4th Sep
Check the MOT history of a vehicle................
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MOT testers don't remove anything from your car, certainly not wheels. They don't even remove kids car seats, that's why if you have a kids seat in they will do an advisory saying they couldn't check the seat belt. They should only be checking the things they can see.


You can check the MOT of any car via Alexa / Echo.


BTW I know this website from around 2 years , what is new here?


someone must drive loads on reverse gear ;-)


I use the Knowyourcar app. Similar thing.

Warm Home Discount (Live @ British Gas) £140.00 Discount.
Found 22nd AugFound 22nd Aug
Its that time again to start claiming for Warm Home Discount. (If you entitled to it) British Gas is Live. I claimed for the person I care for today at 10.00am. Ive read about bo… Read more
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I couldn't agree more. A few years ago I also had cancer (unrelated) and had to wind down my small business and go onto ESA. I was grateful for the money but appalled at the pettiness of the benefits system. Especially the 0845 numbers and being on hold for hours. How humiliating to wait while your precious money was being swallowed by the system that was supposed to support.


I ran a successful company and was a high rate tax payer until I had a bout of illness which meant I couldn't work for a bit. This meant I learnt the wonders of going on the benefits system. What an awful experience. I don't think people know that most people aren't good for nothings ,who are scrounging on the state. That's a small minority that the media helps gain publicity and the gullible lap it up. This is the cause of Brexit and other forms of xenophobia.


My child has cancer which has massive financial implications for us. She spent nearly a year in hospital or in isolation at home and will finish chemo in another year. Whose poor decision was that, hers or ours? Your comments are appalling and deliberately callous. I hope you never have to eat your words through bitter experience


I agree, to please this lot, the government has made claiming benefits so difficult and stressful, it's profoundly more stressful than any job I've had. And yes I have worked most of my life and sometimes worked 90 hours a week, without having any benefits or tax credits at all during that time. Then I had an illness and couldn't work for a while. The benefits experience still affects me even now, what a shuddering thought.


If our employment rate was much higher, then there's a good chance you'd be poorer, if you're interested why, read about full employment (usually leads to inflation); unemployment is necessary for a healthy economy. Either way, most people are dumb enough to be spoon-fed this idea that "benefits scroungers" are gobbling up their taxes and they need to be spanked into work. The reality is these are low/no-income people scraping by, labeled and basically lower class people in a society that wants to believe we're better than we were a hundred years ago. If you've ever been a benefits claimant you'll realise it can sometimes be higher-stress than actual work since you're usually phoning people, filling out applications and strung up from no sense of getting anywhere; doubly scrutinized by the benefits office to keep up the pace and usually treated unfairly (huge cuts to that basic salary for any failures). Available work is scarce and usually pretty awful minimum wage jobs which become eye-brow raising when you start them. Many claimants just become sick, anxious and depressed - vulnerable and not taken all that seriously, just seen as "work shy" or "not bothered". Once you get onto the housing side of things for low/no income things are considerably much darker. Have you ever stayed in a hostel? It's not much fun.

Local Council (non-repair testing station) MOT test with free re-test £40 YMMV
LocalLocalFound 20th AugFound 20th Aug
My local council Bolton (Lancs) does a MOT test for class 4 vehicles (cars up to 8 seats) for £40 with a free re-test within 10 days. Since they themselves don’t carry out repai… Read more
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Oooh, I have my first stalker.




IT DOESN'T HAVE INSURANCE, YOU DO ! How many times does it need saying ;) Yes, I agree that once the insured driver leaves the vehicle on public property it IS illegal.... but the theory started about driving to an MOT station, so that wouldn't happen.


I use my car to drive my family about. Knowing it is safe ranks highly on my list. Once had an MOT tester charged by VOSA for passing my car, when it had a blatant failure. This was done at KwikFit. If your car is borderline enough to fail/maybe pass. Then I’d suggest better maintenance and care of the vehicle.

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Free Reusable Nappies.
Found 19th AugFound 19th Aug
Some councils are offering free samples or starter packs of reusable nappies in a bid to discourage unnecessary waste going to landfill. These are seen to be kinder to the enviro… Read more
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Apparently Lambeth council in London gives £40 voucher to buy those nappies. No starter pack.


They gonna send me some that have been previously used? :o


What has a trainee Consultant Psychiatrist got to do with this? None of those were big words, they are normal every day words that can even be used by children. If your wife is really of that profession I would imagine (and hope) she told you not to be so silly. If your child was sick would you buy a new machine? And most modern machines have a 90 degree cycle (I think all but just in case the trainee consultant psychiatrist gets consulted i’ll cover myself with most) and this would be perfectly adequate for keeping a machine hygienic so no one would ever need to buy a second washing machine to was nappies. It is an utterly ridiculous argument.


Disposable liners are made of paper, less substantial than the "quadruple quilted" stuff people with sensitive holes buy. We tested them to be sure (Victorian sewers) and if you leave them in water for 24hrs they have practically disintegrated. They are, by definition, less than paper thin.


You probably need to get a new washing machine if yours isn't capable of cleaning dirty nappies, because it isn't getting the rest of your clothes clean either. The reason why (clean) people use biological detergents is because there is all sorts of sweat, urine and poo on adults clothes as well. If a washing machine can get c.diff poo out of hospital bed sheets I'm sure it is also capable of getting baby poo out of a nappy.

Borrow a telescope for free with a Westminster Library card
Found 16th AugFound 16th Aug
Exciting opportunity with a Westminster Library card (you don't need to live or work in Westminster to get one) as you can borrow a telescope from Westminster Reference Library (WC… Read more
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jamie015 Didn't get it the first time, but this time I did!


time someone did Uranus joke.


Why don't you surprise me? ;)



This telescope uses a mirror and you should be able to see Uranus with it

Know Your Traffic Signs free PDF
Found 14th AugFound 14th Aug
“Know your traffic signs” PDF can be found online for free and I think it is the same as the “Know your traffic signs” book which Waterstones sell from £4.99.

It’s okay. :D Hope it helped.


I know someone would say that. :D but yeah it’s good if you need a refresher.


I’m not too sure but they sell books digitally that cost so thought this was good for free which is why I shared it.


Also useful to current drivers, there are far too many out there who have 'been driving for years' but have no idea how to drive


It’s okay. :)

GOV.UK Warm home discount scheme/Utilita  that gives you £140 for eligible customers 2018/2019
Found 8th AugFound 8th Aug
The Warm Home Discount is a Government scheme helping lower income and vulnerable households with their energy costs during the winter. If you meet certain criteria, you may qualif… Read more

Apparently yes, you can switch suppliers with a Smart Meter but it can lose its functionality as they are the 1st Generation Of Smart Meters and when you switch suppliers your Meter reverts back to a ‘ Traditional ‘ Meter. This is on Ofgem’s website. Your choice, but legally you DON’T have to install a Smart Meter. There are a lot of reports of it affecting people’s health too. Just Google! 8)


OFGEM 2018 - I have a smart meter. Can I shop around and switch supplier? If you have a smart meter, you can shop around and switch supplier as you did with your previous traditional meter.


I DO Not think there’s a need to name call people and to slag them off. I am an educated person, not a chav and it’s truly nasty to pre-judge people. It is true that some people abuse the system but Name Calling is Nasty and nasty comments just show up the person who writes them. Have a conscience & be kind to others.


People who are on Pension Credit or a low Income are eligible for the Warm Front Payment of £140.00. However, you should check it out on the Direct Gov website. Not all Energy Companies are signed up to this scheme. A lot of the companies pay it later than they should and you will need to prove eligibility too. I have received it 2 years running & it’s a big help due to my being Disabled, and I have osteoarthritis in my knee’s requiring I keep warm in Winter. Please be aware too that at present you CANNOT switch your energy provider if you have a Smart Meter. Best to check out Money Saving Expert re the whole subject of Switching too. I switched my Mum’s from British Gas to Ovo and saved her £2500 a year! Plus, I used to work for BG so I know a lot re the Energy Market.


No I suggested giving it to low earners if you read my message so I’m not blaming any workers at all. I’m blaming the scum that abuse the system not people that try hard.

Get MOT reminders free to Your phone or email
Refreshed 13th AugRefreshed 13th Aug
There used to be a charge for this but is now free. Sign up to get free reminders by text message or email when your MOT is due. You’ll get a reminder one month before your MOT is … Read more
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Most breakdown companies send this as standard don’t they anyway? My last company did and the one I am with now does also (nerd)


Try using a different browser as chrome didnt work for me


Page doesn't seem to be going to the next page after I enter car Reg. It goes back to start! Anyone else having the same problem?


There is an app from on Android (and probably iOS) - it's really good, I use that to check my MOT and TAX and INSURANCE. I added my Dad's car too and was able to remind them when their items were due. The best bit - I could see when my dad's car passed or failed MOT, with the failure, I could see WHY it failed. This is fantastic if you're buying a used car and want MOT history for free!


This is a great way of keeping track of all the family vehicles 🚗

lambeth country show 2018
Found 20th JulFound 20th Jul

Just read the twitter page via the link. They giving out free Vita that's where all the Vita Coco ended up!! (shock)


Is not just Lambeth tho, libraries are closing everywhere!! Along with the police stations!! (shock)


Also, not the only free festival to be fully fenced.. Perhaps. Its a conspiracy.


It's happening/happened across most of the country. The event is still free though!


Lambeth are in the middle of getting rid of anything that costs them money. They’ve closed many of the local libraries and local services. Fees for various services are shooting up. I agree that entry fees are probable within a year or two - once they realise that the overpriced bars aren’t going to generate the profit they wanted.

Prevent your house from being fraudulently sold without your knowledge - free alert service from government Land Registry
Found 8th JulFound 8th Jul
Probably about time for a reminder that this excellent service from the Land Registry exists - fraudulent transfers of property do happen regularly, but this alert system provides … Read more

That's an odd argument. By the same premise it could be argued that you're to some extent responsible if you don't use the monitoring service! Both arguments are of little vailidity though.


I’ve had the alert on 2 of 5 properties I’m currently signed up to have monitored. Of course it is your responsibility to act on the notification and contact Land Registry or whoever has made the enquiry and triggered the notification to be sent, to ascertain the exact reason Land Registry has been contacted if the alert is unexpected. Not sure the word ‘liable’ is correct more ‘diligent’ as it’s up to you how you interpret the seriousness of the notification and action it


What happens though if for whatever reason you don’t get the alert or you missed it ( social media swamps people with alerts of all kinds) your’re on holiday it’s Friday night... things do go wrong, surely, you are liable to some extent by electing to monitor the property.


It’s not just your home you can have alerts for, you can choose any property. For example, if an elderly neighbour went into a home and the house stood empty, then that would be a prime property to use in a fraud.


As @Newbold has reiterated above, homeowners are just as vulnerable as landlords, if anything more so as the ‘it will never happen to me/my property’ attitude is far more appealing to a fraudster than using a property known to be let and knowing that any diligent landlord would be signed up to such a service. The other good reason to put an alert on your property is that if you ever sell it you are notified that a search has been done by the new mortgage company which is useful to know in the progression of a sale.

Great cheap tourist attraction. Newport Transporter Bridge.
Found 28th JunFound 28th Jun
Hi Not sure where to post this but here goes. My daughter and I visited this bridge at the weekend and wow it is amazing! For just £3 adults and £2 children you get to take your … Read more
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That was the one from Middlesbrough.


I think everyone's getting confused here , there are two bridges - one in Wales- OPs deal and one up North :)


She was on her way to Scarborough, iirc [quote=youngrobbo] I remember this one well, Paul Simon met a woman going by the name of Mrs Robinson on the bridge.[/quote]


I remember this one well, Paul Simon met a woman going by the name of Mrs Robinson on the bridge.


This is the kind of view you’ll be getting from the bridge. This photo was taken off the top of the 2 wind turbines in Newport dock looking towards the bridge.

*heads up* Have you paid too much income tax? Check now ive just got a refund of £178.20
Found 27th JunFound 27th Jun
Recieved a letter this morning off hmrc saying ive paid too much income tax and due a refund of £178.20 Went to the website and it shown me what years i was … Read more
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mine was the same, must owe us something. quite sure if was the other way around there would be demand letters straight out...


Got a letter saying I owe 196 (annoyed)




Hot UK Boasts? Getting a refund is not really a deal.


Get enough emails from Nigerians

GOV.UK Free Practice Driving Theory and hazard perception test
Refreshed 3rd JunRefreshed 3rd Jun
Hoping this might help out anyone learning to drive. Was ideal for my son to practice his theory : ) Before you can start driving lessons you must hold a provisional licence. ..… Read more
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really thought i was going to fail but managed to get 45/50 on first try


Thank you for info


Nigel I’m gonna report you to the pigs blud, them lot gonna take your liccy away


43 out of 50 so missed it by one! Shame I have my license already!


36...not bad :)))

Help to Save Account - -  pay in up to £50 per month - up to 50% bonus on the money you've paid in (entitled to Working Tax Credit and receiving payments for Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit)
Found 31st MayFound 31st May
You can only open an account if you're receiving Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit. Pay in up to £50 per month. If you pay in £1,200 over 2 years and don't make any withdraw… Read more

Knew someone self employed that bought machinery £30k to keep tax down, and qualify tax credits and as result which was well planned and at suggestion of his accountant he got £4k tax credit. This is quite common in farming circles. Bring your income by carefully planning £16k if you rented and not owned a house get housing benefit and council tax benefit also!


Register both for gov gateway accounts then see if you are eligible. 10 minutes to find out.


I assume as couple only one account can be opened only not two?


Seems like a great scheme for those eligible. Gets my heat!


£50 per month does not equate to over a grand in a year.

Claim for Damage to Your Vehicle from Potholes / Damaged Roads
Refreshed 28th MayRefreshed 28th May
You may be able to claim compensation if your vehicle has been damaged by a road. The organisation you contact depends on where the road is and the type of road.

Just sitting here laughing to my self reading people using the term "road tax." Really? Electric cars don't even pay VED aka Road Tax (abolished many, many years ago), yet everyone goes on about bicycles paying VED. It's weird. Also, most serious cyclists do have insurance, as our bikes can cost more than a lot of cars on the roads (the things damaging the roads to begin with.) Roads are maintained by the Council Tax, not your VED. Sit there and play the fool, it will eventually die off, but you know and I know the council tax is what maintains roads and your VED is subject to your certain vehicle.


Yep, sent photos of the pothole and trlyre damage to them. Pothole is on the crest of a hill at a speed chicane so extremely difficult to avoid as you don't see it until late. They're basically stating it was acceptable 2 months prior to the incident. That's garbage as everyone knows this area is a nightmare for potholes. Even taxi drivers try to avoid the area. Glasgows roads are particularly bad and the council obviously want to stop losing money and are playing hard ball now.


When did the incident occur? Do you have any photos of the road and damage? If not it will be hard for you to prove anything. If you do have photos of the road and it's condition at the time of the incident, they will be in a worst position as they have stated they inspected the road. Next time this happens, take a photo of the road condition. But don't give up, explain to them that due to the condition of the road, you are at loss. Common law jurisdiction protects humans from lose at another. The road condition was impossible to avoid without causing a potential hazard. Yes they are not expected to be able to repair every single issue at any given time, but if they inspected the road and did not see anything then either it wasn't there, or they did not notice it. I always end up winning against these things, Whether it's PCNs, speeding tickets or other fines. I never pay for these things, recently got a PCN for a suspended bay cancelled too.


Thanks for some guidance on this. They came back to me as per below and stated they are not liable. Unbelievable! "As previously advised the City under the terms of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, the Council is required to establish and adhere to a reasonable system of inspection and maintenance. They are therefore obliged to carry out regular inspections and repair any potentially hazardous defects identified as a result of these inspections, or that may be subsequently brought to their attention by a member of the public. They cannot be, and are not, expected to keep all footways and carriageways in perfect condition at all times. Whilst we note your comments regarding the stretch of road concerned as advised in our letter of 09/05/18 prior to your accident on 25/01/2018 the road had been inspected on 01/12/2017 and no defect was noted at the area concerned. As Glasgow City Council has implemented and adhered to their reasonable system of inspection and maintenance, and as they cannot reasonably be expected to predict where or when a particular surface may deteriorate to the point where it poses a potential hazard to members of the public, we are still unable to conclude that they can be considered to have failed in their duty or be deemed negligent. As a result, we are unable to either accept liability or make an offer of settlement." I've taken your advice and requested all the relevant information they have of inspections and repairs to the road. This I've advised will be used in legal proceedings. So frustrated at them, im not trying to scam anyone but why should I have to keep forking out for new tyres/re-alignments because this particular roads has more craters than the moon. While i accept they cannot be aware of every pothole they should at least use something half durable when carrying out repairs and not something that vanishes within a month.


Claiming against the council for Pothole related damage would, if you're successful, come from the same budget assigned to repair the roads. If there's less budget because of claims, there's less to repair the potholes and more claims as a result. A vicious circle surely? Furthermore, road tax goes to central government and is assigned to Highways England/Scotland to maintain motorways and trunk roads, it does not go towards maintaining local networks. Finally, all carriageways and footways are inspected on a routine basis by law. If no defects are found during these inspections, you are unlikely to be entitled to any reimbursement following damage that may occur after the inspection date. Afterall, it is not possible for all highways to be inspected on a daily basis so not knowing the potholes existed is a very fair and understandable response to counter a claim. My advice is to drive slower and to the road conditions, which includes both weather and road quality conditions.

Uniform Tax Rebate
Found 26th MayFound 26th May
Claim Tax Refunds For Work Uniform & Clothes - Uniform Tax Rebate Find out how to claim tax relief on money you’ve spent on things like work uniform and clothing, tools, busin… Read more

Sadly not - "You can’t claim tax relief for everyday clothing (even if you wear it for work).". I expect it has to be a piece of clothing issued by the company or that you've bought and that you have to wash. I expect the differentiating factor is scope of use, for instance you wouldn't use a Tesco uniform to go to the pub in, yet you may use smart trousers and a shirt.


Yes, an allowance of £5 a month which would save most people £1 in tax (£5 x 20% = £1)




Thanks for info. The link you've posted comes up as an error....


Wow I didn't know you could do that.

Discounts available for current or ex Military, ministry of defence Civil Servants and NHS
Found 19th AprFound 19th Apr
This isn't new, but certainly may be of interest to some on this site. Discounts at many retailers are available for members of the Defence Discount scheme. It is an official sch… Read more
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For the most part yes. However this card gives you access to online discounts also (typically the employee portal) and veterans don't usually have their military ID.


I know, disappointing isn't it. I wasn't particularly hungry that day ;(


Who spends 80 quid at yo sushi?



If you show your Military ID card you get the same discount? Heat added but something to be aware of.