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Seasonal Reminder?  Have You Checked Your Tax Refund Status - you could be owed £££!
Found 12 h, 19 m agoFound 12 h, 19 m ago
For all it's worth (and you HUKD "this is not a deal" folk - have a bit of Xmas glee for once as it gets more noticed in the deals section and we can't take umbrage at taking away … Read more
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Thanks that’s what I thought


If you are not going to be receiving any more income for this tax year (Until 5th April 2019) at all, and are going to get no benefits whatsoever then you can either call and tell them this or fill in a P50 form and send it through the post or fill out a form online and could get the tax back earlier than the end of the tax year. I think you have to have not been working for at least four weeks until you can send in the request though.


I see the same. No mention of it :/


On mine it says I don't owe money and then it says I do?!?


I don't need this....I get regular emails informing me of my latest refund. I think I've had 127 refunds this year alone.

Claim damage to your vehicle from potholes/damaged roads @
Found 14th NovFound 14th Nov
How to make a claim - Contact the organisation responsible to tell them: What the damage was Why you think they are responsible the specific location where the damage took pl… Read more

wasn't refering to the speed but... oh well


Heat added, thanks. I has two occasions 3 years ago where my tyre burst due to the pot hole. Didn't know I could claim at that time!!


Nope,Speed limit was 60 I was well within it.......can’t all driver like Sunday dodderers


Cracked my alloys blew my tyre made a complaint show them pictures of potholes didn't get nothing from them waste of time


I hope we learned something that day

View your driving license online (and make changes if needed) @ Gov.UK
Found 14th NovFound 14th Nov
View your driving license online (see if your details are correct, if you have any penalty points, when they will expire, etc.). You can also make changes online to save the hassl… Read more

I do use my vote. I accept the DVLA is not good and think we have much bigger things to worry about anf lobby MPs for. Still doesnt mean we should celebrate mediocrity. though it seems 4000 degrees of heat would disagree with me and feel this nonsense is a better deal than 95% of actual deals. Strange world we live in.


WTF... you want competition in the DVLA ? you have a choice... use your vote! lobby your MP with your problems.


Try during the week.


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Possible Topcrashback on this....

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FREE Parking - Hillingdon Council
01/12/2018Starts at 01/12/201801/01/2019Expires on 01/01/2019Found 10th NovFound 10th Nov
Hillingdon Council is providing free weekend parking to all residents during the month of December! Visitors can also park for free (in council parking areas) on Christmas, Boxing… Read more

You do know that your so called public transport is subsidised to the hilt!


Fair play. Unfortunately with crap public transport there is no incentive for people to not drive.


May not be ideal for everyone - useful for those who can’t make use of the reduced public transport services during the festive period :) Every little helps! (angel)


That is exactly what I said about subsidies distorting true costs. If car owners are subsidising folks like me, then I agree that isn't right. At the same time, raising council taxes just because property prices went up also doesn't make sense. The reality is that the tax system is badly broken and no politician has the courage to fix it, unless he / she has no plans to stand for election later.


Cold. Shouldn't be encouraging people to use their cars.

Check the MOT status of a vehicle @ GOV.UK
Found 14th OctFound 14th Oct
Enter a vehicle’s details to see whether it has an MOT certificate and when it runs out. This service is also available in Welsh ( Cymraeg ). Enter the registration number of the… Read more

Insulting ones intelligence is one thing, calling someone who “pays” his taxes an idiot I suggest you look up the definition in the Oxford dictionary. obviously you need to remove the vehicle off the road hence the reason for SORN’ing the car


I doubt any of us are if you live in America.


I found this very helpful this week as my car failed it's MOT. I could look this up and see all the details before getting back to the garage, Also garages are notorious for not calling when they have finished with your car. The MOT updates as soon as it is done so I could check online and find out if it was done or not.




*Sigh* This can only be used by the dealer who registered the vehicle in the first place and MUST be received within 7 days of the registration taking place. Try again Freeman.

Warm Home Discount is now live for all suppliers. £140 credit for all those eligible
Found 8th OctFound 8th Oct
This is great for families on low incomes or disability benefits. Link is to the website with links to each suppliers application forms pages You could get £140 o… Read more

first utility still cant apply what a joke


My mum received her payment this week. EDF is supplier. Tariff ends in November and can't see anything decent.


Noticed Ovo applications appear to be open today


Thanks op just applied (cheeky)


here's what e.on's form asks on the application

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Free Basic (or Possibly More) 'Dr. Bike' Servicing, Possibly National, But in Barnet For Sure
Found 4th OctFound 4th Oct
It seems that Barnet Council, at Least, have Dr Bike Days once a month now. I was just at one today. It's the kind of thing they have during the Ride London event every year. I h… Read more
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Here are all locations. Scroll to the bottom of the page:


Good old Brent. You can always jump over the border to Barnet, they don't ask where you are from etc, for a service.


Anyone know if it's near Croydon as I can not see it on line anywhere as I have a trycycle as I can not walk to far




Winter is coming - save £'000s with free insulation for most (and boilers for some) for eligible customers
Found 27th SepFound 27th Sep
TL;DR - Energy companies are giving away free cavity wall insulation, and in some cases free loft insulation and free boilers. Installation is also free unless additional pipework … Read more
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Not all houses have gable ends, plus insulation will fill the cavity and just with a cavity surely there would be more chance of water ingress unless you have internal tray to drive the water out through weep holes in the brick. Theres probably cracking in your wall somewhere else thats causing a leak, instead of googling get a good builder to undertake an inspection and i am sure you will be surprised.


Really, I thought all disability was visible. Thanks for clearing that up for me.


Do you actually know people who are fraudulently claiming DLA? If so, please report them. Or are you just making a sweeping statement backed up by nothing? There are such things as invisible disabilities. Not everyone who is classed as disabled is in a wheelchair.


I meant the "home service" cover plans, which will gladly take somebody's £10/20 a month for boiler breakdown cover for an old back-boiler. When the boiler breaks down they will say the part isn't available and it "must" be replaced. The average customer will unfortunately believe this and YES I definitely agree people really do need to know that they can just call a reputable heating/boiler/gas engineer who will usually happily use an aftermarket part to keep an otherwise reliably boiler running. The cover plans are usually a waste of money on older boilers, they are only good for the annual service, which would be cheaper to just buy separately.


Really sorry to hear of your experience. Sounds very much you had a cowboy company and then cowboys trying to sort it out. benefits. It should have been fixed by the original fitters or you should consider taking them to the small claims court. If anyone is in a similar situation with DAMP after cavity wall insulation, consider a roof under-tray and gable-end re-done at the same time as it is a much cheaper solution plus keeps the energy efficiency.

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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Can't read the article as it's registered users only. I can probably guess at its contents anyway. I know drivers speed, run lights and everything else in-between. What I don't agree is cyclists (commuters in particular) are good law abiding citizens. :) I have even seen cyclists have a go at other cyclists when they actually stop at red lights for blocking there way. Two wheeled commuters are a savage bunch!


Fixed that for you. Same as a minority of drivers jump red lights and speed, eh? Anyone got (popcorn) (I'm a driver too)


Well aren't you a model citizen then. Sadly the rest of the cycling community don't follow suit. Of the list above the following were observed this morning. tailgating (but cyclists like to call it slipstreaming), close passing, overtaking through solid whites (they like to call it filtering), overtaking on mini roundabout approaches, overtaking on zebras, jumping lights, speeding (over 20mph in 20 zone), no lights, indicators (they have arms but not one used them), using phones, not looking at junctions." We can also add to that list 'wrong side of traffic bollards' As for rule 169 I never claimed it applied exactly to you but "Probably worth you having a read" as a good road user you may use common sense and follow it if holding up traffic. Much like your suggestion on rule 163 and in particular the part "give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car" I'm quite happy overtaking a car and giving 2ft space, doesn't mean I'll only give 2ft to a cyclist.


Well I don't do any of them. The section regarding pulling over to let people pass applies to slow moving vehicles causing queues to form. eg. tractors. It's Rule 169. "Do not hold up a long queue of traffic, especially if you are driving a large or slow-moving vehicle. Check your mirrors frequently, and if necessary, pull in where it is safe and let traffic pass." Clearly, and in context with the previous rules, they mean motor vehicles as bicycles do not have mirrors. They also don't say that you MUST pull in or cite the legislation the rule relates to. The only time I've heard it being used is prosecuting farmers for inconsiderate driving.


Well as you can see it was somewhat in jest. But I'll quote your original post. " There's a few cars I 'interact' with on my commute (I'm on a bicycle) that I see most days that are repeat offenders with tailgating, close passing, overtaking through solid whites, overtaking on mini roundabout approaches, overtaking on zebras, jumping lights, speeding, no lights, indicators, broken lights, using phones, not looking at junctions." How you can say cyclists don't do many (if not all) of the above is beyond me! As a cyclist myself I have done many. The worst is usually jumping red lights. If I had £1 for every one I could probably drive to work and head straight back home! Probably worth you having a read of the section regarding being overtaken and pulling over to let people pass. :)

Help to save finally launched by government for those on low incomes - save up to £50 each month.  Good interest rate
Refreshed 17th OctRefreshed 17th Oct
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

True. But for hypothetical sense it’s 50%. There are no terms and conditions except you just top up the account each month and don’t withdraw it


It's not 50% interest as it's over 4 years and it's not free money, it's a bonus that's received by following the terms and conditions over four years. It's still a cracking deal.I'm just being pedantic


Now that's a good idea :D


Yes correct. Leave it untouched to get the maximum return (a whopping 50%!) Yes your correct - you have to leave the original amount in after 2 years - for another 2 years - to get the maximum. End of year 2 free money: £600 End of year 4 free money £600. Total amount: £600 free paid to you at year 2. £600 free paid to you at year 4 - plus investment of £2400 = £3000. I qualified, along with my partner. So... £1200 free money at end of year 2. £6000 (includes £1200 free)) at end of year 4.


I don't qualify, but a few relatives do so I'm helping them sign up. To get the maximum benefit in 2 years you'd have to leave it untouched though right? Also intially I thought at the end of 2 years they would be able to take the nest egg and start dripping money into the 2nd phase.. I guess that won't work. Not so bad though as 50% of the investment up til then will be returned.

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.

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.

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

Unbelievably - we’ve been accepted onto this! I would never have applied had the OP not posted this. So thanks from my family to you - OP!!!


Anyone heard if they been successful yet?


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.

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.