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Know Your Traffic Signs free PDF
Found 14th AugFound 14th Aug
Know Your Traffic Signs free PDF
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“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
Get MOT reminders free to Your phone or email
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
lambeth country show 2018

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
Prevent your house from being fraudulently sold without your knowledge - free alert service from government Land Registry
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

Just an excuse to ‘bump’ this thread really, but yesterday I had an email from Land Registry with a 6 month Property Alert Activity Update, listing all the properties I’m monitoring and if any activity has been a recorded against them. Another good tool to remind owners to update their preferences etc.


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.

Great cheap tourist attraction. Newport Transporter Bridge.
Found 28th JunFound 28th Jun
Great cheap tourist attraction. Newport Transporter Bridge.
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
*heads up* Have you paid too much income tax? Check now ive just got a refund of £178.20
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
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)
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
Claim for Damage to Your Vehicle from Potholes / Damaged Roads
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
Uniform Tax Rebate
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.

Help to Save Account - -  pay in up to £50 per month - up to 50% bonus on the money you've paid in
Found 12th AprFound 12th Apr
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

I would recommend to download the app called “HMRC” or visit the website. Sign up and it’ll tell you as it’s automatic to tell you if you are/aren’t entitled. The website or app is also good for other things like checking if you’ve overpaid any tax for the previous six years which you can claim back......


So if I’m a single parent, not working so no working tax credits claim, but in receipt of child tax credits, can I open account? I get money from my ex for our son and I always have to budget for xmas so I would use this as a savings account for that. If I have to withdrawal next xmas, I’d still get bonus on whatever I’d saved in that time at leas


Ah good stuff. I think they may have stopped the account opening now? Unsure. And also I read that the government are setting aside £100million for this help to save which is reassuring.


Seems ok so far @Timmyboy555, but they did take payment twice by accident or might have been my fault as I submitted the payment agian thinking it hadn't gone through the first time. It was refunded after a week so.


Howdy. How are people doing with this? I’ve successfully (just about, it’s definitely felt like we have had to save quite hard) been able to pay the maximum into this account, as has my partner totalling 2x £50 each month. At the moment we are sitting on £400 savings with a bonus of £200 in April 2020 (assuming we don’t pay anymore in.) Am trying to pay the max in each month to get 2x £600 bonus (£1200) in April 2020 and obviously the actual pot (2x £1200 = £2400) will still be there. Just wondered how other people are getting on.

Bum-deal! £25-£100 reimbersment (or voucher) on purchase of Real (resuable) Nappies and or accesories!
Found 7th AprFound 7th Apr
Bum-deal! £25-£100 reimbersment (or voucher) on purchase of Real (resuable) Nappies and or accesories!
Abstract: It's cheaper to use reusable nappies, saves money, saves on nappy rash, saves on landfill - everyone should be doing it AND you can get cashback! So one of the decidin… Read more
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This is pants


I am not on a Meter and live in Wales. I think there's an argument to be had that it takes so many liters of water to produce each disposable Nappy as well but overall I think it's safe to assume the water to wash them shouldn't discourage people. To dry ours we have a dehumidifier for when we can't put them on the line, otherwise they are our there in the sunshine on sunny days (we save them up to wash all in one go). Only 0.22 kWh so roughly 25p overnight to dry everything.


Bournemouth council gave me £30 for nappies


I used reusable nappies for both my children, now 3 and 5. I washed their nappies once/twice a week,storing them in a bucket. Dried them on radiators, rack and using dehumidifier sometimes when I was running out of fresh ones.


So you use your washing machine twice a day to wash nappies? You also aren't taking into account the cost of water used which is fine if you are not on a meter I suppose ( though there is an environmental cost), but on a meter that would also cost about 15p per cycle, plus the huge additional wear and tear on the washing machine. Also, what about drying all those nappies, especially in winter?

Claim for damage to your vehicle from Potholes / Damaged roads
Found 30th MarFound 30th Mar
Claim for damage to your vehicle from Potholes / Damaged roads
As i found out yesterday, there seems to be more and more potholes out there and you maybe able to claim for damages from your local council / Traffic department How to make a c… Read more
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Because there are too many and I can't remember all of them when am home in order to log them all. I'm constantly dodging potholes to such am extent and expecting to be pulled over for drink driving due to the small swerves I take to avoid potholes.


NIce one, well done


125 quid which was the total I claimed for. Tyre and fitting.


How much did they pay up?


It is a reasonable stance when you think about; a Local Authority cant reasonably be expected to check every road every day; so they have to have a proper system of inspection and put any actionable defect right following such an inspection otherwise they could be considered negligent. Your only defence would be to somehow prove the defect was present and actionable at time of last inspection.

Flat rate expenses from the Inland revenue - FREE uniform tax refund worth £60 of free pay if never claimed before
Found 26th MarFound 26th Mar
If you wear a uniform at work, and have to wash, repair or replace it yourself, you may be able to reclaim £100s of tax for up to five years of expenses. This applies whether it'… Read more

Does anyone know if you get the £60 as a cheque or via your payslip??


I'll have to get around to doing this later, I've never claimed for my Nursing uniform even though I have bought maybe 4 pairs of shoes, 5 t shirts and 4 pairs of trousers.


Just applied hopefully I will get something back


Try and see.


The one that always suprises me is that higher rate tax payers don't claim back the 20% tax relief on pension contributions. Over the years it can be thousands.

Unemployed & have a job interview? Get 50% off your train travel to your interview
Found 26th MarFound 26th Mar
Unemployed & have a job interview? Get 50% off your train travel to your interview
The JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card will get you half price travel on all train lines, although this may vary at peak times, which makes travel to job interviews more affordabl… Read more
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I was applying for jobs up here, and getting interviews too. I’d just left uni, and could have moved at a couple of days notice to almost anywhere in the country - couple of suitcases and I’d have been there. I had no ties then. I’ve been a tax payer since 1987, even during the 6 years I was at college / uni. I’ve funded plenty - so have no issues with taxpayers having funded my train fares. Could I do it now? No, I’ve 2 young children, I’m recently widowed, so the upheaval would be impossible now. And I wouldn’t need anyone to fund trainfares.


Don't suppose there were any companies near you to get practice on? I understand the point and the incentive of this scheme and it's good to get people into work, but if you have no means of paying for a train, how would you pay to relocate your entire life to another part of the UK? What I will say is that why on earth aren't these interview costs being absorbed by the hiring companies or the recruitment agencies? The companies hiring who can afford to hire someone from the other side of the country and can't find anyone local then they can absolutely afford to pay a train fare (generally - they may not want to but that's another matter) and if it's through an agency then their commission of 3 to 6 months could also go towards paying it. Not really sure why tax payers should be funding it...


Unemployed folk deserve every opportunity given to them as they are all clearly desperate to get into work and start giving back. What a great idea this train thing is. Hot deal.


Attend every week must be a nightmare, oh wait, i remember back in 2014 when i was unemployed. They had me go in every day. After a week or two even the advisors couldnt be bothered and just had me show up, sign and go. Never understood the purpose of it. I was told i had to do it for 3 months. Luckily for me, back then i lived within 10 mins of my local job centre so had no problems attending without the need of transport. Really wished i completed the 3 months just to find out what they would have had lined up for me next. However, I ended up finding a job 2-3 weeks before the 3 months were up lol.


You sound like you've given up on him in a way?! "if he ever gets another interview?!" Do you think so little of him/his skills in the marketplace that you are not even sure he'll get another interview?

FREE MONEY IF CLAIMED ***NOW***: A new claim for Marriage Allowance to HMRC is worth >£900 as you can backdate it, ie you can get it paid for 2015-2018/19
Found 24th MarFound 24th Mar
FREE MONEY IF CLAIMED ***NOW***: A new claim for Marriage Allowance to HMRC is worth >£900 as you can backdate it, ie you can get it paid for 2015-2018/19
***ACT NOW TO CLAIM BEFORE THE TAX YEAR ENDS APRIL 5TH.*** You can currently backdate your claim for Marriage Allowance back to when it started in 2015 giving you 3 years of this … Read more
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So 1 parent can earn 40k the other 10k that’s 50k in household, and then we give them benefit, why?


Hi, Can i still apply for this, even though the 5th April deadline has passed? Thanks


If their only income is £16k pa each then they do qualify. But they won't benefit from applying, one will pay less tax and the other will pay more so pointless in applying but they could if they wanted to. And it might be worth it for pensioners with that income. If you had one person with pension income of £16k and the other a smaller pension income along with some savings income or dividends which totalled £16k they could quite possibly apply and not have any extra tax to pay because of the £8,000 savings and dividend income which could be taxed at 0%.


Only if you earn under 40 odd thousand


What if partners both earn minimum wage and get £16k pa each? They won’t qualify. Then a couple earning £40k pa + £10k pa do qualify. Bloody stupid! It’s unfair treatment against full time parents on lower wage that would benefit most!

Save £12.50/ £39/ £49 when you renew your passport before 27th March price increase/ gouge
Found 11th MarFound 11th Mar
Save £12.50/ £39/ £49 when you renew your passport before 27th March price increase/ gouge
Passport price increase/ gouge. Renew now online to save £££s! :) As from March 27 UK passport prices are set to rise considerably for those applying by post. The current £72.50 … Read more
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under 10 days January February, under 14 days March April May, under 21 days June


Anyone any idea on the time from applying to renew and receiving the new one?


how do you estimate the 70 million every year? :)


With 70 million passports out there it's a nice little earner with all the lost stolen or out of date ones.


Cold. Cheaper on Amazon Germany (lol)

Cold weather payment (£25 for every 7 consecutive days of extreme cold) - only applicable to eligible homes
Found 25th FebFound 25th Feb
Cold weather payment (£25 for every 7 consecutive days of extreme cold) - only applicable to eligible homes
I wasn't aware of this - with temperatures set to plunge, hopefully this helps others that might not know. Apparently this should be paid automatically, not sure how reliable that … Read more

No, cause I put my warm clothes on, turn up the heating and stay in doors. I'd rather the money went to those who didn't have those luxuries and are really feeling the cold much worse than us. For every penny given to those who don't really need it, it's taken away from those who do. Simple


I thought this was a satirical website - clicked on the link out of curiosity and BANG! It's real!


Private and public pensions are savings as investments, the rate of pension contribution was calculated using maths for payouts of pensions in the future. I don't think there is maths to substantiate your claim that private sector companies go bust because of pensions. However, there maybe a possible reason, amongst others, that in the decades we have passed more laws to create more public services which in turn needed more people to run these public services, some of which are now in the private sector, or outsourced to the private sector. It is possible that the cause is not the pension per person, the pension scheme per person, but is the total number of people, which is the quantity of people. There is also another factor, you may like to investigate, the mean average of public sector worker in contrast to private sector for the same job specs from 1970 to now. Last time when I did this for a project, a profile of 450 staff in a specific department, their salaries were up to 40% less in the public sector from memory . Many had expressed that they were willing then to accept lower pay , relative to private, because of job environment,living environment in housing costs, security and pension. Another words they traded short term and immediate gains for long term security. So final salary pension was a postponed "remuneration". If an average professional put the delta between public sector pay and private sector pay, into stock market,or buy-to-let, then its investment growth over 30-40 years is your gold plated pension. As to this cold weather payment, both you and I have deviated from this topic. But as you discussed pensions, so thought that I present a view for your consideration. I don't work in the public sector.


What is the percentage of freeloaders, growing from which percentage to which ?


You may like to add to your diagram the annual net profits after tax, or gross profit before tax in making your point so as to enhance them. These figures are in the same order of magnitude as the welfare benefits. Though I am not sure how accurate the figures are. However, they do infer that the supermarkets and others are the new tax payer subsidised sectors, just like the subsidised industries of old. (Instead of subsidising the employers for unsustainable businesses, the government is subsidising the workers so that they can work at these unsustainable industries/commercial sectors (at least a part of each company even if not the whole of these companies) at lower wages costs than that to live.) These subsidies disrupt Britain's business productivity and national economic performance. The Conservatives should have toughed it out with their working tax credit change, gradually phased it out and passed law gradually to lift wages to compensate.

Freebie: save yourself a £2500 fine - check if your car has an outstanding safety recall - just put in number plate - if it has, it'll be repaired for free
Found 24th FebFound 24th Feb
Freebie: save yourself a £2500 fine - check if your car has an outstanding safety recall - just put in number plate - if it has, it'll be repaired for free
One in 13 used cars has an outstanding safety recall that could see you fined £2,500 - here's how to check yours. Failure to have one of these issues resolved could not only put th… Read more
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I wasn't able to put in a reg ? Only search dates and car make and model ? My car is an 11 plate qashqai and has a recall. Do u contact my local Nissan dealer ?


do you have to pay for the courtesy car ?


Cheers OP. Useful peace of mind. Can the mod please keep this post open.


Bit misleading isn't it? You can't be fined £2500 for ignoring a safety recall. You MIGHT be fined for having an unsafe vehicle, but that's largely independent of any recalls. Many un-recalled vehicles are unsafe, and many recalls are for potential issues which don't make the car immediately unsafe. Useful site, but very misleading blurb.


Its for Audi, VW, Seat, Skoda diesel vehicles from around 2009-2014

Help To Save Account to Earn 50% Tax Free Bonus for People on Working Tax Credits Or Universal Credit
Found 23rd FebFound 23rd Feb
Help To Save Account to Earn 50% Tax Free Bonus for People on Working Tax Credits Or Universal Credit
LIMITED NUMBER OF ACCOUNTS ONLY Help to Save is a savings scheme backed by HM Treasury, so your savings are 100% secure. Once confirmed as eligible, customers can start saving st… Read more

I can see you have strong opinions on this, and I don't. But you can't say the disabled don't qualify for this scheme when some do.


The £1.5 trillion owed to the banks. Whos bailing out who? Makes me laugh the whole thing will collapse


UC is out to a minority of people who were on DWP. WTC I agree with as work should pay, but disabled/child tax credits should be able to save already some savings - its a choice to spend every penny you have regardless your income source (excludes Jobseekers because that’s not even enough to live off) simply you reevaluate essentials v luxury, pre made food from a supermarket is a luxury not a everyday 3 meals a day essiential (unless you are buying £1 ready meals which work out cheaper). Drink, smoking, taxis - even one night a week is a luxury, a top spec mobile/iPhone luxury, high interest purchasing accounts - luxury, the many need to re-evaluate their lifestyles & budgeting regardless of income or sources, the many don’t spend wisely or appropriately and society/taxpayer loses out and shareholders gain everytime. State can’t keep making new ‘benefits’ for all sub groups under median wage/incomes there are a ton of them already but when you exclude the most vulnerable in society on DWP that’s another matter


That's not entirely true because there are a lot of disabled people on WTC/UC who qualify for this scheme.


Well that and paying for an extremely high end and pricey royal wedding. Unlike when it comes to investing in healthcare or police officers, there's no money...funny that.

Claim tax back on your professional fees on Government gateway website
Found 13th FebFound 13th Feb
Claim tax back on your professional fees on Government gateway website
I recently claimed tax relief on my accountancy annual subscription. I also claimed back for the two previous years which I had not claimed. It's really easy to do through the gove… Read more

Unless you're an actor buying clothing that could also be everyday wear, they can claim a deduction on the cost if they're worn either as part of a costume or part- EG if you're an impersonator and have to buy a very specific outfit that also fits the definition of everyday wear. It is complicated for those of us that don't deal with it all the time :)


I now get my fees paid by my company and so cancelled my tax code that was adjusted when I had to pay prof fees myself, so in theory ring hmrc tell them the fee payable and they amend tax code, only problem I see is if like me my fees go up £20-25 every year so you are probably best to make the self assessment


No, this deal is about claiming back professional fess


I wouldn't say minefield really, IMO it's one of the more straightforward aspects of HMRC. The point is that if you have to use specific clothing in the course of your work (eg PPE, or a nurse's uniform) and your employer doesn't provide cleaning facilities (so you have to clean it at home under your own cost) and the uniform can only be used exclusively for the job, then the cleaning costs are deductible from your income. Some professions have specific arrangements for the amount, for others is the standard £60pa. The exclusive usage means that the clothing can't be used in other circumstances. Eg. you wouldn't normally go to the pub wearing a Tesco uniform as a choice. In your case, unfortunately you can't claim the cost because the suit can be used for other occasions. If it were to be branded (I wear similar attire for work, but it has company logos) then it would be eligible.


Just thinking about the hubby, can he claim back fees for CPD courses?

Claim a power of attorney refund
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Claim a power of attorney refund
You can get part of your application fee back if you applied to register a power of attorney from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017. This applies to lasting powers of attorney (LPA) a… Read more

I arranged power of attorney through my solicitor as part of my will. Can I still claim?


Just received a text, £135 approx to be refunded within 10 days. Thanks again mikecml. (y)


Just applied on behalf of my deceased mother. I've had the following email. So, if you're struggling to get through on the phone, here's what you need to do. Thank you for contacting us about an application fee refund claim on behalf of a donor who has died. To process this claim we will require each of the following: Death certificate of the deceased donor you are claiming forGrant of representation (i.e. grant of probate or letters of administration) or a will.We can accept the documents via email, please send them to or alternatively you can post photocopies to: POA Refunds Team, 7th Floor, Office of the Public Guardian, Po Box 16185, Birmingham, B2 2WH. On receipt of these documents we’ll contact you to complete a refund application over the phone. If you have the power of attorney documents to hand when we call this will be helpful, but don’t worry if you don’t. Partial refunds apply to power of attorney applications to the Office of the Public Guardian (for England and Wales) made between April 2013 and March 2017 where an application fee was paid. Partial fee refunds are due on the following for this period: enduring power of attorney (EPA)lasting power of attorney (LPA):property and financial affairshealth and welfarepower of attorney applications that had to be resubmitted and a fee appliedpower of attorney applications where a fee remission applied (50% fee reduction). In this instance the refund will be 50% of the total partial refund amount due.


thanks for posting this, wouldn't have known otherwise.


I got all excited, then saw it would only be for £37...... I just can’t be bothered with all the form filling and hassle involved :-(

Free MOT Reminders from DVLA
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Free MOT Reminders from DVLA
They used to charge for this service so I had to rely on the my local garage to send me a reminder, but now the DVLA will send you a free text or email 1 month before your MOT is d… Read more
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Yes. I also worked for DVLA and DVSA (formerly VOSA and DSA) so I would know the difference. DVLA (Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency) do not hold details of MOT (Ministry of Transport) tests. MOT tests were provided by VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency). VOSA merged with DSA (Driver Standards Agency) to create DVSA (Driver Vehicle Standards Agency). It also has this helpful bit on the linked page; Help with reminders Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to get help with MOT reminders. DVSA customer service centre Telephone: 0300 123 9000 Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 6pm Find out about call charges Notice how it says DVSA and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and not DVLA or Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency. DVLA does not do MOT tests nor do they store the details of them.


Have you not read the original post?


DVLA doesn't have details of your MOT


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Renew passport before 27th March price hike
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Renew passport before 27th March price hike
Passport expiring in next 9 months? Renew it before the price hike on 27th March and you will get the remaining months added on. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - … Read more
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Passport expires in July 2018, is it worth getting it renewed now for £3 less and lose a few months or wait till June and save a few months? Edit: Oh existing months will be added to new passport nevermind.


There's none at all apparently. It was all cleared up last night. Just need to let the politicians get on with the day job.


name me an 'anti democratic types in the UK government' .


Oh well that's good to hear. It's all going to go to plan then, without any hiccups. "Brexit means Brexit", just as they said. Not sure what all the fuss was about, why would anybody have doubted a politician...? It beggars belief.


So, who are the 'anti democratic types in the UK government' that you're banging on about then? I'll help you here, there aren't any. Like so many things gammon get outraged about, they don't actually exist. They are invented in the minds of gammon, so they have something to be outraged about.

Warm Home Discount Scheme for winter 2017/18 £140 off energy bill for eligible customers
Found 29th JanFound 29th Jan
Warm Home Discount Scheme for winter 2017/18 £140 off energy bill for eligible customers
CHECK IF YOU OR AN ELDERLY RELATIVE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DISCOUNT please share this info on social media, so anyone due this can benefit, thanks! You could get £140 off your … Read more
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SSE closed for applications while at HQ the fat cats bathe in there bounces


I rang them up and they said I am confirmed to receive the payment and I will receive the payment in June. I thought this was abit weird but they insisted I will receive it then. I think you should ring them to confirm if u will receive it and get the name of the person u speak to. Let us know how u get on (y)


I'm with Npower too this yr and still waiting. Applied same time as you. Just wondered if you had received your payment yet or any comms? I usually switch companies yearly and all previous energy companies had mostly paid the amount by March at latest.


Mine came this morning 3 vouchers totalling £140... Am with EDF... From what I've read can I redeem it on either?


"Look reading your comments, you are not always right.Think about my username!" Never implied that I am! Ever considered that perhaps you aren't either. My view (that's all it is) is based on my experience with a few claimants I know personally, who I have helped, and none of those are "cheats", and it's always been difficult for them to claim, and they are all genuine cases. Now I know the system is not fool proof BUT I do not believe for one moment that you can get ESA by simply claiming you pinch yourself. Until I see proof of that, I'm going to take that assertion with a complete pinch of salt. (Pardon the pun.) You trying to pull rank on me, a kind of do you know who I am, won't work. And no I don't. Your username OperateOnMe suggests you either operate on people (surgeon?) Or you've been operated on a lot. Anyway, doesn't matter, people being able to claim for "pinching" themselves still smells like a highly exaggerative example. I won't reply again, this is just going back and forth, so I agree to disagree on the above, although the rest of what you say in general I'm willing to accept as fair comment.

Pension entitlement for over 60's ex service personal only
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Pension entitlement for over 60's ex service personal only
Did you know 1000s of Veterans never claim their Pension Entitlements 60 years of age Deferred Pension: If you have more… Read more

Thats a shame, my relative completed service in 68, but then did another 8 years in the TA, i assume that doesn't count either. Interesting to note in my relatives Certiicate of Service book, under Military Conduct they got 2. Very good, Only men could get 1. Exemplary who had served a minimum of 6 years service.


I would never have known about this if it wasn't in the main thread. Glad it was, please leave it here!


"...but it will be actuarially reduced to reflect the early payment..." I suggest caution until you know what the reduction is - may not be a good deal?


I served between 1966 & 1974 and served 10 months in Northern Ireland 1972 - 1973 and get nothing. So unfair not just for me but many other veterans.


Probably the different pension schemes. 1975 was when they introduced a new one, 05 and 16 are the current one most personnel are currently on.

Time to Check Your Online Personal Tax Account & Find Out If You Have a Tax Refund Due
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Time to Check Your Online Personal Tax Account & Find Out If You Have a Tax Refund Due
Not a deal as such & was posted before but over 16mths ago, so thought it worth sharing again as a reminder! It is really worthwhile having a look, I checked & wasn't due … Read more
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not calculated...expect letter june to october :/


Well I’ve seen the actual email, my Dad received it too so I thought I’d say in case it wasn’t a joke. It tells you you’re entitled to a tax refund but doesn’t tell you how much and they ask for your debit card details which someone sending you a payment would never ask for.


I'm getting 734 back for my milage and it takes 3-4 weeks but if I owe them it's "Pay immediately" I'm tempted to send them a letter to the same effect.


I have it on good intelligence that this company handles the recruitment of test participants for the Personal Tax Account and other stuff if anyone is interested? Seems like easy money. 'The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye...until we meet again' - Jimi Hendrix


Gack! It says I underpaid and owe them 465 quid this year!

SMI Exempt from Council Tax (Not Commonly Known)
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SMI Exempt from Council Tax (Not Commonly Known)
People who are severely mentally impaired aren’t included when working out Council Tax. You also aren’t included if you’re a live-in carer looking after someone who isn’t your par… Read more

Severe mental impairment and mental illness aren't the same things, it refers to an organic disorder that can't be faked. I do t think people with Down's syndrome are faking it. Do you? Those of you who are so cynical then you fail to understand what an organic mental disorder is. Maybe you don't just want to know. For those cynics, have you ever considered the fact that not every disabled person working a con. There are many who would give anything not have their disorders. Sometimes people need to be thankful of what they have and forget their envy and fears just become others get something they don't get. Be thankful that you don't qualify for this allowance It's not a benefit anyway, it's what is called a disregard.


As I understand it, this is not a benefit, it is an exemption. In addition, medical evidence has to be provided, so not everyone can be granted this.


Many deserving people with physical and mental health issues are been denied PIP ect every week because they are to ill to go through the difficult system of getting a claim accepted. sad


Dan_Monkfield-10502932043 wrote: I think Channel 5 and ITV more than do that. They day channel 5 runs out of tv series to make, the day we have reach the right balance on benefits. Agreed. Surely we’re due a raft of programmes with titles such as “Tax Dodger Street”, “Paradise Papers and Proud” and “The Great British Expenses Handout”.


Let me add my 2 pence, my son is disabled and I will give back every penny and some that we have received so far to have him healthy and well. As for the one cheating the system, yes i totally agree they should be punish with the full weight of the law

Married tax allowance up to £662 a year now extended to widows/widowers
Found 30th Nov 2017Found 30th Nov 2017
Married tax allowance up to £662 a year now extended to widows/widowers
Hey everyone…. I really hope this doesn’t apply to too many of you but the Budget last week included some small print which extended the married person’s tax allowance to people wh… Read more
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Why is this expired. Can I still apply for backdate or has something changed


No, Marriage Allowance came into play from 6th April 2015. You haven’t included this current tax year (2017/2018). This is the £230 benefit.


People don't earn good money by accident they work hard and earn it. Compared to us that don't work hard and earn less? Your words not mine, you earned the right to pay more taxes so no need to cry about it. And actually earning that much I'd welcome that much taxation because that means I'd be able to give my family even more then I am now. Because to me every penny I earn goes towards them if I have a say in it. I'm not jealous I've been on all sides of the scales the have too much to know what to do with and the not know how I'm going to eat for the week. I've had 3 motorcycles and two cars and a paid for house for one person, to moving to a different country and trying to get by. If I have learned anything is no matter what step of the ladder your on your going to think your the one getting shafted.


Actually someone earning over £100k has an effective tax rate of 60% on some of their income


<br>who said anything about struggling? I'm trying to point out that there is a vast difference between someone who earns 50k and someone who earns over 100k. Both pay the same tax level. Never once have I pleaded poverty. For you and everyone else who continues to judge, I'm very sorry for earning that amount and having an opinion. if you earned that much you would welcome a 40% taxation I'm sure.<br>

Stamp Duty SCRAPPED on homes up to 300k for first time buyers starting 22/11/17 (5% between 300-500K)
Found 22nd Nov 2017Found 22nd Nov 2017
Stamp Duty SCRAPPED on homes up to 300k for first time buyers starting 22/11/17 (5% between 300-500K)
A colleague of mine is currently in the process of buying his first property so this has saved him thousands of pounds! I know a lot of people have said this will only raise house… Read more
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Good stuff (y) 🏻


It worked ;) ! Lovely.


House prices will go up anyway


And where would those who currently rent my properties live if i am forced to sell them? If there are no private rentals, more people would have to try and purchase thereby driving the prices up even further. There is no point increasing supply if demand also goes up in line. I accept your point re empty properties though. But basic economics dictates that the way to drive down costs, including rents, is to greatly increase supply or cut demand. Unless you are advocating reintroducing the Black Death, that means building on a large scale.


I think this is a very good idea. I know lots of people who have property they rent out, they nearly all have small FTB type properties as they tend to generate the best yield. Some of the folks I know have multiple properties on interest only mortgages and are just using them as a source of income rather than traditional savings. I think far higher taxation on those who have BTL properties and increasing interest rates would be a good move. Sure, the very rich who own property outright wouldn't care, but having a BTL is becoming as common as having a PCP car etc.

Free Safe and Well Visit from Your local Fire Service to include Free smoke alarm (if required) and fire assessment.
Found 16th Nov 2017Found 16th Nov 2017
Free Safe and Well Visit from Your local Fire Service to include Free smoke alarm (if required) and fire assessment.
The link takes you to West Yorkshire. Use this LINK to find Yours. Home Fire Risk Assessment visits are carried out by operational crews, they are completely free and you may … Read more
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heat from me as ,we have had firemen come give advise and fit firealarms (highfive) they even fitted one above my sons bed as he is deaf (highfive)


Exactly ... As the OP said "Home Fire Risk Assessment". So what's a work based wotnots got to do with anything?, lol.


Must be a rarety then.


If you hadn't already guessed my occupation, we provide home fire safety visits and provide free smoke alarms multiple times on a daily basis. When a home needs a smoke alarm (and sometimes co alarms) we provide and fit them free of charge So now you've heard from a firefighter, website, and various fire service websites. If you had a bad experience with your service during a visit or didn't understand the information they provided then you must get back in touch with them, but going online and saying "they don't provide alarms, no" is totally wrong and misleading and could prevent people from inquiring with potentially terrible consequences


As you're giving people false hope that they will give them out for free. Do it then come back - i bet I'm righ

Loophole to get an extra £1000 in your Lifetime ISA
Found 14th Nov 2017Found 14th Nov 2017
Loophole to get an extra £1000 in your Lifetime ISA
This is quite specific but if you’re transferring from a Help to Buy ISA to a Lifetime ISA you could pocket an extra £1,000 from the government if you make the switch before April … Read more
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I don't think this is true. My understanding is that you can transfer the full HTB and then 4k before April to get the full bonus.It's a loophole that can only be taken advantage of this year.


No, you can only contribute £4000 per tax year in either or both combined, so if you've already paid £2400 into a HTB ISA this tax year and transfer it to a LISA you can only top it up by £1600.


I am due to complete in the next 2 weeks. Both my partner and I are first time buyers. We have both saved approximately £5000 in each of our Help to Buy ISA. Am I right in saying we can both open an LISA - top up our remaining balance for this tax year. Then say close and receive the additional bonus by the end of the month?


Calling this deal a 'loophole' is not particularly helpful (or true). It is a deliberate and publically specified mechanism. It is only of use to those with Help to Buy ISA pre April 2017 so would be more accurately titled "Combine your Help to Buy ISA into the new Lifetime ISA (if you are opening one) [time-limited: 31 March]"


I disagree. It depends entirely on the individual. And with the poor interest rates on the cash Lifetime ISA right now, even the risk-averse individual would be advised to consider S&S (and then maybe choose a low risk investment if they prefer (eg. bond or tracker fund)). The primary focus here (LT ISA) is the bonus, less on the rate of interest on monies added. In the first year (this financial year , 17/18) it will be paid annually, but from the 2018/19 tax year onwards the bonus is paid every month. But bear in mind the above - it may be worth keeping your 18/19 £4k (if you have it available) out of the ISA (in someplace with better interest rates) 'til the end of 18/19 (when you put it in the LT ISA at the end of the financial year).

Marriage allowance - claim upto £230 and claim back for two years. Now its all you need is a wife
Found 11th Nov 2017Found 11th Nov 2017
Marriage allowance - claim upto £230 and claim back for two years. Now its all you need is a wife
Apply for Marriage Allowance Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,150 of your Personal Allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner. This can reduce their tax by up t… Read more

She has to log on to her tax account online and transfer it to you. It only took me about 4min to do mine


A further bonus is that if you practice polygamy or polyandry, you get this allowance for EACH SPOUSE, ie the allowances stack! As I have ten wives, I get £2300 extra tax free! Quick, befiore this loophole is spotted!


Believe me it's a trap


Anyone's eligible if they register. It's for people who register. I don't know why this isn't registering with you. (cheeky) I have met people who say similar things to what you've written here - they seem to take some sort of bizarre pride in (thinking they're) sticking it to the man by refusing to get married, but (somewhat ironically) it seems to be all about what other people think. But I'm not sure how else the government is supposed to accept that you've coupled...? What's your solution for this situation? What would you like to see changed, specifically? Any two adults on the electoral roll at the same address automatically get registered as a couple, regardless? Or maybe the simplest solution would be: you could just tell the government that you're coupled? They'll probably have you fill out a form, just so they've got the information in their system for cases like this. Indeed, I think that there's some sort of office where you can register this information! (angel)


I get that, I just don't see why people who are in committed relationships for a sustained period of time are not able to receive it, when someone who married a month after meeting someone is. It's not about promoting healthy, family units. It's about promoting an institution.

Tax relief for employees uniforms work clothing and tools
Found 11th Nov 2017Found 11th Nov 2017
Tax relief for employees uniforms work clothing and tools You may be able to claim tax relief on the cost of: repairing or replacing small tools you ne… Read more
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Except when the poor do it its messly few quid which maybe buys a weeks food, when the rich do it they buy cars and houses with it .... Big difference there


Can I claim expense for a laptop on rental income tax?


Thanks for that I will give it a go.


Thanks for that. I will give it a go putting it in.


Does anyone have a template typed up for this rebate? Something which we could all use which has worked before? Please comment if you can help or advise

Warm Home Discount Scheme 2017/2018
Found 5th Nov 2017Found 5th Nov 2017
Warm Home Discount Scheme 2017/2018
**Please check if you are eligible for this scheme** You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2017 to 2018 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The money isn’t pai… Read more

You'll actually find a large percentage receiving the warm home discount are on prepay tariffs which they are overpaying for the privilege of not having the ability to go in to debt like you can with credit meters. If anything prepay customers are the "full paying people" who energy suppliers profit from the most.


Just like to say thanks to op just had email saying successful and will be credited to my account with OVO within 6 weeks. THANK YOU X


Co-op paid out at start of November.


Yes, well done for pointing this out, 2 weeks later after it's already been said. Though you are wrong, where do you think the money comes from? It didn' literally come from someone's back pocket but is a forced scheme and that cost to energy supplier comes from full paying customers. Not complaining as I get this discount being low income disabled etc but it's hardly fair is it on full paying people. Separate convo mind.


Utter rubbish. This has nothing to do with tariffs. Energy companies pay for the whd themselves - they are forced to do so by government. If you are eligible you should apply as soon as possible because once your energy company has identified enough of their customers who meet the eligibility criteria to satisfy the government set target they stop their scheme and you will miss out. Because the energy companies fund this themselves it is NOT a scam and is NOT funded by ta

Free "MOT Due" reminder using GOV website
Found 27th Oct 2017Found 27th Oct 2017
Free "MOT Due" reminder using GOV website
All you need is the registration of your car and your email address (you will need to confirm the email they send you after registering). You will then get an reminder email a mon… Read more

keep it on , could save a £1000 fine , what harm can it do ?


Thank goodness, didn't know about this. Thanks


Last posted 2 months ago


Thanks for this. Useful


Thanks for this!

Unclaimed estates list
Found 8th Oct 2017Found 8th Oct 2017
Unclaimed estates list
Have you got millions sat around waiting for you? Check out the government list and see if there is anyone you could be linked to!!… Read more
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Me too.....until I thought about hoovering it.


You have to prove it with birth and marriage certificates, by researching your family tree.


You have to download the .csv file


Interesting that the only thing I can't find on the link is an actual list!


It is mine I just checked :)

Free audiobooks / ebooks / e-magazines from public libraries
Found 3rd Oct 2017Found 3rd Oct 2017
Free audiobooks / ebooks / e-magazines from public libraries
This type of thing has been going free for yonks, so I'm surprised it's not been previously posted. Here goes... Manchester Library (and many other nation wide libraries, no doubt… Read more

Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds libraries (so presumably nationwide) give free access to Naxos Music Library (online music streaming) which is a surprisingly impressive selection of classical albums. It's not only from the Naxos label, but includes most of the major labels as well. For classical music it includes almost everything that Spotify has, but much better organized & easier to search.


Do they have Grammar And Punctuation Weekly?


I’ve got a choice of magazines from 2013 (Grimsby, Lincolnshire) I’m guessing they don’t make newer editions available?


Yeah, it has been posted before. Just the search function on this new HUKD redesign is crap.


East Sussex give you cycling weekly radio times what's on tv there's about 50 titles

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