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  1. Just an update. CAB have referred my case to University if Kent (legal clinic) as apparently this is on the increase and they’re building up a case against the DWP. I’m the meantime I’ve been keeping diaries of everything and keeping notes on the waywardness of the DWP.
  2. I'll take a look into that. Although I claimed at the end of january, I was self-sufficient until 1st may. I paid for everything myself, so was only awarded UC as from then. Thanks for the heads up, I'll take a look on there..
  3. Hi, I moved to the UK in 2003 as my family are here. Mums british, dad's Dutch and I ended up with Dutch nationality. I've worked, lived and paid tax, council tax etc... all the years with the od dperiods of unemployment so have been on JSA and Housing Benefits. I applied for UC as I recently lost a job due to my driving license being revoked for 2 years. After signing up, I was accepted and initially began to receive UC. 6 months down the line, another Habitual Residency test pops up and fails me. The initial was in February, the later in August. The initial HRT letter reads as follows: There should be no reason the latter popped up. SInce 2003, I haven't left the country once (not even on holiday). Between the initial HRT and the one that failed, nothing changed in my status at all. The failed HRT letter reads: I dont see where I've failed as: 1) The family is has been here longer than I have, mums british too.. 2) I've been here for 13+ years uninterrupted On that note, I've gone through the mandatory reconsideration, but the manager who processed it told me that its likely it'll fail. I've supplied them with: 1) Copies of my parents passports 2) Birth papers 3) 10 years of doctors appointsments )from the surgery, to prove I was ehre 4) 10 years of bank statements as proof I've been here 5) 10 years of council tax bills and statements of payments Failing that I have no idea what to do. I"m falling behind on rent, the Job Centre just wont entertain helping at all. I'm avoiding speaking to the Dutch embassy unless I really have to, but any pointers will be handy. *edit* as a matter of interest, the homeoffice have told me I can et a british passport, but I dont see why I need to give up my nationality for this? Also does the permanent residency card help at all or is this just another useless form of ID? Cheers, Ade
  4. I finally got the Notice from them so sent off the CCA rq' and the Postal Order... I'll just have to wait and see what (if anything) I get back... From there, Is that where I send off the Subject Rq etc... and get the ball rolling? Cheers, A
  5. Hi, When I lived in the Netherlands prior to 2003 I was give an order by the police to show up at a police station and produce my license within a month. It just so happened that I was moving to the UK at the time so it slipped my mind. Would/could this cause any issues when I go back over there in a few moths? Cheers, Ade
  6. Having grown up in Africa, this always make me laugh...
  7. The only reason why this is happening is because BT are losing grip on BT Wholesale (LLU or unbundled connections). They loved dominating the market by hoarding the GPO copper and selling them on through third parties. Now that BT aren't cracking the whip, they're feeling the pressure. Especially now that companies are installing their own equipment in cabinets and exchanges. Not to having to live under the "gaze" of ofcom. Personally I think OfCom aren't taking a strict enough approach to things. Fine they throw the odd £400,000.00 fine here and the odd £42,000,000.00 fine there but that has absolutely zero impact on the offending companies. The people at the end of that whip are the end-users, us. The loss in revenue is ushered across to us, dobbed as "necessary increases as OfCom fees increased".. I'm just waiting to see when someone will realise that they're just running around in circles. Didn't Albert Einstein quote: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”
  8. As I work closely with Apple, I often come across interesting tidbits... Once o which saved me a LOAD of money... For a semi iPhone contract you'll be looking easily at between £40-£70 a month depending on your needs of voice and data etc... on top of that, your phone is only covered for 6 months by Apple and should be covered by your provider for up to a year. After that, if it dies, you're on. your own. Apple have something called the iPhone Upgrade program. That link will take you directly to it. here's now the money saving works broken down: - £33.45 is what the iPhone upgrade program costs per month.. - You're covered with 24/7 AppleCare+ so even if you send your phone to hell and back, they'll replace it as per AppleCare+ - Every year, you get the latest iPhone - At the end of the year, you give your old iPhone back to get. the new one at no extra cost (e.g. one off charges) So the £34 +£10 for a Data, Text and Voice plan (sim only, which I just saw on switch) you get more bang for your buck as to put it. So on top of saving the £10-20+a month, you'll also be covered by free insurance (no excesses either), free support for your phone (and all local call centres with Apple). The only hitch might be if you have bad credit.. Apple do check up on your financial conduct... Well it's not them, it's actually backed by AIG (some insurance firm)... Anyway, I hope this tip helps out! Ade
  9. No not really. I think that everyone is over-stating what the situation really is. Fine the £ has weakened considerably, but I recently read a blog article which explained how blue-chip companies announce they make a loss. the way I understood it was: Company A makes £50 million profit in year 1, in year two they only make £40 million (below projection) so it's often announced as a loss. Anyway, The potential the UK has to bounce back s astounding. I think that we (everyone) got a little too comfortable with the EU's top-ups etc... The farmers for one are panicking as they'll be losing a lot of money which they receive from the EU... The fact really is, pre-EU they just had to work harder but were rewarded better. What is costing a lot of money are these "referendums" which quite frankly are a total waste of time.. The last time I checked.. A referendum wasn't concluded on the "best of 3 or 4" of them... That generally goes to show that there's absolutely no point voting in them anyway... I've heard of sore-losers, but ones which are that sore that they actually re-stag the match again? *sigh*... In regards to you saying that you should invest in gold etc... Looking back over the lat few hundred years, gold and other minerals (other than coal) are constantly going up in share. About the warnings, in the past I've been caught out without access to cash. I lived in the Benelux when the EU switched over from local currencies to the Euro.. It took about 3 weeks for that to sort itself out and it wasn't fun at all. Since then I've made it a point to always have a "get out of jail" somewhere to fall back on if all hell breaks loose. but really, I wouldn't worry.. The UK is resilient, so I'm sure that things will be worked out one way or the other.
  10. I was just wondering... If it ever game to the govt. not agreeing to support long-standing EU residents and revoke their stay, how would that pan out if they had kids here? For example someone who's German, with a British partner (not married) but has kids which were born here etc... I got into a fairly heated argument with a buddy of mine about this so it'd be interesting to see where the views stand.
  11. Hey, I just thought I'd throw this out there... I spend a lot of life at work so when I come home the last thing I want to do is cook! I've found that I can kill two proverbial birds with one stone! On a Sunday afternoon when I'm busy cleaning up the house and catching up with the weekly chores, I start cooking big "one pot meals" like Bolognese, Stews, Casseroles and things like that. Intentionally, I cook enough to feed about 5 or 6 people! (and all for a great reason)... I snagged some plastic punnets from the 99p store (which look oddly like the ones you get if you order a Chinese), but they're the perfect size for a portion. Once everything is cooked, I pack it all up in a bunch of punnets, set them to once side till they're cool then freeze them. That way, in the evenings (or nights) when I get in, I can nuke the punnet in the microwave (usually about 5-8 mins on 60%) which gives it just enough time to flash build some veggies, pasta etc... I you live alone, this is an amazing way to save some cash as you won't have to fork out for cooking very night, plus you can eat healthily with the delight of it being "Fast food"... Hope this helps! Hasta la pasta! Ade
  12. I know I'm coming in a little late to this conversation, which out of interest are you using optical mice or more with a ball in them? It might sound like a silly question, but that can be the cause of it. I for one use an optical mouse and every now and again a piece of paper gets stuck in the optical aperture and makes everything go awry. Can you confirm that this also happens in "safe mode" e.g. when you boot windows without drivers and all of the others "odds and sods" which are loaded when it boots? This link will show ou how to boot into safe mode in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10... http://support.eset.com/kb2268/#W10 Just a fore-warning... When you boot into safe-mode the screen will appear a lot different from what you're used to, so don't panic... It's part of the process. You might also find that there's no sound, or things like the printers or wireless/bluetooth devices won't work. This too is normal... As your mouse (mice) are USB they should work fine.. UNLESS... If you're a bit of a power-user and have a custom system where you've dabbled with things like IRQ's and DMA's.... IF that last sentence went over your head... Then don't worry... If your find that the mouse behaves as per expected in safe-move, but continues to be a problem in normal mode, then it'll probably be a driver interfering with the mouse... If not, then there's an Haddon which interacts with either the mouse directly or the USB ports. Out of interest, would you happen to know if you have USB2 or USB3 ports? (if both, they're usually told apart by being different in colour if you look at them).. usually red and yellow or purple and yellow. Mice get cranky in USB3 ports. Another thing I thought of was does this happen with a bluetooth mouse too? You can get them for a £5er from wilko's. Fine, it won't be the best quality mouse, but ti'll be a good indicator as to where the problem is (or isn't)
  13. really? I know I used to be able to but I think that a long absence between 2007ish till 2012ish lost me some privileges
  14. Ample is just as bad.. Being an apple developer I tend to notice things like that too... I think my machines phone home about 100+ times a day. Don't forget that mobile devices have a lot of caching services, so they often call home (and to other sites, URI's) to get and store information for future use. A good example is my iPhone caught me unawares, as I noticed it only asked me to enter in my pass-code (not finger print) for payments when I went to somewhere totally out of the norm... It seems that companies are stepping up their game with security!
  15. Bear with a sore head? Could you elaborate as to what you see? Error messages? Notifications etc...? As far as I know (well not since I've been back) you can't upload images directly to the forums... You need to upload them to a third party place e.g. dropbox, google drive etc.. (I personally use tinypic.com) Once you've got it up there and get a web address for.. if the image is already on the web e.g. you can access it with http://www.wherever.com/... then you just need to press the button above the chatbot that appear like a picture of a tree... The button looks like this: I just uploaded that now... So on that note... I'll show you how I helped an angry bear... 1) Took a picture of him (biig mistake!) 2) Uploaded it to a website (I'll use tinypic.com as an example).. 3) go to tinypic.com (totally free). And you'll be presented with a screen asking you to choose a file and upload an image (see below) 4) Once on this site. press the "Choose file" button, and make sure you choose the happy bear picture you want to upload. 5) Once you've done that, press upload... It'll ask you to type some random garble in to make sure you're not a robot, but the is commonplace on the internet... 6) Once it's uploaded you'll get a screen similar to the following: .... Yep I uploaded the elated bear a moment ago! 7) Now what you want, is one of two things... i) If you're going to paste the image in directly to a message (rather than pressing the button) then you'll double click on "IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards" What that does is, literally bypass the need for you to.. press a button.. ii) If you're daring and want to press the button, then you'll want the but under "Direct Link for Layouts" 8) either way, you just need to click on one or the other (yep just click on the text itself and it'll automatically copy itself into memory) If you've chosen to paste it into the chat willy nilly (it won't appear as an image to you whilst you're typing but will appear as one after you press POST, then just get your cursor where you need the image to be and: Windows: On the keyboard, press `Control+V` to paste the text.. Thats it.. or, if you're a mouse fan and on Windows, then right click in the general area you want the image in the message box, then click on paste If you're on a Mac and want to use the keyboard , then as per the first one, just press Command+V (not control!) If you fancy using the mouse then either Control+Click on the area, then paste, or right click on the area then paste... In regards to the button.. It does exactly as the above has done...All you do is press the button as I've shown you earlier... And paste the text into the box that pops up... Hope that helps... Cheers, Ade
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