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    • Dear Man in The Middle   Actually I should be thanking you   I have been impressed by your kindness your professionalism and your prompt reply   I very much thankyou for your thorough reading through my case and pin pointing every point   I was thinking of appealing the fine aspect of the sentence but you have made everything much clearer and it makes me feel better     Cant thank you enough for being so helpful and may you be blessed
    • HB.    What's wrong with" Girl done good"?  Not tripped over one of those politically correctness bumps have I.    We say, " boy done well or good", dont we? perhaps, well I do. Oh dear.   Apologies wherever necessary.
    • Hi    yes i already have -    the agreement  Notice of assignment  statement - but not fo complete period  2006-2016, and this is just printed on plain paper      So i will just request the Default notice and full statement on the CPR Form 
    • Thanks for the feedback. A couple of comments:   1. Before Magistrates arrive at court they have no idea what sort of offences they will be dealing with or who they will be dealing with.  They are given a list of defendants and the charges against them on arrival and that's it. Their Legal Advisor (the person sitting in front of them and facing the court) runs through that list before the court begins, but only to point out anything unusual or anything in particular they need to know. In a traffic court there is not usually anything to tell them. They have no papers given to them about any of their cases (except occasionally when dealing with trials or probation reports) until the case is called on. They rely on being provided with any papers they need by either the prosecutor or their Legal Advisor..   2. Your fine is based on your weekly net income and no account of expenditure is normally taken. It is asked for so that, should the defendant ask to pay in instalments, some idea of how much per week or month he can realistically afford can be gained. Actually, your fine was not harsh. On the contrary you were treated rather leniently. The guideline fine for 76 in a 50 is one and a half week's net income. £6,200 pcm is £1,430 pw. So your fine should have been £2,145. Your guilty plea would knock it back to £1,430 - one week's net income, as I mentioned in an earlier post. In addition to that you would pay £143 in the form of a "Victim Surcharge" and £85 towards prosecution costs - so £1,658 in total. Had you pleaded Not Guilty and been found guilty at trial (a near certainty from what I remember you told us) not only would you have lost the discount on your fine but you would also have paid £620 prosecution costs. A conviction following a trial should have cost you £2,145 (Fine) + £170 (VS) + £620 (Costs) which equals £2,935 (the maximum Victim Surcharge for offences committed before 28/6/19 is £170).   Other than that I'm not surprised they asked why you would prefer a ban instead of points and even less surprised that they chose points over a ban. I doubt your presence made any difference at all (which, again, I suggested earlier that it probably would not). Sentencing for speeding is very prescriptive and there is rarely any mitigation or other factors surrounding the offence or the offender which would significantly influence the outcome. Speeding becomes a very expensive business when cases come to court, especially for those on high incomes and very often a "view" is taken by the Magistrates that the calculated fine is a "bit steep". That's probably why you were cut some slack.   One other point which will probably upset you more than help (but which I think it is important you are aware of). Had your recorded speed been just one mph lower you would almost certainly have been offered a fixed penalty (FP) of £100 and three points. FPs are normally offered up to 49mph in a 30 limit, 65 in a 40, 75 in a 50, 85 in a 60 and 95 in a 70.   Thanks again for the feedback.
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There isn't much really to report this quarter. DWP news (or blues!)

 

 

  • The "benefits advisor" service on directgov has been enhanced to allow claimants to enter their details to receive a benefits estimate. Much in the same manner that "entitled to" aims for. From a personal point of view, I'd consider using both calculators to see how the estimates compare!

 

  • Commencing in the new year is a new process which will eliminate the need for people in receipt of working age benefits to claim their State Pension. The Pensions Service will simply process State Pension entitlement using information they already hold on people who are receiving benefit. However, as with all new implementations, I would still encourage people to check their entitlement - it's far from infallible, and there will no doubt be some issues in the beginning.

 

  • Winter Fuel Payments. Just a reminder to Caggers aged 60 or over who have not had a Winter Fuel Payment before to apply for one. You need to apply before 30 March 2010. Call 0845 915 15 15 for a claim form. Those who have received a Winter Fuel Payment before should receive one automatically, and don't need to apply.

 

  • More Help for carers. Each JCP district should by now have a new Care Partnership Manager who is there to support carers who wish to re-enter work.

Full articles on the above and other issues here

 

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Starting Monday 18th January, calls to 0800 numbers for DWP customers will be free from some mobiles. This is to enable people to make a claim to benefit without it costing them. Calls are already free from landlines but there has been recognition that a minority of households only have access to PAYG mobiles. Six mobile phone companies have signed agreements with DWP in order to provide the new service. Mobile telephone providers changing from the 18th January to the free service will include:

 

  • O2
  • Orange
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Vodafone

And from 25th January they will also be free from T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

 

General enquiry numbers beginning with 0845 will remain as they are.

 

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This is specifically for the purpose of claiming benefits. All other outbound calls beginning 0800 which are not to DWP numbers will still be charged at your service provider's rate.


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Three is conspicious by its absence. Does any one know whether a 0800 call through Skype is free?

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They are seeking to enter into agreements with as many mobile providers as they can. Unfortunately, not all the mobile phone providers are willing to enter into these agreements. I don't know about Skype, but if they weren't free to call 0800 before, they won't be free now, as the campaign is solely directed towards mobiles.


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Hi everyone,

 

This is truely a great initiative and I thought I'd take the time to pop on to the thread to offer the help of the Web Relations Team to any Vodafone customer in the event they feel that they may've been billed in error when contacting the DWP from their mobile.

 

To find out how to get in touch with us just head over to our pinned thread: Vodafone Webteam-for Customers With Problems and follow the instructions.

 

Many thanks,

 

Lee

 

Web Relations Team

 

Vodafone UK

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Starting Monday 18th January, calls to 0800 numbers for DWP customers will be free from some mobiles. This is to enable people to make a claim to benefit without it costing them. Calls are already free from landlines but there has been recognition that a minority of households only have access to PAYG mobiles. Six mobile phone companies have signed agreements with DWP in order to provide the new service. Mobile telephone providers changing from the 18th January to the free service will include:

 

  • O2
  • Orange
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Vodafone

And from 25th January they will also be free from T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

 

General enquiry numbers beginning with 0845 will remain as they are.

 

More here

 

This is specifically for the purpose of claiming benefits. All other outbound calls beginning 0800 which are not to DWP numbers will still be charged at your service provider's rate.

 

Thanks for this information, i will certanlly be passing this on to my friend, he has recently had to use a payphone to make contact with the DWP, this was during the recent cold snap and for a considerable amount of time.


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I am sure it would have been a lot easier if a normal landline number was supplied along with the 0800 number as many mobiles have that as part of a package, but I guess that would have been too simple considering that 0800 numbers piggy back on a normal number.

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Three is conspicious by its absence. Does any one know whether a 0800 call through Skype is free?

I make 0800 calls on skype and I don't get charged as long as I have credit. :)


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Hi everyone... I`m looking for mobile users who have been charged as the trafic around this issue from welfare rights workers seems to be building, especially were a user is making a benefits claim and `vodafones` statement does`nt seem to be panning out true.

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Hi terratech,

 

If our customers are being charged for calls to the DWP having dialled the 0800 numberS referred to in EricaPNP's post could you ask that they get in touch with the Web Relations Team by following the steps in our pinned thread from the Telecoms section which I linked to in January so we can take a look at these case to see what's happened?

 

Rest assured that if something is wrong we want to get in sorted as soon as possible.

 

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