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    • Hi Guys   I really could to with a bit of advice.   I have used the surname A (we will call it that to help with the explanation....lol) all my life. Name A is on everything i need my name for on a regular basis (my birth certificate, driving licence, bank accounts, utility bills, doctors....etc).   Now as a child my mum remarried and thought it a good idea in all her wisdom to ask the school to put a name B on my file.   So when it came time for my national insurance number came it had the name B on it.   Inland revenue said that there wasn’t a problem with this as long as i never try and do anything fraudulently (trying to obtain benefits in two names…etc) but later in life there was a few problems with ID not matching, so I spoke to a solicitor and they wrote me out a stator declaration stating that the person with the surname B and national insurance number is the same person as the person with name A.   This has always worked perfectly with any issues that arose up until I applied for a passport.   Now on to my actual problem….   I’ll try and keep this a bit shorted as the passport office has constantly messed things up and either contradicted themselves or apologised.     I applied for a first UK passport and as I’m English and fall within a certain age bracket all I had to send them was a form filled in by someone that has known me for a number of years. I sent this off and received a letter stating they needed more information and I needed to contact them. This then turned into the actual decision maker calling me back the following day.   She said that because I had put that I had been known by name B once that they would need to see that I have changed my name to name A.   After explaining the situation with her about name B and that there is nothing really that I can change as I only use name A, she requested that I send in my birth certificate so she could complete the application.   I sent this in and had a repeat letter from them saying they needed more information and I had to get the decision maker to call me back again.   This time she said she would need a stator declaration to explain the name. I said I have one of those (I actually forgot I had it until she requested it) but explained that it wasn’t a change of name and just explaining that the person with name A is the same person as name B. she asked me to read it out word for word to make sure it had the right heading…etc and said for me to send in the statutory declaration, driving licence a bank statement and a recent utility bill.   I sent this all in and guess what…… I get another letter saying they need more information.   So we go down the same route with a call back only this time she says she wants a letter from HMRC in the name A and a statutory declaration stating I have changed my name from name B to name A.   I reminded her about the situation with the names and explained that HMRC say there is not a problem with my name and that I would in effect be lying to a solicitor as im not changing my name to name A because its already name A.   She then completely changed her tone and started going on about me also needing to sit an interview…etc (that I expected anyway) and that if she was to give me a passport then there would be nothing stopping me from getting a passport in name B. I then said ok ill go ahead and have the passport in name B but she said a letter from HMRC is not enough to get a passport.     This has gone back and forth with different departments and I had to make a complaint (even that was a problem because I had normal representatives claiming to be from the complaints department so they didn’t actually open a complaint).     It’s got to the point now that I need to get the ombudsman to step in.   I had a consultation with solicitor that agreed that I’m completely in the right and said went down the lines of the fact that it’s not a legal requirement to have name A with HMRC and it can be presumed that I am going to do something fraudulently. And he likened it to a woman that has got married and can use her maiden name as well as her married name (there’s not one rule for one and one for another as this is discrimination).   I need to send something off to the ombudsman so I was wondering if there was some legal stuff I could quote?     Thanks for any help given and sorry for the long post….lol
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Something interesting to consider with regard to the 'bedroom tax':

 

We have a neighbour who lives on his own in a three bedroom social housing property. He works from home and pays his rent. He uses the other two rooms for stock.

 

Another neighbour lives on his own also in a three bedroom social housing property. Like the former he also works and pays his rent.

 

Yet another neighbour who is a pensioner lives in a two bedroom house and will be exempt.

 

Now considering that social housing rent is on average cheaper than the private sector why should they all not be forced to downgrade!!! It is not right when the primary reason for the 'bedroom tax' is to free up houses!!!

 

 

As for the MP' s, Councillor's etcetera, why don't they set an example and scrap expenses!!! Don't quote the usual c**p about it being part of the 'job entitlement' and 'all above board', just do the MORALLY CORRECT THING AND DON'T CLAIM THEM YOU SCROUNGING S***S!!!

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Dear lord, may I say maybe you shouldn't worry about what others are doing and concentrate on your own life and stop being so biter about others? It's this mentality that is whats helping turn people against each other and help get this bloody awful government what they want.

 

Chill out hon.

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This time next year nobody will care. It will all be forgotten .

 

Yes I agree because they will probably be dead

Taking a poke at the world

 

Never argue with an idiot, he will only drag you down to his level and beat you with experience

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Well that just goes to show how little you actually know about this subject.

 

So what am I missing then? Giving millionaires a tax break yet again is supposed to boost the economy? I see it as an enabling system to allow them to salt more cash away in offshore accounts.

But I'm prepared to defer to your superior knowledge, and in the light of that no doubt you will educate me as to how this bit of legislation helps.

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Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges

 

Being poor is like being a Pelican. No matter where you look, all you see is a large bill.

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Out of the 5000 I'm sure there are some that could get a mortgage and buy their own place, another lot could move out of Newcastle, some more could private rent and a huge chunk of them will just pay the £14 a week and be done with it. Can't afford the £14 a week? Well some will cut down on things like Sky TV, drinking, smoking that costs a fortune, buying the cheaper brand of food the list is almost endless on how to get over this.

 

People can and will adapt. This time next year nobody will care. It will all be forgotten and there will be something new to moan about.

Daily mail rhetoric alert! Why do people like you trot out the same tired old propaganda, it's frankly boring and demonstrates a lack of independent thinking, you obviously believe everything you read.

 

Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges

 

Being poor is like being a Pelican. No matter where you look, all you see is a large bill.

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IDS claims on bbc news that he could live on the £51.00 paid to younger jobseekers easily!!! yeah like to see him try....

 

That's Monday's breakfast sorted out then, he ponces off the wealthy Betty anyway.

 

Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges

 

Being poor is like being a Pelican. No matter where you look, all you see is a large bill.

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and to add to odsets post....after they came for the sick, ill and poorest in society...who the hell do you think they are going to come after next?

demolish the welfare state at your peril...but dont complain when your children have to pay to go and see a doctor. when gove decides that 'free schools' are no longer free.when you are suddenly struck down by illness and their is nothing coming in, and no way of paying for your treatment....this soD you im alright jack!! is going to come back and bite you on the @rse.... the people of this country are getting sick to death of paying for the failures of the few in society who continue to prosper under this disgusting govt.....

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i like his comment on getting cheaper brands of food

 

its all this processed garbage that is causing the obesity problems in this country as most people are already forced to purchase due to shrinking house hold budgets

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and to add to odsets post....after they came for the sick, ill and poorest in society...who the hell do you think they are going to come after next?

demolish the welfare state at your peril...but dont complain when your children have to pay to go and see a doctor. when gove decides that 'free schools' are no longer free.when you are suddenly struck down by illness and their is nothing coming in, and no way of paying for your treatment....this soD you im alright jack!! is going to come back and bite you on the @rse.... the people of this country are getting sick to death of paying for the failures of the few in society who continue to prosper under this disgusting govt.....

 

Exactly. Well said.

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IDS claims on bbc news that he could live on the £51.00 paid to younger jobseekers easily!!! yeah like to see him try....

How much does his wife earn (if he's married) and he will have stacks in the bank, - so he probably could for a while.

Plus he would put in for expenses at about £500 a week.:)

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Bedroom tax is a good idea along with the 50p tax rate being scrapped.

 

 

no bedroom tax is not a good idea, axeing MP's expenses and perks is a good idea though :)

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IDS claims on bbc news that he could live on the £51.00 paid to younger jobseekers easily!!! yeah like to see him try....

 

Apparently, (I've lost count of the amount of times I've heard this) he claimed £40 for one breakfast?

 

I would like to see him try living on £51 a week too. But it has to be for a year or so for him to see how difficult it is.

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another lot could move out of newcastle? and where the hell do you suggest they go? a campsite in the new forest? or maybe we could open those nice friendly camps so beloved in the 1940's now that would empty the old council houses that are under occupied....i know we could also put a nice sign....let me think?? i know WORK MAKES YOU FREE....nice slogan!!! we could put it above the electified gates...what planet are you actually on????

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Bedroom tax is a good idea ...

 

But there will be smaller places once the people that need bigger move out.

 

On this occasion, no, I don't think you've helped at all. So, if you don't mind, I'll not be adding to your reputation by pressing the black starry thing.

Perhaps, with your incredible lack of empathy, the Benefits Forum isn't the place for you ...

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During Labour's government, they permitted the following abuses of the Legal aid System.

 

It costs the taxpayer nearly £5million a year to monitor him.

 

 

Well the tory party are no strangers to wasting tax payers money like the west coast rail fiasco costing £50 million not to mention the torys have also spent millions trying to deport Abu Qatada.

 

I dont know why the government are making a fus and wrongly accusing him of being a terrorist. Do they base this on evidence obtained by torture? Yes, then they support evidence gained by torture.

Innocent til proven guilty no?

Leave the bloke alone I say. He has not asked the tax payer to put police outside his house has he?

Anyway its a bit rich these puppets in the theatre of westminster calling him a terrorist while during this decade more than a million innocent women and children have been killed by western troops sent by them.

 

We can all sling mud around at the torys and at labour.

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Something interesting to consider with regard to the 'bedroom tax':

 

We have a neighbour who lives on his own in a three bedroom social housing property. He works from home and pays his rent. He uses the other two rooms for stock.

 

Another neighbour lives on his own also in a three bedroom social housing property. Like the former he also works and pays his rent.

 

Yet another neighbour who is a pensioner lives in a two bedroom house and will be exempt.

 

Now considering that social housing rent is on average cheaper than the private sector why should they all not be forced to downgrade!!! It is not right when the primary reason for the 'bedroom tax' is to free up houses!!!

 

 

As for the MP' s, Councillor's etcetera, why don't they set an example and scrap expenses!!! Don't quote the usual c**p about it being part of the 'job entitlement' and 'all above board', just do the MORALLY CORRECT THING AND DON'T CLAIM THEM YOU SCROUNGING S***S!!!

 

If your neighbours pay their own rent and don't receive HB, then they are not affected by the bedroom tax at all.

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office ~ Aesop

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Apparently, (I've lost count of the amount of times I've heard this) he claimed £40 for one breakfast?

 

I would like to see him try living on £51 a week too. But it has to be for a year or so for him to see how difficult it is.

 

There was a series of programmes on telly a few years ago about poverty and a few MP's including IDS where invited to live on single adult income support rate for a few weeks to see if they could do it ..

 

Guess who duct out at the start of the series ?

Please use the quote system, So everyone will know what your referring too, thank you ...

 

 

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Another one

 

 

You have taken the bait hook line and sinker.

 

The government could deport him tomorrow but they choose not to.

Why?

Because they have an ulterior motive.

 

Firstly the government complain that they cant deport this dangerous terrorist because of silly european human rights.

The propaganda media whip up a public frenzy causing an outrage by the public that this man cant be deported.

The government then come up with a cunning plan. Yes we will stop these stupid european human rights that hamper our courts, freedom and security.

The public cheer, yay we want our human right taken away,,yay yay yay for Dave!

 

Human rights taken with public support.

Talk about sleep walking off a cliff! Lol

 

That my friends is politics.

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