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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 29th Dec 17, 1:32 PM
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    Quit..rest ..restart . Diary no.3
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    • 29th Dec 17, 1:32 PM
    Quit..rest ..restart . Diary no.3 29th Dec 17 at 1:32 PM
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.comshowthread.php?t=53499 16
    And possibly the last . Not sure if the link works .

    From someone who never bothers with diaries ( I’m the person who gets one from the office but leaves it in a drawer for 2 years ), to someone who has done two on m s e .

    As the title suggests , diary 1 is quit ( 28/10/2015)
    Diary 2 is wondering what now?( 2/04/2017)
    Diary 3 is trying to pickup the pieces of the puzzle and put them together so everything fits . (29/22/17)

    I must thank all the regulars ( Lesson Learned, harz, enthusiastic , gigervamp, Anna , copperjar cew Wendy &co. ) plus all the others who have been reading and thanking me along the way.
    I do think that, had the internet and this site had been around when we first had problems that a lot of mistakes wouldn’t have happpened.

    There are many people worse off of course, but Like others I want to avoid falling down after trying to rebuild myself ready to be more sturdy and robust for what is thrown at me in the immediate future and beyond.

    Biggest obstacles to overcome : lose the weight / find a part time job/find confidence to meet new People / stop lazing around/
    Oh, and get off the prednisolone .

    Hope you enjoy the journey with me .

    Thanks
    Ac
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    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 11th Jan 19, 4:21 PM
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    I got my disability advisor through a charity for cancer sufferers, as I have cancer, so you could have a look to see if there's a charity for your condition. If not, you could try Scope, or Disability Rights UK. Or even CAB, although the specialists in disabilities would be my first option, as CAB are a bit of a Jack of all trades.
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    • By another casualty 11th Jan 19, 4:50 PM
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    Thanks gigervamp I'll look into it .
    • MuffinTops
    • By MuffinTops 13th Jan 19, 10:15 PM
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    Hello AC. You're inspiring me on the gym visits and smoothie drinks, although I do really enjoy smoothies so wouldn't be as difficult for me having those. Finding the time to prepare them is my weak point as I'm up at 5am and out of the house at 5:38am! Yes, very specific on that!


    Good luck with the job hunting. It is a bit of a jungle out there still, and probably more so outside of London.



    I hope you've had a great weekend.
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    • By another casualty 14th Jan 19, 1:09 PM
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    Thanks MT
    Very precise about when you're out of the door in the morning . I used to leave at 5.45/ 6.15 depending on what shift I was on .

    Slightly better nights sleep last night . I think I know why my sleeping pattern has been all over the place . It's probably the reduction in prednisolone 2 weeks ago to 1 mg . As the prednisolone has been replacing my cortisone for a few years , my body is slowly getting it back . In Feb / March I intend to go to 0.5 mg and March / April I intend to finish it for good . That's the plan anyway .

    I had a great session with Mr Trainer today , and he seems impressed with my determination and effort. Being called things like "machine" and "beast " is complimentary I guess .
    People still move out of the way a lot when they see me . I did ask if mr trainer could get some green paint for me next week .

    Things are happening in my block . The guy upstairs is still doing up his flat , probably to sell . The lady on the corner still has her flat for sale . However what surprised me lately , is the family opposite .
    They lived in the 3 bed maisonette opposite and the lady upstairs ( now gone) , was close to the one of the lady's opposite .
    Last week , I saw the neighbour at the corner hugging the lady opposite and she looked tearful . There seems to be some sort of link there. So, on Saturday I saw an estate agent standing outside the maissonnette. I looked on right move . It's advertised to let at 950 pcm. No wonder the alarm was going off randomly . They must've left around Christmas time . There have been a lot of changes in the short time I have been here , it seems .

    I finally got my finger out and started getting to grips with my Synthesizer . I turned on my Mac expecting to use it . Then there were a few updates to install , including the recording program I use for recording stuff . It's fairly complex and I will start using it properly now ..
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    • By another casualty 15th Jan 19, 11:05 AM
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    So, I still haven't heard anything from reactive, the people I chose to service my central heating. I phoned on my mobile phone ,and after pressing the option keys and just beginning to talk to someone ..they cut me off! Annoying .
    They have great feedback on trust pilot .

    I just posted something on the energy forum . Not sure if that was the exact place , but I may get advice . I have paid 105 .36 so far for nothing . The cotract ends on 29 June . I'm paying 17.56 pm
    The initially rejected me because of my credit rating, but they told me they do different types of credit checks and I was accepted. Not sure if this is relevant .

    What a miserable day out there . Rain tomorrow apparently. It will be getting colder also ..
    I still don't feel too miserable though.
    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 15th Jan 19, 12:10 PM
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    Perhaps you should leave a review on Trustpilot.


    Social media is always good for getting companies moving, especially Twitter, because unlike on Facebook, they can't delete your post if they don't like it! It's worth signing up to Twitter if you're not already, just to use it to make contact when you're getting no luck elsewhere.


    What you do, is find out their name on Twitter, so it might be for instance @Reactive, then write a tweet along the lines of "Been trying to get @Reactive to sort out my heating, as per our contract, but keep getting fobbed off. Not happy." Make sure you include their Twitter name so they and other people, see it.


    It usually gets things moving, because it doesn't look good to have people complaining where millions of others can see it.


    Haha, we just got some Aunt Bessies vouchers, because husband complained that their frozen parsnips have got much smaller. He didn't even copy them in, he was just having a moan to his mates on there, but they must search for their name, so they saw it.


    It's definitely worth a try. Have a look on Reactive's website to see what social media they post on.
    • GeorgianaCavendish
    • By GeorgianaCavendish 15th Jan 19, 12:16 PM
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    Agree with Ginger's idea to contact them on Twitter, lots of companies have dedicated teams to deal with social media complaints and it's often a faster resolution than the official customer services. I ended up tweeting Better Leisure in desperation because I spent almost a month getting fobbed off by customer services when I was trying to cancel gym contract. Their social media people had it sorted by the next day!
    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 15th Jan 19, 12:20 PM
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    Oh, and Barclays also search for their name being mentioned. <Waves to Barclays>
    Husband was given an old clock radio alarm by a friend who'd been clearing out his late father's house. It had been a freebie from the bank, so when hubbie tweeted about it, they got in touch with him and asked for our address so they could send us something. They sent us a wind up/solar/battery radio with a torch built in! It's really good, and the torch is very bright. Thought that was really nice of them, (and obviously good public relations!) and the radio is used regularly, as it's small, so we move it to whatever room we want it. It's currently in the bathroom.
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    • By another casualty 15th Jan 19, 1:15 PM
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    Thanks for your suggestions gigervamp & Georgina
    It's true what you say about anti social media . I sent a complaint to M&S on their Facebook homepage and got a 10 voucher ,some time ago .
    I am a member of trustpilot , through when I stayed at a cool b&b here in Poole when I used to visit . I left good review . Since then , I got inundated with the multiple emails you expect afterwords.

    Before I leave a review on there, I'm still in a slight quandary .
    That being, the engineer eventually turns up and says I will need a powerflush . That will obviously cost me, as it's not covered.
    James has said that he could replace the two rads and it won't cost as much . Reactive may compensate me for their ghost like behaviour .

    What do you think ?
    • harz99
    • By harz99 15th Jan 19, 1:56 PM
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    I think you should register on the central heating section of this site and ask the question. You will need to be precise about what you have got in terms of the boiler and system and what is wrong.


    https://www.ukplumbersforums.co.uk


    So it needs a powerflush which isn't covered by your policy, how convenient...but is it true, and whilst James may replace the 2 radiators are they the problem?
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    • By another casualty 15th Jan 19, 2:21 PM
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    Hi harz
    Thanks for that . I've obviously done the in my home section here.
    It seems that a powerflush is what's needed judging from the comments I've received. The engineer who I did speak to( but never followed up ) , did say that it sounds like a powerflush .
    It's annoying as the boiler was fixed twice since I moved in .
    Once from a local co that inspected it before I moved in to my home ,and another company Giles heating who pointed me in the direction of reactive .
    I'll post on that link you gave me and let you know in due course..
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    • By another casualty 16th Jan 19, 8:48 AM
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    Well , I joined the uk plumbers forum that you kindly suggested harz
    I listed the issues that I've had etc . I must admit that I'm a little surprised that I was advised that it's never good to have a policy regarding your boilers . They all said that it's better to put money aside each month instead .

    I was on the disability forum here, and it looks like I cannot claim for my condition . Fair enough . I have however realised that I must get my finger out and claim Jobseeker's Allowance .
    I have been off the radar for over 2 years ,and one thing that has alarmed me somewhat , is that you must have been paying tax / national insurance for the last 2 financial years .
    As I quit everything in November 2016, it looks like I've just scraped through in spite of paying in for over 90% of my existence ..

    I will go online later and apply for j s a . I would then expect to be contacted and for me to go to the job centre and be put on the radar looking for work . This , being the most uncomfortable part of my life changing experience . Thankfully it's only a part time job that I need.
    I can only do mornings due to my condition . Hopefully , I can get something that suits and that it won't take too long to find something
    Not looking forward to this at all ...

    Apparently I can claim for LCW ( limited capability for work ) .
    That will help ..
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    • enthusiasticsaver
    • By enthusiasticsaver 16th Jan 19, 12:13 PM
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    We never bother with boiler insurance. Just save so much per month so you have a contingency for repairs and find a good local plumber who is Corgi registered.

    Being off the radar re not being registered for benefits etc also affects your state pension as you have not been paying NI presumably. Get sorted by registering for some sort of benefit either ESA, JSA or PIP or the dreaded UC (sorry not a benefits expert but I am sure there are many on here who do know the difference and what you might claim for). LCW sounds as if that might be appropriate.
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    • By another casualty 16th Jan 19, 1:05 PM
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    Thanks enthusiastic
    I was in a strange situation when I decided to start over . I was really unwell , too much cash to claim anything and not ready to look for employment . I did look at the pension , and filled in the forms . Apparently I'm still okay for that , but you can't trust governments as we know . People did say that I should sign on to get my stamp.
    Leaving school in 1979,and being less than 6 months unemployed until this 2 year break must've been a positive thing regarding the state pension . But as I say, never trust . I cannot believe it's 40 yers since I left school in July . I also cannot believe it's been a little over 2 years since I started over . Originally the plan was to have 6 months to a year to get to grips with everything , but I just wasn't well enough. Exciting / depressing times ahead ...
    • enthusiasticsaver
    • By enthusiasticsaver 16th Jan 19, 1:17 PM
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    So hopefully you have 38 years of contributions then which I think is enough to get full state pension. You can go on to the government gateway website and check how many years you have and what the projected pension will be and when. I cannot remember how old you are although I think you are a similar age to me - 58? In which case your retirement date should be on your 66th birthday but I think it depends on when your birthday is. Mine is February so is my 66th birthday but a friend whose birthday is in May has to wait until she is 66 and 5 months old before hers is due so 8 months after me even though we were born between 3 months of each other.
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    • By another casualty 16th Jan 19, 1:50 PM
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    Thanks enthusiastic . I turned 56 in December
    Yeah, I went on the gateway website.
    I gave my passport no. As well as answering the relevant questions . I'm now supposed to retire at age 67, and not 65 as it once was. Don't you just love gvts ?
    • enthusiasticsaver
    • By enthusiasticsaver 16th Jan 19, 1:58 PM
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    So another 11 years then

    Hopefully you will have sufficient income through part time work and any benefits you have plus presumably any savings left from when you sold your Twickenham flat. Have you got any idea what you might like to do as a part time job? I know you were postal services but I get the impression that is quite a manual job which might be tricky with your health issues. You are obviously reasonable computer literate so maybe coffee shop or supermarket work? Bound to be something like that near you either in walking distance or on a bus route as I know you don't drive.
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    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 16th Jan 19, 2:37 PM
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    Or bar work, in a pub that has live music. You'd meet other like-minded people, make friends, and get paid for it.
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    • By another casualty 16th Jan 19, 2:50 PM
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    Great questions enthusiastic .
    I am relying on the job centre to do their bit, and I will be contacting agencies and see what they suggest also . Some sort of office support perhaps , but I'll have to see.

    I just got a rebate of 54.16 from Wessex water .
    I thought I'd better give my energy readings to EDF , as they only took 1 direct debit this month .
    Before today's readings ,I checked and I am 183.87 credit for electric , and 197.65 for gas .
    Hopefully this means I will get a refund soon from them also .
    If I had my head in the sand like I did in the past , I probably would've been owing them a similar amount .
    I don't like the way that they keep changing the direct debit amount as and when they feel like . I've put the amount I wish to pay for each and they should stick to that . I very nearly quit them this year because of the constant badgering of smart meters . Even if I had a smart meter, I would still be bombarded with junk emails , texts and post . I know it's a gvt thing . I unsubscribed to them and I just want to be able to pay the bills etc ..
    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 16th Jan 19, 3:09 PM
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    What are you expecting the job centre to do? It's not like in the old days, where they used to help you get a job. Now, they're just there to make sure you do your job hunting, and give sanctions if they feel like you're not doing enough.
    They expect you to job hunt for 35 hours a week. Ridiculous of course, because there won't be enough suitable jobs to fill that time applying for them, but thems the rules.


    They might also expect you to look for jobs up to 90 minutes commuting time away.


    But, until you get a job, you're just going to have to do it, or you'll end up back in the same position you were in London.
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