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Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Cattlewaggon Stagecoach Buses.
« on: March 25, 2015, 11:28:43 AM »
Whatever happens to the Wingerworth bus it will be interesting to see if usage goes up or stays the same . I think the problem with Wingerworth is most not all people own a car here so seldom use the bus.

Yup - it's where the rich people live  ::)

General Discussion / Re: Smart Meters
« on: March 25, 2015, 11:26:25 AM »
I don't mind the monthly readings as I've been doing daughters for several years now.

I changed her from B.G. at 90 month for both utilities to EDF which was initially 60 month both utilities and just signed he up again with EDF for 54 a month.
 That's a big drop in monthly payments for her - plus I applied and got her the warm homes discount for the last two years which has helped her so much as she feels the cold and heating is on all the time and higher settings than we would have ours on.

OVO say that if we have a smart meter I won't have to send the monthly readings as the meter does it for me.
May well have one put in!

Old Chesterfield Photos / Re: Kendrick Fieldsend
« on: March 24, 2015, 07:18:06 PM »
Probably so, and more Characters too. God knows we have some "characteristic" folk in town nowadays, I bet there were even more back then. People were certainly better dressed in those days - who'd go shopping in a suit today?

My hubby   ::)

General Discussion / Re: Smart Meters
« on: March 24, 2015, 07:15:24 PM »
I submit ours and daughters readings on line, it would save me doing ours at least and yes it's installed free

General Discussion / Re: Smart Meters
« on: March 24, 2015, 06:55:44 PM »
The old one we had just gave us various stats, the OVO has a sim card to send readings to the provider

Do you think it's useful slacker - we are debating whether to have one.
I'm wondering if hubby will get obsessed with it????

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Cattlewaggon Stagecoach Buses.
« on: March 24, 2015, 06:51:29 PM »
I think Iv got a rough idea on how this proposed route will be. No wounder it will be only hourly! If I see you Old Cruser I will wave 🙋

and don't you forget young man  (y)

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Cattlewaggon Stagecoach Buses.
« on: March 24, 2015, 06:26:10 PM »
You get one from me though OC ;D

Yep a pip and a wave from you scimitar - and again at the top end of the village as I reached the pub ( well the dog wanted water  ;)) ;)

General Discussion / Re: Plastic 5.00 notes
« on: March 24, 2015, 06:23:10 PM »
They've been in use in a couple of dozen countries for years, Australia has had them since 1988! They're very thin, made of polymer. I've got one kicking about somewhere, not that different in use from paper - folds nicely Pam...

There's me thinking I would have to have hubbies ( for safe keeping  ;) ) in the bottom of my handbag if they didn't fold. >:

General Discussion / Smart Meters
« on: March 24, 2015, 06:20:11 PM »
Does anyone use a smart meter for their energy use?
I've had an email from OVO asking if we would like one installing.

I don't know anything about them and wondered what others thought who may use them?

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Cattlewaggon Stagecoach Buses.
« on: March 24, 2015, 06:15:48 PM »
The Hulley bus is just a normal single decker the same size of a 51 bus at a rough guess I'm not up on buses. That's the one they use on the 61 route I often to shop at Clay Cross the route is from Clay Cross up St Lawrence Hill into North Wingfield turns left goes down on to Station Road into Hepthorne Lane over the bridge into Tupton , goes though the council estate comes out onto Queen Victoria Road aside of Clay Lane School turns left up to the roundabout turns right onto Derby Road goes past the woods until turning right onto Nottingham Drive up the hill turns right pass the church where I get off . The bus goes down the hill then turns onto Allendale road then onto Deerlands Road then turns left up towards Tupton follows the same route as above to Clay Cross. If this 55 gets the green light will it go to Clay Cross?, when I think of going to Alferton from Chesterfield it seems the most logical way is though Cross. From the pieces Iv gathered here about this proposed route its going to be a fair run round hence only hourly service at a guess what would the route be roughly ?

huh never a wave from you as you pass through  :P

People very often poo poo it unless they have had an unexplained situation though, don't you think scimitar?

When I had my first experience ( which I will post ) I looked for all obvious reasons - to no avail
Then - I made a ginormous mistake of mentioning it at a sisterhood meeting in the Chapel  :-?

The silence was deadly - I wish I had kept quiet!!

Ever gobby - that's me!!

I don't know if others are aware of the plans to introduce U C, unless they have changed how it works from my last understanding of this I reckon it will cause big problems.

From what I remember, rent council tax will be paid in the benefits and individuals will have sole responsibility for paying these.
I reckon more households will fall into arrears as people have to 'rob Peter to pay Paul'

Information about the benefit cap and Universal Credit.

The benefit cap

Most benefits for people and families who aren't in work will be subject to a cap on the total amount of benefit that can be paid to the household each year.

The cap is set at the average earnings for a working household - 500 per week for lone parents and couples with or without children, and 350 per week for single people without children.

More information on the Universal Credit in the Link below

How it works

At the moment, if you're affected by the cap, your Housing Benefit will be reduced.

The benefit cap came into force in Derbyshire on 15 July 2013.

Benefits included in the cap

The cap will apply to the combined income a household receives from these benefits:

Job Seeker's Allowance Employment and Support Allowance (but not Support Group ESA)
Housing Benefit
Child Benefit
Guardian's Allowance
Child Tax Credit
Carer's Allowance
Bereavement Allowance
Widowed Parent's Allowance (and Widowed Mother's allowance and Widows' Pensions)
Incapacity Benefit
Income Support
Maternity Allowance
Severe Disablement Allowance.
The cap doesn't include one-off payments, non-cash benefits and 'passported' benefits, such as free school meals, or Council Tax Benefit.

Exemptions from the benefit cap include households in receipt of:

Working Tax Credit
Disability Living Allowance
Personal Independence Payment
Attendance Allowance
The support component of ESA
Industrial Injuries Benefits (and equivalent war disablement pensions and payments under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme)
War Widows' and War Widowers' pensions.
If you've been in work continuously for 52 weeks or more when you claim benefit, you'll be exempt from the cap for up to 39 weeks.

What if I'm affected by the benefit cap?

The options for people affected by the cap are to consider finding work (and so be exempt if they get Working Tax Credit), or consider moving to somewhere cheaper, or negotiate a more affordable rent.

If you are unable to do any of these things, seek advice from our Welfare Benefits Information and Advice Team, tel: 01629 531535, Monday to Friday 11am to 4.30pm.

You should get your benefits checked to make sure they're correct and to check if you're entitled to a benefit which will exempt you from the cap.

If the cap is causing you financial hardship, you may be able to request a Discretionary Housing Payment to help you in the short-term.

Universal Credit

Universal Credit will not be introduced across the country until a later date and is not expected to be introduced in Derbyshire until early 2015, and then on a very limited basis.

The information below is an outline only and may be subject to change.

What's changing?

The government has decided to replace several 'means tested' benefits with a single benefit.

The following benefits will be abolished:

Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
Income Support
Housing Benefit
Child Tax Credit
Working Tax Credit.
All of these benefits will be replaced by a new benefit called Universal Credit (UC).

UC is intended to support people who don't have enough money to live on, while encouraging as many people as possible to return to work.

It will be worked out in a similar way to the existing benefits, but will be paid on a monthly basis.

When does Universal Credit come in?

Universal Credit has started on a limited basis in some areas of the country, and will be coming in to Derbyshire on a limited basis in 2015.

Universal Credit will only apply to single people who are who are between the ages of 18 and 60 years and 6 months, newly unemployed, fit for work (that is, not unable to work because of being ill or disabled) and seeking work and who are not responsible for children. There are other restrictions too − seek advice.

Only at the following Derbyshire Jobcentres:

From 23 February 2015 − Ilkeston and Long Eaton
From 23 March 2015 − Chesterfield
From 1 June 2015 - Glossop
September 2015 to November 2015 − Belper, Heanor, Bolsover, Shirebrook, Matlock, Clay Cross, Staveley.
Any other new claims at these Jobcentres (for example, couples, people with children, people ill or disabled) will still be for existing benefits. Existing claims and claimants at other Jobcentres are not affected by this change.

We will issue new information about how to claim Universal Credit as soon as possible.

What happens to my claim when Universal Claim comes in?

If you're already on one of the abolished benefits (referred to as legacy benefits), you'll carry on as normal to begin with.

Your claim may be moved to Universal Credit at some point from 2016, and the government says that the bulk of 'legacy' claims will be changed to Universal Credit by the end of 2019.

Because its still trading, if you came in my shop I would lock the door untill you brought something....

Ahh oki dokie

If you have a 50 pence shop I 'may'
Can't afford owt else - only a pensioner you know  :'(

>> Maybe I looked a shady character

Tempting... ;)

Shurrup Pete  :P
I'm the  O:-) on here  ::)

Team effort then  (y)

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