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Posted: Today at 08:48
pansyface says:


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 That is true.  Not just in the JC but in other areas too.  One 'recruitment drive' would only take on those who had been unemployed for over 6 months, and had no qualifications.  These people were to be trained as claims processors, a job which is far from straightforward I promise you.  Their first task was simply to file completed claims in strict alphabetic order.  Even that task was beyond many of them.  We even resorted to giving them a copy of the alphabet on a sheet of A4 paper and they still got it wrong.  I'm amazed any claims are correctly processed now.


Posted: Today at 08:10

I haven't seen the film but have heard about the main content areas.  Having worked for DWP I am aware that the types of scenarios played out are genuine and shouldn't happen, but they are a tiny minority of the people claiming ESA.  Many of the problems were created by ATOS and the way they pressured their staff to get through as many medical assessments as possible in a day.  ATOS were stripped of responsibility, or chose to terminate their contract, depending on which version you believe, a couple of years ago.

There are jobsworths in DWP - I dealt with plenty of them when I worked there.  There are many more staff who care deeply about the people who need support and want to get a fair outcome.  Pressure from senior management, once again to get the numbers, puts those staff in an impossible position.  Do they hit the work targets or do the job thoroughly and be disciplined or sacked for not hitting the targets?  Be under no illusions, hitting the targets and doing the job thoroughly are mutually exclusive goals.

I'm just glad I'm no longer in that situation.

Hayter 56 Petrol.

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:39

Has it been serviced lately?  I had a similar problem with my Honda and it's like a different machine since it was serviced.

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Karcher free hose offer

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:33
NoraGW says:

Hi KT53 - the lines didn't close at 1pm, they closed at 5pm.

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 HI Nora,

If you re-read the OP by Janis8 she says she called at 1pm to be told the offer was closed.  The 2nd poster says they called at 4pm and were successful.  There was a problem somewhere.

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:30

There's an interesting article (at least I found it interesting) by Monty in the new GW magazine.  I don't have any problem with him on GW but, to me he does come across as a bit pretentious on some of the other garden programmes he's done.  I bit 'brown nose' too, in the way he heaps praise on some of the owners of large gardens.

would you move house for a bigger garden?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 12:09

When we moved house a larger garden was an important element of what we were looking for, but I wouldn't move house just to get a larger garden.  For some people the garden is probably more important than the house.  It depends just how important the size of garden is to the individual.

Karcher free hose offer

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 12:03
NoraGW says:

Hello Janis8,

Very sorry that you weren't able to claim a hose reel - the offer was limited to the first 3,000 callers, and they were claimed very quickly on a first come, first served basis. 

Due to the popularity of the offer, the hose reels had all been claimed by 5pmSee original post

 That doesn't explain why one caller is told the offer has closed at 1pm when somebody else got through successfully at 4pm the same day.

Aquarium Pond?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 12:00

I'm not clear on the difference between a fish tank and an aquarium, but agree with the previous responses that using either would be a bad idea for all the reasons detailed.

Tree and stump removal

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 11:58

Grinding the stump out would be my preferred solution, assuming there is access to get the machine into your garden.


Posted: 24/10/2016 at 18:03

My neighbour dug over his veggie patch and then covered it with fine netting suspended about 6 inches above the ground.  Cats still crapped on the netting!!  He swore that if he caught it he would teach it to swim in his water butt.  Fortunately for the cat he never did catch it.  I firmly believe he woud have carried out the threat as he was so angry.

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