All entries for January 2007

January 25, 2007


The card reader for the Pay at Pump  at Tesco ate the magnetic stripe off my credit card. I have no idea how, but where the stripe was is now clear plastic.

January 18, 2007

Another Moan

I got home this evening to find a letter Saying I hadn't paid any national insurance contributions for 2004-2005 and would I like to pay them £371.80 . Well obviously I wouldn't, however that isn't the reason for my complaint. What does annoy me is that this letter was originally sent to my parents despite the fact that I have lived here for 13 years, paying tax and national insurance.

When I phoned to complain I was informed that the tax people don't notify the national insurance people of your address so the only way they know where you are is if you tell them. This strikes me as being ridiculous, espcially since they are actually both parts HM Revenue and Customs. 

Presumably the only reason they had my parents address is from when I signed on briefly after graduating otherwise since it was back in the days when students could claim income support during the summer holidays this potentially vital corespondence would have gone to my student house up in Bangor, never to be seen again. No wonder people can go years without realising that their NI contributions are actually being credited to someone else.

I'm no great fan of the governments idea to freely share data between all and sundry, but you would at least expect the Tax and NI people to share this basic information. 

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