America - its all a bit odd...

Joker62

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Hence why companies like Lime/ Bird/ Jump etc still haven't been able to launch in cites like London and NYC. In the UK, Lime just launched in Milton Keynes. They are launching in lots of other mainland European cities in Spain, Portugal, France etc.

You need wide-ish pavement, not too crazy roads, pedestrian density etc., this is where they fall flat in London and NYC. NYC is considering changing its laws though, but it will be a slow process.
Bird have a small trial going on around the Olympic Stadium area, can't say that I was impressed with them though.
 

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Well how much do you folks get taxed for the NHS?
Everybody who works legally has a deduction called National Insurance taken out of their pay packet . I've been paying it since I was 16 years old, working at a gas station on weekends and holidays. If you earn less than US$148 per week , you pay nothing . Your Employer also pays 13.8% into 'your' NI pot.

Your NI number is allocated when you first take up work and sticks with you for life. US equivalent is your social Security number.

Since 2004 when some Socialist lunatic declared 'we're all Yurpeans now' you can legally work in this country provided you have a valid National Insurance number.

A while ago our equivalent of ICE did a raid on a cleaning company in that there London....Guess what?

75 people were using the same, fraudulent, National Insurance number ....

Fraud fear as millions of NI numbers are lost
 
Everybody who works legally has a deduction called National Insurance taken out of their pay packet . I've been paying it since I was 16 years old, working at a gas station on weekends and holidays. If you earn less than US$148 per week , you pay nothing . Your Employer also pays 13.8% into 'your' NI pot.

Your NI number is allocated when you first take up work and sticks with you for life. US equivalent is your social Security number.

Since 2004 when some Socialist lunatic declared 'we're all Yurpeans now' you can legally work in this country provided you have a valid National Insurance number.

A while ago our equivalent of ICE did a raid on a cleaning company in that there London....Guess what?

75 people were using the same, fraudulent, National Insurance number ....

Fraud fear as millions of NI numbers are lost
Do you mind if get personal and ask how much you pay a year??

I pay $47.49 every month for the Federal Medicare tax.

DENT PREV TAX $48.20 $530.20
DEP LIFE TAXED $1.46 $16.06
MEDICAL TAXED $266.24 $2,928.64
VISION TAXED $21.74 $239.14

Those are the monthly taxes for my insurance with the year to date total to the right. Current through the end of November.
 
Do you mind if get personal and ask how much you pay a year??

I pay $47.49 every month for the Federal Medicare tax.

DENT PREV TAX $48.20 $530.20
DEP LIFE TAXED $1.46 $16.06
MEDICAL TAXED $266.24 $2,928.64
VISION TAXED $21.74 $239.14

Those are the monthly taxes for my insurance with the year to date total to the right. Current through the end of November.
National Insurance is deducted at source as a percentage of income:

National Insurance
 
Hence why companies like Lime/ Bird/ Jump etc still haven't been able to launch in cites like London and NYC. In the UK, Lime just launched in Milton Keynes. They are launching in lots of other mainland European cities in Spain, Portugal, France etc.

You need wide-ish pavement, not too crazy roads, pedestrian density etc., this is where they fall flat in London and NYC. NYC is considering changing its laws though, but it will be a slow process.
Well in NYC for one it is illegal to ride a bicycle or scooter on the sidewalk. We have enough darwin winners walking into intersections while texting and not looking up
 
Depends on your DOB.

It was 60 for women and 65 for men.

Osbourne moved it all up. My pensionable age is now 65 years 8 months.

I know women younger than me whose pensionable age is 68.

And Osbourne has not yet been dangled from a lamppost. Shame.
 
Depends on your DOB.

It was 60 for women and 65 for men.

Osbourne moved it all up. My pensionable age is now 65 years 8 months.

I know women younger than me whose pensionable age is 68.

And Osbourne has not yet been dangled from a lamppost. Shame.
Well you lot tend to live longer in life than your for bearers....
 
Our prescription costs are also fixed. Each item on a prescription costs £8.80. You can buy a 3 month prepayment certificate for £29.10 and one valid for a year for £104. If you're under 16, over 60 or have one of variety of chronic diseases (diabetes etc.) prescriptions are free.
 
Our prescription costs are also fixed. Each item on a prescription costs £8.80. You can buy a 3 month prepayment certificate for £29.10 and one valid for a year for £104. If you're under 16, over 60 or have one of variety of chronic diseases (diabetes etc.) prescriptions are free.
My costs for the generic drugs are normally about $10 a pop. However the name brand stuff can be ghastly expensive.....
 
National Insurance is a little bit misleading. It's not insurance in that it's stashed away until you need it - it's just another form of taxation. It's not hypothecated - It all goes into the same big pot.
Not quite. It is looked on as another tax but is ring fenced and can only pay for the NHS, unemployment benefits, sickness and disability allowance and the state pension.
Since 2012 about 20% of the NI Payments go to the NHS which is up from the 10% previously.
Because of this, the National Insurance Fund which was rather a lot in credit at one stage is now forecast to be around 30 billion pounds instead of the forecasted 114 billion pounds before 2012.

The government can't use the payments or the fund for anything other than those listed above but it can borrow from it.

Interest from the National Insurance Fund does not go back into the fund but is used to pay towards the national debt.
 
3 years after you die.
Exactly three years in my father’s case. Two years National Service, 35 years a Sapper and croaked at 62.

Went to the Registry Office in Wisbech to register his death. Registrar asked if he had a services pension. I said yes. She said “Right, I will have that stopped immediately”. I wanted to smack her in the mouth but merely asked her if she was off sick when they ran the sympathy lessons.
 
Exactly three years in my father’s case. Two years National Service, 35 years a Sapper and croaked at 62.

Went to the Registry Office in Wisbech to register his death. Registrar asked if he had a services pension. I said yes. She said “Right, I will have that stopped immediately”. I wanted to smack her in the mouth but merely asked her if she was off sick when they ran the sympathy lessons.
As bad as this sounds, Government employees tend to deal with far to many people to get emotionally invested. Granted tact is appropriate in some cases.
 
Exactly three years in my father’s case. Two years National Service, 35 years a Sapper and croaked at 62.

Went to the Registry Office in Wisbech to register his death. Registrar asked if he had a services pension. I said yes. She said “Right, I will have that stopped immediately”. I wanted to smack her in the mouth but merely asked her if she was off sick when they ran the sympathy lessons.
It sounds bad & i guess her tone was wrong but having it stopped ASAP can save problems later, with the amount overpaid being claimed back.
As executor for my mate's estate, I had to get his pension overpayment back to the DWP which wasn't an issue but it can be if someone doesn't grasp that the money will be reclaimed & they go & spend it.
 
Our prescription costs are also fixed. Each item on a prescription costs £8.80. You can buy a 3 month prepayment certificate for £29.10 and one valid for a year for £104. If you're under 16, over 60 or have one of variety of chronic diseases (diabetes etc.) prescriptions are free.
Or if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
 
As bad as this sounds, Government employees tend to deal with far to many people to get emotionally invested. Granted tact is appropriate in some cases.
I get that Jonesy.

But face to face FFS? Maybe online or by phone.

I wasn’t expecting a sympathy BJ (although that might have lessened the blow, so to speak).
 
I get that Jonesy.

But face to face FFS? Maybe online or by phone.

I wasn’t expecting a sympathy BJ (although that might have lessened the blow, so to speak).

It does take some skill to screw up a face to face chat, some people are just devoid of couth. But I do know what you went through as I had to help out my MIL with the death of her father a few years ago. Government employees world wide can be massive bellends, even in rural shitstain North Carolina.

Luckily the people in my club are all law breaking feck ups so no sympathy is given for that crowd.
 

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