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Rajab Al Zarahni

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  1. UK pensions

    Moral of the story, if you retire abroad make sure you die before your mother.
  2. Waiter's bad habits

    I have not experienced this problem but I suspect that it arises from poor staff training. I regularly encounter the problem of staff expecting an immediate order, without giving you the chance to look at the menu, but generally they can be made to shove off through the use of gestures or your facial expression. I get annoyed by the use of those bloody tissues that crumple into nothing the moment you touch them and that a careful note is taken of how we would like our steaks but when they arrive they are all cooked exactly the same. There is no point in complaining unless it; likely to bring about change. I went in one bar where they had a cat sleeping alongside the food inside the display cabinet. What would have the point of complaining here. If it makes you angry then remember that you are in Thailand not Switzerland.
  3. UK pensions

    Start by asking them for a forecast and then you will know their answers to the same questions. Then look carefully at details they hold such as your name, your DOB, your NI number and your contributions record and ensure they are correct. Most errors arise from the input of incorrect data. Advise them of any errors then ask for a new forecast. The forecast will include answers to the questions you have posed.
  4. The government in the People's Democratic Republic of the Congo will be furious. They held the top spot for many years. This, having been falsely accused of not being democratic will be just too much to take.
  5. UK pensions

    In principle, so they should. The risk for pensioners is that they will do this without making any special provision for those who are past state pension age and no longer make NI contributions.
  6. UK pensions

    I am assuming that you are residing in Thailand or another country where annual pension increases are not paid. If this is the case then you are correct in assuming that the date you first receive the pension payment will determine the rate at which it is paid rather than your pension qualifying date. Even if you reside in a country where UK pension increases are not paid, providing you don't apply for your pension, it's value will continue to increase annually as a deferred status pension until such time as you draw it.
  7. UK pensions

    A 3% overall increase applies to everyone who reached state pension ago after April 2016. People who retired earlier than that are paid according to the old system of "basic" and earnings-related pension. For this group, the basic pension will also increase by 3pc in April 2018, to £126 a week. The "additional" element of the old state pension is only increased by CPI inflation, not the full triple lock.
  8. UK pensions

    The effective date for the increase will be the 06.04.2018.
  9. UK pensions

    A high proportion of pensioners use their vote. Of these. a high proportion are thought to vote Conservative. The conservatives do not have a majority and only cling to power through their coalition with the DUP. They yearn to ditch the triple lock but these three factors are compelling reasons why they probably won't
  10. Get rid of buses from Pattaya and Jomtien Beach

    How do you propose to get these changes introduced ?
  11. Draught British beer(and Irish) prices in Pattaya

    Nan Laew: So, just checking my understanding of your Australian language tutorial. If I am told by an indigenous Australian to piss off what he means is that I should go away and drink some good, fresh, cold, beer , or were you just taking the piss?
  12. UK pensions

    On behalf of His Imperial Majesty I am delighted to receive your most gracious comment and for the restoration of normal diplomatic relations between the Sultanate and the Kingdom of Yorkshire.
  13. UK pensions

    Oxx: I agree with much of what you say, however: 1) If you choose to avoid pork, pray five times a day, dye your hair purple or wear a ring through your nose and if that is the reason you can't find a job then that's your problem not mine. If you are poorly educated then the assistance provided by the state should be to help you correct that deficit. Employment is not a right. Unemployed people have a job and that job is getting a job. They are really no different to the self employed. What they don't have is a salary. 2) There is no problem with immigration, the problem is our dismal failure to exercise any form of control. Why do we still hear of colleges for foreign students where you can buy a degree, a masters degree, a passport and a driving licence ? They will even visit your home to provide a VIP bespoke service if you have the money. The first rule of immigration should be that it is of benefit to the country and of no detriment to its indigenous population. On returning to the UK, why have I been able to walk through customs and immigration without even seeing a single official on duty ? Why do I come across such a high number of people from ethnic minority areas of the UK who are not employed and who can not speak more than a few words of English ? How did they get here and what tests did they pass for entry ? Why does the Border Agency appear to be full of officials with Asian and African names ? Why is anyone who highlights these uncomfortable truths called a racist ? 3) I am immensely proud of the UK benefits system and pleased that my taxes go to pay for it. Where I am angry is when I see it being used to prop up those who have chosen fraud and laziness as a lifestyle and who defend themselves with accusations of racism.
  14. UK pensions

    Oxx: The benefits system is too elaborate and too generous. There are many countries who don't have such a generous benefits system yet their populations don't starve. People of working age, of sound mind and physically fit should not be the recipients of long term benefits. It isn't the Government who pays for these benefits it is we the taxpayers who have provided for our own future, through careful planning and hard work, and who are then made to support the feckless and the lazy through paying an onerous level of taxation.Our overly generous benefits system is one of the strongest pull factors in encouraging unwanted and often illegal migration to the UK. Look at the size of the typical immigrant family in the UK and ponder the demands they put on our schools and hospitals, all paid for out of taxation. The first priority of any country is to first look after its own people.
  15. UK pensions

    Thats the problem with a system that pays pensions to those who have made NI contributions and pays benefits to those who have not.