Cricket you beat me to it! That's a lovely offer Danann! Is that sort of on the way to Kent? Or have I got the Geography wrong?
As an aside - I really do love this thread - it's one I always look out for.
Roughing it smoothly...
Thanks Mrs P!
I have to say some, not all but some travellers do themselves no favours and also spoil it for the rest of us.
I was in Tesco earlier, and had a suit over saying I was "obviously running some sort of business there"
We had sort of a bit fitted the solar panel there last week
But I'm not staying there or running a business on their car park!! Very weird. They didn't, however tell me to leave or tell me to go. So I will probably go back tomorrow
Form From The Void & Mists
I have selfish neighbours. Yesterday I got out of the van to find a mini I nearly had to step on to use the back door. At that stage, there was a nice big space in front, so at least I could move off, so I took the dogs out. When I got back there was not one but two cars wedged in the space. I was trapped. And it was getting hot. I didn't have anywhere particular to go, so I stayed with the dogs. Usually I would drive to some shade, so it was safe to leave them. That wasn't going to happen.
Today, the bleeding mini was back! So were the other cars, so I had to call my mate to help me out of the space.
I think reversing sensors may be on the shopping list.
forget the reversing sensor get a tow hitch , not only indicates very close proximaty whilst protecting your vehicle but using will-power , a few revs and clutch control can actually move the obstacle enough to facilitate your safe exit
I like your style Shroom
Noooo! That way lies damage, to your van!
I love this thread, I've read most of it. I'd love to live in a van one day (not possible atm because I've got an 11 year old daughter).
I earn pretty decent money as a maintenance engineer , but would love to cut my living expenses, work 3 months a year and enjoy surfing/nature.
Thanks for telling your story, I'll keep reading, much love VW xx
Thanks Rusty! I know a lot of people read this thread and don't comment. So it's nice to see readers join in.
I am pretty sure the guy in the Corsa is being ripped off by his 'employer'
He's been told he's self employed, yet his 'boss' is taking £50-60 a week off him in 'tax and national insurance'.
In other news, one of the other guys thinks he's got a rat somewhere in the car's bodywork. He had one under the bonnet, there was a massive nest in there made of underbonnet insulation. He's now heard it somewhere in the wheel arch last night, chewing.
Vw, dont know if it would work for polish nationals, but in the uk you can log onto the gov gateway and check your national insurance contributions. If none are showing for him he might be able to do something about it.
Could this be something like the old SC60, sub contractor, not employed but had tax stopped? I seem to remember my ex being on this many years ago but I'm sure it will have a different name by now..... prolly wrong as usual.....
Rick he's Romanian, but does have a UK national insurance number. I told him to ask for a P60. He did this once before with an agency and it revealed they had taken tax off him, but the tax office hadn't received it. Fraud?
Groove I will look into that, I've only been straight self employed so don't know much about sub contracting.
Sorry i thought you'd said before he was polish, whatever nationality if he is registered and working you may be able to check online, also as you say a p60 will show it. However what does he do if the employer is pocketing the contributions, if he actually reports them he will probably lose any work that they give him. This is the unfortunate position that eu nationals coming and working here are finding themselves in. May be worth saying to the employer that someone else self employed has mentioned a different system, and should he ring the tax office for advice. This might prompt them into reducing or even stopping his deductions if they are on the fiddle so as he doesnt actually question it.
I did tell him to say if he's self employed, he will pay hIs own tax. He's having a 'meeting' with the boss today. Something about a contract was mentioned. Maybe zero hours?
One of my sons is self employed,but has tax stopped by companies he works for.Its generally higher than it should be due to not having allowances like his van etc taken into account.He yearly contacts the tax office and submits his tax return showing his expenses,then receives a refund.