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 Post subject: Re: The festive and otherwise happiness thread
PostPosted: 31 Dec 2016, 23:54 
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Appointment with the CMHT yesterday... the woman was a million times more helpful than the primary care woman. For a start, she didn't try to pressurise me into taking meds or having CBT. Whether the service will actually be able to help remains an unknown, but she's talking to a colleague of hers. Next appointment in a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed.

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That's very encouraging Abbey!


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That sounds a lot more promising.


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Glad to hear that. fingers crossed for next time!


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Good news from my brother on Christmas Day; his partner, C, had her first annual check-up for breast cancer and she's received the all-clear.


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It's quite a relief to have enough computer time to get on here.

Andrew finished work on the Wednesday before Christmas as he had two days of annual holiday to take, then he went back to work today.

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I've just got £288 from British Gas - rather welcome in January :-)


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Oh how lovely Becky! Whereas I have my car tax to deal with ... :(

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Great news Becky. Sorry you have to deal with the car tax, cestina!

I've started 2017 with a promotion. Very good timing as the payrise is swallowed up by will cover the compulsory enrollment into a pension scheme :)


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Lovely news Becky, brilliant news roversgirl especially as it covers the cost of the compulsory pension enrolment!


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Yes, very welcome and very relieved. Thank you! :)


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Well done, roversgirl. :D

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MaryR wrote:
Well done, roversgirl. :D

Thank you!


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Excellent news roversgirl!

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Excellent news roversgirl!

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Great news Becky. Sorry you have to deal with the car tax, cestina!

I've started 2017 with a promotion. Very good timing as the payrise is swallowed up by will cover the compulsory enrollment into a pension scheme :)


Congratulations on the promotion!

Regarding the pension, I've had to find out lots about pensions for work. (I work in a small charity preschool, charity meaning we are not out to make a profit for a private owner, the profits go back into the preschool to buy resources for the children. And pay the employer pension contributions...)

I think opting into your company's pension scheme is a good idea.

It is compulsory for a company to offer a pension scheme.

Employees will mainly fall into one of three categories:
Those who will be automatically enrolled and for whom the company will have to make contributions for;
Those who can opt in and if they do, the company will also have to make contributions for;
Those on very low earrings, who can still choose to opt in, but the company will not have to make contributions for.

(There was another category of people earning lots more than any of our staff ever will, and I think only part of their salary counts for pensions. Anyone falling into that category should probably talk to their financial advisor to make the best decisions.)

Anyway, what I really wanted to say is, if you do not want to pay into the company pension, you can opt out. If you do it before the first month's contributions, they may have to still do the first month's deductions but you will get them back. If you decide to opt out at anytime in the future, your contributions will stay in your pension account until you retire ( or start paying into them again).

And your employer should have found all this out to tell you.


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Those on very low earrings, who can still choose to opt in, but the company will not have to make contributions for.


I'm sorry, Lyanne, but this typo made me laugh so hard!

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I bought noise cancelling headphones - blew all my savings on them - but OMG SUCH a brilliant thing! I forget whether I've whinged on here or not about sensory stuff, but sounds, smells etc have been bothering me really badly the last few months. It's such a relief to be able to block out the irritants.

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Ohhh what brand? Sounds bother me (and it's getting worse at work) and I've been wondering about some. Glad it's working for you :)


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The Bose QC35 ones. The padding on them is good enough that most of the time I don't need to switch the active noise cancelling on. But they do cost nearly £300... swingsnroundabouts...

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