WHO Poll
Q: 2022 Summer Transfer Window - How many 1st team players will we sign before August 6th
a. None as Sullivan will wait until the last week before he gets his scattergun out the cupboard
27%
  
b. A couple of freebies paraded as superstars, usual hype to follow
26%
  
c. I'm more optimistic as surely they know we need to strengthen, 3-4 with decent money spent.
44%
  
d. Who gives a toss as we have a great squad already, I've already ordered the new replica kit, socks and all and can't wait to wear it at our first game, down the pub of course, I bleed claret & blue
3%
  



Sven Roeder 10:56 Sat Mar 5
How are your utility bills looking?
Helpful email from SSE with their projection ..
Electricty UP 40%
Gas UP 60%

What can you do about it?
'Nothing' is the advice

Thanks Blair / Brexit / Boris / Vlad etc

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Mike Oxsaw 8:11 Thu Jun 23
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
I think the way it works is that the contributions you make buy you an entitlement to a pension of a given value, which is funded entirely from the taxes collected today/during the rest of your life.

ted fenton 6:18 Thu Jun 23
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
Branded
That's tosh you pay NI contributions towards your pension that's why you can get a valuation years before you retire !
A good example is women who were expecting to retire at 60 now have to wait until they're 66 so where my wife had enough years for a full pension I've now got to shell out over £4k to give her enough payments for a full pension.

BRANDED 4:55 Thu Jun 23
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
The national pension is not an investment you pay into. Its merely taken from tax/NI take of current payers. Old and young. If you are reliant upon the national pension you are100% reliant on the current tax payers.

northbankboy68 4:54 Thu Jun 23
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
I've reduced my DD by 30%. I don't trust the provider to not take advantage of the situation and I certainly don't trust this shit regime to ensure I can recover a credit balance when the supplier goes bust. Much rather owe money to them.

13 Brentford Rd 4:45 Thu Jun 23
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
Our energy bill has actually gone down since I stopped the DD. Paying about a tenner a month less now than before the price hike, and around a £110 pm less than they wanted to cover the rise.

13 Brentford Rd 4:41 Thu Jun 23
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
(nt)

ted fenton 4:21 Thu Jun 23
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
The UK state pension is the lowest in Europe with one in seven living in poverty.
Pensioners have paid for their pension via NI contributions just like an endowment or any other saving schemes ! 35 years of contributions gets you a state pension those who are on the old pre April 2016 can claim benefits but get over £2000 less than the new state pension.

BRANDED 4:08 Thu Jun 23
Re: How are your utility bills looking?

While this is certainly a significant part of the picture, what is rarely accounted for is the wholesale fiscal and monetary contempt the modern Tory Party has for anyone who isn’t a home-owning pensioner. Faced with the highest tax burden since the war, the highest inflation in decades, and ever-shifting student loan repayment terms — faced with plummeting rates of homeownership and sky-high house prices that have more than sextupled the time it takes for someone in their late-twenties to save a deposit — why should anyone under-40 vote for the Conservative Party?

And for retirees? As much jam as they want. Pensioner incomes now even exceed working incomes, after tax and housing costs, for the first time in history. The United Kingdom is choosing not to reward those who are building for the future. Instead, the spoils of the Treasury are being diverted to the mediocrity of the already satisfied, whose biggest ambition is driving their Honda Jazz to the local garden centre to buy a plastic lawn they won’t have to bother mowing.

https://unherd.com/2022/06/the-boomers-have-destroyed-the-tories/?tl_inbound=1&tl_groups[0]=18743&tl_period_type=3&mc_cid=fe15393319&mc_eid=41e264a586

Auntie Thermite 2:32 Thu Jun 23
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
It doesn't make sense, oil is cheaper now than in 2008

Current Oil Crisis:
2008 a barrel of oil went to $184.95
June 2022 a barrel cost $118.50
At our pumps June 2009 was £1.03 per litre
Now it's anything upwards of £1.80


I'm wondering if I keep my nose to the grindstone, watch TV endlessly and do just as I am told, wear a mask, wave a flag of whatever colours the TV tells me to and inject myself with multiple shots of experimental toxins that have proven to do no good whatsoever, this might all go away...

Too Much Too Young 10:52 Wed Jun 22
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
Just checked my usage online. I'm with British Gas on the standard tariff for Gas and Electric.

The combined average per day is £2.40, so £75 a month. I pay £150 on DD, so will build up a nice buffer for the winter months.

goose 9:47 Wed Jun 22
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
“Grant Fitzner, chief economist at the ONS, said the prices of goods leaving factories rose at their fastest rate in 45 years in May, driven by "widespread food price rises".
Mr Fitzner added the cost of raw materials "leapt at their fastest rate on record".
But he said the steep rises in food and record high petrol prices had been "offset" by the price of clothes rising less than they did this time last year, along with a drop in computer game costs.”

FYI the ‘offset’ in clothing prices is because of the lead time on clothing. Clothes instore now were booked approx 9 months ago. Inflation in clothing will be felt in autumn and you’re looking at around +15% minimum because of cotton prices + shipping prices inflation.

goose 9:33 Wed Jun 22
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
Temporary
Transitory
Now running like a train

They’ve not got a clue.

Kaiser Zoso 9:30 Wed Jun 22
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
Putin

goose 9:16 Wed Jun 22
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
UK inflation rises to a 40 year high of 9.1% with more expected.

, 7:00 Tue Jun 21
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
As regards electricity generation in the UK the Fault lies fairly and squarely with the last Thatcher government. Under her the privatisation was a botched thing and left nobody with the statutory obligation to ensure electrical supplies. The misguided belief was that the “market” would sort it.

All this has meant that for more than thirty years the business of looking after security of supply has been down to here today gone tomorrow politicians.

goose 6:51 Tue Jun 21
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
i've not defended them.

i'm saying this thread is about the current high cost in energy bills and inflation in general.
those high costs are down to:
1) current sanctions imposed on russia
2) bad decisions made around the turn of the century about this countries energy production.

you can blame boris for #1 and you can blame successive labour and tory governments for #2.
it's not a red vs blue argument as both have made terrible decisions.

ray winstone 6:25 Tue Jun 21
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
goose, you come across as a half intelligent human being but calling someone 'thick' on an internet forum isn't really going to change the fact that the current government are a complete shambles, and you don't have to be 'thick' to see that, so why defend them?

El Scorchio 5:14 Tue Jun 21
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
Just happened to be doing an online shop. Price of chicken breasts has risen 25% in the last couple of months. That's pretty substantial, especially if you extrapolate it across the rest of the shopping

CanningTownWA 5:07 Tue Jun 21
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
Got an email from Octopus yesterday, I had been paying £135 a month direct debit but hadn’t changed it so £400 in arrears . The new rate is £283, just the 2 of us in the house.
£3,400 a year, fat chance of retiring any time soon.

Mike Oxsaw 4:58 Tue Jun 21
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
goose 12:03 Tue Jun 21

Given that it takes about 15 years from authorisation to getting a nuclear power station anywhere near generating profitable electricity, no politician will ever vote for something where someone else gets all the plaudits - that's at least 2, maybe even 3 chances of being voted out of office before the lights come on.

Bit like educating kids, really, they don't give a fuck about them until they can be led which way to vote.

goose 4:43 Tue Jun 21
Re: How are your utility bills looking?
all of which have nothing to do with utility prices.
you can point the finger at the current sanctions on Russia if you like??

otherwise give Ray his 5min with the shared braincell so he can have a go.

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