A prescription is a single item on the form irrespective of the number
of tablets. My charge for a prescription didn't go up when the doctor
doubled the dose.
You don't need a 8 weeks supply per item - you want fewer prescriptions
therefore 6 months supply per prescription. You may find however that a
doctor is unwilling to prescribe more than 3 months supply in one go.
It's interesting to see the wholesale prices for the medication you may
be taking. Most of my (generic) prescribed medicines comes out at less
than 50p packet (£1.50 to £3 for a three month supply) but I once had
some "paint" for a foot infection that was £160 for 10ml and I went
through 5 bottles.
Prices found around 4 years ago when I first started taking long term
You might want six months supply - but all too many PCTs imposed strict
28-day policies. Backed up by doctors who were willing to go along with
that. When the cost of prescribing is greater than the cost of the
medicine, where are the savings by doling it out on 28-day amounts
rather than 854-day or longer?
It doesn't matter about pack size. The pharmacy will supply the exact
number of pills on the prescription form. With generic drugs, often
different manufacturers will have different pack sizes.
Unfortunately with different manufacturers the size of the pill can
vary. Some3 are easy to swallow and some are not.
If your employer has a flexible benefits scheme, look into that.
This is the sort of thing where you can sacrifice some of your
salary for some benefit, e.g. to increase your employer's pension
contribution, provide a company car, etc.
The big issue with most of these energy efficiency measures is that
the cost of getting someone to do it for you wipes out the benefits.
If you can get a large program of DIY enery efficiency measures
going, there's a real potential to save energy, instead of taxing
people to create jobs which don't do anything to help this country's
bottom line. However, since it's largely driven by the industries
which hope to make a profit from energy saving lobbying the government,
this sadly seems unlikely to happen.
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Then by forming a ltd company you can nominally set your own income and
make sure you get all these benefits.
If you take the mickey HMRC might have some words, but anywhere near the
threshold and you're a winner. Plus you can get further expenses such
as 45p per mile for running your car and company mobile for you and your
Self employments and benefits don't mix.
On 04/08/2013 14:19, Andrew Gabriel wrote:
<SNIP> > The big issue with most of these energy efficiency measures is that
Any government scheme tends to work out like that. I've looked at a few
schemes and one that springs to (money saving, not energy saving) was
grants to retro-fit cars for LPG. I looked at it, as at the time I was
doing high mileages, but it turned out that it would be around £1200 to
get it done at the local, approved fitter, but I could get around £800
grant if I went to the goverment grant scheme approved fitter - who
Similar pricing differences seem to occur with most goverment grant schemes.
Instead you get no financial help and they require you to pay the local
council to inspect and approve your improvements!
I'd say "unlikely" is being severely over-optimistic!
Was it being used as insulation?
If the aim is to insulate every home in the UK as much as possible
then surely making it as simple and easy as possible is the thing to
Spoke to some blokes last year just as the free stuff was running out.
They said it was hard enough convincing people to have it for free.
There can be reasons. Many people need their loft space for storage. We
do not have the current standard of insulation, as to do so would mean
putting in a raised floor and the headroom is so limited, that would not
be very practical.
I have however made a start on installing suspended ceilings with
insulation below the existing ceiling.
On Monday, August 5, 2013 6:44:58 PM UTC+1, SteveW wrote:
That's the main reason I've heard. I boarded the loft middle sections befor
e it was insulated, so it can be walked on safely if need be. Also put some
big shelves on the wall. Where storage on the floor is needed, I've made s
ure it is insulative. For example, bags of clothes are OK - with the loft i
nsulation tucked back around them. Probably get some scrap celotex to creat
e rafts if any more general storage needed. Our upstairs was much warmer la
st winter than the one before.
Not here. British Gas paid for our loft insulation, and there isn't
even mains gas in the village. Great!
Funny, we have a British Gas employee living here, and also a BT
Fibre installer. Neither of these services are in any way expected in
the area in the foreseeable future.
No they didn't - WE paid 10% extra via our gas bills for all that "free"
insulation. 10% of electricity/gas bills now goes to pay for the
windmills and to people who generate electricity with solar panels.
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