UK-filter, so beware: US laws do not apply. I moved into a new flat about a year ago and have since received various overdue fines and letters of demands for someone else. He wasn't the previous resident, I have no information about him, so I've been sending the mail back, labelled UNKNOWN, NOT AT THIS ADDRESS and SERIOUSLY DO YOU GUYS NOT GET THIS. (Having accidentally opened one, I know that it's for two speeding fines in Reading a few years ago.) I've just received a letter from a debt collection agency saying they "require evidence of the current occupiers" to "amend their records" and "prevent further visits". So do I respond? [more inside]
Having filled out an Expression of Interest to work in New Zealand I am 10 points shy of automatic acceptance. However, on receipt of a job offer I qualify easily. What I don't understand is the Chicken/Egg situation of looking for a job without a visa but needing a visa to find a job. Has anyone been through this? I can't help but feel it will be off putting to employers, although as far as I understand they need only to assist with the application for a temporary work visa; however I may be being naive here. [more inside]
I'm interested in starting my own business. I have a simple digital product I'd like to try selling online, with the expectation that it will sell very little but will give me a low cost, low risk way to learn a bit more about running a business. Looking in to it though, it seems almost impossible to figure out how to go about this without falling foul of any laws or regulations. How does anyone start a business in the UK? [more inside]
A friend of mine is a former Methodist preacher who wants to become a carer support worker in England. He sees caring as an extension of ministry. He really wants to work, but getting him to put aside his faith to get the job is a suggestion he won't take. Are there Christian-centred care homes in England? How do I find them?
A family member of mine, "Anne" works as a carer for the disabled. She works a 24 hour shift 9-9 the next day, sleeping on site with a monitor to hear when she is needed. Anne previously received a wage per shift. Anne has now been informed that there will be one wage for day and another for night-the night wage is below nmw and her entire shift wages would not quite meet nmw. [more inside]
I somehow believe there was a THING going on in the 1990s/2000s that involved all kinds of pop stars and presenters and performances that were deliberately intended to be edited into one continuous stream that would fit together (going forward and backward, too). [more inside]
I'm doing a solo UK trip in mid-May and plan to spend a week in Scotland. One of my Scot friends suggested I do a guided bus/coach tour with other tourists to catch the highlights. Please recommend some good companies providing such tours. [more inside]
After living in the UK for a couple years my wife and I - US citizens - have moved back to America. What can we do with my wife’s pension scheme now that she’s no longer in the UK and has changed employers? Complication: since she didn’t accrue enough pensionable service at her job while in the UK, my wife isn’t able to retain any benefit in the scheme she was enrolled in. She’s been given two options: [more inside]
As it says up top, I'm wondering how foreign assets and debts are viewed for mortgages in the UK. Details after the jump. [more inside]
I've started the 2nd season of "Hinterland" on US Netflix (and thoroughly enjoyed the 1st season). My question has to do with how a Welshman (or woman) would perceive a Londoner's "Welsh accent." [more inside]
I am taking my family to London for two weeks this summer.....what is a MUST BUY? [more inside]
Looking for reassurance / opinions on my decision - hoping some people out there have taken a similar step and would like to know how you feel about it on the other side... Have today handed my notice in on my full-time, secure local government job, with pension, paid holidays and sick leave, to work freelance as a social worker. Am I being ridiculous??? [more inside]
Which pay as you go SIMs should we buy in Ireland that will allow us to access data in the UK as well? We are spending time in both Ireland and the UK (flying into Shannon), so we would like one service that will work in both countries. [more inside]
Long story short: I moved to the UK over eight years ago, and at the time it seemed vitally important that I bring my DVD collection with me. However, in all that time, I've only watched maybe two of them. I'm wanting to simplify and find the unwatched ones a good home, but almost all of them are Region 1 (and I'm in 2, obviously). Does anyone know where I can sell--or failing that, donate--a good-sized stack of Region 1 DVDs in the UK, preferably in London?
I'm planning a three to six month stay in London, but hotel and guest house prices are heartbreaking in this city. Is there anywhere adjacent to London where I can lodge and still enjoy my visit? [more inside]
This seems like an obvious question but the internet is being surprisingly non-informative and what information I can find seems to be several years old. I will be travelling for about 1 month. I have a totally unlocked iPhone 6s purchased in the UK. Can I walk into a store in the US when I arrive, buy a pre-paid nano sim with a data allowance, and stick it in my phone and use it? [more inside]
UK tax filter. My artist friend has been claiming working tax credits for his art business for 35 hours a week, but has been working for less time than that. What should he do? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
Hello, can anyone remember the title of a UK reality show about a rock musician and his crazy American(?) girlfriend who buy a hotel in Spain and attempt to run it?
How should my partner and I decide if he should pursue a job opportunity in the UK? Someone at an organization in England reached out to my partner to encourage him to apply for a job. My partner and I have never considered moving out of the US, but this is a very good job, and the possibility of moving to England is something we find intriguing... [more inside]
I've been offered a bit of freelance editing work by a British publisher. As a Canadian, I know I would have to declare that income when I file my Canadian income taxes. But would I also have to file income taxes with the British govt? Bonus UK tax question after the jump! [more inside]
I've purchased an aftermarket UK "duck head", the plug adapter used with Apple chargers. I have an official Apple one and it includes a replaceable fuse in the adapter. The aftermarket one does not. This will be used in a 12w iPad charger only (without an AC cord), not a laptop charger. Since there is no AC cord, and the charger is an integrated 12w device, is the replaceable fuse required to meet UK regulations? [more inside]
Got mental health needs. Don't know how to start getting them met with the NHS, can't really afford to go private. What do? [more inside]
What are some predominantly British (in the way Mefi is predominantly American, not just UK topics) sites that might have a level of not terrible general discussion and commentary. [more inside]
We have a large archive of the UK New Statesman weekly political affairs, commentary and arts magazine, from 1978 to 2000, and we are trying to find a good new home. We're not looking to sell the collection, just send it on to somewhere it can be a resource for others. Can anyone recommend any other librarianship forums or suchlike where we should offer it up? (It's stored in Brighton, England.) [more inside]
I'm heading home for a week to visit my elderly but active parents in Knaresborough (between Harrogate and York). Looking for shopping and family outing ideas. [more inside]
My wife and I have been planning an anniversary trip to the UK for this year but haven't yet decided on the timing. I'm thinking it could be pretty fascinating to schedule it so that the EU referendum vote falls in the middle. Great idea or bonkers? [more inside]
I've been a freelance Spanish interpreter & translator for a few years now in the U.S., and I've managed to create a sort-of stable lifestyle out of it, alongside another part-time job. I will be moving to the U.K. in a few months with my partner, however, and I need to start looking into the prospects across the pond. [more inside]
It looks like I'll be graduating from a top-15 UK university this summer with a 2:2 in law. I feel really crap about this can I get some tips on how to deal with this immediately, and in the long term? [more inside]
My elderly parents health insurance costs have now become unaffordable. Are there any ways of reducing this cost without significantly reducing the coverage currently offered to them? [more inside]
Traveling to Europe for the first time ever, and I'm super excited! Have most of a plan mapped out, but not sure on details and would appreciate any advice. [more inside]
Back in the 1980s and 90s, my Dad used to collect cigarette coupons which got exchanged for free stuff (the arrival of the catalogue was much anticipated! ). Does anyone remember how the scheme operated (I.e how much coupons were worth) and in particular, when the scheme ended? I am particularly interested to know whether this was before the advertising of cigarettes was banned in the UK. Thanks!
Do other countries have (past or present) an equivalent to the UK's old 'National Record of Achievement' for pupils? [more inside]
Do tea purveyors give worse tea to the US market (versus, e.g., the UK) or are other factors at play? [more inside]
I've got a slightly complicated question about mortgages in the UK... [more inside]
I am Swedish and worked in London during 1996-2002. I was just contacted by some dever-group or similar (and will ignore that) but it made me wonder if I DO have a UK pension. How do you know, or check? Is it something I can just cash out? (I will presumably get Swedish pension, and/or, Japanese if I live here long enough).
I've recently moved to London and have heard only horror stories about neglectful landlords and agencies. After a couple of months here, our flat has required major repairs (due to neglect of previous tenants) and the agency has been responsive about getting them done. By being vocal with the disrepair of the house, are we setting ourselves up for a drastic rent increase, termination of tenancy, or a reputation for being too needy for future lettings references? [more inside]
In late December, I managed to land myself an interview and a new job at an awesome small company (50-60 employees) in the space of 4 days. I start the new position on 1 February, but I've failed to mention that I have a two-week trip overseas already planned for mid-March, around Easter. Have I missed my window on telling my new employer about my holiday? Should I tell them now or wait until my first day? [more inside]
I'm a Canadian citizen, resident and working in the UK, but I also want to go home eventually and to work more in Canada. How do I plan for old age and retirement? [more inside]
A friend recently left her beloved new hat (this one) at a restaurant. When she went back to look for it, a server said that someone had already taken it, claiming it was theirs. I'd love to find her a replacement. [more inside]
I really really really really want this exact hat, which is only available in the UK. Do I have options? [more inside]
I am looking for a straightforward British economic business plan financials calculator for Excel so that I can look serious! I found a similar thing from startupmodels.com but it is really for the USA. Any signposting to something comprehensive with built in calculations?
What gift can I offer my anglophile 13-year-old niece ? [more inside]
I'm wondering what forms of online dating are most popular in the UK. I joined OKCupid but have only gotten copy-and-paste messages from creepy dudes and I get the impression that maybe this website is not as popular here as it is in the US (though I haven't used it in the US). Have dating websites become outdated? Is everyone on Tinder? Is Tinder only used for hooking up? Any thoughts or experiences with the current online dating scene would be appreciated.
Aldeburgh to London via public transit, on a Sunday next March: possible? (Google Maps is not listing any option at all on Sundays during the next few weeks, and while Google doesn't have March schedule info yet, I assume March is no better than October.) Hoping this is a glitch or missing info since there are so many options for other days of the week.
We've recently started using an online application system at the company I work for and we're trying to set things up fairly so that some hired employees (e.g., in an admin, management, or HR role) can review unsuccessful candidates' and new applicants' files. Are there any protections we should put in place (legally or otherwise) so that new hires or other employees in these privileged roles cannot see the notes on their own applications, the applications and notes of their hiring competition, or applications and notes of fellow new hires? General advice welcome as well, e.g., if there are any potential use cases or other reasons as to why or why not this would be a good idea. We have the ability to fully customise the online application system as we wish. This is in the UK.
My team is finally in the Postseason!!! Only one downside: They may be playing Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on a night when I'll be in the UK. How and where to watch it? [more inside]
I have applied for a job which will mean I will be self employed and have some questions about it. Please help this Noob navigate these waters... [more inside]
Hallo. I just arrived in London today for a conference and I'm very tired. I brought my Moto G (1st gen, I think -- not LTE) from Canada, and bought a pay-as-you-go SIM card from EE. Phone and text work fine, but data speeds are miserable -- 0.15 download/upload. It's only connecting on the EDGE network, and I can't get it to use HSPDA. Am I screwed re: data speed? The people at the EE store weren't very helpful; they variably said the speed would improve in a few hours, or that it wouldn't improve at all because it's a Canadian phone. [more inside]
I'm an American man who just proposed to a British woman and I am wondering what pitfalls to watch out for in applying for a visa to enter the UK to marry. [more inside]
I volunteer for an educational charity and got a DBS check at their request in 2013. At that time, they didn't have a process in place for checking volunteers so I found my own provider. Last year, the new administrator was collating the DBS checks for all the trustees and the board. In the intervening time, they'd chosen a specific provider for the charity to use going forward and got everyone to bring the requisite documentation in person. I brought in my actual DBS certificate. They were confused, and they said they weren't sure it would be valid if they hadn't done the check themselves. [more inside]