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The Government Are Arseholes

November 17, 2005
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or Why I’ve missed Uni.

Here’s the situation: I need medication otherwise I have to be in constant pain all day.

Here’s the problem: I can’t afford to buy my prescriptions.

Here’s why the Government are Arseholes: The people from the NHS told me that the Government has a fixed limit across all courses for how much they think students should be spending on books (not materials or software or hardware), regardless of what course they are on.

Here’s what this means to me: According to what the Government think I need to spend on books (not materials or software or hardware) I am earning more money than I need, even though my only source of income is my Student Loans. It also means I have to pay for pretty much any medical thing I’d get off the NHS (although some of it is subsidised I still have to pay money), and I have pay for the full amount of my prescriptions.

Why I can’t afford to pay for my prescriptions:

  1. Arriva fucked up and sent me my bus pass about 2 weeks late, then failed to send out the plastic sleeve it goes in
    • This resulted in me missing my NERAC assessment.
    • This also resulted in me missing about a week of Uni because I had to buy tickets the previous weeks when I was expecting my pass to arrive.
    • Note that they only sent me my bus pass when I complained to them several times (on the phone and email) about not getting it.
  2. Novatech screwed up my order- the whole thing with having to wait over a month for them to send out a working laptop.
    • The stress from this made me ill enough to miss a few days from Uni.
    • They’re still giving me the run around with regards to further refunds.
    • I would not recommend ever buying anything from Novatech unless you lived in Portsmouth, as it’d be cheaper to get your stuff by walking into the shop, cheaper to get it fixed, and cheaper to get them to listen to you. In fact I wouldn’t recommend getting anything from them at all.
    • *Had to spend money on phone calls needlessly.

Hassle with Student Loans & Grants

October 3, 2005
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2 Weeks now and counting.

The LEA originally told me that my payment was due on the 19th September. Now 2 weeks on and I haven’t received a single payment or any official word as to why it has been delayed. Aside from the fact I don’t think the LEA don’t like me very much, this delay apparently isn’t there fault, as there are multiple parties involved in the process of getting the money to me:

  • The LEA.
  • The SLC.
  • The bank of the SLC (NatWest apparently although I can’t swear to it).
  • The University of Sunderland.
  • My Bank.
  • Me.
  • . So as you can see there’s the rough order of things. One of them screwed up. I don’t trust the LEA (the payment is being made direct to my bank account so my distrust of Royal Mail doesn’t come into it), and my bank has screwed up before, so it’ll be fun to see who’s fault it is. Oh and it can’t be mine as I’ve given the correct details and finished with all the forms.

    If it does turn out to be the LEA that is responsible even after they denied it, I’ll post the evidence that shows why I think they don’t like me. There doesn’t appear to be a privacy statement in the emails, so my understanding of the law is they don’t have a leg to stand on if I post them (emails, totally pointless attachments) on my personal site/blog.

    LEA lied. GRRR.

    September 20, 2005
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    LEA lied about my money.

    So on my payment schedule it says I was supposed to get paid on Monday. Loada beep. It turns out that students don’t get their money till a whole 5 days after they’ve registered at their Uni. Unfortunatly for everyone at , students are registering on different dates according to the course they’re studying. Our friend Syn registered on Monday, my girlfriend registered today, and I register on Thursday.

    So my girlfriend gets her LEA money earlier (and a bigger pile of cash as well), and I get mine around next Thursday. One the plus side, Student Union Vice President Lindsay McLeod (no relation to the ) will be sorting me out with a card holder for my card on Thursday, so my little purchase a while back won’t be going waste :-).

    I’m working on getting myself sorted with a digicam so I can take photos for the Union during the Fresher’s Party @ the on Friday. The current situation is that they have to ask for students to send their own pictures in, and hope they’re of good enough quality and quantity to use on the site & magazine.

    I’m also working on helping out the Union in general, going on my track record of getting work for pimping my talents for free. Such work in the past resulted in the aCMS I wrote for Connexions County Durham. That, and the other stuff I’ve done pretty much got me into Uni (pretty good considering I didn’t have enough UCAS points with that totally unrelated BND Popular Music degree).


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