So... any of our north of the border compatriots able to clarify Monica's statement at Holyrood today? I've seen three or four reports of her speech, which depending how it is read means either I *can* visit my mother - who lives on her own on Skye - on Friday, or I can't.
Originally Posted by Nicola Sturgeon
There will be exceptions for those living alone, or alone with children, who form extended households.
appears to have been taken verbatim from her speech, and different reports put the commas in different places, replace them with semicolons, or omit them altogether. It all hangs on whether 'those living alone' is in itself sufficient to make an exception, or whether the 'who form extended households' is inclusive.
I am unable to find anything written from Holyrood yet.
If you want to safely record your power supply then a voltage data logger such as this unit would my suggestion https://www.omega.co.uk/pptst/OM-DVCV.html It links to a windows based bit of software to provide a clear record of any variations in supply voltage.
A couple of weeks ago I added a 20VT to my multi car insurance with Admiral, but I didn't proceed with the purchase so cancelled a couple of days later.
They charged an admin fee. And of course the insurance was covering me for a couple of days so I guess they have a right to charge me for that. I know insurance companies front end load their charges too, I suppose to discourage cancellations half way through.
Looks like standard practice in the industry, but doesn't excuse the attitude of Flux.... Our campervan is insured with them, but no problem so far....
Linux. No argument - unless you *have* to use particular software for which there is no usable linux equivalent.
Windows is a usability nightmare... rolling back to Rich's point about human factors, MS's idea of an improvement is to hide settings in a different place every time they perform an update; you need to learn the whole interface anew every time. I'd argue that W10 is still nowhere nearly as useful as W7 was - and I still prefer Linux (Mint for my taste, but of course this is Linux - you an get *anything*!) on this three-year old Dell laptop.
That said - most people are happy if they can browse the web, watch/listen to videos/music/podcasts, and send emails to granny. For which, any old OS with a browser does the job.
If you're into games, I guess you're into Windows like it or not, but that's not my thing so I can't really comment.
(re speed: I wrote an emulator for an old processor and I wrote it so it would compile for either windows or linux. A test suite runs in five and a bit minutes on this old Linux; it takes just under three hours on W10 on the allegedly better specced work laptop. Both 16GB ram, i5 processor on the Dell, i7 on the work machine, 2TB disc on the Dell, 500GB SSD on the work machine. Go figure.)
I moved to Direct Line some years ago, their quotes are good but it may pay to look at their renewals, I found if I completed a new request (for the same car) their quote was cheaper than the renewal. Green Flag are the same.
Incidentally in terms of write-off values, my best experience was with Tescos on my GTV, initially they quoted a low figure but they agreed to look on Autotrader and came back with a figure £1k over what I'd paid for it and over the insured value.
After reading complimentary posts re FJ I decided to have a word with them yesterday to compare with ClassicLine (that has previously used ERS and now First Underwriting) and they came up with an agreeably comparable quote which includes £12 for agreed value and £15 for salvage retention plus full value claim. Only £200 excess as well as opposed to £500. Both were for 3k annual mileage.
The quote was a lot higher than figures bandied about here though as I do live in the capital city, park on a public road and will be insuring the newly-restored coupé for 20k....
Thanks both and sorry for the late reply, we were actually away in Spain at the time this was all happening but back home now, but will reach out to Emjay just to get his thoughts as she has been made redundant today, even though there was a position in a sister company, which she had to interview for and subsequently told she doesn't have the experience required.
For reference, the quote from CIPD is:
Suitable alternative employment An employee who is made redundant while on maternity leave is entitled to:
be offered a suitable available vacancy with her employer (or an associated employer); and the alternative vacancy must be suitable and appropriate for the employee to do in the circumstances; and the terms and conditions must not be substantially less favourable. There would be no need for an employee on maternity leave to compete for a suitable alternative post, as the employer must offer such a vacancy to her. This gives the absent employee priority over others who are at risk of redundancy, even if they are better qualified than the employee on maternity leave. This is a form of positive discrimination.
Although this applies to employees on maternity leave, most sensible employers would offer vacancies as a priority to pregnant employees as well, to protect themselves from discrimination claims.
If an employer dismisses an employee on maternity leave without offering a suitable alternative vacancy the dismissal is automatically unfair.
Note that this right applies only to terminations because of redundancy and not dismissals for other reasons.