I’m not the most financial-minded person in the world. In fact, I only really care about how much tax I pay on my wage and how much my petrol and heating costs. So when the government announced their VAT rate cut to 15% I wondered how it would affect me. As I understand it, I’ll pay less VAT on ’stuff’ like a new television or whatever, but I’ll pay more in National Insurance contributions next year to make up for it.
So what if I don’t want a new television? The VAT cut isn’t going to put any more money in my pocket whatsoever. In fact, I’ll be worse off next year because I’ll have to pay for this so-called ’saving’. As far as I can tell, the government are going to screw me over royally next year so that I won’t be able to buy anything I do want, like jewellery or furniture or other useful things. So thanks for nothing government, you’ve made me poorer yet again.
November 26th, 2008 by admin
At the moment the default retirement age in the UK is 65 – this means that employers can terminate an employee’s contract when they reach that age and basically force them to retire. If you want to stay on beyond that age you have to request it in writing and you’re not necessarily going to get accepted. Now, some clever HR folk want the government to scrap this retirement age and let people work as long as they like.
As if anyone wants to work beyond 65!
Well, maybe there are some people in really fulfilling jobs who’d love to stay on, but they’re the sort of people who wouldn’t be terminated anyway. For most of us retirement age is a long-awaited occasion when we finally get money off the government and can pursue other hobbies like gardening, staying up all night, installing hand rails throughout our homes and becoming cantankerous. I for one would vote for the retirement age to be lowered to 21. The government could fund it through adsense – I’d even help them to build the website. Forcing the elderly to work when they should be out getting divorced and finding toyboys is tantamount to abuse, so please support forced retirement for the good of the nation.
November 21st, 2008 by admin