The W Word!

Just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water………. I’m doing overtime again! I’m not sure for how long this time, but the secretaries went down like flies last week so I helped out again. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! 😉 (Think of the money, think of the money….)

Our Trust has just launched a home computers initiative which allows employees to buy a brand new computer for a monthly sum on a salary sacrifice scheme. This means that the full RRP is paid, but there is no deposit required, no interest to pay, and the monthly repayments are taken direct from salary BEFORE tax, NI and pension is deducted. (The computer remains the property of the Trust until it is paid off in full over 1, 2 or 3 years.) I think the Trust gains by getting a better deal for their work-place computers by buying larger numbers – at least this is how I understood all the small print anyway.) With my computer getting slower and slower and more likely to die by the day, this scheme looks too attractive to pass up. I’ve never had a new computer before, I always get the family’s cast-offs or rebuilds (not that I’m complaining though.) Neither have I had a laptop but the idea of this has become more appealing over the last couple of years, for various reasons. So…….. I’ve applied to get a lap top (the least expensive on offer) and pay for it over 2 years. I’m rather excited at the thought of getting it and hope it won’t be long 🙂

Nel has got a permanent contract with a local taxi firm chaperoning children to and from school. Obviously it’s only during term time, but it fits in nicely with her dog walking and at last means she will be able to say goodbye to the job centre 🙂 She’s enjoying the job so far (not the early mornings so much though!) and we’re proud of her.

Billy has got to the stage where he simply cannot continue with being an optician. The stress is too much and at the end of the day, we feel that his health has to come first. Unfortunately it’s a hard time to be looking for work, and on paper, he is only qualified to do one thing. However, he’s been applying for jobs, and in the interim he has got himself a temporary post until Christmas. This is great because it isn’t just bringing in some (much needed) money, but also gives him something else on his CV and shows employers that he can and will do other work. 🙂


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