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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    It takes up to 4 weeks after the vaccination for the body to produce effective quantity / quality antibodies She was just unlucky that she caught covid before her body had time to produce sufficient antibodies to fight off the virus. Dr Campbell on YouTube has evidence-based lectures on the virus almost every day. He had one a few weeks ago comparing the side effects of the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is not risk free a very tiny percentage of people to get an inflamed heart muscle! The Astra Zeneca vaccine has very tiny percentage of people who get a blood clot. Dr Campbell believes that the small number of cases of bad side effects could be caused by The way the vaccine is administered. I am not medically trained it is just my opinion.
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    Free school meals

    Do not know but I suspect that the job agency could see an opportunity to use the furlough money to cover their cash flow problems. Where is the Financial Conduct Authority when it is needed?
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    Free school meals

    I support free meals for children at least until the virus problem is solved. The derby newspaper alleged that Agency workers at bombardier did not receive their furlough money. https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/agency-workers-bombardier-site-still-4145424 these bombardier workers were in NO-MANS LAND they received no furlough pay for several weeks but were not unemployed so could not claim unemployment benefit. In my opinion the above is tip of an iceberg of people being placed in a position of NO MANS LAND not unemployed so cannot claim any benefits could not work because of government lock downs. Not receiving furlough money for questionable reasons.
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    Anyone had tomove back to UK for financial reasons?

    I have to agree the world today certainly different to a couple of decades ago Most of my working life if you were a good worker after 3 months the majority of employers would give you a full-time permanent contract. In the U.K those day are long gone employers now seem to go out of their way to find ever more creative ways to avoid giving workers any job security. I work for a logistics company and a significant percentage of workers are trapped In a never-ending loop zero-hour contract – short term contract – zero-hour contract. With ever decreasing number obtaining full time permanent jobs.
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    Anyone had tomove back to UK for financial reasons?

    I am sorry to be blunt this is how it is in the U.K today. The UNVERSAL BENEFIT system is corrupt and not fit for purpose. If you have the misfortune to need to claim universal credit At some point you can and will be forced under the threat of sanctions into accepting a zero hour Contract that can fail to deliver a single paid hour of work for weeks at a time. Also, if your claim for universal credit is successful there is a minimum of five weeks delay before You receive any payment.
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    Anyone had tomove back to UK for financial reasons?

    My experience I could find work short temp work or farm labouring but could not get a permanent skilled job with long term prospects. Unfortunately, I was approaching 50 the last thing I wanted was zero job security. I loved Melbourne and Australia but I could see that it made no economic sense for me to stay in Australia. When I returned to the UK. I had to rely on my savings and job agency until I found a permanent job. It took me over one year to get a permanent job back in the U.K. Up to the age of 47 I could pick and choose where I worked now I am past 50 I have no choice but accept whatever I can get
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    A one party country

    Australia and just about every western economy have had one party in control the party’s name is the neoliberal party for the last 30+ years. Make no difference what colour jacket they wear red, blue, yellow. Australia have had a very good run of luck a free ride due to china’s boom. There are a number of reasons a recession is may be on the way China’s growth is slowing down The world economy is slowing down. There is too much private debt in just about every western world economy.
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    Need to go back to the uk to help with mum

    If you have not worked in the U.K in the last two financial years then you cannot claim carers allowance.
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    1000 questions.

    6.You can make voluntary class 3 National Insurance payments to make up for some of the missing years of contributions for years working outside the U.K. State pension age in the U.K has changed recently depending on date of birth.
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    Things to do in the UK

    National Space Centre near Leicester about 1.5 – 2hr drive from Rotherham https://spacecentre.co.uk/ never been so not sure how good it is.
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    Will OZ landline phones work in the UK?

    I agree with Bobbsy. I worked as a test engineer for fax products manufacturer for 15 years until 2002. The telecoms standards of Australia and the U.K are close but they are different. The line components for Australia and the U.K were not the same on the products we sold. So yes they will work in both countries. But There is a theoretical possibility that a none U.K approved phone could damage the phone exchange!
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    Average UK Salary

    Average wages is totally meaningless as it includes ALL workers’ wages divided by the number of workers. Senior workers in investment banks, footballers on x million pounds per year distort the average figure upwards. 21K is not bad pay for a starting wage What people earn before and after tax. If you are earning above 26k then 70% of the working population are earning less than you. These figures are two years old. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/percentile-points-from-1-to-99-for-total-income-before-and-after-tax
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    UK unemployment rate

    ¬My observations of zero hour contracts. I have heard most the augments from the apologists for zero hour contracts. People choose to work zero hour contracts as the like the flexibility to work around family life etc. The vast majority of people I have spoken to who are on zero hour contracts would prefer Full time or at least fixed guaranteed number of hours. People have the flexibility to work the hours they choose. If a person is not available 24/7 for work when the agency want them They sulk and you find there is no work for you for a few days or weeks! The flexibility is all on the employer’s/ agency side willing to drop any worker at any time they choose for no other reason that they can! All zero hour contracts are the same and provide people with the opportunity to learn valuable skills At different companies. This is at best half true but only in industry requiring skilled, semi-skilled workers. Stacking shelfs, warehouse operative are not skilled jobs! A zero hour contract working and learning valuable skills for a high tech company that could one day be the next Google or apple. Or a zero hour contract engineer / health care professional with decades of experience earning £30-£50 per hour. IS NOT the same as a zero hour contract at minimum wage £7.20 per hour doing an unskilled job stacking shelfs etc. at a company that perhaps only one in a thousand will ever be get the opportunity to progress to a well-paid full time job? Unfortunately it is the low skilled minimum wage jobs that are seeing the dramatic rise in zero hour contracts
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    UK unemployment rate

    My observations from the real world. Most of my working career at companies through the 80’s, 90’s if you worked for a Company and were good at your job after 12 weeks you were offered a permanent contract Did not matter if you were a production worker or a skilled engineer If not you were shown the door out. (An unwritten code of conduct between the owners of capital and workers that most decent companies would follow). This has changed in the last decade the companies I have worked for go out of their Way to avoid giving people full time permanent contracts adopting the sports direct business model of zero hour contracts. Ask a private company for any meaningful training any one would think the cost of the training was taken direct from the manager’s wages! Since 2008 all the risks and costs of capitalism have been pushed onto the workers and the taxpayers. When I was on zero hour contracts my monthly wage varied from £1100 down £170! On one occasion I had two weeks with zero pounds!! This is one reason why people end up using food banks they are in NO-MANS LAND between paid work and the benefits system. Not ticking all the right boxes to claim benefits but also not getting enough paid hours to Pay basic living costs.
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    UK unemployment rate

    My experience in the east midlands is similar to Perthbum experience. I know about 30 peaple on zero hour contracts. 29 of them ether hate zero hours contracts or are resigned to the fact this is all they can get. One of them was ok with zero hour contracts and that was because he had a PHD in Maths And was applying for jobs in the city of London. In my experience that works out at a little over 3% who like zero hour contracts.