HRMC and Concentrix

Not that long ago we received a letter from Concentrix a company that we had never heard of before. Concentrix is an outsourced company that are working on behalf of HRMC. The overall aim is to investigate benefit claims and to try to cut how much is payed out in benefits by weeding out those that are either claiming fraudulently or incorrectly.

However the way they go about this isn’t very pleasant as the letters can be rather nasty and they work on a guilty until proven innocent basis which means dealing with them can be described as difficult. The letters ask for numerous bits of sensitive data depending on what they are accusing you off, and to top this off they give you a pretty short amount of time to get the documentation they demand sent to them. When you do this, due to the volume that they are receiving the chances of them even getting them on the system on time is remote let alone looked at. Calling them also often means holding for an hour only to be cut off automatically without ever speaking to a human.

This leads to perfectly innocent people being left without the money they are entitled to and a whole load of stress and aggro.

Fortunately and as we expected our claim was finally sorted and the result fell in our favor.

If you search online for concentrix you’ll find dozens of cases there are even newspaper articles about it

Independant

Mirror

There are plenty of places offering support and advice one such facebook group is called Concentrix Mums which has a lot of friendly and helpful people, Its also worth looking up mumsnet and netmums and of course your local Citizens Advice.

If you get one of these dreaded letters try not to panic and seek advice but most of all dont ignore it. Their is lots of help available and as long as you are claiming what you should things will get sorted.

I hope that this post helps and good luck.

 

Amazon Gift card and Playstation Plus Purchase

This Christmas I got a lot of Amazon gift cards and vouchers and knowing that my PlayStation plus is due to expire in January I decided to use my giftcard balance to try and buy a 12 month subscription.

On trying to purchase one of the codes i was asked to validate my account with a debit or credit card.

Turns out that this is just a security feature and that money is taken from the gift card balance and not the card unless there isn’t enough balance of course.

Update,News, Youtube and Minecraft

Its been a while since I last posted. It has been a busy few weeks the kids have gone back to school and I have had some drama with the car which fortunately is now working ok and has the MOT for the year. I still have manged for the most part to get videos up on my youtube channel and am keeping to my schedule of uploading something every Tuesday and Thursday. Despite an internet outage to two which meant that I was a little late on one or two of them.

I have also manged to do a few streams on twitch.tv  I stream when i can and when internet allows my latest uploads to YouTube are from a live steam that i did while playing lord of the rings online [lotro]  Part 1 Part 2 . There are more video’s on my channel and I would very much appreciate it if you would like and subscribe.

A few large pieces of news have happened since I last posted, Microsoft buying Minecraft is one. Personally on this I think that even and 2.5billion buying Mojang is a good deal for them however I do worry what it will mean for Minecraft especially on the Playstation format. I hope that Microsoft treat the community right and realise that having it on every platform known to man is a good thing.

As I type in the UK, Scotland are voting either yes or no to decide whether they want to stay part of the UK or if they want to go it alone. So far most of the polls have been very very close. I personally hope that Scotland stay as I do think that we are stronger together than we are apart. I am however getting fed up about all the coverage that there has been about it. As I live in England and am English I don’t get to have a say on the matter but its been all that has been talked about for the last few months. We should know by tomorrow morning either way.

I think that is all for now.

 

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Next bunch of Let’s Play Video’s

I have been a busy bee as far as uploading videos goes. Had some time of work so had a good oppotunity to get some gaming and video recording in.

Also had a really nasty bout of vomiting bug. 

But yes 3 new videos for you to watch and enjoy. A video on f12013, Terraria and Hearthstone.

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Lets Play Car Mechanic Simulator 2014

This one is an unusual one.  I saw the game become available on steam the other day and wondered how on earth they could make a game about being a game mechanic.

Of course I really  shouldnt have been surprised considering how many of sim games are now available. I am one of those people that like sim games but have got used to them being pretty poor and pretty badly limited in what you are actually able to do.

I have to say that Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 actually seems pretty competent. As your’ll see in the video I played the first full mission but what you wont see is that I had got half way through the second mission before my computer crashed which isnt the games fault. From what i have played already the game is well made has great graphics and seems to cover alot of varing situations.  The game is stable and I had a good time with it. Check out my video and then find the game on steam.

 

I am hoping to upload further missions very soon. Also look out for further episodes of my Age of Empires videos.

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Is PlayStation Plus A Good Deal? Part Five

This is part 5 of my on-going mission to track my Playstation plus transactions and to see whether or not Playstation plus is a good deal.

This covers February, March and todays [April] Update

All price are from the UK store and are in Pounds and pence (£)

Playstation Plus -39.99
Wipeout HD +13.99
Destruction Derby +3.99
Field runners +3.99
Age of zombie +3.99
Steel & titanium pack +4.79
Sackboy on the run theme +1.59
   
Alien Zombie Death +2.49
Blast Off +2.49
Origami Swan Avatar +0.20
Origami Butterfly Avatar +0.20
   
aero racer +3.99
yetisport +2.49
streetfighter 2 turbo hd remix +11.99
kula world [ps1 classic] +3.99
Sam and max full season +19.99
vectorTD +2.49
Echoes +0.99
   
Critter crunch +4.79
Bloons +3.49
vempire +1.74
  +53.68
cuboid +7.99
bubble trubble +3.99
Dracula: undead awakening +3.99
Oddworld:Abe’s Exodus +3.99
   
Shatter +4.79
Pipe Madness [Brand new mini and 2 weeks before release to public] +3.49
Kahoots +2.49
G-Police[ps1 classic] +3.99
LBP Sack boys prehistoric moves +4.79
Samurai Shodown [neogeo] +7.19
A space shooter for 2 bucks +1.74
sonic dynamic theme +1.59
   
Lead & gold +11.99
sonic the hedgehog +3.99
Astro tripper +3.19
guilty gear +2.39
pix n love rush +1.74
enigmo +2.39
   
sonic the hedgehog 2 NR
prince of persia classic +7.99
red faction battlegrounds +6.29
duael invaders NR
dyno gems +2.49
creatures 3 [ps1 classic] +2.39
   
   
Grand Total +148.56
   

Also received full game trials of Rainbow six vegas 2, Assassin’s creed and prince of Persia I also had access to the socom beta a few weeks early.

At this rate im easily going to break the £200.00 pound mark. And even with this I hear people saying its not worth it. stay tuned hopefully next months update will be done on time like this one actually was for april.

Key

NR = Not released  [This normally means that the game is new and that ps+ have received it before its public date which means no price yet. Or that its an exclusive item]

Is PlayStation Plus A Good Deal? Part Three

This is part three of my ongoing mission to track my Playstation plus transactions and to see whether or not Playstation plus is a good deal.

You can read the previous entries

https://yxxxx.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/is-playstation-plus-a-good-deal-my-view/

and

https://yxxxx.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/is-playstation-plus-a-good-deal-part-two/

I do seem unable to keep to any sort of schedule for posting things on this blog for which i do apologise.

This part actually covers two months September and October hopefully Novembers will be done on time and within a week of the main playstation plus update.

anyway with out any further to do  this is how I’m shaping up so far

So this is how it stacks so far at the current time [19/10/10]

All price are from the UK store and are in Pounds and pence (£)

Playstation plus -39.99
Wipeout HD +13.99
Destruction Derby +3.99
Field runners +3.99
Age of zombie +3.99
Steel & titanium pack +4.79
Sackboy on the run theme +1.59
   
Alien Zombie Death +2.49
Blast Off +2.49
Origami Swan Avatar +0.20
Origami Butterfly Avatar +0.20
   
aero racer +3.99
yetisport +2.49
streetfighter 2 turbo hd remix +11.99
kula world [ps1 classic] +3.99
Sam and max full season +19.99
vectorTD +2.49
Echoes +0.99
   
Grand Total +43.66

So as you can see I’m now well into profit actually the amount I’m now up is rather surprising even to me.

Now lets see how much more I can make.