Windy License

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  1. Doo

    Doo Well-Known Member
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    applied for my windy license on thursday filled out the online form from the council website for three year license £217 paid fee online, got an e-mail back saying my application was recieved & that I will hear from them on or before 22 november once the police had ruled on my past.

    Fast forward to friday morning moblie rings in work , "hi this is the council we recieved your application there is a problem " oh I say have i missed a question on the form ? "no, the payment is wrong you owe us another £11 due to the license fee increasing to £228 :rolleyes: " by the way this fee is an admin fee & is non returnable so if the police so no license then my dosh is gone :angry: .

    Thing is I work for a company that does double glazing repairs & i'm in around 40 different households a week & guess what no license, police check required ....mind boggling I think the council has missed a trick here :p


    Oh and another thing before applying for said license you must buy public liabillity insurance cheapest I got was £65.05 through simply business, so that will be more cash down the drain if my application is refused. :angry:

    I'm fully expecting my license to be approved as my only brushes with the law have been a p*ss in the street 26 years ago £25 fine & driving without a seat belt 5 years ago £30 fine.

    Just a cash making exersise from the council as I can drive 6 miles away & need no license different council :ph34r:
     
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  2. CNS-southwest

    CNS-southwest Grand Master
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    personally i think you should have had liability insurance before you started, for you as much as your customers., however if it was declined you got get a partial refund by canceling it.

    Secondly - i dont think that a licence is a bad idea at all, it means you wont get dodgey people making us look bad.

    thirdly - the price is expensive!!!!! ouch. and the cheek to you call you and ask for another £11!!!1 tell em to do one and that you paid the price they stated!
    that like going and buying a new car for £12k and then when you take it back for the first service they say, by the way we now sell your car at 1k more so you need to pay us another 1k lol
     
  3. Doo

    Doo Well-Known Member
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    Should have mentioned i cannot work till I have the license so paying for 4-5 weeks insurance for nothing :(

    But i'm not the first & won't be the last.

    Why do other house entering trades not have to undergo police checks ...Joiners,carpet fitters,brickies,sparks ....ect ?
     
  4. laddergarder

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    It isnt fair that other industries dont have the same checks done, but it is a good thing. Also you could have held of with the insurance a few weeks, they dont need that until the police check is back.

    When i first started the woman i spoke to told me to hold off and they will let you know when and if everything checks out, then just sort out some insurance and they will grant the licence.

    In greenock where i am based its £130 for 3 years. But in has been going up and up every year. I remember when it was under £90 for the three years. I have heard that there is some areas of glasgow that are over £300 for one year.

    Some sort of fair pricing system spanning across scotland definately is needed. They seem to just charge what they want because they know you can do without it.

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  5. Belfastcleaning

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    that silly about different prices in different areas?? i would be all for the lisence thing if it came to n.ireland. tho i doubt it would stop all the rogues..
     
  6. M.K Cleaners.co.uk

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    100 quid for 3 years for fife. 150 a year for kinross. It just 10 mins from where I live. I need to buy 2 licences.

    Its a pain in the **** to be honest. I could go pay this for an employye. Then he could turn round and decide the jobs not for him. As fas as im aware there not trsnferable either which ****. This really puts me off getting an employe
     
  7. Doo

    Doo Well-Known Member
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    Ladder garder, I could not hold off as a bit on the application asked for proof of my insurance, no insurance no application accepted
     
  8. Doo

    Doo Well-Known Member
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    My cousin has had this problem in the past now only has subcontractors who pay their own license
     
  9. laddergarder

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    I have two employees and i pay for their licence. Taking someone and them chucking it would not be good. For me our uniforms and equipment would cost allot more than thier licence. So you would get stung with quite a few things. Its up 2 u to make sure you employ someone with the right attitude.

    So far touch wood it been ok for me.

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  10. bvwcs

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    The licence sounds like a ripoff. Has anyone ever been prosecuted for cleaning windows with out one?
     
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