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Quest for an NI Number, part 2

Frustrated by lack of any response to the number I'd read off of the sign on the closed Job Centre, I called the national contact number for NI numbers two weeks ago. They gave me yet another local number and told me to call that. So I did - four or five times a day for the past two weeks. It was always busy.

Today, frustrated by lack of usefulness of number #2, I tried going back to the Job Centre, taking with me details of the second-closest one as well. The Job Centre was just as closed as ever - but this time, a helpful guy in a car told me to keep going down the street I was on. And sure enough, further down the street was a fully open, entirely functional Job Centre Plus. I went in - and the man at the welcome desk gave me a sheet of paper with another number to call on it - and this time, there was even a partial explanation for why the number I'd been trying for the past two weeks wasn't working. As of today, the overworked Stoke Newington call center was closed and replaced by something better.

Back at home this afternoon I called - and to my amazement, the call was connected, a helpful person took all my details, and then agreed with me that twenty minutes was too little time to run across town to Tooting with all my uncollected documentation for the mandatory NI interview. Unfortunately, since I couldn't do twenty minutes notice, I have to settle for five weeks notice. But I have an interview date, right at the beginning of August! Once I finally, finally had the right and then updated information, it was all very easy.

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saffronjan
Jun. 30th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
Gah
What a hassle. But it is now over, and you are on the right path. Whew!

aquitaineq
Jun. 30th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
good for you! wow, that took you a long time to be able to accomplish. sheesh, bureaucracy.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 2nd, 2006 08:37 am (UTC)
the void
Hi, I am also trying to reach stoke newington job centre with as much luck as you. Even if you get through by some miracle, they simply dont pick up the phone... Anyhow super well done and congrats that you managed to change your appointment. Was wondering if you still had the phone number you called? Would be extremely helpful! Thanks
owlfish
Aug. 2nd, 2006 09:33 am (UTC)
Re: the void
The new number I was given in late June, and which worked the first time I tried it during normal business hours, is 0845 6000 643. Good luck!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 1st, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
Re: the void
Hmmm this doesn't sound promising. I've just called the number you gave and while I did get to speak to someone (progress from the original number I was given) they told me they couldn't help and I would have to keep trying the original number. No wonder these people lost their empire.
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