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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Friday, 19 March 2021

Interested on how other boaters got on.

 The census...required by law for everyone to do. So what do you do if you can not get an access code to fill the form in online?  Well we have tried phoning the census.org helpline and failed to get any sort of answer from any of those sitting by a phone to answer queries, and we have phoned every day for nearly a week. All the operators bar one said without an address there was nothing they can do, although the one did say agents were being sent out to boaters and homeless people giving out forms. And then blow me down she suddenly said " Oh sorry, that isn't happening due to the Covid restrictions"!!! Talk about banging ones head against a brick wall! Our problem is no permanent address. All our mail goes to our daughters but of course we were told no second form can be sent to her not even as a c/o so once again we were stumped. At the last census we had the same problems but in the end were told to say we were visiting our daughter on the day. But this time of course, that is not an option because of the lockdown rules. If anyone has any idea of how we can get the form, baring in mind we have only two days to go, we would be eternally grateful as the fine of a thousand pounds for not sending in the form doesn't bare thinking about! Thanks.


Pip and Mick said...

Hi Irene
I've seen several comments about this on facebook this week. The latest comment mentioned the NBTA , here is a link to their guidance.
good luck

Barbara said...

Hello to you both. I have been trying any means to get the census code, today I phoned again and a lovely lady told me they had just received new documentation for the likes of us boaters. She asked for a post code near by, then were we near a business or shop or anything like that, she then took our boat name attached the boat to the address and then sent it for the address to be made. I was told I would receive the code either this afternoon or the morning, apparently we are classed as transient people. I’ll let you know if it has worked.
Take care Barbara x

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Thanks, Pip, Mick and Barbara. We will give it one more go.

Barbara said...

Just to let you know we got our code at 1900hours tonight so hang in there, good luck ๐Ÿคžxx

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