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Postby gozomark » Tue 5 Oct 2010 03:57 GMT

Where there maybe illegal discrimination is in the application - Maltese citizens are assumed by default to be resident in Malta, whereas other EU citizens have to prove it - this is what AD is trying to change.
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Postby wendy.bruce2 » Tue 5 Oct 2010 06:05 GMT

Slightly off topic. I received two links by email to this board and the first one when I opened it, said that it didn't exist!! More gremlins in the system?!!
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Postby gozomark » Tue 5 Oct 2010 06:10 GMT

I posted 2 replies - the first one is on page 1 - maybe its that one
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Postby wendy.bruce2 » Tue 5 Oct 2010 08:39 GMT

gozomark wrote:Where there maybe illegal discrimination is in the application - Maltese citizens are assumed by default to be resident in Malta, whereas other EU citizens have to prove it - this is what AD is trying to change.


Sorry, who AD? :?
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Postby gozomark » Tue 5 Oct 2010 08:45 GMT

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Postby wendy.bruce2 » Tue 5 Oct 2010 08:54 GMT

Thanks. BTW can you tell me what LOL means, is it lots of love, or laugh out loud, or something completely different?
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Postby Kay » Tue 5 Oct 2010 09:50 GMT

Wendy - this is the Money Matters board, please try to stay on topic.

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Postby pumabob » Tue 5 Oct 2010 10:55 GMT

Sorry if I took this off topic a bit.
Point I was trying to make is that I begrudge paying more for our electricity than my next door neighbour, just because he is Maltese 'resident' and we aren't.

Got the meters read 2 weeks ago, but no sign of any bills yet.
Does Enemalta do prepaid electricity meters or is that too modern for them??
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Postby gozomark » Tue 5 Oct 2010 11:12 GMT

Once you get your ID and residency cards you will be paying the same as him.

On the flipside, as a foreigner you are probably paying less tax than him for the same level of earnings :-)

Not heard of pre-paid meters - as for bills, they can arrive a few weeks or a few months after the meter reading
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Postby pumabob » Tue 5 Oct 2010 12:39 GMT

Not heard of pre-paid meters


We had them back home and it was basically a keypad linked into the main meter. You bought credit similar to a PAYG phone at local shops, etc, then entered the 9 digit number into the keypad to top up. Because it was PAYG you didn't end up with a whopping great bill after 3-6 months....which is what I'm scared of here!!
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Postby gozomark » Tue 5 Oct 2010 12:44 GMT

sorry, meant not heard of them in Malta :-)

Many people here monitor their meter weekly - I'd suggest also watching your water meter, as your water bill could match your electric one if you use alot.
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Postby pumabob » Tue 5 Oct 2010 13:06 GMT

Thanks Mark, will keep an eye on both meters. :D

Until we get a proper bill we can't really budget for 'monthly usage'.
Whilst not using much more than back home in the UK, with 2 boys the TV's and computers are hardly ever off so we would probably be 'high' on the electric side. Water would be average and we have a well for outdoor plants/trees which should help.
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Postby wendy.bruce2 » Tue 5 Oct 2010 14:31 GMT

Kay wrote:Wendy - this is the Money Matters board, please try to stay on topic.

Thanks.


Ouch, sorry, I thought it was Water and Electricity and Mark had just mentioned AD. However, I agree LOL was off topic. :oops:
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Postby dave dee » Tue 5 Oct 2010 14:51 GMT

Our electricity/water bills took months, when it did arrive it came as a shock, i could feel it tingling through the envelope. :lol:
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Postby pumabob » Tue 5 Oct 2010 15:15 GMT

At the minute we are setting aside 100euro per month, just to see if that takes the sting out of it a bit when the bills come in.
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