16th January 2020

These posts were originally posted on the MoneySavingForums (a UK money management site), I am moving my journals across to WordPress to have them in chronological order. I’m not sure how much of other people’s words I’m allowed to copy across from one site to another, so in some sections I may summarise conversations.

Payday! And just in the knick of time, some of my categories had literal pennies in. YNAB is often about creating a feling of artifical scarcity – so even though my bank balance is as high as its ever been, I’m feeling the pinch as my category balances run down. But pay day arrived and I have money again.

There was a whole £40 I hadn’t spent left in my budget – I’ll admit, I immediatly took it to Amazon and bought some stuff that’s been sitting in my basket for weeks. That possibly wasn’t the smartest choice but it is what it is.

They annouced at work that we’re getting a 2.2% pay rise this year. That’s… not nothing, and I don’t want to be ungrateful, but after tax it’s not translating into much per month. I’m thinking once I know how it affects my monthly take home I might try inch up my pension contributions another 1%. We’ll see.

I haven’t had that cheque from my nan’s will yet, but that doesn’t hugely surprise me. I thought my dad was being a little overoptimistic with the timing.

I’ve putting some money aside this month for a final Brexit shop before the big day. I have £100. I need to go and buy it in the next few days.

My temperature blanket is about the width of a scarf at the mid point of the month, it’s going well. The weather has been pretty steady though – although we’ve had some highs above 10*, each time the lows have been low enough to pull the average down into the 5* to 9* range.

Oh! I also found some information on this Wikipedia page that I am Very Upset about.

There are three quotes and I think they pretty much speak for themselves.

Since the Gender Recognition Act 2004, transgender people who are married have been required to divorce or annul their marriage in order for them to be issued with a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). The government chose to retain this requirement in the Act as, effectively, it would have legalised a small category of same-sex marriages.The Civil Partnership Act 2004 allowed the creation of civil partnerships between same-sex couples, but a married couple that includes a transgender partner cannot simply re-register their new status. They must first have their marriage dissolved, gain legal recognition of the new gender and then register for a civil partnership. This is like any divorce with the associated paperwork and costs.

If the spouse does not consent, the marriage must be terminated before a GRC may be issued.

This next quote seems to contradict those two quotes a little but its unclear, and it’s from a paragraph in between those quotes

With the legalisation of same-sex marriage in England and Wales, existing marriages will continue where one or both parties change their legal gender and both parties wish to remain married. However, civil partnerships continue where only both parties change their gender simultaneously and wish to remain in their civil partnership. This restriction remains as, effectively, it would legalise a small category of opposite-sex civil partnerships.

And then it goes on to say

The legislation also does not restore any of the marriages of transgender people that were forcibly annulled as a precondition for them securing a GRC; a GRC will not be issued unless the spouse of the transgender person has consented.

Like… What. The. Eff. What does he get a say in any of this?

I am mad.

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