Well, it took them 2 months to begin to process my name change and realise that I hadn't played by the rules, which led them to return all the paperwork, plus a 'jobsworth' covering letter informing me that I had been a naughty girl. As I am already a member of the GTC and have done nothing more drastic than change my name (deed poll = official and legal proof) I decided to ring them and point out that I had not changed my sex/parachuted in from outer space/had a personality change or face transplant and why, if the proof I had furnished was good enough for the Welsh Council, was it not good enough for them?
(A friend suggested writing to Tony Blair, congratulating him on the wonderful concept of the GTC and bemoaning the fact that it was being undermined by unnecessary beaurocracy but I decided against it on the grounds that nothing would induce me to communicate with that man.)
The outcome of yesterday's conversation, with a very pleasant, reasonable young man was as follows:
Oh yes, we know that it's not always feasible to get the signature of a GTC member and we can manage without it so if you send everything back I'll sort it for you.
Which is very nice but begs the question, Why, then, do you insist on it in the first place?
I didn't even ask why it had taken 2 months to even begin to deal with it. Let sleeping dogs lie, I thought...........
I wrote the above post on my other blog at the end of December. A few weeks later there was a re-run of the whole scene when someone sent me another form to fill in and I had another conversation with the pleasant young man who had promised to sort things out for me. Since then, I had heard nothing, until today.
Today I had a letter asking me for this year's fee (Remember, I pay my fee to Wales now) and addressed, yes, you've guessed it, to my former name. So I wrote this letter to the nice lady whose name was at the bottom of the request:
Dear Ms A*******,
I am returning the request for payment for this year’s membership of the GTC. As I have already informed your office last year, I live in Wales and work for Wrexham as well as Cheshire so opted to pay my fee to the Welsh Council, although obviously I still need to retain membership of the GTC in England.
The second point you need to be aware of is that my surname is now A*****, not C******* and I have sent the required documentation to that effect to you last year. I also had protracted correspondence and phone calls with your colleague **********, as you will see from the copy of my letter to him and no doubt, from your records.
I am at a loss to know why my change of details should result in this complete inability of the GTC to accept it but should I be required to go through the whole process yet again, I fear I could experience a resultant rise in blood pressure! Life is too short!
And yes, I am going to post it - first thing tomorrow! I shall be taking bets on the likely outcome.