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You must remember that PAYE was only introduced in the early 1940s and that it takes time to train up all HMRC staff in its workings [joke]! In theory you can change you job every week and the P45 will follow you are ensuret that you are tax neutral by the year end. Now the entire PAYE system is embedded in HMRC's computer system it no longer seems to work properly.
I think that you may be eligible for an ESC A19, an extra statutory concession. The procedure is here [Source: Ross Martin]:
'Making a claim
If you think this concession applies to you, then you need to write to the address on your Tax Calculation indicating that you are making a claim under ‘ESC A19’. You will need to provide the following information:
HMRC will consider your claim but may need to verify details with you before giving you their decision.'
I would suggest that you make an application. After all, that Department can only say no!