Sometimes I just want to run screaming into the distance and wish that both me and Mr Bah Humbug had been neutered at age 16 .
So heres the latest edition of the misery saga, one day we will return to having a life , cooking and crafting...honest
Mr Bah Humbugs youngest son, known to long term readers as Young Baldrick , his dads favourite child , ADHD , high functioning autism , jam jar glassed ginger kid , has got him self in a mess occasioned by our nanny state at its best .
He finally while living with his mother reached the age where there are no more training schemes or college courses he can attend , mainly due to having been thrown off every one due to poor attendance . So he was told he must sign on for Job Seekers Allowance , now the problem is that unless you talk to him for some time you dont realise he has problems , hes also registered blind but you wouldnt know unless he tells you , he just seems endlessly clumsy , he has no depth perception at all .
So in November just as he turned 19 he was referred to an assisted living program , he has been deemed by the nanny state as fit for independent living , so they sent him to live in a bedsit at the YMCA, despite his mothers protests , this was full of other teenagers with various problems both physical and mental who had left care . Now during this period I stalked him through social media , he was visibly struggling , he looked like a drugged up skeleton , had gained a girlfriend in the same block who turned out to be a fully fledged crazy person and had him beaten up for being late for a date ! he is very trusting , thinks everyone is his best friend and loves everyone . Now that he is 19 nobody has any say in his life but him , he is judged fit for independent living , he received no help beyond getting him the bedsit .
January 2nd he rang us to say he was homeless and had nothing to eat , could he come to live here ? an hour long sobbing fest to his dad on the phone . His dad said he would ring him back after he had spoken to me .
My response ...ring his mother , get the truth of it all .
It turns out he has been sanctioned for non attendance at the job center , he lost the housing due to this , they managed to get him back into the bedsit with the councils help but a couple of days before xmas the scheme lost its funding and they all got home in the evening to find themself locked out and on the streets . He spent xmas at his mothers because all the agencies involved were on xmas break.
January 2nd she threw him out , her tenancy doesnt allow him there due to the problems with his behavior in the past ,once he moved out he couldnt go back , hes now sofa surfing round his friends. He cant claim a single penny because hes of no fixed abode , he cant get help from agencies because he cant remember what day of the week it is. Ive spent hours on the phone trying to sort this bloody mess out all occasioned by the powers that be deciding hes fit for independent living when he quite blatantly may never be without a lot of support which they dont have the funding for .
He cant come here , the council wont let him because hes 19 and has a criminal record for endless shoplifting , not that we have a shop within 5 miles !!
There is much more to this saga , but its all depressing bang your head against a brick wall , so called caring establishment bullshit . All occasioned by that one decision that he is fit for independent living