Today im feeling mostly surreal , the dystopian fantasy land of being a Benefit Scrounger has got even stranger . Legal daughter managed to sort out the Great Housing Benefit scandal of 2017 . The vast (to us) amount that has appeared in the Housing account with no explanation is all ours . So in the space of 14 days weve gone from facing eviction to loaded, well sort of .
It would seem that the DWP has informed them that they shouldnt have ceased our Housing Benefit since June of last year , they tried to evict us, then decided not to because they had no disabled adapted properties to rehouse us into ( to those overseas ...yes they do evict you from State Housing for non payment of rent , but if youre vulnerable or disabled tenants they then have to rehouse you in equivalent property elsewhere ,due to DUTY of Care regulations , if youre not disabled its usually to B&B or hostel accomodation )
They gave us a half payment of the rent through Discretionary Housing Benefit , despite us then having income of £30 a week , if you have no income you have to pay the rent WTF , so we once again amassed enough arrears for them to start the eviction process for the third time in six months .
It would seem that everyone has now accepted the fact that we live on next to nothing have had no income of any sort since December etc etc etc . They now accept that we have been telling the truth for over a year about our finances my partners illness etc etc. If family, friends , you lot and the church had not supported us through this time I dont know where we would have ended up .
Our caseworker at P3 has been solid gold and has been like a dog with a bone dealing with the DWP , she deserves a medal for the hours she has spent on our case , even she says its the worst shes ever handled.
Now let me explain another Benefits anomaly that leaves me baffled , because there is a separate budget for Discretionary Housing Benefit which is a well kept secret that Local Councils dont tell you about unless you ask. If they pay it to your rent account they cant pay it back to themselves if they then find that Central Government has then granted ordinary everyday Housing Benefit , so it just sits in your rent account , Ive tried to give it them back they cant take it !!
Theyve sent me a form to request it into my bank account !! But its not mine and I dont want it !! we had a whole argument with them about this . So my plan is to leave it sat there because lets face it , this year we have Armageddon Universal Credit to look forward to , so once again we would amass a minimum of six weeks of rent arrears and i cant believe it will go that smoothly being us . Nobody is happy with me about this decision, but to me it makes sense. Despite being a scrounger , I would like to pay for what we have , this is not a lifestyle we have chosen , illness has caused it .
Still got the Carers and the backdated ESA battles to fight, but at least now we have a small regular payment coming in to cover the bills.
Take a deep breath , rant over..................for now