Apologies in advance for the rant!
I have been on ESA for the last 18 months and until recently, had no problem with the payments coming through on the regular alternative Friday. A few months ago I applied for DLA - the following Friday, no payment!
Apparently if you make a claim of some sort, this affects the system and someone has to 'press a button' to acknowledge the claim so that your normal payments aren't affected (something like that was explained anyway). So a phone call back the same day and the payment was put in and all was fine.
On Monday, (after DLA had been turned down a few months ago), I decided to have another go and applied for PIP and await forms to arrive to complete the application. Today is my normal 'pay day' for ESA and guess what.... no payment in the account!!! Another phone call to them, usual questions "has anything changed?" - nothing apart from making the claim on Monday, and it seems payment won't be released until Monday now.
Well in my 'new' world of becoming a prisoner of the system - this just isn't good enough.
I have worked all my life, paid my way into the system and earned reasonable money to get by. When I was struck down with my lung disease (ESA) along with BC, my world was turned upside down. I have gone from being able to do many things that I wanted to on my earnings, to living fortnight by fortnight waiting for that payment to go into my account. I am not ashamed to say that living this way on benefits has made me more than scrimp on the meagre amount we are paid.
So today - whilst I await a call back for them to (hopefully) 'press that buton' to acknowledge the claim and hopefully have the pay go into my account before the end of the day - I contemplate my emergency gas running out completely before the end of the day, my electric going into the emergency £5 - and waiting the whole weekend without a penny in my purse (literally!), no milk, no bread, no petrol, no lots of other things in my cupboard, and owing my daughter money that she is also desperate to receive today as promised....
I HATE what this system does to those genuinely require help and have paid their way. Words are beginning to fail me to describe what it means being caught up in this world of red tape all because your health deteriorates.
Anyone else had a similar experience that has affected their payment?
Grumble over but needed to let off steam!