The council goons haven't bothered to send a DHP ( Discretionary Housing Payment) form to me this year. it has usually arrived automatically in february, giving enough time for me to fill it in send it back and for it to be processed. I only realised yesterday when I noticed some paperwork. Paperwork that had been left out over a year ago to explicitly remind me of this bureaucratic nightmare. I forget everything.
I can think of a couple of reasons for the form not being sent;
- The council (Tory) aren't going to cover the bedroom tax charge this year and make me pay. (£600-£700 from my soon to be reassesssed ESA, DLA)
-The council have moved the priority away from DHPs for bedroom tax to HB or the mess the government has imposed on local authorities with some slight of hand chicanery with something called LHA (Local Housing Allowance) which is all meaningless to me.
They could also be about to charge me with a percentage of HB. I'll find out in the days to come.
I hate the council. They used to help me. Now they're pulling the rug from under me bit by bit.
First the wardens were sacked as the council dropped supported housing. Then I have to pay for a new support element which is nowhere near as good as it was. Now hanging over my head is the prospect of shelling out for a poxy tiny room that I use as a physio n storage room. (my gym ball burst). It has never been used as a bedroom but they don't care. And no one else will give a damn about, a new & harder approach to death-by-austerity for the disabled because the distraction, the government friendly right wing media has employed, with IDS v Cameron v EU etc. is taking the lime light.
I have to mount my scooter now and travel 200 yards to the community room and pick up my laundry. My index finger smells of garlic. Not sure why. I live inside my mind. My mind is a bit broken. i mostly live in constant worry, anxiety and fear since the Tory gov imposed all this fascist cruelty in 2010...., Even though to talk to I must seem quite composed or calm, if not a little flakey and spaced out/forgetful. Tim nice but dim ?