Past the point of caring
It seems very clear to me that David Cameron has a mission to rid the UK of poor, disabled and now even young people who might even be working… let me make it clear what my mission is, and I don’t care who knows, to drive a stake through David Cameron’s heart and the hearts of the rest of the conservative cabinet.
At least if I was in prison, the government would have to look after me right, 3 meals a day, roof over my head… OK so maybe the other people there and what they might think of me is quite a concern, but perhaps not so much of a concern as trying to find somewhere to live when you have no money and no-one wants to rent to you because you don’t have a job and are claiming Housing Benefit.
Hackney Council have been fairly helpful, they have told me that if I find a property myself where the Landlord is prepared to accept housing benefit, then they could pay the deposit and 1st month’s rent from Discretionary Housing Payments, since I am classed as “vulnerable”, they may even be able to help me find somewhere, but the chances finding somewhere soon are slim since there is a huge demand for housing in Hackney and very very few Landlords who want to accept Housing Benefit. Who can blame them really, given all the bad press benefit claimants have received thanks to the Government’s propaganda…
On the 16th July my lease will end and it would seem even if I was to stick it out and get evicted then I might not get rehoused, I might have to live in a Homeless hostel, something I haven’t done since I was 17 and to be honest I imagine that its little better than Prison, apart from the whole locked doors thing. If I move out of Hackney to other boroughs where housing is cheaper, or even out of London, then I will not get help with the deposit and first month’s rent. I have no money right now, I am owed money from Tax Credits, from Housing Benefit and from ESA, but of course I have no idea when they will pay up and I doubt that would be enough to cover my moving expenses, then of course I would need to find money to pay the next month’s rent in a month from now.
I really have no motivation to do anything, it seems pointless for me to even look at places to live on rightmove and such. as the chances that they will say yes to Housing Benefit are minimal. And of course its not as if you could hide it even if I had the money, since they want employment references and credit checks, etc, etc…
I am disabled, I am 32 years old, I deserve better treatment than this by the state, but clearly I am not worth it.
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