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||[Dec. 2nd, 2006|03:23 pm]
I am confused and annoyed.
On wednesday I got a letter from Howden House saying that they were suspending payments of my housing benefit because my rent had significantly decreased, and they had reason to believe that I had been lying for the past 14 months, and claiming that my rent was three times higher than it actually was. I was slightly perturbed by this, as my rent hasn't changed at all recently, or at any point since I moved here, about 14 months ago, and I've always been totally honest about how much I pay.
So, I takes all me bits of relevant paper down to Howden House, and I sits there for ages till a lady takes me to an office, she looks at my bits (of paper), and she rubs her chin, and then she says
"Ah, I see what we've done here."
What they'd done was, when reviewing my claim about a month ago, was to read the figure that me and my two housemates pay, the three of us, on one form, then write it on another form, FORGETTING TO DIVIDE IT BY THREE as the amount of rent I say I have to pay. Can you see what they did there? Can you? So then someone else looks at the form I filled in about a month ago that asked my rent, and it looks like my rent has suddenly been reduced by two thirds, and they smell a rat.
Ok, so on wednesday they admit their mistake, they say sorry a lot, etc., I am annoyed but chuckle a bit and carry on with my week.
This morning I get a letter saying that due to my "recent change in circumstances" they are suspending further payments of housing benefit. The letter doesn't say what this supposed change in circumstances is, but as far as I am aware the only change in my circumstances is that I'm A LOT MORE FUCKING ANGRY AT THE BENEFITS SERVICE.
Anyway, rant over. Bye bye, have a nice day.