13 years ago I was diagnosed with chronic, clinical depression for which I have been taking medication since. I also suffer from Generalised Anxiety Disorder, crippling tension headaches and panic attacks. I take medication for the latter.
Back at the end of March, I lost my home. The same week, my uncle passed away very suddenly. The following week, my long term partner split up with me, and following that, I lost my job as a result of my depression. All this in 14 days, a lot for anyone to deal with I’d think.
I currently reside in a caravan on the Worcestershire/Herefordshire border – a 23′ touring caravan, not a huge static. I have no shower or toilet facilities in my caravan. I use my parents address for correspondence.
The site I am using is not a residential site. I am technically homeless, yet I still have to pay rent. I’m not, however, entitled to housing benefit.
I am registered with Shropshire Home Point – my registration took less than 24 hours. On Friday 1st July I took a paper application into the Hive to register for Worcestershire Home Choice Plus, as there is some sort of problem with the system that wouldn’t allow me to register online.
Yesterday, I received a letter from WHCP saying that I had not put my connection to Worcester on the form. I’d clearly written ‘Mother – *name* lived in Worcester for X years’
They said they also needed information about the length of time she has lived in Worcester, as well as her address. I wrote in section 16 (as I had been asked to), that there is no room for me at my mothers house, and that I use he address for correspondence
My C/O address is quite clear on the form also.
I stated on the form that I will be asked to leave my current site within a month, as it is not a residential site, and that my living situation is affecting my health.
I have been sent a medical assessment form.
Please bear in mind that to go and pick up my post is a 60 mile round trip, costing £10 in fuel. WHCP could have emailed me.
I apologise that my situation isn’t straightforward, and that people may have had to use their brains, but I am desperately trying to make my life better, and I am met by obstacles at every turn.
I have been going through hell trying to sort out Universal Credit, I have been patronised and spoken to like I am sub-human.
And now, for some reason, WHCP are playing delay tactics, that if they just used their brains, wouldn’t be an issue and I could start trying to look for a home.
Needless to say, not one part of this is helping me illness, and I am truly concerned for my own welfare at this point. I recently started a part time job at 6 hours per week, which I am seeing as a stepping stone to getting my life back on track, but the fact that there is no help, no easily accessible advice, and a seemingly arbitrary system in place for any government services, it’s not exactly helping my things.
I can’t help but wonder that the overall plan is just to get rid of all people suffering from mental health issues to make things easier for the people that could make a difference.
It’s funny, I’ve worked since I was 16, and paid taxes, yet I’m treated like I’m the one sponging off the state. £317 per month is meant to keep me. I still have the same bills as I did at the beginning of March. What do you get from the taxpayers each month? Are you constantly treated like you’re taking directly from someone’s pockets?
I urge you to read my blog at www.widdleswobble.wordpress.co.uk for more in depth information about what I have been put through at the hands of the benefits system and how this impacts on ones mental health. It seems as though people like yourselves that are able to make a change are completely oblivious to what actually goes on.
I look forward to your reply.
Just more of the fun & games with the government system, huh? This letter has been sent to Robin Walker, Harriett Baldwin and Stephen Crabb.