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Friday again...

It just keep rolling around, than heavens!  must mean i'm still alive and kicking...   which is what i wll be doing to the Housing Benefit Division shortly, i'm thinking.
i went to see them Monday to take in all the stuff they wanted for identification, proof of address and crap like that...  i'd had an application form sent out to me a while back, while i was still waiting for the Jobseekers Allowance to be sorted.  So i took it in all filled out etc and all was well.  Saw the man who checked it over and made sure they had all the information they needed and that was it.
i find out today that i could possibly have applied from when i moved in on the 11/12...  will have to check that one out as i was told i could not by the Jobseekers lot.    i may be kicking ass up there shortly too...
Anyway, yesterday a cheque arrives for £267.00 - nothing to identify what it covers, no paperwork with it, zilch.  So i ring up and apparently they send the money as fast as they can and the paperwork follows in due course.  Makes it a little difficult to keep up with what's happening but hey, it's a step in the right direction, right?  The cheque covers the period of 25/12 - 21/1, he said and a second cheque is on its way too for £52, should be with me Friday [it was] - he neglected to say what that covered...  
Except for one little thing...  *there's always some fuckin thing...ses she with a weary sigh...*   It is short - only part of my rent, not all of it.  Yes, they have been lovely and prompt;  yes, it is a large portion of my rent - but it is £87.33 short per month...  As i have NO money coming in - just from where do they think i am going to make this up?  Don't tell me they expect me to pay it out of the Jobseekers???!!!!  i am rarely speechless but i came close - that is over half of what i actually get!   Just what do they expect me to live on?
My voice must have got a little shrill at this stage as he got a little defensive and started with the "Miss Crossley's" .... 
i said to myself "Don't shoot the messenger - just nick him in the leg with your knife..."
Eventually he managed to force some words of help out of his rather stiff Scottish lips - nice accent, pity about the broom up his arse -  there was a possible Top-Up fund that might help BUT only for a possible 6 months [he said] and he might be able to send me a form to fill out [he said], the official letters etc might take up to a week to come through... but when it's gone, it's gone, he said - WTF?
i took a deep breath, said 'yes, send me the form, please', said goodbye and hung up.    i remembered too late to ask where Council Tax was in all that...  later...

i sat there wondering if i had blown a fuse somewhere in the depth of my brain - i had heard all of that right, hadn't i?  yeah...  i'm pretty sure i did...  yeah, it had been going too well...  had to be a fuck-up somewhere... did it have to be a biggie?
Well, i will wait and see if i can get this top-up thing...  Before i go down and maim and kill...

Lynnie rang - computer is home and her little man seems to have done the business, copied all what she wanted and needed - she is a happy bunny and consequently, so am i...  She has a heavy cold and not feeling well...

Stretfordditto said January was the Monday of the Year and i think that is a damn good way to describe it...  been a pretty eventful month so far - and it isn't over yet...  i still have Sunday to get through - fingers crossed and good luck to everyone!!  We may or may not get tickets - but we will ALL be going for it.  i am already in London as we had a Team Brit Dinner in the works, so we may still be doing it - later, if we all get to go to the Warm-Up Concert...
And on 30th Jan, i meet my new dentist - need some work doing.  At least one crown for a badly broken tooth - and if they are up for it, a couple of bits of bridgework at the back of my mouth?   we shall see what comes out of that...

One of the payment protection Insurance companies rang to check some details and casually asked me to supply details of jobs i had applied for so far - "What", i cried, "ALL of them?"   She hastily said, just a list of what you are going for and any other details, plus letters - "Whoa, you're doing it again!"  i said...  i will provide you with a list and some details of what i have gone for, yes but i haven't kept 'no thank you' letters, or i'd be up to my armpits in them!  Actually you don't get that many but i do get rid of stuff past its week-over-closing-date...   *shakes head*   If Jobseekers are satisfied, they should be...

It's seven o'clock and they can all go do anatomically impossible things now.....   YAY!!  

have a good weekend, loveys

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stretfordditto
Jan. 26th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Dealing with the DSS is exhausting...I know one friend who gets all her rent/council tax paid direct and her fortnightly 'income support' is all hers, but another friend in virtually the same circumstances gets more 'income support' but is expected to pay an amount towards her rent/council tax. Nobody has any idea why the difference!

Hope you get all sorted soon. :)
lovejames
Jan. 26th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, i get that...
It is supposed to be based on a 'fair assessment' by an independant? operator and they fix what you should be paying - makes no consideration of what you are actually paying... If it means that it does not pay all of your rent, you have to make up the difference - i'm not sure what is supposed to be fair about that, especially if you have NO money coming in - where are you supposed to find it?
i'm too old to start trading sexual favours, man! and you so could not afford me...
Thanks for the good wishes, love
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lovejames
Jan. 26th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Don't get me started on govt depts!!
i cordially hate them all... even the helpful ones are slow, slow, slow. If you happen to run out of money while you are waiting, tough... they don't care if you starve... "Sorry, it's Friday... Can't even put your application through until Monday and it will take a week for us to get you something out of our Emergency Fund..." i've heard it all before...
i'll let you know how it all turns out.

Lynnie will indeed try for her own ticket - still not sure if we shouldn't try for double tickets... Really does depend on how many free, huh...
later, love

deborahw37
Jan. 26th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the evil government departments

and with the job hunt !

And the tickets.
lovejames
Jan. 26th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you, babe

i'm agonna need all the help and luck that's going...

You trying for tickets, love?
kazzy_cee
Jan. 26th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
I hate the benefit system in this country. It's supposed to treat everyone as individuals, but it just ends up being a beaurocratic (?spelling) nightmare for everyone.

Good luck sweetie!
lovejames
Jan. 27th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
There is very little justice in the system...
Bureaucracy is a bitch, most of the time.. it is impersonal in it's blind meandering push forward to 'get things done' - often to the detriment of those who it is supposed to assist... Very little individuality is allowed as it frightens most people.
You can be as different and individual as you like of course, just not in their department and away from their safe little worlds...
If you say nothing, fill out the forms, take what they give and go away, they all breath a sign of relief - you get someone like me who insists on being - gods forbid! - a person! and the world tilts on its axis...
The system sucks, guys...
Thanks for the luck - i'm going to need it.
xx
vampgaia
Jan. 28th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
Holy Cow Batman! *big hug* I hope you know that I'm thinking of you and sending you lots of positive energy as you battle the beaurocratic machine.
lovejames
Jan. 28th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you, petal!
The support of me mates means a lot to me and don't think for a second i don't appreciate it - i really do...
Battling the Accursed Machine is a bitch, it is so blind and feels nothing. But i gotta keep fighting, i WILL NOT just give up... i cannot.
i'm glad you have a ticket today.
xxxxx
sueworld2003
Feb. 11th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Hi there love,

Sorry to be a pain in the arse or anything, but I see you're using an icon of mine that I made solely for my own use.

I'm not sure if you're aware of this but normally on lj it's seen as the 'done thing' to ask before hand if you can take an icon and use it for yourself, so to have someone direct me to your lj and see you've used both on of mine and some from Kazzy_cee's without asking and without any form of credit is a wee bit of a surprise.

So I hope you don't mind me asking you not to use that particular icon in future, or if you're determined to do so, please add the appropriate credit on your lj icon page.

Thanks a bunch,
Sue.
lovejames
Feb. 11th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
Whose icon?
Not sure which one you are referring to - but i have to admit i don't remember where some of these come from, i have had them so long... Is it the 'Love's Bitch' one? Sorry, no copyright on it... But i will remove it from my files and it will not be used again.
i'm happy to credit people where i can and i did do a post yonks ago saying i use mostly Kazzy Cee's and JMLive - but the odd other one gets in once in a while, usually if i think it is pretty damn good and i haven't marked it as 'so & so's'...
It surprises me just how territorial icon makers are - they put up loads for other to snag [without a copyright on them] and then complain. Not you in this case, i hasten to add but if they are not for general use, why put them in the semi-public domain. i never put them on a website without credit - that is totally public.
Rest assured, all you icon makers out there, i won't use anybody's from now on, that i do not know personally or have permission for.
Sheesh....
sueworld2003
Feb. 11th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Whose icon?
Yes, it was the 'Loves Bitch' one. I imagine that you must have snagged it from me whilst on MOZ as I used to use it there quite often.

I'm sorry that this all seems so petty to you, and originally I wasn't going to say anything, but I notice you have many icons, none of which you have credited, including some from my FL, so I thought I say something to you now rather then have someone less patient then me come forward and say something.

As I say I know that to someone who doesn't work in Photoshop, that it seems like such a fuss over nothing, but people put out loads artworks/icons for folks to use as they want, but some like to keep back ones they like to use for personal use, and normally folks respect that.

I've had people ask me to use some of my more 'personal' stock and normally I say yes, as long as they give credit, as I don't think that's such a big thing to ask.

Thanks for being so understanding,

Best wishes,

Sue.

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