All Quiet On The Front at Weston
Nobody wants to talk to me…….
At the housing benefit tribunal on 9th August, the judge said that he would deliver his judgement by 16th (a week ago). I still haven’t heard anything. I phoned the tribunals service again today only to be told that the judge has been given a deadline of 9th September. I’m trying to stop myself reading too much into this. I can’t stop myself. Surely if he was going to dismiss the appeal on the grounds that Hillingdon submitted, he would have done that by now. That would have been the easiest, quickest option. I can’t stop hoping that he recognises the “exceptional circumstances” of the case and is having plenty of discussions in order to present a judgement that reflects that. And hopefully, expose Hillingdon’s duplicity again at the same time.
Talking of Hillingdon. It looks like we’re staying in the flat for the forseeable future. The housing manager has gone on holiday until September and the colleague he handed our case over to has also gone on holiday now. There’s nobody around. Again, I start to let my mind wander. Has this latest delay been orchestrated until after the tribunal delivers its judgement? Supposing the appeal is upheld – that would look pretty bad on Hillingdon, that they had made another wrong decision that has set off a whole series of events, culminating in Steven losing his home. Perhaps, suitable properties are still thin on the ground after eleven months. Perhaps it’s a damage limitation exercise on their part.
Leicester county council don’t want to speak to me either. Or rather they don’t seem to want to pay me for the DoLs conference I spoke at on 13th June. I’m still waiting for payment plus the reimbursement of expenses two and a half months later. Apparently, the council’s payments function is outsourced to a private company and the department who commissioned my services don’t have access to the company who makes the payments! I’m told the “system” shows paid but they cannot make direct enquiries as to what has happened to it. Checkmate. And no cheque mate. But that’s leaner, more efficient services for you.
I always thought that systems are there to serve people. In all of these things I couldn’t be more invisible or mute.
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