‘I was on the verge of being homeless’

BENEFIT bosses have been forced to apologise to a man who claims he was left on the verge of being made homeless after being wrongly accused of owing money.

William Aherne claims a mistake by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) saw him issued with a demand for almost £500.

He says the money was deducted from his benefits, leaving him unable to pay his rent and facing a life on the streets.

Mr Aherne, of Oxford Grove, Heaton, had been receiving Income Support and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit after he was hurt in a timber yard in 2009.

But government changes to the welfare system meant in September last year he was forced to reapply for a new benefit — Employment and Support Allowance.

But, Mr Aherne said, the DWP claimed he had made a mistake on his application form, which resulted in him being sent a demand to pay back the money he did not owe.

Mr Aherne, aged 45, said: “They said I owed them £488 because I hadn’t put down that I was claiming Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit on my form but I had, and they later admitted I had.

“They’ve taken about £50 off me and nobody will tell me when I’ll get it back.

“They’ve also cut my benefits from £101 a fortnight to £42 and I don’t know why.

“I can’t afford my rent and have just had my notice of eviction.

“It’s made me feel really depressed, nobody will give me any answers.”

The DWP has now apologised for the mistakes made on his benefit form.

A spokesman for the DWP said: “We are also making further checks to ensure that all aspects of his claim have been assessed correctly.”

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10:57am Wed 1 May 13

simmo707 says...

BROKEN BRITAIN UNDER TORIES – MUTTON DRESSED AS LAMB
Cameron was Special Advisor to the Tory Chancellor ,Special Advisor to the Tory Home Secretary and also worked in the Tory Research Department considering the state of the Country they were Titles obviously of no consequence .Thatcher employed Saatchi & Saactchi at great expense to the Tax Payer to give us a typically moulded version of what a Right Wing Ogre was .Blair’s Spin Doctor was Alistair Campbell who started spinning his Lies in a **** Magazine .So basically we could take a tramp off the streets and dress them up with a little voice coaching and you have a ready made clone of an Autocratic Puppet that takes no responsibility ,wastes Public Money by the bucket load keeps the Public in the dark as far as possible and sponges off the rest of us .Giz a job.
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BROKEN BRITAIN UNDER TORIES – MUTTON DRESSED AS LAMB Cameron was Special Advisor to the Tory Chancellor ,Special Advisor to the Tory Home Secretary and also worked in the Tory Research Department considering the state of the Country they were Titles obviously of no consequence .Thatcher employed Saatchi & Saactchi at great expense to the Tax Payer to give us a typically moulded version of what a Right Wing Ogre was .Blair’s Spin Doctor was Alistair Campbell who started spinning his Lies in a **** Magazine .So basically we could take a tramp off the streets and dress them up with a little voice coaching and you have a ready made clone of an Autocratic Puppet that takes no responsibility ,wastes Public Money by the bucket load keeps the Public in the dark as far as possible and sponges off the rest of us .Giz a job. www.brokenbritainund ertories.com simmo707

2:14pm Wed 1 May 13

magic dragon says...

Another example of the sick and disabled being victimised by the Benefits agencies and in particular this excuse for a Government. It's about time these people in control realised their reforms are not working and are grossly unfair to the vulnerable.
Another example of the sick and disabled being victimised by the Benefits agencies and in particular this excuse for a Government. It's about time these people in control realised their reforms are not working and are grossly unfair to the vulnerable. magic dragon

7:16pm Wed 1 May 13

Magictallguy says...

Thanks to the Bolton Job Centre and it's failure of a staff team, I was left homeless for 2 years because they were "unable to change the account with DLA enters". I'm Autistic, and had just been made homeless by my mother who had become clinically insane (unfortunately, there was no proof at the time, so nothing was done until 6 months later when council workmen were upgrading the kitchens and bathrooms of properties still under council control), she had changed the account details of my claim so the money that was rightfully mine entered her bank account, kicked me out with only what I was wearing, disowned me, and stabbed me in the shoulder with a screwdriver!

Silverwell Street apparently had "no vacancies" when I made repeat trips to their Homeless Welfare office in Bradshawgate, yet 1 time straight after I had been "dealt with", the man behind me was instantly offered a place to live - we were the same age (I'm nosy, so I stayed around to listen into how he had managed to get the spot I desperately needed), we'd been homeless for about the same amount of time, we were in effectively the exact same position. I got nothing, he got the help.

According the to Job Centre, they were unable to help me due to a "lack of proper identification" - regardless of the fact that I could answer all necessary security questions and the fact that I did *not* need ID to get what I needed (my money back going back into my account).
I'm on a high rate of DLA with the care component, and low rate mobility. With the rates I was receiving, my mother had wrongfully claimed around £9,000 in my name. The Job Centre, naturally, was again unable to help me feeding me the same lie I got the first 4 times.

It's thanks to a few real friends, and my (now) fiancé that I was able to survive and get everything sorted.

I wanted to prove to everyone that I really was in a severely bad state - I couldn't afford to eat, having to almost beg for scraps at the end of the night when takeaways were closing. I had nowhere to get clean, wash my clothes, My physical health deteriorated so much that skin conditions arose to the point of "eating" through my muscle structure and hitting the bone! - I decided that I'll take my (now) fiancé, who was my friend at the time, into the Job Centre so she could see exactly what I was going through. After around 2 and a half hours of arguing my case through 6 different employees, I got nowhere.
Luckily for me, my fiancé has a wonderful way with words and was able to sort it in 15 minutes.

I have multiple scepticisms about the way the DWP work, and I have multiple questions that I'd like to ask whoever was in charge at the time.. So I'll ask this in the hope that he/she is reading..

Why can someone who has absolutely no connection to me at all, sort out my claim in my name, when I can't - having said the exact same thing as the aforementioned person?

I, begrudgingly but respectfully await your response.

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B.E.N: If you want to use my story, go right ahead! I've never gone public with this..
Thanks to the Bolton Job Centre and it's failure of a staff team, I was left homeless for 2 years because they were "unable to change the account with DLA enters". I'm Autistic, and had just been made homeless by my mother who had become clinically insane (unfortunately, there was no proof at the time, so nothing was done until 6 months later when council workmen were upgrading the kitchens and bathrooms of properties still under council control), she had changed the account details of my claim so the money that was rightfully mine entered her bank account, kicked me out with only what I was wearing, disowned me, and stabbed me in the shoulder with a screwdriver! Silverwell Street apparently had "no vacancies" when I made repeat trips to their Homeless Welfare office in Bradshawgate, yet 1 time straight after I had been "dealt with", the man behind me was instantly offered a place to live - we were the same age (I'm nosy, so I stayed around to listen into how he had managed to get the spot I desperately needed), we'd been homeless for about the same amount of time, we were in effectively the exact same position. I got nothing, he got the help. According the to Job Centre, they were unable to help me due to a "lack of proper identification" - regardless of the fact that I could answer all necessary security questions and the fact that I did *not* need ID to get what I needed (my money back going back into my account). I'm on a high rate of DLA with the care component, and low rate mobility. With the rates I was receiving, my mother had wrongfully claimed around £9,000 in my name. The Job Centre, naturally, was again unable to help me feeding me the same lie I got the first 4 times. It's thanks to a few real friends, and my (now) fiancé that I was able to survive and get everything sorted. I wanted to prove to everyone that I really was in a severely bad state - I couldn't afford to eat, having to almost beg for scraps at the end of the night when takeaways were closing. I had nowhere to get clean, wash my clothes, My physical health deteriorated so much that skin conditions arose to the point of "eating" through my muscle structure and hitting the bone! - I decided that I'll take my (now) fiancé, who was my friend at the time, into the Job Centre so she could see exactly what I was going through. After around 2 and a half hours of arguing my case through 6 different employees, I got nowhere. Luckily for me, my fiancé has a wonderful way with words and was able to sort it in 15 minutes. I have multiple scepticisms about the way the DWP work, and I have multiple questions that I'd like to ask whoever was in charge at the time.. So I'll ask this in the hope that he/she is reading.. Why can someone who has absolutely no connection to me at all, sort out my claim in my name, when I can't - having said the exact same thing as the aforementioned person? I, begrudgingly but respectfully await your response. --- B.E.N: If you want to use my story, go right ahead! I've never gone public with this.. Magictallguy

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