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I realise everything here has slipped away but my life was destroyed by the council illegally witholding housing benefits I was entitled to in 2011, they illegally witheld them for 9 months, despite every attempt to get the situation resolved which includes visits to the local council offices, sending the proofs they requested, initiating a rapid re-sign for all benefits, filing 3 whole fresh benefits applications and numerous emails attempting to get due benefits paid all completely ignored by the council it resulted in my homelessness, now 6 months into that I received a letter which stated if I was to leave the property at any time the housing association could take possession of the property and change the locks and at that time someone had arrived and sat in a car outside the property all day every day which I could see from the window and clearly he was waiting for me to leave and take the property, I begged once more for the council to pay due benefits so I could attend jobseekers sessions however they did not and I was terrified to leave the house, not being able to attend jobseekers and having lost everything that mattered in my life and having attempted everything humanly possible to get due housing benefits paid I sank into a deep depression and cried all day every day for 3 months, barely existing only opening the door to 11pm food deliveries scared to do anything else.

3 months on I began attempting suicide repeatedly and in a variety of different forms I wont go into here, being unsuccessful in trying to find a painless death and months of attempts which undoubtedly caused lasting damage (I now get headaches I never had in my life and struggle with words a lot of the time which I should know) I attempted to avoid being evicted as it had taken too long and I’d expected to be thrown out on the streets to die long ago, of course it was far too late at that point and I was evicted the next day, after this I began complaints again and attempting desperately to get rehomed, the council ignored all attempts to start complaints and wouldn’t investigate and they wouldn’t accept responsibility or applications to be rehomed without a permanent address and not via email which was my only option being recently homeless with no permanent residence. I continued trying to get rehomed and complaints including 2 official complaints which were said to be fully completed however attempting to look up other organisations to investigate in 2014 the ICE required a “final response from the director general of operations” which I requested specifically from the council, they gave a “final response” from another party, the ICE wouldn’t accept it and investigate because the director general of operations didn’t give it, I requested this over again and the council completely ignored the request and created barriers to justice.

Desperate to get rehomed I involved mp’s who also didn’t assist in rehoming me or putting the situation right, the council just suggested means and methods which I tried and clearly didn’t result in me being rehomed and were never possible under the LHA rates they stated I would only be able to apply for, so were completely inappropriate suggestions, all the time tort law dictates they should have been returning me to situations as I had been in prior to their illegal witholding of benefits as soon as possible and compensating for the time and ways my life was different and everything I lost a law they completely ignore.

Frustrated I found another organisation the local government ombudsman (lgo) who again requested a final response which again the council did not provide despite requesting and the one they had given was deemed not to be a final response, I tried everything possible and eventually they suggested I visit an undisclosed office to fill in a homeless application, I requested where this was and where to go on multiple occasions all of which were completely ignored by the council, not knowing where to go and desperate to get rehomed I required a permanent address so I could send in an application as they had deemed was all I needed to do, having avoided worcester because I hate the town and can’t stand being there and stuck out in the middle of nowhere and hadn’t got on with my mom well and also that she was looking after my sisters kids as she had adopted them and there wasn’t room for me to stay I had only gone there to stay on the sofa as a last resort, expecting to be there weeks at most as the application would be sent and expecting to be immediately offered emergency accommodation as I had been requesting constantly so that I could get on with my life while waiting to be rehomed.

The council lost application after application despite immediately sending a completed application and chasing this up after months as I had been patient allowing time for it to process, I had to send application after application and it took 5 postal applications and one visit just to get anything done and this took years which unreasonably delayed me getting on with my life, and despite proof of severe maladministration and chasing this and having to resort to sending via recorded delivery as the council denied receiving applications that they had received (and they even deny that still even with proof of delivery and statements from royal mail they still suggest it was never delivered and the lgo ignore the evidence showing delivery and use this to excuse the entire council maladministration and only offer £150 which is utterly unacceptable) When they did finally begin processing an application they waited 6 months from the august they state they recieved it, where another was sent in december, and another handed in by hand in march, they took til april to process it which is conveniently when the maths of my application placed me outside of the singular local housing criteria of having spent longer than 2 years out of the past 5 outside of birmingham which they had deliberately waited for so they could reduce the housing points 90% and completely avoid rehoming me giving me such a terrible score I would never get rehomed and completely ignored all other criteria where I had still local area connections which were valid, but the council and the LGO still don’t compensate for these delays to rehoming me or apply tort where I still wasn’t in circumstances remotely as I had been prior to their illegal witholding of benefits, and how I was in my personal version of hell and had avoided being out there entirely and only went there as a last resort as nothing else was working to get rehomed, and this clearly wasn’t working either and left me feeling hopeless and suicidal much of the time too.

Eventually in april 2016 they rehomed me, but having no money I had no means to get anything to cook or store food or a bed and the gas was leaking so I could have no hot water and it took several months to resolve this, so I still suffered to a lesser extent at that point, but still my suffering for that entire period must be compensated and the government cannot be allowed to make savings as they are doing for austerity through such illegal means and for me to not get compensated for all of that suffering when at any time they could have provided emergency accommodation which was requested repeatedly and ignored and this would have allowed me to get on with my life and end my suffering even if it took longer to get rehomed, but they did not and I suffered this entire period and I’m not compensated for this, and this is completely unfair.

On top of this despite the council being shown to be at blame and that they caused me to fall into a depression that lead to my not being able to attend jobseekers the council are stealing £1,800 in rent arrears from the suggested compensation to cover the outstanding rent costs, and not paying benefits for the time I would have been able to claim benefits and continued to do so for the entire period to being rehomed which I would have done had they never illegally witheld benefits and created these circumstances in the first place.

This has entirely taken over my life and it eats away at me, I already suffered with manic depression but this haunts me constantly and I feel hopeless and like my life has entirely been destroyed, I need some legal help to get the compensation I deserve for all of those years I lost and I would rather have back and be able to live, and all the opportunities I’ve lost out as a result and the way those deeply hurt me and rip out part of my soul and heart. I need my voice to be heard and this injustice cannot be allowed to go unpunished, the government must face up to what it has done.

If you can share this it would be very appreciated and if you are a lawyer who can help me get some justice please get in touch.
There are obviously Many video’s across time on this subject with updates, along with some posts on this site on the matter.

To name and shame:
Cartwright king do judicial reviews but won’t even look at the case as I mentioned the council and tort (Did respond after twitter suggesting some other lawyers who haven’t responded)
Irwin Mitchell wont cover the case as they claim they don’t cover that area of law despite the fact that they were involved in a previous class action lawsuit revolving around benefits against the council and they should at least look at the case as it would be in their wheelhouse
www.richardbuxton.co.uk Claim they don’t work in this area of law
www.hja.net Claim they don’t work in benefits cases and I need a specialist in benefits.
mcgrath.co.uk Claim they don’t specialise in this area of law despite appearing on pages suggesting them for this area of law
jrblegal.co.uk Says he is retiring and doesn’t cover this area of law
tuckerssolicitors.com State they only work in criminal law not civil even though they were on a page of results for civil benefits judicial review lawyers in the uk.
kingsleynapley.co.uk Don’t undertake judicial reviews on legal aid (but maybe they do if I had the funds? Which I definitely lack)
dpglaw.co.uk say they are unable to help and I should contact shelter.
leighday.co.uk says to look on http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/ where every lawyer on that list has some excuse not to take on the case.
bindmans.com “I have discussed your enquiry with the solicitors in the department and I am sorry, but we do not have the capacity to take on your case. We often face more demands for help than we can meet, and, as you will appreciate, we can only take on cases if we have the capacity to do so” So basically they could but they’re too busy, and then they suggest a number of lawyers listed above who claim outright they don’t cover this area of law, how horrible.
hickmanandrose.co.uk State it doesn’t fall within their area of law
simpsonmillar.co.uk State they don’t cover benefits cases, despite being on the page again and many of these other lawyers recommending them.
genesislaw.co.uk State it’s outside their area of competence.
And a variety of smaller lawyers and other lawfirms who have not responded to emails. No lawyer in the UK seems capable of doing this and the government gets away with this injustice.
hcbgroup.com Firmly don’t undertake legal aided work (but again perhaps do work in this area of law but won’t do it on legal aid)
hinesolicitors.com Claim that this is a housing related case and they don’t specialise in housing law. Seperately state they only offer legal aid for benefit fraud.
anthonycollins.com State they don’t operate in this area of law
centralenglandlc.org.uk State how they only work with welfare benefits and wont do this because there are housing issues involved despite this being a welfare benefits case, these really sound like they should take on the case but just look for excuses not to.
Essentially all of these lawyers http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/search/results?UmbrellaLegalIssue=LIUSWB&Location=birmingham&Pro=False none of them taking on this case, all contacted.

With the united kingdom national elections coming soon I wanted to get my rant out about some of the policies that the government have been enacting lately, as well as covering issues and promises which have been made by the various parties in the past claiming them to be thier own policies, such as how kind and generous the government were to be offering a base wage increase over the next five years, and how every party were offering differing but very insignificant increases to the minimum wage over those five years when it is an EU mandate that the UK must increase liveable wage from how it is to a liveable standard before then. I also point out how the increases mentioned don’t live up to that standard because baseline inflation is essentially the same as the increases promised and as such not enough is being done to provide a liveable income for those on the minimum wage.

“Social Justice” is a term used by the government in means of cutting off benefits to people who haven’t been able to find work in the past 3-4 years (or even less in some area’s as housing benefits are a devolved issue down to a local level, not just nationally, so your local government office has full control over that) despite living in area’s noted as being very difficult to find work, and in the gender/age range where employers will actively choose other people, and youth unemployment being 2.5 times higher than national unemployment it is immensely difficult to find work despite trying you still get penalised, and lose your home out on the streets to essentially be socially excluded and as a result not a statistic for “unemployment” which is only based on jobseekers claims as opposed to those actually unemployed, as can be seen by the large gap between employment figures and unemployment figures which basically matches the socially excluded statistics.

Another major problem with the EU’s own findings is that not only are we a poverty stricken country, at larger risk of social exclusion than some other major member states, but we have basically the same level of employment (using the employment statistics not “unemployment”) however while other member states such as france and germany (both equally employed or better than the uk) get a rebate from the EU the UK is ordered to pay £1.7 billion to the EU because “the economy is thriving” compared to others, this goes against thier own statistics in every sense, clearly germany and france aren’t listed as poverty stricken and at risk of social exclusion while the UK are, there is no significant factor marking us as better than them in any way to have to pay this rebate, perhaps austerity and cutting off every benefit under the sun killing off the poor is having a saving factor on the defecit, and the economy has been noted to have improved for the wealthy, those who perhaps pay mp’s to influence things in thier factor, and who’s tax hasn’t been adjusted and often have the best reliefs and definately on the grand scale of %age tax vs income pay next to nothing in comparison to the poor, yet they’re happy to be gaining all the reliefs under the sun.

After making this video https://twitter.com/camillalong stated on question time “mp’s do not earn enough” and should “recieve a 10% pay rise to prevent them doing dodgy things” as an encouragement to stop our MP’s doing illegal things, to stop them claiming for second homes and every dodgy tax benefit, selling thier souls and political positions and abusing the government and how easy it is to do whatever scummy behaviour they want with no recourse because they’re in the power and influence? This all sounds very dodgy and someone claiming to be national press shouldn’t be stating such, and with MP’s earning £67,000+ per year on average do you really think that’s not enough to live off, and that MP’s should have second jobs, taking up thier time, preventing them doing thier public duty where they have been voted in to ensure they represent thier community and not thier own agenda’s? Do you really think its fair that they cut off benefits of around £5k per year all in the name of saving money to reduce the defecit and increase austerity while increasing the gap between the rich and the poor, and all that time taking even more money and demanding wage increases far beyond what they claim to have saved in the most savage and inhumane way possible, not only jobseekers, it has been noted over the recent years severely disabled people have been cut off, there are severe increases in youth suicide (another video incoming when I have statistics from national rail) and severe increases in youth having to live at home on sofa’s or at friends and ex’s on sofa’s increases in “escorting” drug dealing and other illicit means of making enough money to just live on the bread line as a youth because the youth “don’t vote” and as such MP’s don’t particularly care about issues that revolve around them.

Another recent “incentive to vote” was the introduction of pensions being able to be cashed out immediately in full rather than doled out over the entire term of your pension, initially I thought this was a silly idea especially while they were attenpting to save money to reduce the defecit, however it is noted that by cashing out early you run the risk of not getting the full ammount, as a shortfall in pension funds means that only 90% up to £30k per annum is guaranteed, and quite frankly I’m okay with that because it means it’s another illicit means of saving money rather than just incentivising the elderly to vote in thier favour and being given everything while the young and poor suffer immensely, and lets face it if you can’t live off £30k*35 years paid off in one lump sum (essentially one million pounds) then there is something severely wrong. I do think those with pensions much lower should get a 100% top up though, and those richer should suffer or take it on a slower basis rather than screw the entire country over in the name of greed, as if you can’t live off such large figures in retirement there is something wrong.

Youth unemployment is noted as being 2.5 times higher than the national unemployment average, and this is even harder for male youth’s with females occupying almost double the number of jobs than males, whilst the next level up in management males have dominance because society deems ladies to be a pretty exterior to encourage people to come in to spend rather than having any actual skill, this is so wrong on every level, because not only are males fully capable of doing shop floor work, operating tills, waiting, etc and being skilled enough and pretty enough to encourage customers in, but ladies are also equally capable of management and supervisory roles where there are less ladies employed. The EU mandates that “better childcare” should be supplied to get ladies in to work, but this isn’t really the issue considering most ladies aren’t mothers and do choose to work but there is just a social stigma and social imbalance in the views of society where they’re chosen as sex symbols to represent front and center and draw people in to spend and tip while the males remain in charge, until both of these statistic balance and there is equal opportunities of employment on all fronts there is a severe imbalance in society that needs addressing, often seeing jobs being advertised as “ladies only” for regular work, and being told “not enough experience” for management roles despite having supervisory and team leading experience, it just isn’t recent enough or several years worth to be able to apply for such roles in todays competitive market.

Increases in “zero hour contracts” and those signing out of the working time directive and the national working week resulting in people working anything from 0 hours to 80+ in a single week is another major problem in the employment market of today, because it grants employers greater flexibility to never have to supply a single hour or enough to cover the basic essential costs while still having the employee on thier teather and not able to claim benefits or search for work elsewhere as working hours could be anywhere any length and at such short notice that you couldn’t work two jobs in case of clashes, as well as the prevelance of 5-8 hour long working weeks which is never enough to live off. There are fixes to this issue such as removing the ability for regular employees to sign out of the working week, and being bound by the 48 hour working week, or even reducing the working week down to 35 hours in line with continental hours. By only allowing employees in management and ownership positions to sign out of the working time directive, and reducing the working week you would not only increase the number of jobs available significantly, you would reduce the number of burnt out people with no free time, but also increase spending on leisure activities and the like, which in turn creates a greater need for employment and stimulates and boosts business on a level far beyond the pathetic austerity measures of cutting off benefits. Also by creating further employment slots from the increased working hours available through cutting back there will be more work, and as a result less people claiming benefits, more tax from those incomes rather than them being a drain on taxes, savings and increase tax income something the government doesn’t want? Spending and stimulating the economy sounds too stupid for the government? Having a fairer and balanced society not one of thier aims and mandates?

Don’t forget that although you get to vote at the elections, your selection is often limited to those who have been nominated for those positions from within thier own offices, so often its the same good ole boys which you’re voting in who have been scumming the system for years, and a great deal has been made about how conservatives have been “turncoats” changing to ukip in the area’s where they were no longer guaranteed, so rather than supporting ukip they’re simply changing to whichever ship still gets them into the mp’s chair and thier income and position to be able to scum the system and earn extra corricular incomes influencing things for big businesses and the wealthy who are able to pay them extortionate fee’s. However they take advantage of the fact that many people are not willing to vote as a result of this, however the only way you can ever really prevent it is to go out and vote on election day, go vote for someone other than these old boys, vote independants, vote green, vote whatever way you feel just as long as you go out and vote. Minor seats do make a difference, every corrupt politician you prevent from getting a seat is a victory, even if you don’t get the entire office for whichever party you choose you’re getting devolved influence in your area so it makes a bigger deal especially in modern times than you would think. Keep a local MP you can trust, this article doesn’t say all big party politicians can’t be trusted because Jack Dromey MP for erdington is often supporting the poor and underprivelidged and he is a main party mp, its voices like this you want in office, and in positions to influence thier party to stop austerity measures designed to take advantage of and kill off the poor rather than those in a position to pay who get greater tax haven’s.

Don’t believe every social media smear campaign you see, do your own research and look into things yourself, and only believe things with a trackable proof trail, not bullshit muttered behind the bike sheds. “Don’t be a social media zombie” as life is strange would say.

Don’t forget to vote, how can your voice be heard if you don’t open your mouth and speak up?

PDF’s listed within the following page is the main source http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/europe-2020-in-your-country/united-kingdom/country-specific-recommendations/index_en.htm

Other sources
http://europa.eu/about-eu/countries/
http://www.parliament.uk/about/mps-and-lords/members/pay-mps/
http://www.rivieratimes.com/index.php/provence-cote-dazur-article/items/eu-to-pay-france-1-billion-rebate.html
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171776_328352.pdf
http://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/personalfinance/final-salary-pension-your-retirement-income-is-at-risk/ar-BBhOAnq?ocid=iehp
Sunday Politics (bbc) BBC Question time (bbc) Central News (ITV) National newspapers and commonly known public knowledge.



The world ends on july 11th 2012 in the early hours.. or at least I wish it would, as for me thats the day I am officially evicted because of this stupid government screwup where they froze my housing benefits as I couldn’t provide 5 wageslips for working one weekend I was given permission to sign off and work, because it only provided 1 wage slip. There is no miraculous savour for me, no life changing event, just someone slipping away to nothing unnoticed and uncared about. I talk a lot of things in the episode but lets face it I have no energy to fight anymore, a whole week has drifted by where IVe had no energy to do anything, Ive just sat and moped and lost time doing nothing, I dont have the energy to make plans, I just want to die to be honest as it would be over and no more shit to deal with. What good to I have remotely in life anyway, especially after losing my home and everything and everyone I care about.

I wrote to the queen who couldn’t do anything as you’ve seen in another video and number 10 couldn’t even care enough to even give a reply, news organisations want paper trails I don’t keep track of and half of which are between the council and my housing association anyway so I don’t have access to these. I just want to keep my home, but all I get is further depression and less hope. I shouldn’t let new people into my life really, it was a mistake getting close to someone and caring when Im in no state to really socialise on any level.

Ill try to do more video’s before eviction but no promises due to demotivation and lack of energy.



Ranting about the government and clarifying how the jobseekers system works at the request of a friend, stating what you have to do in order to maintain the jobseekers each week and how fragile the payments are and how easily they will cancel them, I also note how the government are incentivising councils to remove people from jobseekers by any means possible, and a side note about the euro and the eurozone along with how David Cameron left his eight year old child in a pub while he drove all the way home before realising. Look at what safe and caring hands we trust our society in