rent allowance blues

Yesterday I received a letter informing me that €5 is to be knocked off my rent allowance. Actually, in typical civil service double-speak, what is said is that my “personal contribution” is to increase by €5, which I at first thought meant I’d be getting more money. It was a brief moment confusion and pleasantness, until the penny dropped. I thought, “why on earth would they be giving…oh, I see.”

I really don’t have a problem with this. It’s quite possible to make a pretty decent living when unemployed, and while I have no wish to sound like some Thatcherite critic of the welfare state, I do understand that much of these benefits should be restricted in our recessionary times. Money should be reserved for those who need it and that really isn’t me.

What’s annoying me about the whole experience is that letter came with a fresh application form, and warning that if I don’t submit this form payment may stop. I’ve already successfully applied for this fund, and it was a very unpleasant experience. I don’t understand why I should have to go through this again. It’s forcing people to jump through hoops just to prove they can. Bastards!


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