Now, see, this is what I find bloody annoying.
For many months I've been helping a single dad (widower) with his claim for disability living allowance. He, and his two late teens & twenties daughters are in pretty dire straights financially, being unemployed, thousands of pounds behind in their council house rent, struggling through one of the coldest winters for years those expensive to feed so-called 'key meters' - prepayment meters. Installed because they are in debt with their utilities.
We've helped out with their claim forms, provided them with food, loaned them bus fares to 'sign on', and no end of tea, coffee, sugar, eggs, and net access for his daughters to find their own places, for a long, long, time.
Eventually I arranged for the final tidying up of his claim, to see a a specialist disability advisor .
The claim failed, so I helped to prepare his appeal to take it to a solicitor. Meanwhile, we continued to help out with food and what have you.
He won his appeal, and was awarded lower rate Mobility Component at £18.95 per week.
DLA is paid four weekly, which gives him £75.80.
So what does he immediately go and do? Order and have installed a top-of-the-line SkyTV+ HD package, Sky Sports, Sky Movie's, the lot, costing (drum roll............. )
£79 per month.
Now they're complaining a pup they have has chewed through a cable, leaving them unable to order films over Sky Box Office (approx £3 per film on top of the £79). Sky wants to charge them £65 to replace the cable.
"Can you repair it for us Wheels?".
No. No I can't. Too fiddly. Nor am I going to tell them it's only £4 to buy a new one from Argos.
Ever felt you've been had?