Thursday 21st July 2016 – I’ve Written To The Adjudicator’s Office (re: ChB 1st & 2nd claims)

In the letter (dated 7th July 2016) from the Adjudicator’s Office, that I received on 13th July 2016, they asked me to let them know, in writing, if I had any comments I wished to make about the HMRC Report that they’d also sent me. As I’d got less than 2 weeks to make my comments to the Adjudicator’s Office, I have today posted off my 14 pages of comments, a pile of itemised phone bills, and copies of some other evidence. The envelope weighed just over half a kilo when the postmaster weighed it. I paid extra for Guaranteed Next Day Delivery, as I’ve thrown so much effort into my response to the HMRC Report, that I’m petrified of missing the deadline. My 14 pages of comments barely touches the surface as to how HMRC’s/Child Benefit Office’s maladministration and utter incompetence has severely affected me over the last 3 years. I’ve got box files full of paperwork that’s been generated on both sides, that I’d need months to adequately describe or photocopy.

On page 4 of the HMRC/Child Benefit Report, their Customer Relations Manager wrote: “I regret we did not deal with [X’s] complaints more effectively than we did and I would like to apologise for this. I will write to [X] after you have investigated her complaint if you agree this is appropriate and I will send her £50 compensation to show I am sorry.”

My response to this pathetic offer of £50 reads as follows:

£50 compensation” – It has been 3 years of immense stress and anxiety. Reams and reams of paperwork, numerous phone calls/emails. It’s had a knock-on effect with Child Support Maintenance, as CSA simply base their decisions of entitlement on HMRC’s/Child Benefit Office’s substandard decisions. And I had to pay bedroom tax of approx £14 per week from early June 2015 to 7th/9th Sept 2015, despite [my child] occupying the bedroom, and being dependent on me! Over the last 3 years I’ve been so short of money I’ve had to pay overdraft charges, and haven’t had enough money to go on holiday last year or this year. There are already 2 x Child Benefit Tribunals/Appeals, and 4 x CSA Appeals/Tribunals (HMCTS have lost a further 2 x CSA Applications from me to register another 2 x CSA Appeals). I’ve also got a lengthy complaint in the queue with the Independent Case Examiner regarding 3 years of CSA incompetence/maladministration. I constantly have the cloud of stress weighing down on me. My MP referred me to BarProBono, for which I had to complete the lengthy and complex application form myself, and had to photocopy several dozen pieces of evidence, but after months of waiting, BarProBono haven’t been able to find anyone to assist me. I also have 2 x unrelated Tribunals in the pipeline, and I was supposed to have applied for a Judicial Review of one other Tribunal Decision in April 2016. But the sheer volume and complexity of the many ChB and CSA issues has left me unable to do this, thus far. I also suffer with my health issues. You can imagine how long it must take me to even do this response. The cost of printer ink, postage etc too.
£50 is an insult, it’s not even a drop in the ocean.”



About slowlyrotting

I am constantly having to deal with several different benefits issues. I've got Appeals and Tribunals coming out of my ears, and have pretty much lost any faith I ever had in the British Justice/Tribunals system. I've lost count of the formal complaints I've had to make. I've had numerous interactions with the DWP, HMRC, Birmingham City Council, etc for years, so I've literally got several hundred posts (maybe thousands) to compose for this website. I can't post them to here as quick or as often as I'd like to, for a variety of reasons. Over the last few years, I have endured a conveyor belt of shit decisions from HMCTS. The piss-poor postal services that HMCTS, HMRC, Birmingham City Council, the DWP, & CSA rely on (bulk printing and several different carriers), compound the ineptitude of these departments and agencies. I intend to go back years, eventually. But at this rate, I don't think I'll ever get to post everything I want to. You can see from what I've put up so far that I've got a lot of crap to deal with. I'm probably not even 1% or 2% done. I am slowly rotting....................
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