I feel slightly guilty that my blog is currently overrun with posts about our homeless situation and nothing else, but I've always tried to blog "real" life and in reality our housing situation remains the forefront of our life right now.
In my original homeless blog Homeless - Life in B&B I shared my presumption that our emergency accommodation was costing the equivalent of our housing benefit entitlement plus a £50.00 per week top up. I was angry at the top up and requested a review of this by our local council, and, additionally I asked the question as to how much the council pay as their contribution to this emergency room. I also complained about the state of the property.
This morning I received a response in writing.
Our £50.00 per week contribution is based on our income, not the accommodation and not our expenditure. Our income (purely benefits) dictates the contribution and the council have refused to reduce this even though I pointed out our storage costs and extra fuel costs travelling to cook a meal for my children. I had complained that the kitchen is filthy and utensils inadequate to cook a meal for a family of five. The council have responded that I can ask for additional utensils from the landlady if I cannot bring my own here (well yes I could bring my own but that would mean even more stuff crammed into our room). I was also told that cleaning the kitchen is the residents responsibility, including cleaning the oven. However, today a cleaner has come in to clean the oven and general areas to an acceptable standard, so maybe some responsibility does lie with the landlady.
I had also complained about the shower attachment being held together with duck tape. This was replaced with a new shower attachment yesterday.
Anyway, regardless of the filth and lack of facilities I was most interested to read the contribution that is paid by the council for a room in this property. To my horror the letter that was sent to me states clearly that the council are paying £105.00 per night....yes PER NIGHT towards our emergency accommodation with our £50.00 per week on top.
The thing that pee's me off most, is that when I asked for some cloths to be provided because "I" was having to clean the communal areas to make the place a little more hygienic for "MY" children, I was provided with this!