Another Benefit Loophole

This is a continuation of my blogs on welfare benefits.   ( You can see all the posts on this subject by clicking on “Welfare Benefits “ in the Tag Cloud )

Now I am becoming a well read benefits expert, I think I have found another source of riches in the 5772 pages of the Government website guide to welfare benefits.    If I have got it wrong, no doubt they will tell me soon enough, because I must admit I was not expecting  to find this much needed benefit.

It’s BRACERS for holding up my trousers.    It comes under Health Benefits on page 4364 and is a grant for fabric support.    I asume this includes bracers.    Quite an uplifting surprise really !    Now I have lost a bit of weight, by following the ‘five fruit a day’ Government advice on healthy eating, I suppose it is only fair that the State should pay for braces or alternatively they could buy me a new pair of trousers 😀

One other pleasant surprise for all follically challenged men is on page 4365 sub- paragraph 7.   Free WIGS.   Obviously to keep your head warm in the Cold Weather Payment days of winter, when the temperature is below zero for 7 consecutive days —— within 10 miles of your house —- unless you live in Spain.

I am really getting the hang of these benefit payments now.   I did not realise how generous the Government was with my money.

My braces, trousers and wig will hopefully be on the way soon 😀

FOOTNOTE – Please note, I hasten to add that I am no expert and anyone reading this should not take my observations or figures as fact.    Hopefully before I finish this series of blogs, I will have raised awareness of some of the issues in the welfare benefits system.    If you’re intending to make a claim, you should go to one of the trusted agencies like Age UK or Citizens Advice Bureau.    

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3 Responses to Another Benefit Loophole

  1. I am afraid to say a sad person this morning! Yesterday and today I spent some time on these gov.uk web pages, strolling for information? It was like a loo roll endless, and yet informative? I found an article of a Scottish Kalie in Pakistan celebrating burns night: all performed by a true Scottish band group? And then to my amusement I found a chap called ”eric pickles-Sir no less! and his musical ensemble for the 2012 para Olympic games London and a grand bandstand music day to celebrate the closing day of the games! all I can say is ”give him the money barney”’ remember them and the barney became barney colahan director producer of the ”Good old days” at the city varieties Leeds.
    Ah! God bless reading lessons at school when I was younger, I can now delve in minutia far more riveting than ships bottoms and what is written on the back of a breakfast cereal packet??
    Dear John how do you find time to live in your dotage with all this info at your finger tips, or do you bite your nails with anticipation of ”those if you find them- words of wisdom” So long old chap, bon voyage!!

  2. Just a quick thought or too/Two, are your britches being held up by your favourite gaudy coloured ‘braces” or are your pants around your ankles? My good lord ! what an image??
    My thoughts are with you, and as I commented above I had in mind the light programme on the radio, many a year ago? and ”HAVE A GO JOE? with Wilfred Pickles and Barney.
    Memories, and pleasant ones at that!

  3. while on my response above I stated I was sad? well I did or have spent the time in the fog of the 5775 pages of the web. and it reminds me as a kid eating a pomegranate with a pin, seed by seed, the taste is always the same, the trouble is where do you stick the pin to locate a seed to eat? It all takes time, and the result is not or was not as pleasurable as a big mouthful of a orange, banana or apple, a fruitful delight, or an eyeful or easy on the mind as a John Gresham novel.
    The total 5775 pages are not in one delightful mouthful enjoyable to read, one sadly has to pick ones way through with a pointer stick [teachers aid], and restrict ones vision to a sentence or single subject??

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