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.