Don’t you believe it ! It’s no picnic being a single parent living in the poverty of State benefits. It is unpleasant, brutish and nasty.

I am a single dad struggling to survive a system of State benefits that are sanctimoniously described as a ‘support’ system for people on hard times, but in reality are a nightmare which inflicts misery on those people it is supposed to ‘help’ and ends up destroying people’s lives.

The bureaucrats responsible for administering this system of State benefits are poisonously inefficient and mostly couldn’t care less about the unnecessary misery they inflict on their victims.

The more senior civil servants responsible for translating the legislation generated in Parliament think nothing of making up convoluted, pointlessly labyrinthine ‘rules’ to act as a framework for doing what Parliament intended.

If this means wasting hundreds or even thousands of millions of pounds of public money, meanwhile ensuring the poverty struck recipients of State benefits remain in total poverty while this public money is squandered, so what ? Who cares. These civil servants certainly don’t care how much of our money they waste.

This blog is intended to tell the story of my struggle to survive as a single parent after my son’s Mother became seriously ill with schizophrenia when he was born. I have had absolutely no support or help from anyone at all. There has been no family helping out and no other help either.

There have been many surreal experiences as the State has exhibited its unthinkingly totalitarian brutishness of breathtakingly Orwellian dimensions.

This is the story of my struggle against the State’s determination to completely destroy my life with it’s army of unpleasant, politically correct, self important idiots being paid vast amounts of taxpayers money to interfere in people’s lives and destroy the freedom of the individual the United Kingdom used to be famous for.


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  1. Jumping in Mud Puddles Says:

    Glad I stumbled across your blog. It’s just as bad in the states, but there are people who use the system while good, honest people are struggling. Best wishes to you and your son. Writing will be good for you!

  2. noobcake Says:

    As we’ve heard from the PM’s “we’re all in this together” statement, which I do agree with to some degree, it seems that not everyone is included in that statement. Those who are sidelined, like yourself, often fail to get their voice heard or the help they so desperately need.

    Having worked as a civil servant myself I can say from experience that there so many changes to the benefit rules that it’s often hard to keep up with them all. I know that’s not an excuse, not at all, but those people I worked with cared deeply about those claiming for benefits, yet there is an under-lying feeling that the benefit system is a joke. It seems to help those who don’t deserve it and denies help to those who so desperately need it.

    Would you be willing to tell me what, if any, types of benefits you are getting? I might be able to point you in the right direction, or at least give you some advice, though I’m no longer a civil servant. Keep up the blog, at least here you have a voice.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Good luck – but I suspect that you’ll need it. I encountered a widower in the mid ’80s who was having to look after two young children following his wife’s sudden death – when he approached the DHSS for assistance the only suggestion they could make was ‘put your children up for adoption’. (At that time?) Only women were acknowledged as single parents who qualified for assistance from the state.

  4. noobcake Says:

    Hi, further to add misery to your situation I’ve just seen this story on BBC News website.

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