I carried on making phone-calls, sending emails and doing various other things for the remainder of the day, just trying to get everything sorted out and make sure we are getting EVERYTHING we are entitled to, rather than thinking we can't for whatever reason. Watching that "Saints and Scroungers" programme has really spurred me in to action, and we both agree that if we can, we should. As the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained. So I have decided that it can't hurt to try, even if it takes a good while and we may not get THAT much from claiming the backdates we were entitled to, the compensation that is owed to us for my foot accident, and making sure that a certain cheat gets whats coming to him. At least we made some headway.
There are a lot of people out there who don't know how to, or are refused the help that they need, so it really burns me when I see or hear about people who are "playing the system". I find the reasons they give so flippant, the worst of which was Steve's dad who said he was playing the system because "The system fucked [him] over." No, that is really NO excuse at all and whatsoever. It is people like him who are ruining the welfare system for everyone who genuinely needs it and they need a public example making of them.
Any award I get from my accident, I WILL declare. Whether it affects my benefits or not. For no other reason than it is the right, no, decent thing to do. I would also be making sizable donations to Asthma UK, the RSPCA and of course the PDSA respectively as well as clearing as much debt as I can. Sharing what is left between myself and my partner so that we can both at least benefit from this and there are no arguements. As hard as my broken foot and asthma have been on me, he often reflected how hard all of this has been on him, and how it is the reason why he hasn't been able to find work as yet. He says now he didn't mean it, but he wouldn't have said it else would he?
I know my illnesses haven't been the easiest thing to live with, heck, I will admit that I had been considering harming myself horrifically after he said it. I felt so bad about the fact that I was being told that my sheer laziness was ruining another's life, but I was soon distracted by this by something more important than self-punishment and discipline. I had to try and save someone else, and although that didn't work (and everyone who I was talking to via MSN and my friends can attest that I did my very VERY best and I did EVERYTHING I could for him) I was still reminded that I could at least do something.
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