Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan

Well, as I said in the blog of 16 September “Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”, I think that I am the only person in the whole of London that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) expects to survive with zero money! As I keep explaining, the DWP has suspended my benefits because they have effectively lost my National Insurance Number (NINO) and have to reissue me with another one. Last week I was awarded a £20 Crisis Loan and told to apply again today ... This morning I was once again denied £20 because the DWP doesn't have a NINO in my name!

We have some history with the DWP: We came to England in 2003 and for two years attempted to get NAC up and running; we went on benefits in July 2005; the DWP terminated our benefits on 27 September 2006 because Declan did not “sign on” two days before he was due to do so on 29 September. Declan exhausted the appeals process from the street: the case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights in spite of the fact that we were denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority. Things got serious on 12 July when police threatened us with physical removal from Salters’ Hall within 24 hours (see blog of 12 July “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”). The next evening, Dr. Jim Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, pulled off the near impossible and found us a roof over our heads (all is explained in the blog of 26 July “We are interviewed on The Real Deal”).

Anyway, I am hoping that today I am going to be able to do some work on “The War on Terror”. Earlier, I was speaking with the IT technician in the local Council's Idea Store Whitechapel library, where I am at the moment, and he told me it was a “mystery” as to why the only access I had to their network via my laptop yesterday was “local access” (see previous blog “Idea Store Whitechapel library blocks my laptop from accessing the Internet”). Anyway, this is a video I very much look forward to posting with my feature for the month of October:


The New American Century. While Massimo Mazzucco’s first political documentary, Global Deceit (2006), focused on the long list of inconsistencies in the official version of the 9/11 attacks, The New American Century explores the historical, philosophical and economic background that suggests a matrix for such events that is much closer to home than the so-called “Islamic terrorism”. The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a non-profit organization founded in 1997 by prominent Republican leaders, called for a transformation of America to exercise military total spectrum dominance and unchallenged worldwide hegemony.

For the record, this is the email Declan has just sent to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Yvette Cooper:

Subject: Reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance

Dear Secretary of State,

I refer to previous correspondence, in particular my registered letters to you of 9 and 21 September. I attach copy of my complaint of 23 September that I lodged with His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain, against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy for unlawful discrimination involving the Chief Executive of Providence Row, Mrs. Jo Ansell (see attachment “Complaint(23.9.09)”). The letter opens as follows:


On 19 August 2009, my wife and I were denied access to food in the Dellow Centre of Providence Row of the RC Diocese of Westminster because, according to a Providence Row letter of 18 August, our “room/flat” is deemed by the charity “to be stable accommodation”.


With regard to the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) - which originally ran from July 2005 until it was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not "sign on" two days before I was due to so on 29 September 2006 - I reconfirm that Broadway Homelessness and Support ("Broadway") gathered on 31 July 2009 more specific details from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about my benefits claim of 17 July 2009. I was informed by Broadway that although my part of the claim had been processed (and £101.05 for the period 17 July to 30 July subsequently paid on 11 August), my wife's part of the claim has been suspended from the outset of the claim because the DWP has effectively lost her National Insurance Number (NINO), and consequently she needs to reissued a NINO before her part of the claim can be processed. (On 18 June 2008, I was robbed in the canteen of the Dellow Centre of all my and my wife's money and documents, crime reference no. 4215697/08; I was informed at Bow Road police station on 24 June 2008 that the case had been struck out due to the police being unable to obtain any CCTV footage whatsoever from Providence Row (see attachment "Ansell(25.6.08)").)

In numerous emails to the Chief Executive of Broadway, Mr. Howard Sinclair, which I copied to you for information, I pointed out that am also in receipt of a letter of 4 August from Haringey Council in respect of my claim for Housing Benefit, informing me that I must (a) tell them my wife's NINO and provide proof that it belongs to her by submitting a letter or form issued by the DWP, and (b) provide current proof of my wife's JSA by way of a recent letter from the DWP showing my current address. The Council advises in this letter that I must provide them with both of these proofs before 4 September or my claim for Housing Benefit may be suspended. We have subsequently received nothing in writing from Haringey Council to indicate that my claim for Housing Benefit remains open until the outcome of my joint claim JSA.

I can confirm that my wife has yet to be reissued the NINO - her initial appointment for 3 September at Camden NINO Jobcentre was cancelled due to "a regular clerical error", according to Broadway (see attachment "Broadway(8.9.09)"); she was subsequently interviewed on 10 September, but informed that it could take several weeks for the NINO to be reissued. Moreover, I understand that the DWP continue to be of no assistance to Broadway in providing the letter I am seeking that confirms that the payments of £128.60 I received on 18 August (for the period 31 July to 13 August) and 28 August (for the period 14 August to 27 August) are "hardship payments" for 2 persons - and not payments of my wife's JSA, which I only learnt from Broadway on 2 September is still suspended. I have repeatedly requested of Broadway that I be advised as to how long this letter will take to be processed and sent out. On 8 September, I received a reply from Mr. James Laurie for and on behalf of the charity, stating: "I will be in touch when I have heard back from the Jobcentre regarding the letter confirming hardship payments" (see attachment "Broadway(8.9.09)").

On 14 September, Broadway made enquiries of the DWP as to why my wife and I had received no benefit payment of any description from the DWP for the period 28 August to 10 September, but the DWP was unwilling to discuss my claim with them because they were not "sitting with the claimant" (see attachment "Broadway(14.9.09)"). I attended Broadway Head Office on 15 September to call the DWP to ask them whether the NINO had been allocated and where things stood with my claim. I was informed by the DWP that there was "no information" on my wife's NINO, and that £128.60 in payment of my JSA (not a hardship payment for 2 persons) would be lodged to our account later that day. Accordingly, my wife attended Broadway Head Office on 16 September to apply for her third Crisis Loan (our fourth in total) on top of the £230 we already owed the DWP in crisis loans since 20 July. She requested £40 for the period 16 September to 29 September (2 weeks), but was denied by the DWP because they did not have a NINO in her name. On 17 and 23 September and again this morning, she applied for crisis loans - on each of these occasions with both Broadway’s and my assistance - but was told on 17 September that £128.60 was deemed by the DWP to be enough money for two people to survive on for a two-week period, and this morning she was denied because she did not have a NINO, the previous three crisis loans in her name of £70 (for the period 3 August to 16 August), £20 (for the period 18 August to 24 August) and £20 (for the period 23 September to 29 September) notwithstanding.

We now have a very serious set of circumstances that may result in us being forced to return to sleeping rough at Salters' Hall within the next couple of weeks. To further exacerbate the situation, I continue to be denied access to food in the Dellow Centre, despite my repeated protestations to the Archbishop of Westminster, His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, and the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy, Sr. Coirle McCarthy, about our unstable circumstances. The DWP terminated our benefits in September 2006 because I did not sign up early enough – even though both my wife and I were doing so in a timely fashion; and I exhausted the appeals process from the street: my case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights in spite of the fact that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority. That we are now dealing with a series of obvious "mistakes" (however deliberate), I cannot imagine what would motivate the authorities to repeatedly deny us benefits to which we are entitled.

You will note that I am taking the time to once again copy Superintendent Lorraine Cussen of Snow Hill Police Station into my current situation. As I mentioned in my registered letter to you of 9 September, it was Superintendent Cussen who, as the supervisory police officer who is overseeing Operation Poncho II within the City of London Police, suggested that I seek the assistance of Broadway (see attachment "Cussen(13.7.09)"). I am also copying this email and attachments to, among others, the former Law Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters’ Company c/o the Clerk to the Salters’ Company at clerk@salters.co.uk.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey
NI no. -------------------

Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Mrs. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Idea Store Whitechapel library blocks my laptop from accessing the Internet

Well, it seems obstacles just keep coming our way: in yesterday’s blog, I published a letter that Declan wrote to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions concerning the difficulties we are experiencing trying to get the benefits we are entitled to - and this after the Department for Work and Pensions unlawfully put us the street for more than 2 1/2 years; in the blog of last Wednesday (see here), I published a letter Declan wrote to the Papal Nuncio in London about his formal complaint of discrimination against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy - for denying us access to food!

Today I had to put away my laptop because Tower Hamlets Council’s Idea Store Whitechapel library - where I have been doing all my work since we were put to the street in November 2006 - restricted my access to their network to “local only” (a first), effectively blocking my access to the Internet. I didn’t see anybody else raising the issue with a member of staff. Anyway, I am unlucky: the technician is away for the day and no other staff member “has the expertise” to deal with my query. Next time, Declan will write to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Councillor Lutfur Rahman (see blog of 13 May “Letter to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council”).

So much for the work I had hoped to do on “War on Terror” today - I have been sent some amazing stuff from a conference that was held in Buenos Aires a couple of weeks ago; of course, now I'm twice as interested! This is the email Declan sent to the manager of the library a moment ago:

Subject: Idea Store Whitechapel

Dear Mr. Ali,

I wish to confirm that at 1.00pm my wife brought to the attention of a member of your staff that she didn't have access to the Internet via her laptop. At 1.30pm, a member of staff explained to her that the technician is away for the day and that there is no-one else in the IT Department that has the expertise to explain to her why she is the only person in the library whose access to the Idea Store network has been restricted to "local only".

I can confirm that as at this moment (3.00pm) no Internet access has been restored to my wife on her laptop, and a member of staff has only spoken further to her to reconfirm that nothing can be done to rectify the situation today.

I present below a copy of my email to you on 21 September.

Yours sincerely,
Declan Heavey

cc Ms. Heather Bonfield, Head of Cultural Services

----------------------

21 September 2009

Subject: Idea Store Whitechapel

Dear Mr. Ali,

I wish to confirm that at 5.30pm this evening my wife brought to the attention of a member of your staff that her access to the Internet via her laptop had slowed down to an almost standstill. She inquired of this member of staff if she was the only user experiencing such difficulties, as no announcements had been made and no other user seemed to be having problems using the Idea Store network. I can confirm that as at this moment (6.45pm) no Internet access has been restored to my wife, nor has any member of staff spoken further to her.

Yours sincerely,
Declan Heavey

Monday, September 28, 2009

Letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

This morning, Declan wrote once again to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Yvette Cooper, about the difficulties we are experiencing trying to get the benefits we are entitled to - and this after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) unlawfully put us the street for more than 2 1/2 years. All is explained in letter below, but in sum, we are being paid half our benefit entitlement since 17 July because the DWP has effectively lost my National Insurance number and will not reissue me with another one. I should perhaps mention that in the previous blog I publish an Open Letter that Declan wrote to the Papal Nuncio in London, Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, regarding his formal complaint of discrimination against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy: on 19 August, the Providence Row charity run by the Sisters of Mercy denied us access to food! This is the email letter Declan just sent to Cooper:

Subject: Reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance

Dear Secretary of State,

I refer to previous correspondence, in particular my registered letters to you of 9 and 21 September. I attach copy of my complaint of 23 September that I lodged with His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain, against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy for unlawful discrimination involving the Chief Executive of Providence Row, Mrs. Jo Ansell (see attachment “Complaint(23.9.09)”). The letter opens as follows:


On 19 August 2009, my wife and I were denied access to food in the Dellow Centre of Providence Row of the RC Diocese of Westminster because, according to a Providence Row letter of 18 August, our “room/flat” is deemed by the charity “to be stable accommodation”.


With regard to the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) - which originally ran from July 2005 until it was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not "sign on" two days before I was due to so on 29 September 2006 - I reconfirm that Broadway Homelessness and Support ("Broadway") gathered on 31 July 2009 more specific details from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about my benefits claim of 17 July 2009. I was informed by Broadway that although my part of the claim had been processed (and £101.05 for the period 17 July to 30 July subsequently paid on 11 August), my wife's part of the claim has been suspended from the outset of the claim because the DWP has effectively lost her National Insurance Number (NINO), and consequently she needs to reissued a NINO before her part of the claim can be processed. (On 18 June 2008, I was robbed in the canteen of the Dellow Centre of all my and my wife's money and documents, crime reference no. 4215697/08; I was informed at Bow Road police station on 24 June 2008 that the case had been struck out due to the police being unable to obtain any CCTV footage whatsoever from Providence Row (see attachment "Ansell(25.6.08)").)

In numerous emails to the Chief Executive of Broadway, Mr. Howard Sinclair, which I copied to you for information, I pointed out that am also in receipt of a letter of 4 August from Haringey Council in respect of my claim for Housing Benefit, informing me that I must (a) tell them my wife's NINO and provide proof that it belongs to her by submitting a letter or form issued by the DWP, and (b) provide current proof of my wife's JSA by way of a recent letter from the DWP showing my current address. The Council advises in this letter that I must provide them with both of these proofs before 4 September or my claim for Housing Benefit may be suspended. We have subsequently received nothing in writing from Haringey Council to indicate that my claim for Housing Benefit remains open until the outcome of my joint claim JSA.

I can confirm that my wife has yet to be reissued the NINO - her initial appointment for 3 September at Camden NINO Jobcentre was cancelled due to "a regular clerical error", according to Broadway (see attachment "Broadway(8.9.09)"); she was subsequently interviewed on 10 September, but informed that it could take several weeks for the NINO to be reissued. Moreover, I understand that the DWP continue to be of no assistance to Broadway in providing the letter I am seeking that confirms that the payments of £128.60 I received on 18 August (for the period 31 July to 13 August) and 28 August (for the period 14 August to 27 August) are "hardship payments" for 2 persons - and not payments of my wife's JSA, which I only learnt from Broadway on 2 September is still suspended. I have repeatedly requested of Broadway that I be advised as to how long this letter will take to be processed and sent out. On 8 September, I received a reply from Mr. James Laurie for and on behalf of the charity, stating: "I will be in touch when I have heard back from the Jobcentre regarding the letter confirming hardship payments" (see attachment "Broadway(8.9.09)").

On 14 September, Broadway made inquiries of the DWP as to why my wife and I had received no benefit payment of any description from the DWP for the period 28 August to 10 September, but the DWP was unwilling to discuss my claim with them because they were not "sitting with the claimant" (see attachment "Broadway(14.9.09)"). I attended Broadway Head Office on 15 September to call the DWP to ask them whether the NINO had been allocated and where things stood with my claim. I was informed by the DWP that there was "no information" on my wife's NINO, and that £128.60 in payment of my JSA (not a hardship payment for 2 persons) would be lodged to our account later that day. Accordingly, my wife attended Broadway Head Office on 16 September to apply for her third Crisis Loan (our fourth in total) on top of the £230 we already owed the DWP in crisis loans since 20 July. She requested £40 for the period 16 September to 29 September (2 weeks), but was denied by the DWP because they did not have a NINO in her name. On 17 September, she again applied for a crisis loan, this time with both Broadway’s and my assistance, but was told that £128.60 was deemed by the DWP to be enough money for two people to survive on for a two-week period, the previous two crisis loans in her name of £70 (for the period 3 August to 16 August) and £20 (for the period 18 August to 24 August) notwithstanding.

We now have a very serious set of circumstances that may result in us being forced to return to sleeping rough at Salters' Hall. To further exacerbate the situation, I continue to be denied access to food in the Dellow Centre, despite my repeated protestations to the Archbishop of Westminster, His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, and the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy, Sr. Coirle McCarthy, about our unstable circumstances. The DWP terminated our benefits in September 2006 because I did not sign up early enough – even though both my wife and I were doing so in a timely fashion; and I exhausted the appeals process from the street: my case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights in spite of the fact that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority. That we are now dealing with a series of obvious "mistakes" (however deliberate), I cannot imagine what would motivate the authorities to repeatedly deny us benefits to which we are entitled.

You will note that I am taking the time to once again copy Superintendent Lorraine Cussen of Snow Hill Police Station into my current situation. As I mentioned in my registered letter to you of 9 September, it was Superintendent Cussen who, as the supervisory police officer who is overseeing Operation Poncho II within the City of London Police, suggested that I seek the assistance of Broadway (see attachment "Cussen(13.7.09)"). I am also copying this email and attachments to, among others, the former Law Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters’ Company c/o the Clerk to the Salters’ Company at clerk@salters.co.uk.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey
NI no. -------------------

Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Mrs. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Open Letter to the Papal Nuncio in London

On 11 September, Declan wrote to the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, in his capacity as Archbishop of the Diocese of Westminster, regarding his formal complaint of discrimination against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy (see blog of 11 September “Declan’s formal complaint against the Sisters of Mercy lodged with the Archbishop of Westminster”). Having received nothing by way of reply, this evening he took his complaint to the Papal Nuncio in London, Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz. The open letter is presented below. Next time … the Pope!

In a nutshell, on 19 August the Providence Row charity denied us access to food by effectively barring us from entering their Dellow Day Centre in the morning (a coffee in the afternoon is fine!), notwithstanding all the difficulties that Broadway Homelessness and Support are experiencing trying to overcome the various obstacles that the Department for Work and Pensions continues to place in our way to stop us from getting the benefits we are entitled to - and this after putting us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years (see, for example, blog of 17 September “Department for Work and Pensions again denies me a Crisis Loan”).

Perhaps revealing is that Declan and I were also barred from the Methodist Church Whitechapel Day Mission on 18 June 2007 by the minister’s wife due to concerns about our safety following an unprovoked assault on me in the canteen by another homeless woman (crime reference no. 4217341/07; see blog of 18 June 2007 “Assault and bar in the Whitechapel Mission”). Despite that the Whitechapel Mission’s website states that homeless people are not barred or excluded and that Declan wrote by registered post to the minister himself and to the then head of the Methodist Church of Great Britain, Rev. Graham Carter, we were never readmitted.

NAC Honorary Associate, Dr. Jim Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth – who found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 26 July “We are interviewed on The Real Deal”) – has kindly given us his 9/11 PowerPoint presentation from Buenos Aires for the new website I am building in support of our international symposium “Was 9/11 an Inside Job?” (see previous blog). Arabist-Islamologist scholar and one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror, Dr. Kevin Barrett – read an extract of his latest book Questioning the War on Terror on the NAC website – has described Dr. Fetzer’s talk in Buenos Aires a couple of weeks ago as “one of the best”, adding that he has seen him “convince many good-sized audiences here in the Midwest that 9/11 was an inside job”. This is another video I am featuring in the new site:


National Security Alert . In 2006 Citizen Investigation Team launched an independent investigation into the act of terrorism which took place at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. This exhaustive three-year inquest involved multiple trips to the scene of the crime in Arlington, Virginia, close scrutiny of all official and unofficial data related to the event, and, most importantly, first-person interviews with dozens of eyewitnesses, many of which were conducted and filmed in the exact locations from which they witnessed the plane that allegedly struck the building that day. From: Citizen Investigation Team


This is Declan’s open letter to the Papal Nuncio:

Subject: My complaint against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy

                                             BY EMAIL AND REGISTERED POST

Your Excellency,

On 19 August 2009, my wife and I were denied access to food in the Dellow Centre of Providence Row of the RC Diocese of Westminster because, according to a Providence Row letter of 18 August, our “room/flat” is deemed by the charity “to be stable accommodation”. As I explained in emails to the Archbishop of Westminster, His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, and the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy, Sr. Coirle McCarthy, I wrote on 24 August to the Chief Executive of Providence Row, Mrs. Jo Ansell, to once again request that the Providence Row charity acknowledge the following facts in respect of our unstable circumstances, having slept rough on the streets of London for more than 2 1/2 years (3/11/06 - 13/7/09):


(a) We have a 3-month Shorthold Tenancy Agreement dated 14 July 2009 and no rent book;

(b) Our first week's rent was paid by Dr. James H. Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, because Haringey Council refused to pay rent prior to the first Monday after my claim for Housing Benefit was made;

(c) The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has effectively lost my wife's National Insurance Number (NINO) and Broadway Homelessness and Support have been waiting for a letter of invitation for the NINO reallocation appointment since 27 July;

(d) We have received a total of £230 in crisis loans from the DWP since 20 July 2009 while waiting for my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) of 17 July to be processed.


On 1 September 2009, I lodged a formal complaint with Providence Row against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy for unlawful discrimination. I am in receipt of a letter of response of 9 September from Mrs. Ansell stating that “the original decision will stand”. My claim for Housing Benefit has yet to be fully established and I am still waiting for my joint claim JSA to be processed because the DWP continues to deny my wife the NINO to which she is entitled. (On 18 June 2008, I was robbed in the canteen of the Dellow Centre of all my and my wife's money and documents, crime reference no. 4215697/08; I was informed at Bow Road police station on 24 June 2008 that the case had been struck out due to the police being unable to obtain any CCTV footage whatsoever from Providence Row.)

I attach copy of my email of today's date to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, The Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, regarding the reinstatement of my joint claim JSA.

My wife and I maintain a website at religionandmorality.net that is focused on exposing the public to the scientific perspective on public policy issues, and this presupposes the separation of church and state and public policies that are based on secular principles, not religious doctrine. Dr. Fetzer, who funds the site, has authorised us to mention his academic website at http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/ and has advised us that, in his belief, the treatment to which we are being subjected is quite probably political.

I am writing to you at this time to request that you as the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See enunciate your position regarding the use of discriminatory practices by the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. Do you condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by the Sisters of Mercy (for example, in denying my wife and me food in this instance)? If you do not condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by the Sisters of Mercy, please enunciate that you disapprove of the use of discriminatory practices by the Sisters of Mercy.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Yours sincerely,
Declan Heavey

cc His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State of the Holy See (by post)
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Mrs. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Declan barred from an internet cafe

This morning Declan was barred from an internet cafe off Oxford Street after asking the manager why the monitor said that his account, £10 in credit, “expires on 23/9/09”. The manager said he didn't know why but if Declan wasn't happy he should take his money and leave. When Declan asked again “But why does the monitor say the account expires tomorrow?”, he was told to take his money and leave, and “don't ever come back”!

Yesterday I was the one to experience difficulties accessing the internet, this time in Idea Store Whitechapel, the library we have been using to do all our work since the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) made us homeless almost three years ago (for the latest on the DWP, see previous blog “Department for Work and Pensions again denies me a Crisis Loan”). While everybody else was surfing, my laptop was brought to an almost standstill. Declan had to email the Manager Asab Ali from another library he was at:

I wish to confirm that at 5.30pm this evening my wife brought to the attention of a member of your staff that her access to the internet via her laptop had slowed down to an almost standstill. She inquired of this member of staff if she was the only user experiencing such difficulties, as no announcements had been made and no other user seemed to be having problems using the Idea Store network. I can confirm that as at this moment (6.45pm) no internet access has been restored to my wife, nor has any member of staff spoken further to her.

As I explained in the blog of 11 September “Declan’s formal complaint against the Sisters of Mercy lodged with the Archbishop of Westminster”, I am currently working on the “War on Terror” in the NAC website. A substantial part of this work now is helping NAC Honorary Associate, Dr. Jim Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth – who found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 26 July “We are interviewed on The Real Deal”) – to organise an international symposium “Was 9/11 an Inside Job?”, which has been tentatively set for 14 November in London, based upon the assumption that we can put everything together. We have two speakers already confirmed, a third to be confirmed, and, while I am designing a new website for Dr. Fetzer, Declan is meeting 9/11 activists. If we are unable to put together an event for 14 November, we can always work on another date. Dr. Fetzer is in. He is not going to go away. Our second speaker from Germany is in. He is not going to go away. And we will see what comes of our third speaker from France! We believe we have a good plan. I will be on the keyboard, while Declan is going around meeting people, etc. We have the resources to pull it off, even if we are put back to the street. This is a video I will be featuring in the new website:

ZERO: An Investigation into 9/11, has one central thesis - that the official version of the events surrounding the attacks on 9/11 can not be true. This brand new feature documentary from Italian production company Telemaco explores the latest scientific evidence and reveals dramatic new witness testimony, which directly conflicts with the US Government's account. Featuring presentations from intellectual heavy weights; Gore Vidal, and Noble Prize winner Dario Fo, the film challenges assumptions surrounding the attacks. In the words of the Italian daily newspaper, Il Corriere de da Sera, "What results is a sequence of contradictions, gaps, and omissions of stunning gravity." From: zero911movie.com

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Department for Work and Pensions again denies me a Crisis Loan

As I said in yesterday’s blog “Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”, this morning I was going to again request of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) a £40 Crisis Loan for living expenses for the next two weeks – the DWP has suspended my benefits because they have effectively lost my National Insurance Number (NINO) and I may have to wait several weeks to be reissued the NINO. Yesterday they denied me the loan because I don’t have ... a NINO. This morning, despite Declan's assistance, they denied me because Declan is deemed to have received enough for the two of us to survive on.

The fact that the £128.60 Declan got on Tuesday has to last him until 29 September is neither here nor there, according to the DWP officer I was speaking with. She was curious as to how I was surviving since I got my last crisis loan of £20 on 18 August (for the period 18 August to 24 August), and when I told her that the DWP made us homeless for more than 2 1/2 years and sometimes I find sandwiches discarded in bins which I then keep in the fridge, she was like ... well, there you are! Declan has once again written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Yvette Cooper, presented below, and will write to her again after I reapply next Wednesday for £20 for one week (the previous blog contains an email letter to Cooper, and also blogs of 15 September “Department for Work and Pensions forces me to apply for a Crisis Loan”, and of 9 September “Declan complains to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions”).

As I explained in the blog of 11 September “Declan’s formal complaint against the Sisters of Mercy lodged with the Archbishop of Westminster”, I am currently working on the “War on Terror” in the NAC website. In the book The War on Truth, bestselling British author and political analyst Dr. Nafeez Ahmed writes that “global citizens should organize and gather together resources and experts to establish the rudimentary beginnings of a public inquiry into the global war on terror and its roots”. So, as I am going around gathering high quality videos for the site, I have come across this one, “Anthrax War”, a provocative new investigative documentary by filmmakers Bob Coen and Eric Nadler (a Canada-France coproduction) that examines the 2001 US Anthrax Attacks and offers a shocking glimpse into today’s secret and dangerous world of germ weapons:


Anthrax War Pt 1. Anthrax War is a provocative new investigative documentary by filmmakers Bob Coen and Eric Nadler about the untold story of the 2001 U.S. Anthrax Attacks and the dark secrets of the shadowy world of modern day germ weapons research. The search for answers takes them from the US to the UK, then to the edge of Siberia and to Southern Africa and leads them into an underworld in which leading scientists working with germs die under mysterious circumstances. The growing list includes Bruce Ivins, who the FBI claims was the only person behind the U.S. anthrax murders; Dr. David Kelly, the former head of UK bio-defense; and Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik, the mastermind behind the Soviet Union's vast and illegal bio-weapons complex who defected to the West. Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6.

For the record, this is Declan’s email letter this morning to Cooper:

Subject: Reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance

Dear Secretary of State,

I refer to previous correspondence, in particular my registered letter to you of 9 September to which I do not appear to have received a reply. I attach copy of my complaint of 11 September that I lodged with His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy for unlawful discrimination involving the Chief Executive of Providence Row, Mrs. Jo Ansell (see attachment “Complaint(11.9.09)”). The letter opens as follows:


On 19 August 2009, my wife and I were denied access to food in the Dellow Centre of Providence Row of the RC Diocese of Westminster because, according to a Providence Row letter of 18 August, our “room/flat” is deemed by the charity “to be stable accommodation”.


With regard to the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) - which originally ran from July 2005 until it was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not "sign on" two days before I was due to so on 29 September 2006 - I reconfirm that Broadway Homelessness and Support ("Broadway") gathered on 31 July 2009 more specific details from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about my benefits claim of 17 July 2009. I was informed by Broadway that although my part of the claim had been processed (and £101.05 for the period 17 July to 30 July subsequently paid on 11 August), my wife's part of the claim has been suspended from the outset of the claim because the DWP has effectively lost her National Insurance Number (NINO), and consequently she needs to reissued a NINO before her part of the claim can be processed. (On 18 June 2008, I was robbed in the canteen of the Dellow Centre of all my and my wife's money and documents, crime reference no. 4215697/08; I was informed at Bow Road police station on 24 June 2008 that the case had been struck out due to the police being unable to obtain any CCTV footage whatsoever from Providence Row (see attachment "Ansell(25.6.08)").)

In numerous emails to the Chief Executive of Broadway, Mr. Howard Sinclair, which I copied to you for information, I pointed out that am also in receipt of a letter of 4 August from Haringey Council in respect of my claim for Housing Benefit, informing me that I must (a) tell them my wife's NINO and provide proof that it belongs to her by submitting a letter or form issued by the DWP, and (b) provide current proof of my wife's JSA by way of a recent letter from the DWP showing my current address. The Council advises in this letter that I must provide them with both of these proofs before 4 September or my claim for Housing Benefit may be suspended. We have subsequently received nothing in writing from Haringey Council to indicate that my claim for Housing Benefit remains open until the outcome of my joint claim JSA.

I can confirm that my wife has yet to be reissued the NINO - her initial appointment for 3 September at Camden NINO Jobcentre was cancelled due to "a regular clerical error", according to Broadway (see attachment "Broadway(8.9.09)"); she was subsequently interviewed on 10 September, but informed that it could take several weeks for the NINO to be reissued. Moreover, I understand that the DWP are not being of assistance to Broadway in providing the letter I am seeking that confirms that the payments of £128.60 I received on 18 August (for the period 31 July to 13 August) and 28 August (for the period 14 August to 27 August) are "hardship payments" for 2 persons - and not payments of my wife's JSA, which I only learnt from Broadway on 2 September is still suspended. I have repeatedly requested of Broadway that I be advised as to how long this letter will take to be processed and sent out. On 8 September, I received a reply from Mr. James Laurie for and on behalf of the charity, stating: "I will be in touch when I have heard back from the Jobcentre regarding the letter confirming hardship payments" (see attachment "Broadway(8.9.09)").

On 14 September, Broadway made inquiries of the DWP as to why my wife and I had received no benefit payment of any description from the DWP for the period 28 August to 10 September, but the DWP was unwilling to discuss my claim with them because they were not "sitting with the claimant" (see attachment "Broadway(14.9.09)"). I attended Broadway Head Office on 15 September to call the DWP to ask them whether the NINO had been allocated and where things stood with my claim. I was informed by the DWP that there was "no information" on my wife's NINO, and that £128.60 in payment of my JSA (not a hardship payment for 2 persons) would be lodged to our account later that day. Accordingly, my wife attended Broadway Head Office yesterday morning to apply for her third Crisis Loan (our fourth in total) on top of the £230 we already owe the DWP in crisis loans since 20 July. She requested £40 for the period 16 September to 29 September (2 weeks), but was denied by the DWP because they did not have a NINO in her name. This morning she applied again with Broadway's and my assistance, but was told that £128.60 was deemed by the DWP to be sufficient money for two people to survive on for a two-week period, the previous two crisis loans in her name of £70 (for the period 3 August to 16 August) and £20 (for the period 18 August to 24 August) notwithstanding.

We now have a very serious set of circumstances that may result in us being forced to return to sleeping rough at Salters' Hall. To further exacerbate the situation, I continue to be denied access to food in the Dellow Centre, despite my repeated protestations to the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy, Sr. Coirle McCarthy, about our unstable circumstances (see attachment “Complaint(11.9.09)”). The DWP terminated our benefits in September 2006 because I did not sign up early enough – even though both my wife and I were doing so in a timely fashion; and I exhausted the appeals process from the street: my case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights in spite of the fact that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority. That we are now dealing with a series of obvious "mistakes" (however deliberate), I cannot imagine what would motivate the authorities to repeatedly deny us benefits to which we are entitled.

You will note that I am taking the time to once again copy Superintendent Lorraine Cussen of Snow Hill Police Station into my current situation. As I mentioned in my registered letter to you of 9 September, it was Superintendent Cussen who, as the supervisory police officer who is overseeing Operation Poncho II within the City of London Police, suggested that I seek the assistance of Broadway (see attachment "Cussen(13.7.09)"). I am also copying this email and attachments to, among others, the former Law Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters’ Company c/o the Clerk to the Salters’ Company at clerk@salters.co.uk.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey
NI no. ------------

Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Mrs. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan

I think that I am the only person the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) expects to survive in London with zero money! As I explained in yesterday’s blog, the DWP has suspended my benefits because they have effectively lost my National Insurance Number (NINO). This morning when I requested of them a £40 Crisis Loan for living expenses for the next two weeks, they told me that they were not going to give me one because I don’t have ... a NINO. It didn’t make the slightest difference that I had an interview for the NINO on 10 September (this after they cancelled an earlier interview due to “a regular clerical error”; see blog of 3 September “The Department for Work and Pensions refuses to interview me this morning for a NINO”), nor that I could be waiting any number of weeks to be reissued the number. Declan has once again written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Yvette Cooper, and will write to her again tomorrow after I reapply for the same loan with his assistance (the previous blog contains a letter to Cooper, and also the blog of 9 September “Declan complains to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions”).

Frankly, I am surprised that the DWP is providing Declan with any money at all, particularly in light of the runaround they are giving Broadway Homelessness and Support on the reinstatement of our benefits (see, for example, blog of 4 September “Letter to the CEO of Broadway on the seriousness of our situation”). Our history with the DWP goes back a long way: We came to England in 2003 and for two years attempted to get NAC up and running; we went on benefits in July 2005; the DWP terminated our benefits on 27 September 2006 because Declan did not “sign on” two days before he was due to do so on 29 September. Declan exhausted the appeals process from the street: the case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights, despite that we were denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority. Things got serious on 12 July when police threatened us with physical removal from Salters’ Hall within 24 hours (see blog of 12 July “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”). The next evening, Dr. Jim Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, pulled off the near impossible and found us a roof over our heads (all is explained in the blog of 26 July “We are interviewed on The Real Deal”).

Subject: Reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance

Dear Secretary of State,

I refer to previous correspondence, in particular my registered letter to you of 9 September to which I do not appear to have received a reply. I attach copy of my complaint of 11 September that I lodged with His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy for unlawful discrimination involving the Chief Executive of Providence Row, Mrs. Jo Ansell (see attachment “Complaint(11.9.09)”). The letter opens as follows:


On 19 August 2009, my wife and I were denied access to food in the Dellow Centre of Providence Row of the RC Diocese of Westminster because, according to a Providence Row letter of 18 August, our “room/flat” is deemed by the charity “to be stable accommodation”.


With regard to the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) - which originally ran from July 2005 until it was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not "sign on" two days before I was due to so on 29 September 2006 - I reconfirm that Broadway Homelessness and Support gathered on 31 July 2009 more specific details from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about my benefits claim of 17 July 2009. I was informed by the Broadway City Outreach team that although my part of the claim had been processed (and £101.05 for the period 17 July to 30 July subsequently paid on 11 August), my wife's part of the claim has been suspended from the outset of the claim because the DWP has effectively lost her National Insurance Number (NINO), and consequently she needs to reissued a NINO before her part of the claim can be processed. (On 18 June 2008, I was robbed in the canteen of the Dellow Centre of all my and my wife's money and documents, crime reference no. 4215697/08; I was informed at Bow Road police station on 24 June 2008 that the case had been struck out due to the police being unable to obtain any CCTV footage whatsoever from Providence Row (see attachment "Ansell(25.6.08)").)

In numerous emails to the Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support, Mr. Howard Sinclair, which I copied to you for information, I pointed out that am also in receipt of a letter of 4 August from Haringey Council in respect of my claim for Housing Benefit, informing me that I must (a) tell them my wife's NINO and provide proof that it belongs to her by submitting a letter or form issued by the DWP, and (b) provide current proof of my wife's JSA by way of a recent letter from the DWP showing my current address. The Council advises in this letter that I must provide them with both of these proofs before 4 September or my claim for Housing Benefit may be suspended. We have subsequently received nothing in writing from Haringey Council to indicate that my claim for Housing Benefit remains open until the outcome of my joint claim JSA.

I can confirm that my wife has yet to be reissued the NINO - her initial appointment for 3 September at Camden NINO Jobcentre was cancelled due to "a regular clerical error", according to Broadway Homelessness and Support; she was subsequently interviewed for a NINO on 10 September. Moreover, I understand that the DWP are not being of assistance to Broadway Homelessness and Support in providing a definite date for the issuing of the letter I am seeking confirming that the payments of £128.60 I received on 18 August (for the period 31 July to 13 August) and 28 August (for the period 14 August to 27 August) are "hardship payments" for 2 persons - and not payments of my wife's JSA, which I only learnt from the Broadway City Outreach team on 2 September is still suspended. I have repeatedly requested of Broadway Homelessness and Support that I be advised as to how long this letter will take to be processed and sent out. On 8 September, I received a reply from Mr. James Laurie for and on behalf of Broadway Homelessness and Support, stating: "I will be in touch when I have heard back from the Jobcentre regarding the letter confirming hardship payments" (see attachment "Broadway(8.9.09)").

The day before yesterday, 14 September, Broadway Homelessness and Support made inquiries of the DWP as to why my wife and I had received no benefit payment of any description from the DWP for the period 28 August to 10 September, but the DWP was unwilling to discuss my claim with them because they were not "sitting with the claimant" (see attachment "Broadway(14.9.09)"). Yesterday morning, I attended Broadway Head Office to call the DWP to ask them whether the NINO has been allocated and where things are at with my claim. I was informed by the DWP that there was "no information" on my wife's NINO, and that £128.60 in payment of my JSA (not a hardship payment for 2 persons) would be lodged to our account later in the day. Accordingly, my wife attended Broadway Head Office this morning to apply for her third Crisis Loan (our fourth in total) on top of the £230 we already owe the DWP in crisis loans since 20 July. She requested £40 for the period 16 September to 29 September (2 weeks), but was denied by the DWP because she had no NINO. Tomorrow she will apply again with my assistance.

We now have a very serious set of circumstances that may result in us being forced to return to sleeping rough at Salters' Hall. To further exacerbate the situation, I continue to be denied access to food in the Dellow Centre, notwithstanding my repeated protestations to the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy, Sr. Coirle McCarthy, about our unstable circumstances (see attachment “Complaint(11.9.09)”). The DWP terminated our benefits in September 2006 because I did not sign up early enough – even though both my wife and I were doing so in a timely fashion; and I exhausted the appeals process from the street: my case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights, despite that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority. That we are now dealing with a series of obvious "mistakes" (however deliberate), I cannot imagine what would motivate the authorities to deny us benefits to which we are entitled.

You will note that I am taking the time to once again copy Superintendent Lorraine Cussen of Snow Hill Police Station into my current situation. As I mentioned in my registered letter to you of 9 September, it was Superintendent Cussen who, as the supervisory police officer who is overseeing Operation Poncho II within the City of London Police, suggested that I seek the assistance of Broadway Homelesssness and Support (see attachment "Cussen(13.7.09)"). I am also copying this email and attachments to, among others, the former Law Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters’ Company c/o the Clerk to the Salters’ Company at clerk@salters.co.uk.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey
NI no. ------------

Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Mrs. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Department for Work and Pensions forces me to apply for a Crisis Loan

Well, it seems that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has a target on our back. Declan has been writing for some time to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Yvette Cooper, regarding the difficulties that Broadway Homelessness and Support are experiencing trying to overcome the various obstacles that the DWP continues to place in our way to stop us from getting the benefits we are entitled to - and this after putting us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years (see the latest letter to Cooper below). Things have gotten so bad that tomorrow I have to apply for my third crisis loan, and our fourth since 20 July. Already we have received £230 in crisis loans from the DWP, and still we are being denied benefits which we are entitled to.

In an email dated 13 July Superintendent Lorraine Cussen of Snow Hill police station wrote to Declan informing him that Broadway Homelessness and Support “may assist to resolve any outstanding issues which currently prevent you from taking up accommodation” (for the context of this email, see blog of 12 July “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”). No doubt there are those in the DWP who don’t appreciate in the slightest our good friend and Honorary Associate of NAC, Dr. Jim Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, who found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 26 July “We are interviewed on The Real Deal”).

As I explained in last Friday’s blog “Declan’s formal complaint against the Sisters of Mercy lodged with the Archbishop of Westminster”, I am currently working on the “War on Terror” in the NAC website. One of the books that seemingly every researcher keeps mentioning is Michael Ruppert’s Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. Published in September 2004, it is one of the three best-selling books globally and in the US about the attacks of 9/11. Rubicon is the only book to show that Vice President Richard Cheney, the US government and Wall Street had a well-developed awareness of Peak Oil – the concern raised by scientists since the 1970s that the world will eventually run out of fossil fuel – before the 9/11 attacks and that US policy since then has been consistent with Peak Oil imperatives. This is a video of Ruppert speaking that I am featuring in the NAC website in our section on the “War on Terror” (see “What we do”):

From the Wilderness - The CIA Connection.

For the record, this is Declan’s email letter this morning to Cooper:

Subject: Reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance

Dear Secretary of State,

I refer to previous correspondence, in particular my registered letter to you of 9 September to which I do not appear to have received a reply. I attach copy of my complaint of 11 September that I lodged with His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy for unlawful discrimination involving the Chief Executive of Providence Row, Mrs. Jo Ansell (see attachment “Complaint(11.9.09)”). The letter opens as follows:


On 19 August 2009, my wife and I were denied access to food in the Dellow Centre of Providence Row of the RC Diocese of Westminster because, according to a Providence Row letter of 18 August, our “room/flat” is deemed by the charity “to be stable accommodation”.


With regard to the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) - which originally ran from July 2005 until it was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not "sign on" two days before I was due to so on 29 September 2006 - I reconfirm that Broadway Homelessness and Support gathered on 31 July 2009 more specific details from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about my benefits claim of 17 July 2009. I was informed by the Broadway City Outreach team that although my part of the claim had been processed (and £101.05 for the period 17 July to 30 July subsequently paid on 11 August), my wife's part of the claim is currently suspended because the DWP has effectively lost her National Insurance Number (NINO), and consequently she needs to reissued a NINO before her part of the claim can be processed. (On 18 June 2008, I was robbed in the canteen of the Dellow Centre of all my and my wife's money and documents, crime reference no. 4215697/08; I was informed at Bow Road police station on 24 June 2008 that the case had been struck out due to the police being unable to obtain any CCTV footage whatsoever from Providence Row (see attachment "Ansell(25.6.08)").)

In numerous emails to the Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support, Mr. Howard Sinclair, which I copied to you for information, I pointed out that am also in receipt of a letter of 4 August from Haringey Council in respect of my claim for Housing Benefit, informing me that I must (a) tell them my wife's NINO and provide proof that it belongs to her by submitting a letter or form issued by the DWP, and (b) provide current proof of my wife's JSA by way of a recent letter from the DWP showing my current address. The Council advises that I must provide them with both of these proofs before 4 September or my claim for Housing Benefit may be suspended. We have subsequently received nothing in writing from Haringey Council to indicate that my claim for Housing Benefit remains open until the outcome of my joint claim JSA.

I can confirm that my wife has yet to be reissued the NINO, her initial appointment for 3 September at Camden NINO Jobcentre having been cancelled due to "a regular clerical error", according to Broadway Homelessness and Support. Moreover, I understand that the DWP are not being of assistance to Broadway Homelessness and Support in providing a definite date for the issuing of the letter I am seeking confirming that the payments of £128.60 I received on 18 August (for the period 31 July to 13 August) and 28 August (for the period 14 August to 27 August) are "hardship payments" for 2 persons - and not payments of my wife's JSA, which I only learnt from the Broadway City Outreach team on 2 September is still suspended. I have repeatedly requested of Broadway Homelessness and Support that I be advised as to how long this letter will take to be processed and sent out. On 8 September, I received a reply from Mr. James Laurie for and on behalf of Broadway Homelessness and Support, stating: "I will be in touch when I have heard back from the Jobcentre regarding the letter confirming hardship payments" (see attachment "Broadway(8.9.09)").

Yesterday morning, Broadway Homelessness and Support made inquiries of the DWP as to why my wife and I have received no benefit payment of any description from the DWP for the period 28 August to 10 September, but the DWP was unwilling to discuss my claim with them because they were not sitting with the claimant. This morning, I attended Broadway Head Office to call the DWP to ask them whether the NINO has been allocated and where things are at with my claim. I was informed by the DWP that there was "no information" on my wife's NINO, and that only my JSA would be lodged to our account before close of business today. Accordingly, my wife will apply for her third Crisis Loan tomorrow (our fourth in total) on top of the £230 we already owe the DWP in crisis loans since 20 July.

We now have a very serious set of circumstances that may result in us being forced to return to sleeping rough at Salters' Hall. To further exacerbate the situation, I continue to be denied access to food in the Dellow Centre, notwithstanding my repeated protestations to the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy, Sr. Coirle McCarthy, about our unstable circumstances (see attachment “Complaint(11.9.09)”). The DWP terminated our benefits in September 2006 because I did not sign up early enough – even though both my wife and I were doing so in a timely fashion; and I exhausted the appeals process: my case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights, despite that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority. That we are now dealing with a series of obvious "mistakes" (however deliberate), I cannot imagine what would motivate the authorities to deny us benefits to which we are entitled.

You will note that I am taking the time to once again copy Superintendent Lorraine Cussen of Snow Hill Police Station into my current situation. As I mentioned in my registered letter to you of 9 September, it was Superintendent Cussen who, as the supervisory police officer who is overseeing Operation Poncho II within the City of London Police, suggested that I seek the assistance of Broadway Homelesssness and Support (see attachment "Cussen(13.7.09)"). I am also copying this email and attachments to, among others, the former Law Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters’ Company c/o the Clerk to the Salters’ Company at clerk@salters.co.uk.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey
NI no. ------------

Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Mrs. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station

Friday, September 11, 2009

Declan's formal complaint against the Sisters of Mercy lodged with the Archbishop of Westminster

This afternoon Declan wrote to the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, in his capacity as Archbishop of the Diocese of Westminster regarding the formal complaint of discrimination he lodged against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy with Providence Row (see blog of 1 September “Declan lodges his complaint against the Sisters of Mercy”).

In a nutshell, on 19 August the Providence Row charity decided to deny Declan and me access to food by barring us from entering their Dellow Day Centre in the morning (a coffee in the afternoon is fine!), despite all the difficulties that Broadway Homelessness and Support are experiencing trying to overcome the various obstacles that the Department for Work and Pensions continues to place in our way to stop us from getting the benefits we are entitled to - and this after putting us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years (see previous blog “Declan complains to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions”).

Providence Row’s website states: “With help from our supporters we continue to expand the range of services we have on offer at the Dellow Centre, enabling people to permanently break the cycles of homelessness and poverty.” This bit mustn’t apply to us, though. I should perhaps add here that Declan and I were also barred from the Methodist Church Whitechapel Day Mission on 18 June 2007 by the minister’s wife due to concerns about our safety following an unprovoked assault on me in the canteen by another homeless woman (crime reference no. 4217341/07; see blog of 18 June 2007 “Assault and bar in the Whitechapel Mission”). Despite that the Whitechapel Mission’s website states that homeless people are not barred or excluded and that Declan wrote by registered post to the minister himself and to the then head of the Methodist Church of Great Britain, Rev. Graham Carter, we were never readmitted. Perhaps Declan’s next letter will be to the Pope!

For the record, this is Declan’s email to Archbishop Nichols this morning, a copy of which he also forwarded to him by registered post:

Subject: My complaint against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy

                                             BY EMAIL AND REGISTERED POST

Your Grace,

On 19 August 2009, my wife and I were denied access to food in the Dellow Centre of Providence Row of the RC Diocese of Westminster because, according to a Providence Row letter of 18 August, our “room/flat” is deemed by the charity “to be stable accommodation”. As I explained in emails to the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy, Sr. Coirle McCarthy, I wrote on 24 August to the Chief Executive of Providence Row, Mrs. Jo Ansell, to once again request that the Providence Row charity acknowledge the following facts in respect of our unstable circumstances, having slept rough on the streets of London for more than 2 1/2 years (from 3/11/06 to 13/7/09):


(a) We have a 3-month Shorthold Tenancy Agreement dated 14 July 2009 and no rent book;

(b) Our first week's rent was paid by Dr. James H. Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, because Haringey Council refused to pay rent prior to the first Monday after my claim for Housing Benefit was made;

(c) The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has effectively lost my wife's National Insurance Number (NINO) and Broadway Homelessness and Support have been waiting for a letter of invitation for the NINO reallocation appointment since 27 July;

(d) We have received a total of £230 in crisis loans from the DWP since 20 July 2009 while waiting for my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) of 17 July to be processed.


On 1 September 2009, I lodged a formal complaint with Providence Row against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy for unlawful discrimination. I am in receipt of a letter of response of 9 September from Mrs. Ansell stating that “the original decision will stand”. My claim for Housing Benefit has yet to be fully established and I am still waiting for my joint claim JSA to be processed because the DWP continues to deny my wife the NINO to which she is entitled. (On 18 June 2008, I was robbed in the canteen of the Dellow Centre of all my and my wife's money and documents, crime reference no. 4215697/08; I was informed at Bow Road police station on 24 June 2008 that the case had been struck out due to the police being unable to obtain any CCTV footage whatsoever from Providence Row.)

Kindly note that on 18 August and 25 August we received "hardship payments" for two persons of £128.60.

My wife and I maintain a website at religionandmorality.net that is focused on exposing the public to the scientific perspective on public policy issues, and this presupposes the separation of church and state and public policies that are based on secular principles, not religious doctrine. Dr. Fetzer, who funds the site, has authorised us to mention his academic website at http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/ and has advised us that, in his belief, the treatment to which we are being subjected is quite probably political.

I am writing to you at this time to request that you as the Archbishop of Westminster enunciate your position regarding the use of discriminatory practices by the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. Do you condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by the Sisters of Mercy (for example, in denying us food in this instance)? If you do not condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by the Sisters of Mercy, please enunciate that you disapprove of the use of discriminatory practices by the Sisters of Mercy.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Yours sincerely,
Declan Heavey

cc His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State of the Holy See (by post)
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Mrs. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Declan complains to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

This morning Declan wrote to Yvette Cooper, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, regarding the difficulties that Broadway Homelessness and Support are experiencing as they try to overcome the various obstacles that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) continues to place in our way to stop us from getting the benefits we are entitled to - and this after putting us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years. (The previous blogs of 4 September “Letter to the CEO of Broadway on the seriousness of our situation” and of 3 September “The Department for Work and Pensions refuses to interview me this morning for a NINO” contain more information, but Declan’s letter to Cooper below provides a pretty good summary.)

In an email dated 13 July, Superintendent Lorraine Cussen of Snow Hill police station wrote to Declan informing him that “Salters’ Hall are acting within their rights to ask you to leave their private property with the assistance of the police” (see blog of 12 July “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”). Superintendent Cussen adds that Broadway “may assist to resolve any outstanding issues which currently prevent you from taking up accommodation”. Well, I think that Broadway must be starting to understand what kept us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years - in fact, if it wasn’t for Jim Fetzer, a NAC Honorary Associate, who is Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, I cannot imagine where we would be now; it was Dr. Fetzer who found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 26 July “We are interviewed on The Real Deal”). They are probably starting to think that “someone” must want us out of the UK!

Anyway, this is Declan’s email this morning to Cooper, which has also gone to her by registered post:

Subject: Reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance

                                             BY EMAIL AND REGISTERED POST

Dear Secretary of State,

Previous correspondence refers. I attach copy of a formal complaint that I lodged with Providence Row against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy for unlawful discrimination involving the Chief Executive of Providence Row, Mrs. Jo Ansell (see attachment “Complaint(1.9.09)”). Paragraph 1 under the heading “Please outline your complaint” states as follows:


On 19 August 2009 my wife and I were denied access to food in the Dellow Centre of Providence Row in London because, according to a Providence Row letter of 18 August, our “room/flat” is deemed by the charity “to be stable accommodation” (see Supporting Documents, p. 14).


With regard to the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) - which originally ran from July 2005 until it was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not "sign on" two days before I was due to so on 29 September 2006 - Broadway Homelessness and Support gathered on 31 July 2009 more specific details from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about my benefits claim of 17 July 2009. I was informed by the Broadway City Outreach team that although my part of the claim had been processed (and subsequently paid), my wife's part of the claim is currently suspended because the DWP has effectively lost her National Insurance Number (NINO), and consequently she needs to reissued a NINO before her part of the claim can be processed. (On 18 June 2008 I was robbed in the canteen of the Dellow Centre of all my and my wife's money and documents, crime reference no. 4215697/08; I was informed at Bow Road police station on 24 June 2008 that the case had been struck out due to the police being unable to obtain any CCTV footage whatsoever from Providence Row (see attachment "Ansell(25.6.08)").)

In numerous emails to the Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support, Mr. Howard Sinclair, which I copied to you for information, I pointed out that am also in receipt of a letter of 4 August from Haringey Council in respect of my claim for Housing Benefit, informing me that I must (a) tell them my wife's NINO and provide proof that it belongs to her by submitting a letter or form issued by the DWP, and (b) provide current proof of my wife's JSA by way of a recent letter from the DWP showing my current address. The Council advises that I must provide them with both of these proofs before 4 September or my claim for Housing Benefit may be suspended. We have subsequently received nothing in writing from Haringey Council to indicate that my claim for Housing Benefit remains open until the outcome of my joint claim JSA.

My wife has yet to be reissued the NINO, her initial appointment for 3 September at Camden NINO Jobcentre having been cancelled due to "a regular clerical error". Moreover, I understand that the DWP are not being of assistance to Broadway Homelessness and Support in respect of the letter I am seeking confirming that the payments of £128.60 I received on 18 August and 28 August are hardship payments for 2 persons - and not payments of my wife's JSA, which I only learnt from the Broadway City Outreach team on 2 September is still suspended. I have repeatedly requested of Broadway Homelessness and Support that I be advised as to how long this letter will take to be processed and sent out. Yesterday afternoon I received a reply from Mr. James Laurie for and on behalf of Broadway Homelessness and Support, stating: "I will be in touch when I have heard back from the Jobcentre regarding the letter confirming hardship payments" (see attachment "Broadway(8.9.09)").

My wife and I now have a very serious set of circumstances that may result in us being forced to return to sleeping rough at Salters' Hall. To exacerbate the situation, we continue to be denied access to food in the Dellow Centre, notwithstanding my repeated protestations to the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy, Sr. Coirle McCarthy, about our unstable circumstances (see attachment “Complaint(1.9.09)”). The DWP terminated our benefits in September 2006 because I did not sign up early enough – even though both my wife and I were doing so in a timely fashion; and I exhausted the appeals process: my case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights, despite that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority. That we are now dealing with another obvious "mistake" (however deliberate), I cannot imagine what would motivate the authorities to deny my wife the NINO to which she is entitled.

You will note that I am taking the time to once again copy Superintendent Lorraine Cussen of Snow Hill Police Station into my current situation. It was Superintendent Cussen who, as the supervisory police officer who is overseeing Operation Poncho II within the City of London Police, suggested that I seek the assistance of Broadway Homelesssness and Support (see attachment "Cussen(13.7.09)"). I am also copying this email and attachments to, among others, the former Law Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters’ Company c/o the Clerk to the Salters’ Company at clerk@salters.co.uk.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey
NI no. ----------

Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Mrs. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station

Friday, September 04, 2009

Letter to the CEO of Broadway on the seriousness of our situation

As I said in the previous blog, “The Department for Work and Pensions refuses to interview me this morning for a NINO”, Declan wrote yesterday to the CEO of Broadway Homelessness and Support, Howard Sinclair, who is assisting us in overcoming the various obstacles that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) continues to place in our way to stop us from getting the benefits we are entitled to - and this after putting us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years. His first email to Sinclair yesterday is presented below. It is the lead attachment to the email letter he has composed for leading human rights lawyers here in London; another attachment is a formal complaint Declan lodged against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy on the grounds of unlawful discrimination (it can be read in the blog of 1 September “Declan lodges his complaint against the Sisters of Mercy”).

This letter to Sinclair is copied to, among others, the former Law Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters’ Company. It was at the headquarters of the Salters’ Company that we slept for almost a year before gaining access to a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 26 July “We are interviewed on The Real Deal”).

Salters’ Company describes itself as a company very largely devoted to charity which also plays an important part in the system of local government in the City of London. Well, they seem to think we are going back to the street: they have covered the porch we slept in from January in sand bags! It means we will be moving back to where we slept from September 2008 through to January: about twenty paces from their front entrance, down some twelve steps (see, for example, blog of 5 June “Salters back in the spotlight”).

Today is Declan’s birthday, which reminds me that this day last year we returned to the porch we had been using since 3 November 2006 only to find that … a trellis gate had been installed (see blog of 5 September 2008 “A trellis gate is installed in the porch”). Anyway, we are being given such a run around by the DWP that I still haven’t finished our feature of the month for September. Last month we featured the assassination of the abortion doctor George Tiller on 31 May, in the United States, in “An Abortion Battle, Fought to the Death”. This month, as part of our questioning the “war on terror”, I am featuring the long-gagged FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, who has finally testified in court under oath about some of the things that she learned while working for the bureau. This documentary, “Kill The Messenger”, will be included:



This is Declan’s email to Sinclair yesterday afternoon:

Subject: Broadway assistance in claiming Jobseeker's Allowance

Dear Mr. Sinclair,

Previous correspondence refers. I attach copy of a formal complaint that I lodged with Providence Row against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy for unlawful discrimination involving the Chief Executive of Providence Row, Mrs. Jo Ansell (see attachment “Complaint(1.9.09)”). Paragraph 1 under the heading “Please outline your complaint” states as follows:


On 19 August 2009 my wife and I were denied access to food in the Dellow Centre of Providence Row in London because, according to a Providence Row letter of 18 August, our “room/flat” is deemed by the charity “to be stable accommodation” (see Supporting Documents, p. 14).


With regard to the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) - which originally ran from July 2005 until it was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not "sign on" two days before I was due to so on 29 September 2006 - Broadway Homelessness and Support gathered on 31 July 2009 more specific details from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about my benefits claim of 17 July 2009. I was informed by the Broadway City Outreach team that although my part of the claim had been processed (and subsequently paid), my wife's part of the claim is currently suspended because the DWP has effectively lost her National Insurance Number (NINO), and consequently she needs to reissued a NINO before her part of the claim can be processed. (On 18 June 2008, I was robbed in the canteen of the Dellow Centre of all my and my wife's money and documents, crime reference no. 4215697/08; I was informed at Bow Road police station on 24 June 2008 that the case had been struck out due to the police being unable to obtain any CCTV footage whatsoever from Providence Row (see attachment "Ansell(25.6.08)").)

As first mentioned in my email to you of 6 August, I am also in receipt of a letter of 4 August from Haringey Council in respect of my claim for Housing Benefit, informing me that I must (a) tell them my wife's NINO and provide proof that it belongs to her by submitting a letter or form issued by the DWP, and (b) provide current proof of my wife's JSA by way of a recent letter from the DWP showing my current address. The Council advises that I must provide them with both of these proofs before 4 September or my claim for Housing Benefit may be suspended. We have subsequently received nothing in writing from Haringey Council to indicate that my claim for Housing Benefit remains open until the outcome of my joint claim JSA.

My wife has yet to be reissued the NINO, her initial appointment for 3 September at Camden NINO Jobcentre having been cancelled due to a clerical error. Moreover, I understand that Broadway Homelessness and Support will not be of assistance to me in acquiring from the DWP the letter I am seeking confirming that the payments of £128.60 I received on 18 August and 28 August are hardship payments for 2 persons - and not payments of my wife's JSA, which I only learnt from the Broadway City Outreach team yesterday is still suspended (see “Broadway(2.9.09)”).

My wife and I now have a very serious set of circumstances that may result in us being forced to return to sleeping rough at Salters' Hall. To exacerbate the situation, we continue to be denied access to food in the Dellow Centre, notwithstanding my repeated protestations to the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy, Sr. Coirle McCarthy, about our unstable circumstances (see attachment “Complaint(1.9.09)”). The DWP terminated our benefits in September 2006 because I did not sign up early enough – even though both my wife and I were doing so in a timely fashion; and I exhausted the appeals process: my case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights, despite that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority. That we are now dealing with another obvious "mistake" (however deliberate), I cannot imagine what would motivate the authorities to deny my wife the NINO to which she is entitled.

You will note that I am taking the time to once again copy Superintendent Lorraine Cussen of Snow Hill Police Station into my current situation. As you are aware, it was Superintendent Cussen who, as the supervisory police officer who is overseeing Operation Poncho II within the City of London Police, suggested that I seek the assistance of Broadway Homelesssness and Support (see attachment "Cussen(13.7.09)"). I am also copying this email and attachments to, among others, the former Law Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters’ Company c/o the Clerk to the Salters’ Company at clerk@salters.co.uk.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey

cc The Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Mrs. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station