Thursday, February 16, 2017

This morning Newham Council notify us of the suspension of our Housing Benefit. Declan's one-day court hearing against St Mungo's is scheduled for Monday

County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice

On Monday we have the hearing of Declan's case against the homeless charity St Mungo's at the Central London County Court in the Royal Courts of Justice. This morning we received notification from Newham Council that we have had our Housing Benefit suspended because of "information received from DWP", that they have recently been advised of a change in Declan's circumstances. There has been no change in our circumstances; moreover, we have had absolutely no dealings whatsoever with the Department of Work and Pensions for over three years!!

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