Saturday, January 13, 2018

Peabody rent statement: Are we under attack by Newham Council? (WITH UPDATE 15/1/2018)

Related blog post 25 July 2016: Complaint to Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales: Newham Council stonewalls Declan despite our local councillor's support for his complaint against Active Newham for unfair treatment

HM Revenue and Customs: Not a matter of serious misconduct?

On 15 September 2017 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) forwarded to the Professional Standards Department of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) my complaint of serious misconduct against HMRC staff. By letter dated 21 September 2017, HMRC Internal Governance dismissed the complaint on the basis that further consideration was unnecessary.

On 12 August 2017 I complained to the IPCC about HMRC Pay As You Earn and Self Assessment: (1) updating my address on 11 July 2017 without my permission (and in the full knowledge of the potential detrimental effect of this on my living situation, given that my address has not changed since May 2014), and (2) then subsequently closing my Self Assessment account based upon fabricated hearsay evidence which no independent judiciary would accept.

Despite our dealings with the Independent Police Complaints Commission, we still have not protected the roof over our heads from misconduct by HM Revenue and Customs staff; see my blog post of 27 October 2017, Home Department: Complaint to the Home Secretary against the Independent Police Complaints Commission. My appeal against the HM Revenue and Customs investigation of serious misconduct is simply being ignored (WITH UPDATE 28/10/2017). This morning we received a rent statement from our housing association landlord, Family Mosaic (of the Peabody Group). It states that the payment of our rent by Newham Council has fallen into arrears, when it should be £50 in credit. We haven't received a rent statement like it since our tenancy began in May 2014. If this is a clerical error by Newham Council, it wouldn't be the first time we have had to straighten things out with Newham Benefits Service. This was Declan's pre-action letter to Newham CEO Kim Bromley-Derry last February:

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UPDATE 15 January (11.38am): Phew! This morning Declan phoned Newham Benefits Service. Our arrears are, indeed, real, but explained away as follows:

15 January 2018

Dear Newham Benefits Service,

Thank you for taking my call this morning regarding my Peabody rent statement dated 5 January 2018 received on 13 January 2018.

I am pleased that there is no issue with the Housing Benefit payment you posted on 20 December 2017 (recorded by Peabody as paid on 2 January 2018), as this payment was for the period from 27 November to 24 December 2017.

I understand that the next payment will be posted by Newham Council on 17 January 2018 for the period 25 December 2017 to 21 January 2018.

Yours sincerely,

Declan Heavey

UPDATE (cont.) We are always mindful of the fact that we were evicted from our previous flat on 14 March 2013 because according to our then live-in landlady's ex-husband, Dr Nigel McKenzie, a consultant psychiatrist in Highgate Mental Health Centre, our flat was needed for somebody with a mental illness. Former MI5 whistleblower David Shayler also lived with human rights activist Belinda McKenzie in the same political 'safe house' for a couple of years until 2007. According to BBC Panorama, Shayler "caused the biggest crisis of official secrecy since the spy catcher affair"; he was jailed for seven weeks in 2002 for breaking the Official Secrets Act. It is unfortunate that Shayler declared himself the Messiah in 2007, became a squatter, and was subsequently ridiculed in the press for changing his name to Delores Kane. A New Statesman article published in September 2006 featuring Shayler and Belinda gives no indication that Shayler believed he was the Messiah at that time; whilst a Daily Mail interview with him the following year reveals he believed himself to be Jesus by June 2007. He has never regained his normal self.

The Esquire article below* is mentioned in a Guardian article dated 27 March 2012. It is an eye-opener, highlighting the monitoring and surveillance that Shayler had to live with back in 2000, and the contradictory briefings and slanders that were coming out of the British establishment and the media. The author, Dr Eamonn O'Neill, is a lecturer in journalism at Strathclyde University.

*On 2 May 2013, Issuu removed this pdf from my Issuu account following a copyright complaint by Hearst Communications. I had uploaded the article to my Issuu account in December 2012. In March 2013, when last I checked, the article had been viewed more than 15,000 times. It can be read here.

BBC PANORAMA: The David Shayler Affair (August 1998)

Former MI5 whistleblower David Shayler "caused the biggest crisis of official secrecy since the spy catcher affair", according to BBC Panorama. He was jailed for seven weeks in 2002 for breaking the Official Secrets Act.