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Hi there this is my story.


On 29th January 2013, my GP and a CAMHS care coordinator decided to make me off sick for deep depression and other health issues.

I signed off from job centre to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for 8 weeks.


From that date my life began a nightmare.


It's took nearly 8 weeks for Job centre plus in Belfast to make a decisionl.

They rejected my claim for a reason which is still unclear. So they told me I won't be paid but I can complain.


From the time I signed of from JSA, housing benefit has been suspended for 4 weeks, then has been closed.

My council recalculated my council tax for those 8 weeks and now asking me to pay £120.

My landlord wants to proceed to an eviction.


During those 8 weeks my daughter and I lived with child tax credit (£62), I was a bit proud to have manage everything and been able to pay all my bills. Naive as I am I thought ESA will be ok and the money back dated, so housing benefit will do the same.

Now I know I was wrong and everything is lost. I am in debt of council tax and 2 month rent.


I called Jobcentre Belfast regarding them decision, they told me to write a letter as they are unable to tell me something over the phone because it is not them who take decision. :???:

I called my council, they told me to pay or they will prosecute me.

I went to CAB, they gave me a letter type for Jobcentre and proposed me a food voucher.

I called social services for help, they proposed me to take my daughter off from me. (NEVER)

I wrote to my MP and do not have an answer yet.


I am usually a fighter but now I am sinking, I am so in stress that I did communicated it to my daughter who has been one month sick and passed a week at hospital.


I am waiting my last sentence which will be the eviction......


Thanks if you have read this post

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The benefit portion of this post is being dealt with in the Benefit forums, however is someone can advise on the eviction side, that would be good. Thank you :)

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Hi Fredinet


Now could you clarify some things to do with the eviction side please.


1. The Landlord - is this a Private tenancy or Council/Housing Association Tenancy?

2. What type of Tenancy Agreement do you have?

3. Has there ever been a payment arrangement in place for the Arrears?

4. Exactly what notice have you received about the possible eviction?

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