A single father and full-time carer from Chingford said he has had his benefits payments unfairly stopped by the council

Mr Dore

Mr Dore

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Waltham Forest Council has refused to 'discuss' the case of a single father and full-time carer who claims errors which have led to his Housing Benefit being stopped could leave his family homeless.

But the authority suggested Michael Dore had not provided information required to process his claim.

Mr Dore, of Kings Road in Chingford, is a full-time carer for his grandmother, who suffers from Alziemer’s, and his 12-year-old son, Dylan.  

But the family face an uncertain future as Mr Dore claims his Housing Benefit has been repeatedly stopped over the last year due to administration errors, leaving him unable to find a new home.

He insists he has provided all the information and documentation required in an attempt to get the benefit reinstated.

A council spokesman said: “Because of issues around data protection, we cannot discuss individual claims, but it is important to stress that Housing Benefit is a means tested benefit which means that the level of entitlement, if any, is based upon income, capital and circumstance of those living within a household.

“The authority has a responsibility to protect the public purse and ensure that entitlement calculations are correct by requesting information and evidence that support claims for benefit.

“If any claimant has not supplied information requested of them by the council, they should do so in order that their claim may be processed as quickly as possible.”

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10:37pm Thu 28 Aug 14

faro0485 says...

Computer says no again? The brutality of the machines helps these staff have no emotional attachment to the plight of the weak.
Computer says no again? The brutality of the machines helps these staff have no emotional attachment to the plight of the weak. faro0485
  • Score: -7

10:45am Fri 29 Aug 14

DaveInTheForest says...

Life is tough. Always has been and always will be.
Life is tough. Always has been and always will be. DaveInTheForest
  • Score: 3

3:32pm Fri 29 Aug 14

dennisbrown says...

Poor bloke this should not be allowed to happen.
Poor bloke this should not be allowed to happen. dennisbrown
  • Score: -2

6:32pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Man is a grown up and should get a job and be a shining example to his son.
Man is a grown up and should get a job and be a shining example to his son. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 2

4:08pm Mon 1 Sep 14

dennisbrown says...

Villagecranberry BET YOUR KIDS NO WHAT AN **** YOU ARE.
Villagecranberry BET YOUR KIDS NO WHAT AN **** YOU ARE. dennisbrown
  • Score: 0

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