Yesterday, accommodation officers in Woking stopped the Housing benefit of a man terrified of the outside world who has for the last ten years been able to find some respite every summer in his own attic.
Speaking to local reporters through his letterbox, Timothy Hardy said that he ‘couldn’t understand why the Government could be so unfair’. He continued, ‘Once a year, for a fortnight, I have taken the journey up to my loft and I have nothing but happy memories of those times away’. Whilst pushing out old holiday snaps under his front door to waiting news-men, he continued, ‘my attic really has been a home away from home and now they have stripped that entitlement away from me...I just don’t know what I’ll do...maybe I’ll have to downsize to a cupboard in the kitchen’.
Civil liberty lawyers believe this may begin a trend for clamping down on wider benefit eligibility such mothers being able to claim child benefit for trapped wind, pensioners gaining a double winter fuel allowance if they leave the fridge door open and refugees being able to gain income support if the colour of their skin does not come off with soap and a rough sponge.