Tuesday, November 14, 2006


A friend of mine who lives in the Maidstone area has just told me about a problem his sister is having. The lady concerned is in her late 30’s divorced with 2 children, she doesn’t work and her ex husband is disabled so therefore she has to rely on the DSS to supported her and her children, I think you will agree a deserving case. Recently a lady operative from the DSS asked to see her, my friends sister attended a meeting at the DSS and was accused of defrauding the DSS. Then began some aggressive questioning concerning the Sister private life the main thrust being:
Q: Do you have a boyfriend?
A: Yes
Q: How long have you been with him?
A: 2years 3 months
Q: Is he living with you?
A: No he has his own flat
Q: Why are you not living together? After all it has been over 2 years?

The questions carried on in the same vain.

It transpired that someone had anonymously accused her of cohabitating, the DSS lady did not make any investigation she took the complaint at face value, although I agree that we should drive out fraudulent claims but there must be a better and more efficient way then this.

What I would like to know is what right has anyone to pry into your personal life, the sister could be a devout Christian and believed in marriage, to be told by some official that she should set up home outside of marriage is disgraceful, I forgot to mention the fact the Sister was indigenous British one would ask the question if she had been of ethnic origin wearing a vale would she have been treated the same way or what if it had been a homosexual?

The DSS lady has demanded to see both the sister and the boyfriend together at her house to make further checks or I would say infringements on her rights but she is to have a shock because the boyfriend has employed a solicitor to be present. CAN YOU WONDER WHY THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION OF THIS COUNTRY ARE LEAVING?

Martin Clarke

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