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Jon was helpful, polite and sympathised with my situation. He is going to write to the DWP and Student Finance Company on my behalf, as well as my university's Vice-Chancellor to see if there is any other funds available that could help me. If the responses are unsatisfactory, he will make representations to the appropriate minister and he and I will campaign for a chance in law or policy if necessary.
There is also a wider issue. Appeal processes are long and drawn out processes. They are not fit for purpose when the decisions may mean the individual cannot afford to eat and pay rent. If necessary we will campaign for the first point of contact, at both DWP and student finance, to have increased discretionary options, training in how to use them, and an appeals process that is fit for the urgent situations that most appellants will find themselves in.
|He steelz dem|
Someone this morning asked me the charged question "What do you expect an MP to do about it? quickly followed by "DWP will never change the decision". One option i discussed with this reader was leaving full time education and going part time. An option yes, but not one that i should be forced into. The issue here is one of social justice. It is profoundly unfair for someone to be put in this position, and it is right that i stand up and be counted. Unfair decisions MUST be challenged, and if i've learned one thing today its that decisions CAN be challenged and we no longer have to take decisions of the state lying down. Jon Ashworth, my MP, echoed these sentiments and is being very supportive.
I want to conclude by thanking some people. I have never in my life had so much support as i have had today. I am truly overwhelmed. At these low points in life it can be easy to just give up, but the support and advice i have been given today has kept me focused, happy, positive, and able to face this situation in a sensible and measured manner.
|He dontz like dem|
So to conclude, i am deeply thankful of the support i have had from my readers. Jon Ashworth MP, once i finally got to speak to him, was helpful and is exactly what i expect from a good public representative. Letters are being sent, and there is a plan in place, and i have to have confidence in that plan. If it weren't for the support i have had on twitter, i wouldn't have this solution so i am genuinly thankful to you all.
Updates to follow, and if anyone has any more advice or ideas i'd still love to hear them. Thanks to mjogreen who has sought the advice of the reddit community on my behalf. He asked me if i thought it would be useful, and although we have a good plan it is an honour to meet people willing to offer advice and support, and maybe someone will come up with something i've not thought of. Thanks Michael.
Here are my heroes...i don't think i have missed anyone but i apologise if i have.;<a name="series"></a>
- Now i've lost confidence in my MP, who else can i trust? (19th August 2011)
- MP's staff, constitutional status (19th August 2011)
- Progress made...convo with Jon Ashworth (21st August 2011)
- MP's Staff...part 2 (24th August 2011)
- Update on Stuff (8th September 2011)
- Letter of apology from Gavin George, Constituency Director for Jon Ashworth MP (20th September 2011)
- Phone call with Jon (21st September 2011)