Scratchcard winners want housing benefits.

08Apr08

Scratchcard winners want housing benefits.

I’ve written a few blog posts about silly people getting silly tattoos, I’ve even decided to have an ‘idiot of the week’ section. This week’s winners are easy to pick.

Meet John and Louise Nickels. The Nickels don’t have a dime to their name and as such are attempting to claim housing benefits. There is nothing unusual there however, thousands of people up and down the country are unable to work. The thing which marks out John and Louise is the fact that they won £100,000 on a scratchcard in 2006 and have spent all their money.

They are unable to work as John has a ‘frozen’ shoulder and Louise is waiting for a hip operation. They owed £11,000 in council tax and rent when they won the money and they paid this off. They are currently recieving £90 a week in incapacity benefit but are unable to survive on this.

Perhaps if they had been a little wiser with the £89,000 they had two years ago they wouldn’t be in this mess! GMTV interviewed the couple who said that their rent costs them £80 per week. They spent 5 years worth of rent money on a caravan!

The caravan they bought for £22,000 is apparently now worth £6,500 . This is a loss of £15,500! I no expert when it comes to money but surely they could have invested a little better. Even putting some of the money in a current account and not spending it within the first 2 years would have been an improvement. They could have opened an ISA account each which, if it had a 6.35% rate would have earned them £786 over two years. That’s two and a half months rent right there!*

It’s clear that whoever runs the GMTV website is not a big fan of the Nickels. The photo showing the couple in this article has the file name “Scroungers_m.jpg”

*Please note all sums in this post are for illustration purposes only and probably completely incorrect. To quote my old Maths teacher “Thomas seems to prefer being silly to learning.”

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7 Responses to “Scratchcard winners want housing benefits.”

  1. 1 nick

    I saw the ‘legal expert’ that they had on to explain the law on welfare benefits, very attractive, very mejah friendly – but she’s got no experience of welfare benefits and has never been inside a social security appeals tribunal or the Commissioners. See her listing at 42 Bedford Row.

    She never even mentioned the term ‘intentional deprivation of property’ – which is the phrase in the regulations that underlines the basis of the council’s refusal to pay benefits. They could probably justify a car on the grounds of mobility and social life and white goods or adaptations to their living accommodation.

    What this case does is give a negative impression of the vast majority of benefit claimants and erodes the ability of citizens to access advice for meritorious benefits claims from CABx, advice centres, law centres and welfare rights units. A better listing may be to highlight the lack of protection for private tenants facing disrepair issues – as featured in Radio 4 ‘Policing The Landlords’.

  2. 2 munazzam

    i am job less man and i request you plz give me job shell b ethank full my eduction b com complet i am waiting ur responce on my id

  3. 3 Haraye

    Please, can you PM me and tell me few more thinks about this, I am really fan of your blog…

  4. 4 Carmelita Stavely

    My God, i thought you were going to chip in with some decisive insight at the end there, not leave it with we leave it to you to decide.

  5. 5 Diane Misemer

    Keep working ,great job!

  6. 6 Taisha Burch

    Hello, I found your blog in a new directory of blogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, Your blog looks good. Have a nice day.


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