Housing Benefit Dept.
Pembrokeshire County Council
Dear Sir or Madam,
Recently I made an application for housing benefit at the above address. Benefit was awarded at the rate of forty pounds per week. I am writing to ask you to reconsider this amount as it only covers half of the rent owing on the property and I am in no position to pay the other forty pounds per week. To clarify: I am pregnant, with a baby due on the 17th July, and so I am in a different position to other single people under the age of 25. I would like very much to go out and work to provide the money for my rent, as I always have in the past, but that simply isn't an option. Hence I am dependant on state benefits for my sole income. For the period from the start of my claim up to the 22nd June, this amounted to forty-three pounds per week. From the 22nd June, my maternity allowance started, meaning that I now have sixty-six pounds per week on which to live. I have provided within this letter a breakdown of my outgoings not including rent and council tax, and as you can see I have no spare money at all to cover the shortfall in my rent.
I appreciate that as an ordinary single person I would not need to have as much space to myself and could move to a cheaper property, but as I have to provide a safe and adequate home for my baby before it arrives this is the lowest priced housing available that meets my needs. I have looked at the prices offered by estate agents, and in the local newspaper, and eighty pounds per week rent seems to be about as low a price as is available anywhere in Haverfordwest for a two-bedroomed fully furnished property.
As promised then, here is a breakdown of how my weekly income is spent. To calculate these figures, I have taken all my most recent bills, and divided quarterly bills by 13, and multiplied monthly figures by 12 then divided by 52. The grocery bill is a conservative estimate, to include the cost of not only food but all of my laundry and cleaning products, and toiletries. If required I can provide proof of all these amounts in the form of bills and receipts.
Travel to Ante-natal appointments etc (approx, varies week to week)..2.50
Credit Card Payment (to Providian)..3.23
Loan Payment (to Lloyds TSB)..20.36
Evidently this does not take into account any unexpected expenses such as if for example I broke a window or needed a new item for the home. As you can see my weekly income falls far short of what I need to live on even before the baby arrives and without considering rent and council tax payments, so the prospect I am now faced with, of finding hundreds of pounds in back rent and half or possibly even more than half of the rent each week hereafter has caused me a lot of distress. I only hope that you can use some form of discretion in this matter to raise the amount of money paid in housing benefit for this property.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me. I await your decision.