AIBU to think this hardship payment is slightly unfair?

(177 Posts)
RoseRedder Thu 05-Dec-13 20:06:06

An old friend of mine contacted me to ask if I would buy his asda vouchers from him so he could shop at farmfoods and put some money on his electricity meter.

It transpires that his ESA benefit has been stopped (no appeal) and he applied for a crisis loan however this no longer exist so was given a hardhip payment which was 2 cards for Asda each with £10 on that can be used for food (so no tobacco etc)

I had heard that this was being considered but I didn't realise it had happened?

Is this not the equivalent of saying benefit claimants can't be trusted, or I'm I reading to much in to it?

The other problem is he has no Asda within walking distance and no money to get the bus there and back to one (£3) but does have an Aldi, Lidl, farmfoods and Iceland close by.

Would it not make more sense to be able to use shops that offer more value for money?

BoffinMum Sat 07-Dec-13 10:41:06

It's all a bit Ryanair, really, isn't it? Benefits administration. I can't really fathom why it has to be like that when you could probably run the DWP on the same budget and be logical about how rules and regulations are applied.

LambinsideaDuckinsideaTrout Sun 08-Dec-13 13:31:09

RIP the poor fella.

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