In May, the SKWAWKBOX reported an attack on the Labour campaigner ‘Rachael Swindon’ (@rachael_swindon), in which a malicious, false report was made against her resulting in the suspension of the benefits she and her family received as a result of her husband’s disability.
As well as caring for her husband, Rachael is also one of the most influential social media activists in the UK, producing some of the hardest-hitting political ‘memes’ to the serious discomfort of the Tories and the Labour right. It is believed that the malicious report was made by a political opponent.
The report was investigated and benefits were eventually reinstated.
Things started to look up when social housing was made available to the family, who moved in about eight weeks ago. But now Rachael reports that a further malicious report has been made, alleging that she received ‘earnings’ between Nov 2016 and Feb 2017 while claiming disability benefits, an allegation which she categorically denies but which has resulted not only in the suspension of benefits but a demand for repayment of £1,500. A similar allegation about her husband has resulted in the suspension of housing benefit, in spite of which the housing association is demanding payment.
Rachael told the SKWAWKBOX,
We’ve only been here a few weeks and now the housing association is demanding payment of rent even though they know our support has been suspended, including housing benefit.
The DWP is demanding payslips for the work ____ is supposed to have done since last November, but we can’t provide them because he absolutely has not been working – he has fibromyalgia and bowel problems and there’s no way he can work.
We’re at our wits’ end and terrified we’ll lose our home. This isn’t the only false accusation – I had social services on the phone accusing me of all sorts because of an anonymous complaint, we were cleared of that and then there was an anonymous complaint that we were burning things and creating a nuisance, but even the council’s letter said they hadn’t substantiated the complaints even though they were sending us a letter warning us to stop something we hadn’t done.
If these complaints are politically motivated, they demonstrate that the right will sink to any depths in order to try to silence those that threaten the status quo.