Living in a tent in my house.

This appeared on my Facebook feed today:

“I FACED THIS CHOICE:
a. Heating my home, not affording to pay rent and ending up homeless and living in a tent in a field
OR
b. Not heating my home, paying my rent and living in a tent in my house and therefore keeping my home”

THE TENT:
Last time I stated that I was living in a tent in my bedroom I got mixed reactions. Some people openly laughed, some people just thought I was aiming to get sympathy (a neighbour of mine treated me like I was begging ‘I’ll have to save my scraps for you’), some people empathised.

I’m not out for charity or sympathy and the neighbour is a Tory (so what else did I expect). I just want to highlight the terrible place Britain has become, and maybe give people who are struggling to heat their homes an idea that they may not have thought of. My problems are tiny compared to the other victims of this evil regime!

BACKGROUND:
I work 19.5 hrs per week (reduced from full time due to mobility issues). I have no huge credit card bills etc (as I have already come to arrangements over my debts). I get no benefits except for HB.

I get hit by 2 x bedroom tax (so £25 lost from housing benefit). I applied for help with prescription costs (I need 2 per month) – refused as apparently I have ‘spare’ money so I have had no medication for the past 3 months to control and treat my mobility issues (medicines now seem to come under ‘luxury’ items).

My house runs on economy 7 so storage heaters charge at night and I get up in the middle of the night once per week to do batch cooking to freeze, so I can microwave the meals during the week. I am now vegetarian and part of this choice is due to the fact meat is expensive.

SO BACK TO THE TENT:
As I can’t afford to heat my home, after a lot of research on the internet I decided to put up a tent in my bedroom so I have a warm space (last year was unbearable spent most of the winter in bed with 2 x hot water bottles, thermal underwear, onesy, jumper, gloves, socks and hat when not at work and skin on face still felt like it would fall off! Couldn’t face that again!)

THE TENT IS FANTASTIC!!!!!
The tent has surpassed expectations! It was an old large tunnel tent I had in the attic and it was supposed to have been thrown away as it was no longer waterproof and I decided to adapt it. I have had to put hooks on the wall and nails in the floor where the pegs should go but it has worked out (a self supporting dome tent would have been easier but then there would have been the problem of how to get the bed in). I have covered it in fleeces and put draft excluders and rolled up blankets around the bottom edges to keep the cold out.

It is heated by a small storage heater. The whole front of this tent unzips and I have put it flush with the wall that the heater is on (the heater runs on number 3 out of 9 and it is just enough to keep the space warm). There is now no other heat on in the house (I will put another storage heater on if it goes below freezing to protect the water pipes). Bit nippy when I want to go out of the tent though brrr….

I suggest people try this if they are struggling to heat their homes. It’s better than paying for heating then finding yourself homeless and small children would find sleeping in a tent fun. I know that people shouldn’t have to live like this, it’s a disgrace that the Right wing politicians have caused this to happen, I’m just sharing my experience to get people thinking around the issue.

I FACED THIS CHOICE:
a. Heating my home, not affording to pay rent and ending up homeless and living in a tent in a field
OR
b. Not heating my home, paying my rent and living in a tent in my house and therefore keeping my home

I know a lot of people can’t pay rent even without heating their homes and that is a testament to how despicable, heartless and evil this government is! In the scheme of things I am only just touching the hardship that is facing the poor and disabled in this country!

SUPPORT JC AND FIGHT AGAINST ‘VICTORIAN BRITAIN’ AND THE PERSECUTION OF THE POOR AND DISABLED!

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