This is weird world we are living in! I mean seriously weird! Yesterday I got a letter telling me that my £200 winter heating bonus was in my bank account. I don't check the numbers as often as I should so I was amazed to find it had been there for a couple of weeks...
I know that my husband also has a winter fuel allowance so I assumed that a mistake had been made....we couldn't take two for one household!
I rang them up and explained the situation ending cheerfully with
"So I would like you to take it back please.....shall I write you a cheque? "
The young lady was clearly nervous and started to ask me personal details as a check that I really was who I said I was.
After I answered everything correctly she then went off to talk to someone .
"Well the good news is that it is yours, you are entailed to it and we can't take it back."
This actually stunned me. What sort of a world are we living in where someone doesn't want their fuel allowance and can't put it back in the state pot ?
Since then I have spoken to several well heeled people around the parish who have also tried to hand the money back to the state with the same results.
So, this morning I am going visiting. I have four cheques for £50 pounds in my pocket. I know who needs it most.. but this sort of redistribution of wealth is not quite what the socialist manifesto was all about.
I am not really keen on assuming the mantel of Lady Bountiful... but I can do it if I have to!