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Carers UK Forum • Brown envelopes
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Brown envelopes

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:56 pm
by Vivien
Hi there,

This morning the post arrived and there was a brown envelope for me. Am I the only one who panics when these arrive? It turned out to be a letter from the Job Centre Plus inviting me for an interview about my Income Support. Deep joy!

Thought that you might all like to hear about 2 little boys, who when going to and from the local school near me, caused me to chuckle.

No.1 - this lad was walking to school and was fascinated by the spiders webs that are appearing on the hedges and gardens. One on my neighbours hedge was quite big - so the lad decided to see if he could touch it and what would happen. The web disintegrated and one spider went into the kiddies face. Yelling and shouting followed, then the lad ran off up to school. Bless!
No.2 - whilst out with my Mum, we came across a little boy on his way home. He had his hands full with twigs and loads of conkers! He was struggling to keep the conkers in his hands and inevitably several spilled out of his hands and across the path. I helped to pick them up, but he didn't have any room to carry them, so I put them in his trouser pockets. He politely thanked me, and then his Mum arrived. She thanked me, and said, oh dear not more conkers, he's already got a bag full at home. For me, the picture of this little boy struggling to carry all his wares was priceless.

Have a good weekend everyone

Vivien

Re: Brown envelopes

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:34 pm
by no1mum
I hate brown envelopes, had a few in the past week.
Love the stories. :lol: :)

Re: Brown envelopes

Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:07 am
by poppett
Our dreaded brown envelopes always arrive on a Saturday morning when there is nothing you can do about the contents. I no longer open them right away.....keep them until a Tuesday morning when I have time to deal with whatever is in them.xx

Re: Brown envelopes

Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:45 pm
by Melly1
I hate brown envelopes, and in particular those from social services/ social care. (They really should change their name as they are neither a service or caring in many incidences!) The envelopes always mean form filling and jumping through hoops; added stress for little on return. Oo-er, pardon the rant!

I love won serving little children, makes you view the world through fresh eyes.

Melly1

Re: Brown envelopes

Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:22 pm
by Nilla
I am dreading the brown PIP envelope coming

Re: Brown envelopes

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:23 pm
by Robbie58
Yes - dread the brown envelopes, always on Saturday as you say, poppett :(

Re: Brown envelopes

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:20 pm
by tracey_14082
I got brown envelopes fri and sat when I opened them said sorry but we overpaid your late mums pension aa and pension credit this was 2mths after she passed away.
I repaid but it upset me to think they waited that long when I was told there wasn't anything to repay when I told them of the death.

Re: Brown envelopes

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:06 am
by poppett
They did the same when my late sister in law passed away. By the time they got in touch the bank account was emptied paying the undertaker and a part funeral payment grant had been paid. When I phoned about it the lady said although they send the letters there is no legal steps they can take to recoup the money once the claimant has passed away.

Re: Brown envelopes

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:28 am
by Pete the Paint
I too hate the ''Brown Envelope''!! :shock: :o :?
The last one that came was to tell me that my electricity company (Utility Warehouse) were participating in the governments scheme for low earners and will be deducting £140 from my bill to help with electricity costs! :D :lol: :o
Thats brilliant along with the £200 winter fuel payment its going to help enormously.
Our money is just going nowhere these days. As soon as its gone in on Monday, its right down again by the weekend and I've no hope of doing any saving at all. :(

Re: Brown envelopes

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:48 am
by royd
poppett wrote:They did the same when my late sister in law passed away. By the time they got in touch the bank account was emptied paying the undertaker and a part funeral payment grant had been paid. When I phoned about it the lady said although they send the letters there is no legal steps they can take to recoup the money once the claimant has passed away.
So your saying there is no legal reason for the family to repay any more back to the DWP, they can ask but can't make you do it?