I had a true Little Britain moment earlier this week.
Last summer we lost our child benefit for son 1, because he was over 16 and attending a mental health provision with no educational element, rather than being back in school or college. I suppose he could have claimed incapacity benefit, but we didn't suggest it, not wanting him to start off adult life feeling that he has no need to study or support himself. We were very clear that we would claim child benefit again as soon as he went back to education.
He is due to start college next Monday so this week I phoned the Child Benefit office to give them the information and ask for the benefit to be reinstated from next week.
'Oh I can't take the details now. Phone back next week when he starts.'
'Can't you just take the information now, as I am on the phone?'
'The computer won't let me enter it this week. Have you got all the course details?'
'Yes, here right in front of me.'
'You'll have to phone back next week please. I can't enter them on the computer now.'
Three notable things:
1. A lovely dinner out last night.
2. Knowing that my car is safely through its MOT for another year.
3. Catching up with an old friend today and arranging to meet another very soon.