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How Good Are you at Accepting Help?

Isn’t it interesting that some of us don’t like to ask for or accept help and support?  Not everyone of course and it can be quite challenging when some people can’t seem to stop asking for help, even when they might not need it – but that’s for another Neighbourgood News item.  Right now, I want to think about reluctance or refusal to accept help and the kind of problems it might lead to.

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Bedroom Tax Unfair

The Government is changing the rules concerning housing benefit. It will only pay towards rent for low-income households based on the number of bedrooms it thinks people need. So, if you are a couple with no other people living in your house, and you have spare bedrooms, you are likely to lose some of your benefit. The government states this will save a lot of money. This was reported by the BBC: Do You Care? Read on

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Supporting a Friend in Real Life

I just read this and it made me stop and think. If you follow the link, the quote is near the bottom of the page under the sub heading, “Is it important to you to be part of a creative community of people?”

Also, my mom passed recently and a bunch of people from the web community sent me a whole month’s wages so that I didn’t have to worry about working. They did it so understated—it was just an email with a link to PayPal and the message read, “Hey, this is us. We realize what you’re going through and we don’t want you to have to worry. Here’s some money. Do with it what you will.” I think that was a real testament to how strong our industry is. People who are dotted all around the world thought enough of me to do that.

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