A few weeks ago, you might remember I posted a ‘Beware, rant ahead‘ blog. I need to tell you all again, I don’t usually rant and I don’t usually get so uptight and upset.
To sum it up quickly, buying a house in town, so the kids could be educated was turning out to be a nightmare.
A week or so ago, I made another phone call to this rather dismal excuse for institution called Centrelink only to be told, by claiming the First Home Owners Grant, I wasn’t entitled to EVER claim Isolated Children’s Funding again.
You know why? Because our house wasn’t more than 57km away from the closest school the kids could attend.
‘But what happens,’ I asked, ‘when I move back out to the farm and put the kids back into the boarding school? Obviously I’m living in our primary home then and obviously, the kids are under the care and living somewhere else other than with me.’
‘No sorry. You’ve claimed First Home owners. There is no help for you at all.’
To say I was gobsmacked and particularly upset at this revelation was an understatement. I know other parents who have done this and if, indeed, it was the case, then the rest of the country community needed to know about it, because I would eat my hat, if there weren’t other parents considering doing what we have done.
I swore I would fight it. Swore I would let everyone know, so NO ONE was put in the situation we had found ourselves in.
Every single politician in my area got a phone call; state and federal alike. I contacted the Isolated Children’s Parents Assoc. I wrote letters to state what had happened and finally, I contacted our financial advisor and talked to her.
‘That’s absolute rubbish,’ she said.
‘I know,’ I answered.
‘No,’ she reiterated. ‘They’re giving you wrong information.’
‘Really? But surely they would know. I rang the number especially for Isolated Children’s.’
‘Come into my office next week and we’ll ring them again.’
So I did just that.
It took 83 minutes of hanging on the phone, getting transferred to different sections, but we finally were put through to a lovely man who told us that indeed I had been given wrong information and not to fret.
So now it appears that I can claim The Isolated Children’s funding when the kids go back into the hostel.
I’m very happy about this! Once again, an understatement!
I guess the telling time will be when do go and claim for it, but at the moment, the sick feeling as gone and I’m confident we have sorted the situation.
Have you had a win that has made indescribably happy, lately? I’d love to hear yours.
Anyway to celebrate this so called win, (which really isn’t a win, I was just given the wrong info,) and the fact I’ve learned to watermark my photos, let’s a have just that, a photo!