Terrence Heightley, 38, from Brighton, was released from Lewes Prison on April 22 after serving half of a four-year sentence for a street robbery.
He is in the process of applying for Employment and Support Allowance – a benefit that offers financial support to people who are disabled or too ill to work – due to his heroin addiction.
But he claims the application process is taking too long and he has no money to eat or live.Where’s my tiny violin? No! Wait. Still too big.
I need a nano-violin!
As a result, he said he has identified potential houses to burgle in Brighton as a “last resort to survive”.
”… they’ve shoved me in the YMCA with drug addicts and criminals and it’s making everything so difficult.”But…you’re a drug addict and criminal. Why shouldn't you be placed with your own kind?
Mr Heightley added: “I regret what happened and don’t feel proud of it, but I’ve gone into prison and been rehabilitated. I just want to get on with my life.”No you don’t. You expect the taxpayer to fund you to do nothing for the rest of your life. Otherwise you’d be looking for work, not for a handout.
A spokesman from the Department for Work and Pensions said it doesn’t set time limits to approve applications as each one is individual.
He added: “It is only right that we carry out a thorough face-to-face assessment and consider all the medical evidence provided by the claimant before we reach a decision as to whether they are eligible for Employment and Support Allowance or if they should get help to find work.”Good luck getting anyone to take him on...
And remember, next time you see anguished pleas in the media for people to 'stand up against government cuts to ESA', it's not just used on people with genuine disabilities - it's also lavished on the likes of Terrance.