Breaking Silence

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I’ve just spent the past seven months writing 2000 (odd) pages of draft copy, trying to write to our local constituency MP Keith Simpson MP (Conservative) – only to write eleven pages in two days to Norman Lamb MP (Liberal Democrat).

On behalf of my children’s lack of rights, (and rural poverty), I first opened a case file with Norman Lamb MP in 2008, and discussed why I had fallen (seriously) into debt trying to raise three children alone, living in (rural) North Norfolk, (as none of the benefits support rurally isolated self-employed single parents living in the UK, with irregular earnings, no child-maintenance, and no second wage), with Norman Lamb’s (then) senior Caseworker Alex Howe, (now retired).

Back in the last quartile of 2008, (or early in 2009), or I also had a long telephone conversation with Alex Howe regarding her work for the Friends of the Earth (FoE), for the preparation of the research and documentation that they needed to present to the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 – issued (at least in part) forming Agenda 21 (as it was originally issued).

As Michelle Harrison-Drake (ARK’s Secretary) and I went on to meet with Norman Lamb MP later in 2009 to discuss proposals for floating Global ARK Projects (social enterprises), it was far (FAR) easier to write to Norman Lamb MP (again) now. (Much easier!) N.B. Norman passed our presentation folder (with letters of endorsement written by Avril Fox and key documents edited and mentored by Tony Smith MA, Architect and Lecturer at The College of West Anglia), on to Lord Hunt OBE, who in turn forwarded the file on to Dan Norris who was the Labour MP for DEFRA at the time – who stonewalled us, (twice).

We need legal representation – we have none – and because we don’t, (because the UK Government axed free Legal Aid), the criminals are getting away with their crimes against us, while we ourselves, (my children and I), were forced to live in sub-zero temperatures without any form of heating, without electricity, without any easy access to either a bath or laundry facilities – and, for one week, we were even forced to walk a two-mile-a-day round trip each day to collect drinking water (from Wells).

If my children and I were convicted criminals, we’d have had three hot meals a day, central heating, showers, clean clothes, access to the Internet, AND right to FREE legal representation – but as the victims of the criminals – we had NONE.

Added to which, as we were going to tour the UK and EU (and later Earth), as I had been commissioned to make the teaching resources for the (Pearson) EDEXCEL BTEC units in environmental sustainability in April 2011, (and to sell my research as was), and as my children, my husband, (and friends), were going to learn practically site-to-site as we travelled, as the vehicle purchased for the intended tour didn’t work, (and was fraudulently miss-sold to us from the start anyway), we couldn’t do what we’d intended – because Trading Standards (based at Norfolk County Council offices in Norwich) failed to take any action against the criminals on our behalf – even after they had spent nine months assessing that we had the case against the criminals that we claimed we had when I first registered the case with Trading Standards in March 2012.

That meant that after investing circa £40K of our own money in all the equipment needed for our intended tour – I was only able to earn just £700 (gross) from January 2012 (when the vehicle was fraudulently supplied faulty), to October 2013, (when I FINALLY got a car to drive again – albeit, yet again, that we were the victims of fraudsters).

Within a week or so of getting a car – through my friend Wayne Jolly (North Norfolk Roofing) – I got a part-time job delivering Good Luck out to the villages and hamlets around Briston, and have been doing so ever since, while also simultaneously working on the case for the prosecution against the fraudsters who broke the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 (all amendments and updates).

I’ve also been writing to the (Norfolk) Citizens Advice Bureau NCAB (who gave advice), the Norwich and Peterborough (Yorkshire) Building Society – who charged me for having insufficient funds, (the charges were taken by the building society out of my working tax and child tax credits – which I believe was also against the rules), and asking for FREE bank statements as needed for the court case/s, and for Green Party Councillor Adrian Dearnley (Thorpe Hamlet/Norwich), the Building Society said that I had to pay for them!

During the nine months my children and I were stuck on the field in North Norfolk – left there to die of frostbite by the lack of action of Trading Standards and the suppliers – I had meetings with friends, associates, and clients, including (retired solicitor) Howard Leftley (who drafted my preliminary statement, court claim and preliminary damage impact statement), and Neil Godfrey, Development Officer at Voluntary Norfolk (formerly NOAH), who volunteered to represent Global ARK Projects at a Green Party meeting in Norwich, where he met Green Party Councillor Adrian Dearnley – who very kindly volunteered to prepare audited accounts for the ARK, (hence also why I needed hard copy of the bank statements).

Basically, after paying out circa £40K on all the equipment needed for us to launch the ARK, (and after circa ten years unpaid work MINUS all the expenses), I was left with a debt of circa £70K and with an income of only £700 (gross) over twenty months – with three children to support – and, (contrary to Lord Freud MP’s 2012 statement), not “ALL self-employed single parents and sickness claimants live in comfort on a few hundred quid annual wages” – as proven by our one case alone. (Or at least it will be – IF – we actually have access to Justice, to Consumer Rights, Human Rights and Civil Rights, AND actually do have our day in court!)

It also left HMRC (Inland Revenue/Tax Credits) axing Child Tax Credits for Izzy in 2014 – which, (owing to the fact that we have NO Legal Aid), left me to be our own legal representative in our case of Appeal against HMRC, (in between writing the legal case for the prosecution, in all the draft copy to Keith Simpson MP) – and (thanks be to God), I won our right to Appeal and (finally) we were given back-payment of the arrears that were due to us from 2014-2015.

What the heck were we supposed to be living on – when I had £70K debt, had paid out ALL our money £40K, had only earned £700 (gross) in 20 months, and only had a part-time wage delivering Good Luck – and I still had full duty of care and full financial responsibility for Izzy and Stuart, when HMRC decided to axe Child Tax Credits for Izzy, (not that I got any for Stuart from the point at which he became sixteen anyway, so we were already living as three people on a top-up for two people) – and besides, there isn’t a top-up in the UK for people with irregular earnings, let alone a wage of MINUS £39K, (especially not when all the claim forms ask for is a £0 for a MINUS years trading figure).

The reason HMRC axed Child Tax Credits was because they said I hadn’t home-studied Izzy before her sixteenth birthday – their claim later changed to be ‘immediately before, and/or on her sixteenth birthday. (Although we did actually – it just wasn’t as we’d planned.)

As stated, the plan was for Izzy, Patrick, Stuart, (and my husband Gobi), to gain practical sustainable construction skills helping to build affordable eco-buildings, Eco-Village (type) carbon neutral sustainable community settlements, and Permaculture – while we travelled, and while I made the teaching resources for the EDEXCEL BTEC units in environmental sustainability, sustainable construction, sustainable communities, climate change, (etc.), basically, as we helped to build Eco-Villages, my children and my husband would be gaining practical course skills for accreditation on the EDEXCEL BTEC course, (which was to have been a practical skills course anyway).

Suffice to say perhaps, that my faith in Justice was restored (a bit), when Judge Cooper decided to allow my right to Appeal against HMRC, (on the basis that the application to Home-Study Izzy HAD been approved by Norfolk County Council Education Department) – as virtually ALL the departments expecting me to prove myself (repeatedly) have GOV.UK on the correspondence, I had started to feel that there really was no access to Justice at all – despite the fact that we fell into the category most identified as being significantly vulnerable by Agenda 21 as (rurally isolated) self-employed single mother, and a daughter ‘girl-child’, and (as Agenda 21 was adopted by the UK Government after issue at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 – and as I have to follow these guidelines myself as an architectural designer and technologist, and as a social entrepreneur, to follow the UK Government guidelines for social enterprise/s, my daughter, sons, husband and I have ALL been left completely unsupported by ALL the GOV.UK departments dealing with our case).

We have the evidence to prove this in a court of law:–

We have the evidence to prove that the defendants (RPi International Limited) DID fraudulently miss-sell faulty goods that were (seriously) ‘unfit for purpose’ – and have the evidence also to prove that the lack of action of Trading Standards left my children and I living in worse conditions than convicted criminals, (at serious risk of death by their negligence in fact), and that (as usual) North Norfolk District Council Benefits Department failed to prioritise our case as a (rurally isolated) self-employed single mother and daughter ‘girl-child’, that GOV.UK departments failed to follow, or to implement, Agenda 21, and that Her Majesty Revenues and Customs also similarly failed to take into account the level of poverty that my daughter, my son (and I) were forced to endure – that HMRC failed to take into account the fact that my children and I WERE (and still are) the victims of the fraudulent trading practices of rogue traders, that the lack of Benefits also led Broadland Housing Association to threaten us with eviction proceedings, (on more than one occasion), after we had been left virtually homeless and of no fixed abode as the result of the crime of RPi International Limited.

Plus, (perhaps obviously), I have evidence to prove Lord Freud MP wrong, to also prove Iain Duncan-Smith and George Osborne MPs wrong, (£53 per week is NOT the lowest sum that anyone is ever expected to live on in the UK in the 21st Century), and that the PM David Cameron is wrong too, (the PM was quoted by the media as having said on several occasions that ‘nobody could have anticipated the effects of recession’), but they did – we were taught about the cause and the effects of the recession in 2002, on the 2001-2002 academic course year of the EDEXCEL BTEC HNC in Building Studies. (Reference: Tony Smith MA, Architect and Lecturer at The College of West Anglia, Tennyson Avenue, King’s Lynn – who mentored our design proposals for Eco-Designs, for TAP the Tree Ark Project intentional showcase Eco-Village Norfolk, and for Global ARK Projects ‘GAP’ social enterprises.)

We knew that recession was imminent, in fact, Tony Smith said “ALL THE SIGNS” showed it was only a matter of time before the bankers would burst the booming economy – by their over-sell of debt.

As such, I also have evidence to prove the bankers error – that the world has been plunged into a sum of combined global governmental debt that it cannot get out of – and worse, STILL there is no ‘body’ controlling ALL the bankers, (other than the Bank of England in the UK – itself obviously having vested interests).

The total combined governmental (or National) sum of debt when recession was warned in 2002 was circa US$22Trillion – so it should have stopped there – bankers shouldn’t have advised their customers to take out 100%-125% mortgages (or loans) after that point, but they did, and by the year 2014, the total combined governmental figure of debt had over doubled to a sum in excess of US$54Trillion, (and it is STILL rising at the rate of circa US$100,000 per second).

The UK Government has already sold off the gold reserves and axed grants to the non-profit sector (as anticipated in 2002), it has already also axed grant funds to Norfolk County Council (as anticipated), and it has already axed public spending on vital services such as the NHS, the Library, Emergency Services, the Police, and departments such as Trading Standards, Legal Aid, and (of course) Benefits – all to try to balance the books after bailing out the bankers using HMRC Taxpayers funds.

Plus – as an architectural designer, technologist, as a community founder and as a social entrepreneur – the new ‘Gagging Law’ forbids me from making any criticism of the UK Government – should I just criticise the bankers instead?

Also – if we criticise the UK Government – does that mean that we get a free court case, (because we need access to one anyway)? So yes, I did have to write to local MPs, (but, finally, to Norman Lamb MP first).

God Knows – we need legal representation!

Plus – I also have evidence to prove that my husband and hundreds of his co-workers have been left unpaid 50% of their wages for up to eight years work, plus I have evidence to prove that their (UK/Middle Eastern) employers don’t show any overseas tax registration number on any of their documentation – AND that the UK based HR Director denied employing my husband, when I sought help in the UK for my husband after he was the victim of attempted murder by his machete wielding neighbour in 2008.

Plus, now this, on top of everything else, I also have evidence to prove that my daughter was the victim of actual bodily harm (ABH) by Orbit Housing Association neighbours.

My poor daughter has really had enough, so have my two sons – one of whom was unfairly dismissed when signed off sick by the Doctor at North Elmham Surgery…

I could go on – and on – and besides, don’t just have our own evidence, but also that of numerous friends and family too.

If Justice is to be done – if the laws are to be upheld – then ‘someone’ has to implement the laws and provide access to Justice, otherwise ‘The Law’ is just something that is to be held against all the good people who try to follow ‘The Law’ – while all those who are guilty of crimes are getting away with them.

(And besides, as ‘The Scales of Justice’ have been held by a female for thousands of years – is it not time that females themselves actually had access to the Justice they hold and represent themselves?)

Otherwise, what was the point?

N.B. Please note that the vision for what became Global ARK Projects ‘GAP’ was first seen in the lecture room in 2002, when the cause and the effects of the recession were first provided, and when the need for environmentally sustainable architecture was taught, for design and build to achieve the highest possible Trading Standards of build code Level 6 (+), designed to suit the predicted effects of climate change, (known not to be merely predictions, but facts). I.E. Earth’s climate changes regularly – and when it does, it happens rapidly – illustrated by Hunstanton Cliffs. As an environmentalist myself since I was a child in the 1960s, I have been campaigning successive Governments petitioning for change for decades as a FoE – hence was sitting in the right place at the right time to learn that it was now time for those changes I had been campaigning for to be implemented, and as such, if an ARK (type) Eco-Village (type) sustainable community can (or could) be designed and built in a bubble, then it will meet the guidelines set by the United Nations, by Nations, and by Local Authorities representing both Nations and United Nations Planning Laws, and Planning Guidelines for Communities. ARKs aim was simply to fast-track sustainability for the sake of the children and all future generations – knowing that there wouldn’t be sufficient funding. Hence the aim was to save the UK Government/HMRC Taxpayers £Billions and Local Authorities/Councils £Millions – by helping people to build their own affordable Eco-Homes and their own Eco-Village (type) communities – and to earn our income (in part) as a percentage of the savings provided by our services. (Whether working as ‘Eco-Designs’, TAP the Tree Ark Project intentional showcase Eco-Village community, or GAP, Global ARK Projects – or as the Eco-Village Network UK, EVNUK.)

N.B. Social Enterprises often find it almost impossible to gain access to grant funds before they launch – and architects, architectural designers, technologists and other designers working on research, feasibility studies, and design proposals for communities, are often forced to work for £0.00 (minus expenses), on all the work before Planning Approvals are granted, (at which point grants are, or were, available) – however, it is virtually impossible to gain planning consents without having access to any land in the first place, (or a replacement site), resulting (in our own case) with proposals prepared (at least to some stage) for several different sites – as explained in a meeting with Senior Planning Strategy Manager at North Norfolk District Council, Mark Ashwell, in November 2014. (MPs who complain that they can’t manage on £68K per annum plus expenses, need to consider how much worse off families are, when their parent is expected to work for £0 minus expenses by the GOV.UK.)

As soon as the email to Norman Lamb MP has been edited and I manage to edit the summary of evidence – when I have emailed this through to Norman Lamb MP, I will be forwarding it on to:

  • Adrian Dearnley, Green Party Councillor (Thorpe Hamlet/Norwich)
  • Keith Simpson MP (Conservative – Local Constituency)
  • Neil Godfrey, Development Officer, Voluntary Norfolk (formerly NOAH)Tony Gosling,
  • Investigative Journalist, (Helm at Eco-Village Network UK, EVNUK)
  • Tony Smith MA, Architect & Lecturer at The College of West Anglia, King’s Lynn
  • And others, including family, friends, Quakers, and the HMRC/GOV.UK Appeal and Tribunals Court (as promised), plus I will also be forwarding out the meeting notes from my meeting with Mark Ashwell, (Senior Planning Strategy Manager at North Norfolk District Council, as held in Cromer offices in November 2014), my previous email to Keith Simpson MP, (December 2014), and my meeting notes from my meeting with Green Party Councillor Adrian Dearnley at Norfolk County Council offices in Norwich, from November 2013.

Please also note that GAP and TAP were co-designed with veteran environmentalists and co-founding officers, including expert in environmentally sustainable architecture and published author, Avril Fox – whom I represent. Avril Fox is author of: Common Malaysian Moths (Copyright Longman Group UK Limited), The Emerging Ethic, and I.E. GREEN DESIGN – first published in 1989 by Architecture Design and Technology Press London, 1989 © Copyright Longman Group UK Limited, ISBN: 1 85454 200 1. I.E. GREEN DESIGN is an essential A-Z ‘guide to the environmental impact of construction materials’, (a standard reference book for Architects, Architectural Designers, Technologists, Students, and the public, listing different construction materials often specified in construction, and their damages upon the environment, and humanity, when used). In 2011, Avril Fox gave me her autobiography ‘The Long Road To Realism’ to proof read and get published – in order to raise the float funds for building Global ARK Projects, and to cover the costs, (currently covered by my children and I), to help to build Eco-Village (type) community settlements, (etc.), and hence also another reason why we chose to purchase a restored/recycled LWB Land Rover Defender 110, with a “brand new” 100% gas fuelled V8 4.6 litre engine to tow our 3 ton payload across the UK and EU – at least until we got out and were visible for funding to finish off the 11 ton exhibition lorry. N.B. When I finally got the use of a car again, I went to meet Avril Fox (my hero) two days after my meeting with Adrian Dearnley in November 2013, and walked away with another two books to get to the publishers, as well as Avril’s hand-written edited version of ‘The Emerging Ethic’ – not knowing at the time that I would need to battle with the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society, Appeal against HMRC Inland Revenue/Tax Credits, writing the full report ‘(Rural) Business Diversification Plan and Insufficient Funding Dilemma’ (for all departments and applications and in evidence for the Court hearings), and, I must admit, I find it incredibly difficult to write about myself and our family’s tragedy, and the dire consequences for my daughter Izzy – especially as, (as diagnosed by my children and friends who saw me), I had at least two nervous breakdowns without any rights, while living in sub-zero temperatures – with teeth clamped together to prevent chattering, without heat, without electricity, without easy access to a bath or laundry – forced to watch my daughter wash her hair in freezing conditions under a stand-pipe with freezing cold water, and no way to warm up or to dry her hair. (NOBODY should EVER be forced to endure all that my daughter was – especially not in the 21st Century – and NOT after Agenda 21 was issued in 1992 and adopted by the UK Government – but not actually implemented to protect the rights of the ‘girl-child’ or the rurally isolated self-employed single mother.)

If our case helps anyone else – then it is as it should be. (We just pray that Norman Lamb MP can, and will, help – or that ‘someone’ else, ‘somewhere’ can if he cannot.)

We need our money back – AND we need all the damages to which we are entitled by law – for ALL the damages caused to us, and to everyone else we represent, by ALL those that caused the damages to us. (And that is something that I cannot legally do myself as our own legal representative – because no Judge could accept my being the victim, the victim’s legal representative AND the damages assessor for this case, or for any other. There is a limit – and I have reached it – thankfully, I have written my socks off to one and all, while in the silence I am now breaking, once at least – and for all!)


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