You’ve got to give the local council one month’s notice that you’re about to die:
Here’s how it works. Pensioners on low incomes are entitled to a range of benefits, including council tax benefit, which averages £728 a year, and housing benefit, which averages £48 a week, according to Age UK. These benefits are typically claimed by elderly folk who rely purely on the state pension for income, as they have little or no savings to their name.
If they are on full housing benefits, these pensioners have been deemed too poor to afford to pay rent. Most also receive help with bills and care costs, if they need it.
But on the day they die, these elderly people are stripped of these benefits and are no longer entitled to a penny of help from the state. In spite of this rule, however, local councils write into rental agreements that tenants living alone must give a minimum of four weeks’ notice before they “vacate” council houses and sheltered homes.
In the case of a tenant who has died, the full market-value rent is payable for these four weeks. For someone living in the average one-bedroom council flat, this means £500 (one month’s rent) will be taken from their estate and paid to the council.
Hang them all. No, seriously, no mercy at all. Someone, somewhere, thought this was a good idea and the 6 million people who work for the State haven’t intervened to point out that it’s ludicrous. Therefore hang them all. Every last man Jack of ’em.