Dad of three Roger Davis is fighting eviction from his three bedroom home, so he decided to write to Her Majesty as a final resort after No 10 Downing Street disregarded him.
Now the Queen has been drawn into the coalitions’ Bedroom Tax debacle by passing on a victim’s grievance letter to David Cameron, a newspaper revealed.
Roger Davis who is terrified of going out because of Agoraphobia (an extreme or irrational fear of crowded spaces), is confronted with losing his home of 20 years after the tax totalled almost £100 a month to his rent and, forced him into owing money.
He wrote to the Queen after the Prime Minister didn’t bother to answer two of his letters, nevertheless; nearly all correspondence that are sent to the Prime Minister from the public don’t in fact get past his personal assistant and, if his cleric doesn’t think that it’s of pressing importance, then in that case the PM will not even see what was in the correspondence.
Roger Davis then received a letter from Buckingham Palace promising his plea for assistance would be handed onto Downing Street, talk about passing the buck.
Next he was sent a correspondence from the PMs office saying his appeal would be handed over to the communities department run by Tory minister Eric Pickles, talk about passing the buck yet again.
Without doubt the Prime Minister could have sorted this poor man’s predicament out, after all, David Cameron is the Prime Minister of the whole country, or is Eric Pickles the PM nowadays, I’m not sure, it’s all remarkably perplexing!
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The Royal residence said Her Majesty could not personally involve herself in Roger’s situation but there is hope he may retain his home as his council is evaluating if he’s owed further benefits.
Last week a poll established that 60 percent of voters backed Labour’s intention to put an end to the Bedroom Tax, which has hit 660,000 British households.
Roger Davis said: ‘I wrote to Downing Street but they ignored me. I didn’t know who else to turn to, so in desperation I tried the Queen.’
‘When I got a letter back it really lifted me. It meant a lot that someone in authority actually replied and acknowledged me. I want to make the Queen aware of the situation people are facing. I know she can’t personally act for me but it made me feel better.’
The Queen has a significant and formal romance with Parliament. The expression ‘Crown in Parliament’ is used to describe the British legislature, which is composed of the Sovereign, the House of Lords and, the House of Commons.
Of these three contrasting components, the Commons, a number of who usually support the chosen Government of the day, has the presiding political control.
The role of the Monarch in the passing of legislation is nowadays entirely formal, even though The Queen has the power ‘to counsel, to support and to notify’ her ministers through regular audiences with the Prime Minister.
The Sovereign’s approval is needed to all bills passed by Parliament in order for them to become law. Assent (agreement to an action being appointed law) has not been declined since 1707, but could if The Queen so wished it to be.
It is as well a long accepted custom that The Queen is requested by Parliament to provide approval (which is different to assent) for the debating of bills which would affect prerogative or interests of the Crown.
Where Queen’s Consent is given it is signified in each House of Parliament and recorded in Hansard. Consent has not been refused in present-day times, except on the counsel of Government.
The Queen as well performs a vital part in the ceremonial opening and disbanding of Parliament. In the yearly State Opening of Parliament ceremony, The Queen opens Parliament in person and, talks to both Houses in The Queen’s Speech. Neither House can go ahead with public business until The Queen’s Speech has been read out.
This talk is drafted by the Government and, not by The Queen. It profiles the Government’s plans for the coming assembly of Parliament and points out forthcoming rulings.
In addition to opening Parliament, only The Queen can convene Parliament and, terminate it without dissolving it, or dissolve it.
When a Prime Minister wants to disband Parliament and summon a general election, he or she is required to ask the permission of the Monarch to do so. For this purpose, the Prime Minister usually journeys to Buckingham Palace prior to publicising a general election.
The Queen’s role in Parliament is:
Agreeing to Bills passed by Parliament, on the guidance of Ministers;
Giving audiences to Ministers, at which Her Majesty may be consulted, encouraged and warn;
Opening every new assembly of Parliament;
Proroguing or disbanding Parliament before a general election.
It appears that The Queen’s role in the lawmaking process is ceremonial, as her reserve authorities are seldom exercised, even though I’m sure they could be if she so desired. Theoretically she still possesses a substantial amount of control in international transactions and, The Queen, as the Head of State, has the control to declare war and, make peace, to acknowledge overseas countries, to conclude agreement and to take over, or give up territory on behalf of the United Kingdom.
In her additional realms she leaves the exercise of these powers to her representatives, who also exercise it at the instruction of chosen governments. In observation, it seems that even though The Queen is an extremely valuable person and, always will be, that her role is just ceremonious and, even though she does have significant authority, she does not utilise it and, that the responsibility of the United Kingdom is left merely down to the Government.
When Roger Davis sent his correspondence to The Queen, the reply from the Palace said: ‘The Queen has asked me to thank you for your letter from which Her Majesty has taken careful note of your comment about your current housing situation.
‘However, this is not a matter in which The Queen would personally intervene. Nevertheless as a constitutional sovereign Her Majesty acts on the advice of Ministers and, I have been instructed to send your letter to the Prime Minister so that he may know of your approach to The Queen on this matter and, may consider the points you raise.’
What an entire waste of time that was and, should be an education to people out there that believe that they may get something done by approaching The Queen. She may be the Monarch of this nation but she unquestionably does not have jurisdiction over it, the government do.
I am, as a person, not patriotic at all, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like them, it just means that I have no feelings with regard to the Royal family, the same as I would have no feelings towards my next door neighbours, but I do believe as The Royal family that they should have more claim on what goes on in this country, after all The Queen is the ‘rule of one’ and, having the standing of A Queen and, her ancestors before her, she has the right to have a claim on what goes on in this country and, not just ceremonially.