I have rearranged a planned visit by the welfare rights man on Monday next week because of a clash with another commitment. We will not be seeing him now until the end of August – he is coming to help us apply for attendance allowance – but very helpfully he has suggested that by applying now this could be back-dated. As a former bureaucrat I am sure that I could do the form myself, despite its ridiculous length, but having a third party to ask questions about what my wife does/can or doesn’t/can't do will hopefully cause less tension. As I have told her, if we are entitled to a benefit that is not means-tested then we might as well have it. We’ll be joining the benefit culture.