SAR Results – When livid doesn’t even start to cover it

screen shot of case notes from the FLR(M) application.
“Unable to find invoices/bills for payments as sole trader or additional payments…” “I am unable to trace the origin of the payments for the self employment so can not include it.”

I am beyond livid, and let me explain why: It’s simple really, we have been on hold since October 2013, had to resort to submitting a Subject Action Request to the Data Protection Unit of the UK Home Office (you can just add £10 more to the list of expenses that’s amounted for this application…) only to find out that they have DISALLOWED INCOME because we did not supply documentation that isn’t even MENTIONED in the written guidance of Appendix FM.

Read that again (in caps for emphasis): THEY HAVE DISALLOWED INCOME BECAUSE WE DID NOT SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION THAT IS NOT REQUIRED.

Don’t believe me? Here are screen shots of the relevant pages of Appendix FM:

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 09.22.51 Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 09.23.19 Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 09.23.49

 

And, if there was any question, here are the ones for Appendix FM-SE:

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 09.26.26 Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 09.26.58 Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 09.27.37

 

Nowhere in either of those does it say that a sole trader is required to provide invoices or bills so that they can “confirm” self employed income. If this information was actually required, why didn’t they just request it specifically in the letter back in October of last year? HELLLLLOOOOOO~~~

Touching base with our Solicitor has also confirmed that it’s not just me that has come to this conclusion. The question remaining to be answered, however, is this: just what are we going to do about it?

For the time being, however, I’m going on the assumption that the Home Office is basically singing Denis Leary’s signature song…

 

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