17 March 2014 - 11:15
Last week I had to complete some legal papers at a bank and I needed to show them proof of identity and proof of address.
Proof of address was no problem as I have just had my latest water bill delivered. But for proof of identity they needed either a driving licence or passport and I've got neither.
I can't have a driving licence because my epilepsy still isn't completely under control (though I'd be safer driving than many that are currently on the roads, especially those who fail to disclose conditions that might affect their ability to drive safely).
I haven't got a passport as I can't go anywhere a) I can't afford a holiday and b) I couldn't manage to get through customs and so I'm not shelling out more than seventy quid just to prove who I am.
So I took in my birth certificate as proof of identity, they also wanted my national insurance number and they accepted both or so I thought. Now I've got to take in more papers to prove who I am
It's not my fault that I'm ill and have been honest enough to admit it.
I was born in this country and have lived here all my life, paid tax and national insurance, and yet it would seem that unless you drive and or go abroad in the eyes of many institutions including banks, local and central government etc you simply don't exist