I would have wrote back to the Council.
To whom this may concern,
Due to the Economic instability and major cutbacks made by you - the Council and the Government - I have been forced to make cutbacks of my own. I can no longer afford the Petrol to fuel my Lawnmower or a Gardner to take care of the growing weeds in my Garden.
Please can you send a Benefit Claimant to voluntarily do the work on our behalf?