Diary Day 117: UK Government Work Health and Disability Green Paper Improving Lives

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/work-health-and-disability-improving-lives/work-health-and-disability-green-paper-improving-lives Over the last week I was aghast at the news yet again. The UK Government’s volte face regarding their approach to sick and disabled people in the benefit system is another assault in the arsenal of attacks meted on those too unwell or disabled to work. Remember when Theresa May took over as PM […]

Diary Day 103: An Open letter To Stephen Crabb – I’m Disabled According To ESA But Not Entitled According To DLA and PIP

An open letter to Stephen Crabb… With the shock resignation of IDS this weekend and all the spin that’s happened I think it’s important to set out my experience of Employment and Support Allowance, applying for the old benefit for Disabled People called DLA and my decision NOT to apply for the new benefit for […]

Tory Majority Day 79: CFSME and Applying For DLA and PIP – Seeking Advice

2 years ago I applied for Disability Living Allowance. I had help – my then disability rights and welfare support worker, the “First Julie”, was exemplary in taking me through the forms, guiding me to what evidence to collate, how to fill it out and what do to to appeal. She lost her job before […]

Tory Majority Day 66: An Open Letter To Members Of Parliament About Austerity, Housing Benefit and Affordable Housing In London

11th August 2015 Dear MP, Boris Johnson, parliamentary candidate, mayoral candidate or Labour leadership candidate, Today I’m starting another round of phoning London estate agents in my local area, seeking out whether anyone will be prepared to accept me as a tenant. A simple process, you may well think. It is a simple process when […]

Tory Majority Day 65: The London Flat Hunt On Housing Benefit – It’s All Gone Pete Tong

In the future I suspect I’ll look back on today fondly. There was a flat with my name on it, you see. The Tall Agent – I’ll name which agency has been so marvellous when my flat hunt is over – had worked really hard. He was thoughtful, considerate, nice to talk to on the […]

Tory Majority Day 63: Renting In London on Housing Benefit, Unrentable To Rentable – Have I Found Somewhere To Live?

If I write this down will I jinx it?  Yesterday morning I phoned one of the well known high street estate agents that has been so brilliant this week. I called them first thing because, as I left the viewing of the postage stamp sized studio flat on Thursday, they mentioned that they’d got a […]

Tory Majority Day 60: What The Lettings Agents Said About Renting To Someone On Housing Benefit

It’s official! I no longer think that lettings agents are pond scum who float about in a conscienceless universe of their own making… As I am writing this post I am consulting my spreadsheet.  Well it’s less of a spreadsheet and more of a Word document with a table inserted into it actually, but it does […]

Tory Majority Day 50: Osbourne’s Emergency Budget – Reflect and Regroup The Protest Continues

George Osbourne’s emergency budget was long feared by myself and many, many people who are reliant on welfare benefits to survive a long term illness or disability.  I cannot overstate the impact mentally and emotionally on me during the wait to find out if my life and health will get significantly worse under the new Tory […]

Tory Majority Day 48: Packing and Pacing, Spoon Theory, Dodgy Knee and The Day Before The Welfare Cuts

Before I write this, I want to give a big thank you to everyone who reads my diary and has sent me kind, supportive and thoughtful words over the last week.  One of the things that I’ve found about the ME community is that everyone knows how it is better than ANY medical professional or […]

Tory Majority Day 47: Leaked Document About Tory Cuts – Housing Benefit – How More Stressful Can Life Get?

I’m feeling very stressed at the moment and this diary is going by the wayside. Kindly, I think this is what people call having not enough spoons for writing. S.T.R.E.S.S.E.D  O.U.T  That’s true, it is the case I don’t have a lot of spoons in my mental space in my scrambled, stressed out head and […]