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 […]

Tory Majority Day 44: The Greater London Council Home and Housing Association Deficit

Julie, the disability rights officer who is helping me with my housing situation explained something today that was a light bulb moment. She explained why she’d said: “It’s not worth appealing the decision. It won’t make a bit of difference.” She was advising me not to appeal against a decision to keep me in Band D by […]

Tory Majority Day 40: My Disability Advocate, Unsafe Housing, Dealing With Stress and ME CFS and Social Services Referral

Julie, my new disability advocate  has created a u-turn in my thinking so much that when I didn’t hear from her since our assessment last week I started to wonder if she’d been a mirage or even she didn’t exist and was a new ME symptom!  But no. Her office computer had broken. Now it’s fixed […]

Tory Majority Day 36: What Julie The Disability Rights Worker Asked In My Housing Assessment

It appears that some of you who read my diary are particularly interested in the situation with my housing.  Since my at-home assessment with Julie, my new disability rights worker, on Tuesday this week I haven’t written more about it. This was intentional because I was processing a lot of what was said and I […]

Tory Majority Day 34: The Cuts, The Cuts, The 12bn Welfare Cuts…Civil Servants, Make That Call.

The look of buoyant glee on George Osbourne’s face these days resembles a teenager finding out what happens when he puts his hands down his pants.  The country has become Osbourne’s, again and again,  riven by the clear Tory message that the economy must run in surplus to be healthy and competitive. Even a law will […]

Tory Majority Day 33: Yet More Mould – In My Shoes This Time!

I’ve held onto my most gorgeous shoes and boots because I believe that you can buy shoes once and that’s it. Your feet are the one part of your body that stays put when you finish growing – I’ll be size 4 1/2 for life! My little ‘shoe philosophy’ means that my collection has shoes […]

Tory Majority Day 32: A Game Changer For Affordable And Safe Housing

Anyone who has been following my diary knows I’m struggling with a quadruple-whammy because of my benefits situation, my disability, the unsafe and unhealthy property I rent and the lack of available or affordable housing in London. For those not following the up’s and down’s or are suffering from brain fog and want a recap, here it […]