Diary Day 118: Standard Letter For MPs Green Paper Work Health and Disability Improving Lives

Here is the link to the documentation: Link to Government Green Papers  At the bottom of this blog post is a standard letter for you to copy and paste and send to either your MP or disability rights organisations.  Here is a link to a Consultation form which asks questions in order for them to […]

Diary Day 99: An Aside About The Housing Benefit Missing Xmas Payment Cock Up and Universal Credit

On New Years Eve, I opened up my bank account and read the balance. My rent was due on the 3rd January 2016 and, as this was the last day of the month, my new Housing Benefit payment of £909.00 should have been in my account since my recent house move. Housing Benefit is paid […]

Diary Day 92: CFSME and Finances. About Housing Benefit – Entitlement, ESA, Something To Help You If You Are In The Same Situation.

I’ve moved house 3, nope, 4 times since I’ve had MECFS and been too unwell to work.  All of those house moves have happened as a direct result of not pulling in a salary that covered my London rent on the flat I was living in when I went from being on Statutory Sick Pay […]

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 42: Permitted Work Claiming ESA or DWP Tripwire?

It was father’s day this Sunday and I spent some time with silver surfer Dad and my sister, HS.  The subject of Permitted Work came up. Permitted Work is a scheme run by the Department for Work and Pensions for people who are claiming Employment and Support Allowance, the UK’s sickness benefit payable to people who […]

Tory Majority Day 35: CBT Necessary To Aid Claimants With Mental Health Issues? You’re Having A Giraffe..

A while ago – I forget exactly when thanks to brain fog – I read a Tweet from someone in south London saying that in their local job center there’s a team of health professionals who are working with welfare claimants to ‘facilitate them into work.’ I must admit that when I read it, 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 29: Out Of The Blue Surprise Help From Citizens Advice

Addendum: I thought it was unlikely that the Citizens Advice Bureau would reach out to me this way and I was right. The person who contacted me as I describe in this diary entry was from a disability rights organisation, not the CAB. It was an organisation I contacted on Wednesday around about the same […]

Tory Majority Day 28: Council Home Decision Against Me Are There Other Housing Options Now?

After I rested for a while and wrote yesterday’s diary entry, I did try ringing the council again to chase them up about my application for housing on medical grounds.   A woman answered the phone got my name wrong, then my age wrong, then with no warning read this out to me from her computer […]

Tory Majority Day 20: The Queen’s Speech – Where’s The 12bn Bullet? On It’s Way.

Today was never going to be a good day. For a start the majority Conservative government was in Parliament delivering the Queen’s Speech and then I was going to have to actually watch it to find out what they have planned for the 12bn welfare cuts. Today was not pleasant but as rocky times are […]