Diary Day 105: An Open Letter To London Mayoral Candidates About The Housing Crisis

Dear Mayoral Candidate, This letter is to set out what I see are the failings in policy that I am looking to you to address, in order for me to decide on who I vote for in the London Mayoral Elections. For many years I’ve been on the receiving end of the housing crisis in […]

Tory Majority Day 82: Renting on Housing Benefit In London, The Flat Is Secured, A Welcomed Break Beforehand.

” I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but you’d have never get better unless you moved on from your old flat, Lindy,” said CB, my friend who also has CFSME.  “It’s OK to say that, I really do know how true that is,” came my reply. She and I were sitting outside in […]

Tory Majority Day 81: Finances, Specifically To Do With Low Income, Housing Benefit and Private Rented Housing

There are so many strands of thoughts that have been running around my mind for the last week or so and almost as many potential blog posts. This one will be about finances. It won’t be the last, partly because it’s such a BIG subject that it won’t all get down in one post. Anyone […]

Tory Majority Day 69: My Affordable Housing Manifesto For People On Housing Benefit In London

The emails are dropping into my inbox in a flurry of last minute electioneering from all Labour candidates for the leadership election and London mayor.  I can’t remember how or when this happened or who said it in the first place, but I do recall a phrase: “people vote with their pocket” becoming very popular in […]

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 62: The Search For Affordable Housing On Housing Benefit In London Continues

Is it Friday already. Hello Friday morning. 🙂 Hello a more restful day filled with things other than rounds of phone calls to estate agents and viewing flats. Hello the day I go to see Crystal Tipps and get out of my flat and look around outside and think about different things. Hello a day […]

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 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 […]