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. ūüôā 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 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 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 45: Low Standard Private Rental Housing, “My conscience won’t let me let a baby live there”

Things with my landlord came to a head on Thursday to Friday last week when I emailed him a letter about the condition of my flat, coupled with some photos. I’d been putting this off as any contact with him raises my anxiety level to 11¬†but on Thursday afternoon I thought: “It’s never going to […]

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 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 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 […]