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 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 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 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 […]

Tory Majority Day 18: Reading The Observer Article, Ian Duncan Smith, 12 Bn Welfare Cuts

It was bank holiday Sunday yesterday and I got out of my home to go out for the short walk I’m meant to do daily to maintain my fitness – this is a form of Graded Exercise Therapy and yes, it’s something I’ve been advised to do by the NHS CFSME clinic.  The sense of exhaustion that I […]

Tory Majority Day 8: Insomnia, Justin Tomlinson. Benefit Sanctions and Victoria Derbyshire

I’ve said it myself: “ME is not only about the tiredness, folks.” I also suffer from insomnia.  I find the insomnia, rather than the sleepiness, one of the hardest ME symptoms to deal with. When it comes around it happens without any warning and is not usually linked to anything obvious that I’ve done or not […]