Diary Day 103: An Open letter To Stephen Crabb – I’m Disabled According To ESA But Not Entitled According To DLA and PIP

An open letter to Stephen Crabb… With the shock resignation of IDS this weekend and all the spin that’s happened I think it’s important to set out my experience of Employment and Support Allowance, applying for the old benefit for Disabled People called DLA and my decision NOT to apply for the new benefit for […]

Tory Majority Day 70: Is ************ Estate Agents Prejudiced Against Disabled Tenants on Housing Benefit?

I’m spitting fire. Early on in my search I blogged about a particular well known Estate Agents , who I shall call ‘Acme Estate Agents’, who I categorised as a ‘bad agent’ because after I registered with them, they agreed to contact the ‘flexible’ landlord about a flat I was interested in, they didn’t call me […]

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 13: CFSME As A Medical Priority And Getting A Council Home In London

As if being ‘on the sick’ doesn’t make me a enough of a dirty benefit scrounger, I’m also trying to get council housing. My application is based on medical and economic grounds. I’m putting forward evidence to prove to my local council that the conditions I live in are negatively impacting on my health. If it […]

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 […]

Tory Majority Day 5: Media Narrative, Welfare Reforms and Housing Benefit London

Tuesday May 12th. ME Awareness Day.  I started watching the news again last night. I thought I detected a slight shift in the media narrative. There was a tone in some reporters’ voices similar to one you would hear from a person pleasantly surprised that their team has *actually* gone ahead and won the cup! I […]

Tory Majority Day 4: Balancing MECFS With Post UK Election Fallout

Monday May 11th. I need to be more careful.  On the Sunday of May Bank Holiday weekend – the weekend before the Election –  my family took me out for an afternoon. I was really looking forward to it but always with socialising, I’m wary of what it might mean for my health condition MECFS. […]

Tory Majority Day 3: What Happened In GE 2015?

Sunday May 10th  The ping-pong on social media amongst my Facebook friends calmed down towards the end of yesterday chiming with the sun warming the air that had been drizzling with rain. All the way through Friday after the Election results were confirmed there were constant comments from my friends and acquaintances over social media. […]

The Basics – The Conservative Majority And Disabled Life In The UK

Saturday May 9th: Starting this project Let’s start with a few questions: Who are you?  I’m a single woman in her 40s. I  live in London. The part of London I live in is a bright royal blue.  So is a lot of the rest of Britain since the General Election of 2 days ago confirmed […]