Tory Majority Day 60: What The Lettings Agents Said About Renting To Someone On Housing Benefit

It’s official! I no longer think that lettings agents are pond scum who float about in a conscienceless universe of their own making… As I am writing this post I am consulting my spreadsheet.  Well it’s less of a spreadsheet and more of a Word document with a table inserted into it actually, but it does […]

Tory Majority Day 57: The Stress Tornado Passing, Payback, Sleep, Light Appears

How long has life felt like this? Since June, when I started the ball rolling by asking my dodgy landlord to move. It’s been weeks at a much, far higher level of activity that I’ve experienced since the long-ago, beginning months of holding down a job with a new diagnosis of MECFS. The last weeks […]

Tory Majority Day 56: Eviction For Repairs, Lettings Agents Reaction To The Housing Benefit Question

Yesterday I wrote about how a series of circumstances had left me with one option: to contact my dodgy landlord and tell him I wasn’t moving after all. Good mental health and self care I did hang  over my email and phone all day on Tuesday waiting for an answer, yes, but I didn’t get […]

Tory Majority Day 55: Renting On Housing Benefit London. House Move, Not Going Ahead.

I should have known. Last week I was on the phone to my current (dodgy) landlord. It was the first time he’d been in touch with me directly since the decision was made to press the big red button and ask them to re-house me. While we were talking I had a sense of there […]

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 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 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 38: MECFS Brain Fog, Cooking On Benefits and Energy Friendly Vegetable Soup

It’s been an energy sapping week with the potential house move and once again, I’m in the last few days of an ESA fortnight as well. I have a grand total of £8.43 in my purse and no money left in my bank account. This unenviable combo of tiredness, distraction and very little money sent me to […]

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 […]