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 […]

Diary Day 92: CFSME and Finances. About Housing Benefit – Entitlement, ESA, Something To Help You If You Are In The Same Situation.

I’ve moved house 3, nope, 4 times since I’ve had MECFS and been too unwell to work.  All of those house moves have happened as a direct result of not pulling in a salary that covered my London rent on the flat I was living in when I went from being on Statutory Sick Pay […]

Diary Day 91: In My New Home, Housing Benefit, Patient Group Direction Flu Jab, Telling Pharmacist What MECFS Is

….and hello December!  It’s more like the end of February down here at the moment, the sun is shining in the way it does when the season is changing from winter to Spring and you feel that warmth is coming. Maybe it’s also my good mood warming me up because I’m firmly ensconced in my […]

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 75: What The Council Said About Getting Private Landlord To Evict Me So They Could Help Me With Housing

In the array of things that I’ve heard from the (now) 25 or so lettings agencies about why landlords won’t take someone on Housing Benefit in my area of London, the one that stuck in my mind above all others was this: “The Council will tell tenants to remain in properties if they want their […]

Tory Majority Day 71. September 1st. What does your health look like? Housing, decisions, change.

If you could draw your health, what would it look like?  Strange question, possibly, unintelligible, maybe. But think about it for a moment. What does it look like? Over the last week or so I’ve started to visualize, imagine my health as a separate being from me. She’s my Health-me. This has happened because in […]

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 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 66: An Open Letter To Members Of Parliament About Austerity, Housing Benefit and Affordable Housing In London

11th August 2015 Dear MP, Boris Johnson, parliamentary candidate, mayoral candidate or Labour leadership candidate, Today I’m starting another round of phoning London estate agents in my local area, seeking out whether anyone will be prepared to accept me as a tenant. A simple process, you may well think. It is a simple process when […]