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 67: I Don’t Know Who To Vote For In The Labour Leadership Race

I’m having a day off from searching for somewhere to live. In the lull I’m resting on my sofa – I really need it today – and my mind is turning its focus towards the Labour Leadership race. On Tuesday I became a Labour Party registered supporter. I paid my £3.00 and should be getting […]

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 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 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 17: Bank Holiday Socialising With My MECFS Friend, CB.

I have a very good friend who I met because of one thing; she and I both have ME.  The universe must have had both of us in mind on the day CB and I met. She’s one of those people who if I’d been in a room and met her when I was 16, […]

Tory Majority Day 16: Fuel Banks and Fuel Poverty – I Measure My Home And Health In Units Of Electricity.

On Wednesday this article was circulated over Twitter.  It’s a story written about a man who is welfare dependent. Due to the welfare benefit cuts under the Coalition government and the bedroom tax, he is using a fuel bank to have enough hot water to heat his home, wash, wash up and clean his clothes. […]

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 […]