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 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 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 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 […]

Tory Majority Day 65: The London Flat Hunt On Housing Benefit – It’s All Gone Pete Tong

In the future I suspect I’ll look back on today fondly. There was a flat with my name on it, you see. The Tall Agent – I’ll name which agency has been so marvellous when my flat hunt is over – had worked really hard. He was thoughtful, considerate, nice to talk to on the […]

Tory Majority Day 61: Good Flats and Bad Flats In The Search For Affordable Housing On Housing Benefit

I’ve met one of these today…. and also one of these… The female estate agent was Agent 1, one of the positive and helpful ones I talked about in yesterday’s post. She showed me a studio flat this morning. As with any property search, you have to compromise. Thank you Kirsty and Phil!! The compromise […]

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 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 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 […]