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 27: I Don’t Know What More I Can Do, Council Home Application, PsychoSocial Model Is A Fallacy

I don’t know what more I can do. I thought about phoning the Council today to chase up my council flat application, again. It’s been forever since I submitted the medical evidence – 2 months ago now. Every day I’ve gone to the front door and picked up a collection of letters in brown and […]

Tory Majority Day 24: Cooking On Benefits and With MECFS. Getting My Food Stash Ready

At the end of this post I said: “I’m now having to consider how I feed myself this week.” I survive on ESA so my budget for food is always tight – I’ve also got that whole thing happening about choosing whether to heat or eat in winter. Sometimes, whether it’s winter or summer at this […]

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 19: Why It’s Not Possible For Me To Work With MECFS

I tried it, working with my disability MECFS that is.  In the 6 months leading up to my diagnosis I had a part-time job in the NHS. I’d worked for some years within the public sector as an academic as well as a clinician and a manager. I was doing a lot of teaching. Before […]

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 […]