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 44: The Greater London Council Home and Housing Association Deficit

Julie, the disability rights officer who is helping me with my housing situation explained something today that was a light bulb moment. She explained why she’d said: “It’s not worth appealing the decision. It won’t make a bit of difference.” She was advising me not to appeal against a decision to keep me in Band D by […]

Tory Majority Day 37: Preparation For Moving Home, How To With ME CFS

My father said: “Isn’t this a bit…premature,” when he heard that I was getting my home and my possessions ready for the move. “Maybe, Dad, “I replied, “but while I’ve got the energy to do it, I have to get the flat straight. Once I start proceeding with breaking the tenancy agreement and all that […]

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 […]

Tory Majority Day 32: A Game Changer For Affordable And Safe Housing

Anyone who has been following my diary knows I’m struggling with a quadruple-whammy because of my benefits situation, my disability, the unsafe and unhealthy property I rent and the lack of available or affordable housing in London. For those not following the up’s and down’s or are suffering from brain fog and want a recap, here it […]

Tory Majority Day 29: Out Of The Blue Surprise Help From Citizens Advice

Addendum: I thought it was unlikely that the Citizens Advice Bureau would reach out to me this way and I was right. The person who contacted me as I describe in this diary entry was from a disability rights organisation, not the CAB. It was an organisation I contacted on Wednesday around about the same […]

Tory Majority Day 28: Council Home Decision Against Me Are There Other Housing Options Now?

After I rested for a while and wrote yesterday’s diary entry, I did try ringing the council again to chase them up about my application for housing on medical grounds.   A woman answered the phone got my name wrong, then my age wrong, then with no warning read this out to me from her computer […]

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 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 […]

The Basics – The Conservative Majority And Disabled Life In The UK

Saturday May 9th: Starting this project Let’s start with a few questions: Who are you?  I’m a single woman in her 40s. I  live in London. The part of London I live in is a bright royal blue.  So is a lot of the rest of Britain since the General Election of 2 days ago confirmed […]