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 99: An Aside About The Housing Benefit Missing Xmas Payment Cock Up and Universal Credit

On New Years Eve, I opened up my bank account and read the balance. My rent was due on the 3rd January 2016 and, as this was the last day of the month, my new Housing Benefit payment of £909.00 should have been in my account since my recent house move. Housing Benefit is paid […]

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 […]

Diary Day 80: Finding Somewhere To Live on Housing Benefit – Fate Smiles Because I Had To Be Open About Having CFSME

I am typing this post from the spare bed in the laundry room at my Silver Surfer Dad’s house. I moved in last weekend and this week has been such a total sea change from what it was like before.  Life’s changed completely and beautifully opened up again. 🙂 And I’m not only feeling relaxed […]

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 73: Voting in Labour Leadership, Decorating, Post Exertional Malaise, Flathunt Stalled.

I almost forgot to vote in the Labour Leadership, which is incredible as the volume of emails from Tessa, Sadiq, Jeremy, Ken – he supported Jeremy, David, Diane, erm all the others and then them all over again, and again, and again AND again was an avalanche. It certainly isn’t the case that I had […]

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 […]