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 38: MECFS Brain Fog, Cooking On Benefits and Energy Friendly Vegetable Soup

It’s been an energy sapping week with the potential house move and once again, I’m in the last few days of an ESA fortnight as well. I have a grand total of £8.43 in my purse and no money left in my bank account. This unenviable combo of tiredness, distraction and very little money sent me to […]

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 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 7: The Mould Patrol At Home, Lunch Visit, Trust The Tory’s Welfare Reforms.

Wednesdays are a different day from the rest of my week because my 75 year old Dad comes to visit me at home. I cook homemade vegetable soup for our lunch – it’s cheap and he likes it – and I listen to him talking about all the things that have happened since last week […]

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 […]