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Breaking news (and I was there): Tories defeated in House of Lords over ESA

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 | 0 comments

Breaking news (and I was there): Tories defeated in House of Lords over ESA

Ah, the poor government. It can be rough when things don’t go your way. Like this week when they were defeated in the courts over the Bedroom Tax. Or, when the House of Lords voted that they needed to keep income as a measure of child poverty. (Stupid House of Lords *kicks can* thinks income has something to do with to poverty!) Makes you feel all sad and depressed. Almost as bad as having cancer and then your benefits are cut. WAIT A MINUTE. STOP THE PRESSES. The government’s plan to cut Employment Support Allowance (ESA) by 30% has been defeated! ESA is the meager benefit...

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We are finally moving! (Plus a major giveaway…)

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 | 8 comments

We are finally moving! (Plus a major giveaway…)

Three years ago, I signed us up for an accessible house on the housing register. Last week, we received the keys for our new home. I raced my 4-year  old, Ieuan, in the house and up the stairs. The one flight of stairs. One flight — not four — with step-free access so we can wheel May from her school bus right into our kitchen. No more carrying six-years old May up four flights of stairs! No more exhaustion for me while I recover from cancer and struggle to carry in the groceries! No more! No how! No way Posé! (That’s Ieuan’s latest turn of phrase.) We have started...

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Time to share some sunshine…

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 | 6 comments

Time to share some sunshine…

Four months ago, I could barely walk across my kitchen. One month ago, I marched, along with thousands of others, from the Bank of England to Parliament Square. A march of protest against austerity, but for me another protest too: against ill health with the physical proof that I could walk the length of the march. So, did I make it?

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Hello, Lambeth? I didn’t expect this to happen so soon.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Hello, Lambeth? I didn’t expect this to happen so soon.

On Monday, I posted about our housing problems. By Wednesday, we were finally placed in the highest priority band for housing. Now it is Friday. Only five days later and here today, a perfect example of how families like ours are treated. We used to have a wonderful social worker named Beverly. She was a force of nature. My housing issue would never have been an issue. She would have handled it on our behalf. That’s how good social work is meant to work. As an example, Lambeth are meant to pay us “direct payments” towards our care worker twice a month. Over the course of...

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Disabled and without a home: what happened next

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Disabled and without a home: what happened next

On Monday, I published a post about our housing situation. The media picked it up and it wasn’t long before the Allocations and Verifications Team Manager for Lambeth left me a voicemail message.  In it, she asked me to email some documents over to start the process to move us to the higher band. She said she’d follow up with an email explaining what was needed and where to send it. That day? No email. The next day? No email. Wednesday, again. No email. Because, that’s the way, isn’t it? That’s exactly the problem. We can talk about the lack of housing,...

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