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PIP rolling out to a further 49 new areas… Dxxx

Originally posted on Same Difference:

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The DWP have announced that 49 new postcode areas will be subject to personal independence payment (PIP) for renewals as well as new claims beginning in May, June and July 2015.

From 28 May 2015
The PIP reassessment areas extend to postcodes beginning: BS; CB; CM; CO; DA; GL; MK; PA; RM; SN; SP; SS

If you are in one of these areas and your fixed term DLA award is due to end on or after 12 October 2015 you will receive a PIP claim form rather than a DLA renewal claim form.

Any DLA claimant reporting a change in circumstances which might affect their award will be assessed for PIP rather than DLA from 28 May 2015 in these postcode districts, any existing DLA claimant who turns 16 years old may also be assessed for PIP.

From 22 June 2015
The PIP…

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Jayne Linney makes excellent points here… Do we really want him to get away with all he’s done in the name of conservative ideology? If not now is the time to act… Please sign our petition, let’s get #IDS investigated for his destructive brand of austerity that has cost thousands of lives and left millions persecuted… Join the #truthcampain … Dxxx

Originally posted on jaynelinney:

Joe Halewood writing as @SpeyeJoe has reprinted a letter from the Tory Chief Whip informing IDS his #BenefitCap will actually cost money!

This is yet more evidence of IDS electing to continue his campaign to punish the poorest of us for the complete cock up by the banks and previous Governments, despite it costing the public purse?

Further nickd at has spent this week posting more evidence that IDS has been Lying to both his own party and the public throughout the Coalitions Term in Government; this covers Lies about Incapacity benefit, ESA and the Work programme.

Isn’t is time for IDS to be held responsible for these Lies, the same lies that have seen hundreds of chronically sick, disabled and workless people Die under his watch;  irrespective of Who wins on May7, IDS will still remain responsible for the man who oversaw the deaths of so many


These are the reasons…

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Mediocre Failures


I love absolutely every word of this as a teacher, as a mother of a child with special education needs and as a dyslexic who had to live though the last Tory government… Bravo… And more please… Dxxx

Originally posted on Disappointed Idealist:

My children are adopted. They were adopted at the ages of three, four and six. As with nearly all children adopted in this country over the last couple of decades, this means that their early life experiences were pretty terrible. As each was born, their collective experience of life became more damaging, as their circumstances worsened. So the eldest is least affected as her first years were perhaps less difficult experiences, while the youngest is most affected, as her entire first two years of life were appalling. I’m not going to go into detail here about their specific early life experiences, but if you want to read up on the sort of effects which can result from serious neglect or abuse, then you could read this .

Why am I writing this ? Especially now after midnight in the middle of the Easter holidays ? It’s because I’m so angry I…

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Unbelievable attitude of Farages far right friends… Thanks Jayne Linney and Tom Pride… Dxxx

Originally posted on jaynelinney:

Tom Pride’s post has enraged me enough to actually write; I’ve been away from the computer after a nasty fall which left me virtually unable to use the keyboard for almost a month. This in turn aggravated my Depression; ergo I’ve been quiet, but reading that a friend and ally of the vile little excuse for a man Farage, thinks “disability an “epidemic” infuriated me enough to blog.

Epidemic is defined by Collins as:


  1. (esp of a disease) attacking or affecting many persons simultaneously in a community or area


  1. a widespread occurrence of a disease   ⇒ an influenza epidemic
  2. a rapid development, spread, or growth of something, esp something unpleasant;

This clearly suggests the leader of the Polish “New Right” Party Janusz Korwin-Mikke, views us disabled people as being contagious, and that we are all out to spread our various “impairment of normal physiological functions

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Thinking this could be of use to some one… Dxxx

Originally posted on deaeper:

I have been working with a client for the past few months who has numerous medical conditions. This person also looks after his wife who also has numerous medical conditions.

When I first started working with this gentleman it was to advise him on the ESA tribunal that he was going to attend. As I was unable to go to the tribunal with him that I had to arrange for one of our support team to go with him, which also meant introducing him at another meeting.

The tribunal was a success and our client was extremely happy. After a few weeks I had a phone call from this client in reference to three letters he had received from the Job Centre informing him that he had to attend these mandatory interviews.

This gentleman has like numerous other people has developed “Brown Envelope Phobia” and was in a state of…

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Invisible disability comes in many forms… Think before you react… Think how you would feel and how you would wish to be treated… Dxxx

Originally posted on So Bad Ass:

Dear lady who loudly tutted at me using the disabled loos,

I know you saw me running in, with my able bodied legs and all. You saw me opening the door with my two working arms. You saw me without a wheelchair. Without any visible sign of disability.

You tutted loudly as I rattled the handle with my hands that work perfectly and my able voice call to my kids that I’d be out in just a minute.

My lack of wheelchair may have suggested to you that I was some lazy cow who didn’t care. Some inconsiderate bitch who was using something I wasn’t entitled too. (I actually carry a card to explain that I’m entitled to and have a disability key if you’d have cared to ask). You may have seen my face blushing as I caught your eye and assumed I was showing guilt at blagging the…

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The hidden lives of ME

Follow this link to a heart felt video from a young man who’s reaching his limit. He feels his life is passing him by while no one works on a cure… He’s not alone in that feeling… Dxxx video


Excellent points all from our Jayne… Dxxx

Originally posted on jaynelinney:

Yesterdays news was full of the latest findings from Institute for Fiscal Studies demonstrating  the ConDems Changes to the Tax and Benefits system has cost households £1,127 a year on average, and even the Mail concedes this means “poor families have lost the most as a percentage of their income“; and yet despite this, the Government still maintained “UK income inequality is now lower than when this Government came into office“.

I doubt anyone will be remotely surprised at the Coalition disputing the data, this is another example of how this unelected Government has persistently and systematically Lied to the people.

There been countless claims on social and even occasionally in main stream media about the number of people dying as a result of Welfare Reform, and those of us involved in any of the campaigns to raise awareness, need no persuading this is an absolute truth. The situation where respected organisations produce…

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Black Fire

How do you pick up the pieces
When they are shattered beyond repair
How do you hold it together
When no part of our life is still fair

Hope feels like a milestone around us
Dragging you right through the mire
Fear is a pain like a needle
Piercing and bringing the tears

And all we can see is the Black Fire
Insidiously bringing its friends
And all we can do is move forward
Hoping against hope till the end

And sorrow is a place where we live now
Sorrow for all that’s been lost
And all we can see is the Black Fire
Every day lived in desperate fear

And where is the help and the hindrance
Where is the path we can tread
Now we follow on a road so unspoken
And we start all our days filled with dread

And all I can see is the Black Fire
Bringing us down to our knees
And all I can see is the Black Fire
The Black Fire between you and me…


Dedicated to all partners and carers, friends of those with cancer…


New DWP pilot schemes for those with MH conditions… thanks to Johnny Void for this blog post… Dxxx

Originally posted on the void:

work-makes-meThe DWP are currently tendering for a pilot scheme in Scotland which will see claimants on both unemployment and sickness benefits forced to attend training and possibly even workfare under the threat of benefits being stopped.

Around 450 claimants in the West of Scotland Jobcentre Plus District are expected to be forced onto the scheme if Jobcentre staff decide they have “low self esteem; and/or limited capability to manage stressful or challenging situations.”

Unlike the Work Programme, this scheme will not be aimed at people who have been on benefits for a long time.  Instead the tender documents state that those referred are likely to be people whose period of unemployment is less than 26 weeks, suggesting people could be sent from the first day of their claim.

The DWP say they expect 20% of participants to enter an “educational training course” including work experience or sector based work academies…

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