Hidden disabilities & the constant judgement

Stories of angry notes being left on cars in disabled bays or people being accosted for using disabled facilities are becoming so frequent you’d be forgiven for skipping past them. It seems we live in a world where it is acceptable for you to be judged on your appearance rather Continue Reading

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Universal Credit & my Mental Health – Part 2 *MH TRIGGER WARNING*

So I thought it was appropriate to do the next part of how Universal Credit has affected my mental health. If you haven’t read part one you can read it by clicking here.   PLEASE NOTE I WILL BE TALKING ABOUT MY MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE WHICH IT MAY NOT Continue Reading

My PIP home assessment & my advice to others facing one

So I thought that I would share my experience of a Personal Independence Payment – PIP home assessment and some tips on how you can make sure you get a fair shout.   So I recently got my award for Personal Independence Payment – PIP. While I am relieved that Continue Reading

Judge accuses DWP of trying to hide compensation settlement made to discriminated men

“You are the government, and we should know what you are doing and what you are spending.” This is what High Court Judge Justice Lewis said when ordering the Department for Work and Pensions  – DWP to disclose details of a compensation settlement made to two men the High Court ruled were unlawfully discriminated against because of their disability.

Awarded PIP but told I was lying about my mental health

So I finally received the dreaded brown envelope from the Department for Work and Pensions – DWP with a decision on my PIP award. Whilst I am happy I have been awarded it, they say my mental health doesn’t affect me which couldn’t be further from the truth.

DWP tell me ‘I’m not entitled to a break from Universal Credit’ when son has surgery

The Department for Work and Pensions have this week told me that despite my six-month-old son having major surgery in October, I must still search and be available for work.     The Department for Work and Pensions – DWP have this week told me that despite my youngest son Continue Reading

Universal Credit and it’s effect on my mental health – Part 1

Universal Credit is mentally challenging for even those of us with the strongest of minds. Add in under lying mental health issues and its a bomb waiting to go off. A study titled: Left Behind, carried out by national foodbank charity The Trussell, found that 57% of Universal Credit claimants Continue Reading

I suffer from Functional Neurological Disorder – FND, but what exactly is that?

I have written that I suffer from Functional Neurological Disorder – FND before, now I’d like to explain more about what that actually is.

Coul Links personal attack on me shows their true colours. But there’s more…

I recently wrote an article for The Orkney News on how planning was granted for the Coul Links Golf Course Development at Embo, in the North of Scotland against planning officials advice. Little did I realise that the Coul Links Twitter account would come after me.

Two weeks – £6.89 for food & no driving licence for at least 4 months

Well I got my £95.34 Universal Credit Payment on the 6th June. Last month it was 10.50 for two weeks this time it’s £6.89. I’ll lay out why now.

‘More than 1.5 million people in the UK, including more than 350,000 children, experienced destitution last year’ – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Alex ∼ @RespectIsVital ∼ 8th June 2018 Universal credit tips the already poor into hardship, say charity, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. More than 1.5 million people in the UK, including more than 350,000 children, experienced destitution last year, their study found, this meaning they regularly went without food, toiletries, adequate clothing or shelter. Continue Reading

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