I haven't blogged in a while, though I've been meaning to. I've been meaning to write about the unexpected expenditures that make a big part of household spending but aren't generally thought of when doing 'could I live on £73 per week' thought experiments. Further down is my current day-to-day spending to show how the … Continue reading Where does all the money go?
The Office for Budget Responsibility has recently reported that spending on PIP, the Tory's new extra-costs disability, was 20% higher than was expected if the previous benefit had been retained, instead of 20% lower as was the government's desire. The OBR had a number of reasons for this. One was the lack of data to … Continue reading How is PIP expenditure high, when disabled people are struggling?
I wanted to find data on the consequences of Conservative cuts since 2010, in the hope that I might remember some of them to use in discussion with Conservative-leaning friends. A pdf version is available here. The UK has experienced the worst economic recovery on record, even worse than that after the Great Depression. The … Continue reading Consequences of cuts 2010-2018
I logged in to my UC journal today to see where DWP-UC is up to with paying me the right amount of money. They've made one correction - they're no longer taking ESA repayments off me, which I had already repaid. They then also went and changed ALL of my past UC payment notices. They … Continue reading UC budgeting nightmares
I had a PIP appeal today. I've been waiting for it for ten months. I don't think it went well. There are some points in my favour: the panel repeatedly referred to the fact that I have learnt to manage my condition through careful planning and pacing, and that I can't manage more than I … Continue reading PIP appeal – overprepared fraud?
Some moments of sick apprehension today. I remembered, some time after the appointment time, that today was the day for my monthly UC phonecall. There was no missed call on either my mobile or landline, however, although either could have been missed whilst I took my dog out for a walk. I remembered that I … Continue reading Missed telephone appointment – might I be sanctioned?
I've received some good news. My UC journal today had an letter added to it saying that they have decided that I have limited capability for work and work-related activity. What I don't know is whether this refers to the fact that I should have been treated as such since the start of my UC … Continue reading Some good news – I think
I've just tried phoning my council to explain to them that I don't understand how my council tax support is calculated, would like to know how it is calculated and what the various terms mean, and would like also to let them know that the DWP keeps getting my UC housing element wrong and therefore … Continue reading Letter to council re council tax support
Naturally, when I've just got in from visiting my church's office to ask for help because I can't manage without paying someone to do household chores and I don't have the money to pay, want I really want to do when I get in is try to decipher what's going on with my council tax … Continue reading The Tories have messed up my council tax
DWP-UC has apparently now told DWP-ESA to stop paying me. I have received, in three separate envelopes that arrived on the same day, a letter saying that my ESA has ended, a second saying that contributory ESA is taxable (not that I ever received cESA), and a third that was my P45 from HMRC. I … Continue reading Money matters