Universal Credit standard shenanigans

After getting a letter from ESA last week, this week I logged on to my UC journal and found that I had - at last - got an award breakdown. I'm on the basic rate, less than £75/week, and I had over £100 taken off the month's payment because of my earnings. As an added … Continue reading Universal Credit standard shenanigans

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What they don’t tell you about council tax

Applying for council tax support is nearly as much hassle as Universal Credit. They too want my most recent bank statements, and they want proof that my lodger is a student. They too would quite like to see all of this in person. The problem arises when they ask for evidence of my Universal Credit … Continue reading What they don’t tell you about council tax

What they don’t tell you about the JobCentre

Yesterday I had three (!) JobCentre meetings. • One to show my housing details – the one that in my last blog I’d had to ask my housing association to specifically write and post to me a letter for; • One because I’d entered into the system that I do some self-employed work, and they … Continue reading What they don’t tell you about the JobCentre

What they don’t tell you about (applying for) Universal Credit

I didn’t know when I applied for Universal Credit that they would require three meetings to be arranged within that week, let alone why. If I had, I might have waited a couple more days to get the things I needed. I had to have proof of my identity, proof of my bank account and … Continue reading What they don’t tell you about (applying for) Universal Credit

Yes, you are my keeper

The role of friends in disabled people's social isolation When Cain asked God if he, Cain, was his brother’s keeper, he meant it rhetorically. He certainly didn’t expect a response in the affirmative. But the answer was yes. It is yes. I’m trying to live independently of my parents. People from a range of  relationships … Continue reading Yes, you are my keeper

I’m not an orchid, I’m a weed

One of the DWP's major concerns is that people assessed as unfit for work then wrongly believe that they are unfit for work, because that is what they have been told. If only the assessments told us we were fit for work, we'd go out to work and get better. Presumably it's the same with … Continue reading I’m not an orchid, I’m a weed

Back in the benefits cycle

I got a brown envelope today, except it was white. The 'Personal Independence Payment' just showing in the address window gave the game away. I've been expecting a brown envelope since 24th October, when I was told my PIP was being reassessed (51 weeks after being given a two year award). I got two brown … Continue reading Back in the benefits cycle