#IsItOk that sick and disabled people have written books about the harm the UK government has done to us?

In the modern hegemony of identity politics, a person is only allowed to comment on something if they have direct experience of it. So one answer is that yes, it is okay that sick and disabled people write about issues affecting them, because in fact they’re the only people who have the right to do … Continue reading #IsItOk that sick and disabled people have written books about the harm the UK government has done to us?

Subsidiarity and the UBI vs UBS debate

This post is a response to Simon Duffy’s critique of a debate between Barb Johnson (from Basic Income UK) and Anna Coote (from New Economics Foundation). Barb Johnson, as the campaigning group she is from implies, supports a Basic Income Guarantee or Universal Basic Income – a sum of money paid to all citizens (residents?) … Continue reading Subsidiarity and the UBI vs UBS debate

(satirical) UBI critique – when the robots take over

UBI imagines a world in which all jobs are carried out by robots. The increased use of robots in work is assumed to mean that we can never achieve full employment again. This is despite the fact that the period of full employment, between WW2 and Thatcher, occurred after the development of the stocking frame … Continue reading (satirical) UBI critique – when the robots take over

(satirical) UBI critique – what happens when no-one needs charity or earnings?

Let us imagine that a UBI is paid that is at the minimum income standard (MIS). The MIS is enough money for social participation and inclusion. A disability component exists that gives disabled people enough income to meet the extra costs that they incur for being disabled. Let us also imagine that you know a … Continue reading (satirical) UBI critique – what happens when no-one needs charity or earnings?

Where does all the money go?

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?

How is PIP expenditure high, when disabled people are struggling?

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?

Consequences of cuts 2010-2018

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

UC budgeting nightmares

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

PIP appeal – overprepared fraud?

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?

Missed telephone appointment – might I be sanctioned?

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?