Monday, 11 February 2013

DLA - PIP Sooner than we thought!!

*Amendment at the bottom

Got a dreaded brown envelope on the mat today and my stomach sank. When I opened it they said it was to do with my claim for my Daughter. Her claim  has recently been renewed and they said it was due for re assessment in 2019.

The letter said it contained important information about how DLA is being replaced with PIP. I thought all this was not happening till 2015 so it was a shock to say the least. I will copy from my letter what they said.

A new benefit called Personal Independence Payment will begin to replace Disability Living Allowance for disabled people aged 16 to 64 from 8th April 2013.

How might I be affected?

If there are changes in how your health condition or disability affects you on or after 7th October 2013 then you'll be asked to make a claim for PIP.

If your award is due to end or reviewed on or after 7th October 2013 and you've not already received a renewal letter about your DLA then you will be asked to make a claim for PIP.

Everyone else on DLA will not be contacted till 2015 or later. Unless you report a change.
Young People   

If the young person turns 16 before 7th October 2013 they continue to claim DLA but will have to swap to PIP sometime in the next few years.

If the young person is due to turn 16 on or after 7th October they then need to decide if they wish to claim PIP.

If you are 65 or over

If you are 65 or over on or before 8th April 2013 you do not need to claim PIP. You will continue to get DLA as long as your circumstances do not change.

If you reach 65 after 8th April 2013 then you will not be contacted till 2015 or later.

I have cut it down and taken the waffle out but basically that is what they said. So my Autistic son who had an indefinite award will now need to migrate to PIP. Good job the DWP and myself agreed he was not ready to take over his own affairs yet as he would totally freak out about all of this and more forms and medical checks.

I feel like there is a black cloud hanging over me. I am so scared of the next thing through the door. We are ill and barely able to do the basics without the threat of the WCA and DLA to PIP nonsense.
What do you all think?


*I have been told that this isn't news and people have been discussing it for over a year. I blame the Brainfog as I was under the assumption it was all on hold until 2015 my mistake sorry :0(

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Water and Horses!

Just a few things playing on my mind tonight so I thought if I wrote them down and got them out of my head I may sleep hmmmmmm.

The other day the news was on and they were saying that water bills are going up. The newsreader was talking to some suit about why when they had such astronomical profits. He explained that work needed to be done and they had people who invest money and need a return. Ok so far, then the newsreader says but why are you making the public pay for this, His response just like a good politician was to dodge the question and say that they were up grading the system and didn't want to make the public pay for the entire thing so they have investors blah de blah blah.

Correct me if I am wrong but the way I understood business was this. You have a company you trade, you make a profit, you plow that back into the business. The newsreader pointed out the amount of profit they have yet they still want to make us pay??
Of course there is no way you can change providers for a better deal so they can do what the hell they like. I wonder how other businesses would fare if they were to hike their prices up and keep all the profit?

Moving on to the topic of the day which is the horse meat in so called beef products in the supermarkets. Oh don't worry they say (as they would as they don't give a shit as they don't have to eat it, but the POOR do yet another kick in the knackers for us all) it isn't a health hazard. No worries it won't make you sick, aren't they missing something.............IT'S A BLOODY HORSE!!! I don't want to eat horse thank you or dog or rat, I don't care if it can't do me harm it is still a BLOODY HORSE!!

Makes you wonder what else they are not telling us...........

Now I'll never sleep

XxxJoolsxxx :0)

Monday, 4 February 2013

Philip Schofield I am talking to you...........

Lost another day this week, thanks CFS!! Slept all of Sunday until madam had another bout of sickness around 12am. Thankfully after a strepsil eased her throat she dropped off again.
Due to the long on/off sleep I woke in the daytime for a change yaaaay. No beginning to wish I had slept longer after I watched Philip Schofield's rant about the "FAT" who should just get up and get out to work.
I am so sick of the disabled, sick and poor being the main "news" stories these days, and rich and healthy TV presenters spitting forth rubbish about a life they have no understanding of. Yes Philip I am looking at you.
That so called news headline was there to create a reaction and boy did it do that. Do you honestly think people get signed off work just because they are fat?? Don't be so naive, there is a myriad of reasons why people are unfit for work and I can almost guarantee you that the "fat" people who are signed off are because they are chronically ill not just fat.
How about doing a bit of investigative journalism and finding out why these people are the way they are. You will find with a majority of people with an eating disorder a back story of sexual or physical abuse which led to the over eating. It is not just greed as you and Paul Ross seem to think at all.
Oh they should just get up and go to work, do you tell blind people to just look? Do you tell deaf people to just listen? NO because there is a reason they are the way they are which is the same with the majority of fat people.
Another point I would like to raise is the cost of food. I am sure you and Paul never give it a second thought, and are provided with wonderful healthy food to eat everyday. Try doing a weekly shop in the local supermarket on job seekers allowance and see what it buys you! The things you can afford to buy are all the things on offer and buy one get one free. Now look at what food exactly is on offer...........burgers, crisps, ice cream etc. Do you see fresh meat and veg on sale NO which is why poor people eat crap food it is all they can afford.
I am chronically ill and on medication that makes me gain weight. I am not disabled because I am fat, I have become fat because I am disabled. Why don't you try to think before you speak next time, or better yet live a month on jobseekers allowance and budget for a family of 4 and see how well you eat, that is if you can eat at all after paying out for everything else first!
You are lucky you have your health and a great career, be thankful for what you have and try not to sneer at those who were unlucky to be born in to a poor household and are doing the best that they can. Or those who have had accidents at work, or who have become ill through no fault of their own. It could have been you!