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Money matters

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...

UC update

My telephone appointment last week went fine. All the Work Coach wanted was to ask if I had received, completed and sent off the form for...

Why am I the mediator for ESA and UC?

Having phoned ESA a couple of days ago, today I phoned UC to tell them that ESA had told me that they needed to send a form to ESA to say...

ESA and UC aren’t talking

Phoning ESA again. It has a long spiel followed by ‘please press 1 to continue’. Why not just carry on without having to press 1? After...

Universal Credit and ESA transfer

I started my claim for UC on 16th July. I told ESA on the same day, or possibly a day or two before, that I had moved house, no longer...

Work is not a health outcome

A couple of days ago I saw this tweet on Twitter: “Work as a health outcome is a fundamental principle for us. There must be a shared...

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...

The meaning of rest: part two

A while ago I wrote about rest. I wasn’t sure how it could be fitted in with the necessarily busy lives that many, particularly those...

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...

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...

Computer updates and baking cakes

I haven’t got much done today. My computer decided it was time for some massive updates, which took somewhere around two hours to...

Redemption of pain

This post is in response to an article shared with me by a good friend. The other posts in this series are The Experience of Pain; Pain...

Suffering and character

This post is in response to an article shared with me by a good friend. The other posts in this series are The Experience of Pain; Pain...

Hard-heartedness

This post is in response to an article shared with me by a good friend. The other posts in this series are The Experience of Pain; Pain...

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