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Cafe / Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
« Last post by Prabhakari on Today at 01:25:59 PM »
Been to Hobart, Tasmania.
It has a good harbour,, with plenty of shelter there. The bottom of the island is ragged, with deep inlets. Now on the way north to Sydney. Wind still strong. My little yacht is racing along through the night, with the wind shrieking in the rigging. Lots of spray; rather wet.

When I get to Sydney, I shall be homeward bound, across the Pacific, round Cape Horn and Northward, across the Atlantic and the English Channel.
Disability Talk / Assessment
« Last post by Prabhakari on Today at 01:18:04 PM »

Another report by Frances Ryan for the Guardian.
Disability Talk / Re: Social needs assessment
« Last post by Fiz on Today at 08:39:22 AM »
My very first care coordinator at the community mental health team was a social worker and an AMHP and yes she spent a couple of hours here helping me once several years back. She was a brilliant care coordinator and I know I made the most progress under her care. Unfortunately adult services have since withdrawn their staff from working in the same teams as the NHS so there are no social workers working as care coordinators any longer and there are none at the CMHT at all. The only social workers left working in the field of mental health are the qualified AMHP's who work in a central hub in the health authority and all they now do is coordinate and assess people under the Mental Health Act to decide whether a patient should be detained.

Possibly the support worker may help me, it depends on what their remit is. With my care coordinator off sick yet again this week,  even if I get to see her next week on one of her 3 work days, one half of which is the compulsory weekly team meeting,  that'll be over a month since my previous contact with her and that contact was a lift to and from my visit to see the psychologist at CMHT. Even my GP has now realised that my current care coordinator is not going to be a support to me due to the few hours a week she works, her workload and her sickness record. It's my care coordinator's role to organise the support worker to help me so I've no idea when that will happen.
Welfare Rights / Re: Refused home visit requested
« Last post by Fiz on Today at 08:21:38 AM »
Thank you. Someone advised me to request a copy of the assessor's report so I've done that. That should arrive 2 weeks before the DWP letter.

My council has announced today that they are just about to start changing all qualifying benefit claimants over to UC. I'm planning on requesting my housing benefit continue to be paid directly to my LA due to my mental health problems and difficulties managing money. How else will it affect me? Am I right in thinking PIP isn't part of UC?

If I request that my HB is paid directly to the LA, then the money I receive should be the same as I'm receiving from my IR ESA? Including the supplements added to it? Or will the change over to UC mean that I will be receiving less money?

Sorry to switch to a different subject entirely, it was just a bit of a shock to find out today that my county is now switching everyone over to UC and I haven't a clue how that will affect me.

I can provide plenty of evidence that I need my HB to be paid directly to the LA.
Welfare Rights / Re: My call-up papers have arrived
« Last post by Fiz on Today at 08:08:29 AM »
Within 4 weeks. Although you can phone them to request a copy of the assessors report which should arrive in approximately 10 days. Their number is 0800 121 4433

The assessors report will have their recommendation of what award you should get and the DWP rarely award differently to the assessors advice.
Cafe / Re: Re-launching the ship happyness by bulekingfisher
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on May 23, 2018, 08:47:00 PM »
Birthday?  What's this about a birthday?  I had no idea... anyway, sending Many Happy Returns for whenever it is/was  >happybirthday<

Whatever, seems a good excuse for an excellent feast >thumbsup<
Disability Talk / Re: Social needs assessment
« Last post by auntieCtheM on May 23, 2018, 08:40:36 PM »
Fiz, don't I remember that the social worker once came out and helped you sort out your bedroom?  Maybe she can do it again.
Welfare Rights / Re: My call-up papers have arrived
« Last post by auntieCtheM on May 23, 2018, 08:33:42 PM »
I've just had my letter saying that they have all the evidence they need.  How long is it now to when I get a decision?
Welfare Rights / Re: Refused home visit requested
« Last post by Monic1511 on May 23, 2018, 08:08:11 PM »
Hi Fiz

the text message is their way of saying we have all the documents received in our mail, we have scanned documents to the decision maker.  What they don't say is that there are probably 4 decision makers for about 20 different postcodes. 
As Sunny says I am glad I don't work at the dwp and there is very little chance that I would have to work there.   My friend works there and says there are 4 staff to deal with all the direct deductions for London,  its no wonder they go off sick, 

Try and put it aside and focus on your own health and dealing with the grief.
 >bighugs< >dove<
Cafe / Re: Re-launching the ship happyness by bulekingfisher
« Last post by SashaQ on May 23, 2018, 07:48:13 PM »
*** Celebration Dinner ***

To celebrate Bule's birthday and housewarming, an extra special celebratory meal >magic<

Hors d'Oeuvres
Caviar and French Toast
Asparagus Hollandaise

Omelette Aux Fines Herbes
Wagyu Beef Steak
Lobster Thermidor
Truffle Ravioli

Chocolate Fondant
Passion Fruit Souffle
Jelly and Ice Cream

Elderflower Presse
Lapsang Souchong
Kopi Luwak
Yorkshire Tea
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