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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by oldtone27 on February 23, 2018, 02:41:29 PM »
Non-disability News and Current Affairs / Re: Cross your legs, chaps...
« Last post by oldtone27 on February 23, 2018, 02:38:48 PM »
I'm having a head ache wondering what the bloke was doing with the spanner. Did he get his penis stuck in it? He just better not go near a Mole grip.
I think he got off lightly.  Imagine if he'd nicked the chicken drumsticks - his colleagues would have called 999 and got the flying squad out after him.
Welfare Rights / Re: Working Tax Credits disability element criteria
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on February 23, 2018, 01:11:53 PM »
Just for a brief smile - you get an extra day on the disregard, because it's a calendar year of 365 days not 52x7 days; but watch out, it's still 365 days even if it's a leap year, so take care to declare that capital if you get asked about it on what seems to be exactly a year later if there's been a February 29 in between!
Welfare Rights / Re: Working Tax Credits disability element criteria
« Last post by Fiz on February 23, 2018, 12:45:21 PM »
My friend finally has their tribunal date. They received the letter with the tribunal date in yesterday and that day was 364 days after receiving the DWP letter telling them they didn't qualify for PIP and turning down their claim. It's taken this long to go to reconsideration and then requesting a tribunal appeal. It's disgraceful. They've been borrowing money for a year already just to live. The tribunal date is the end of March but at least they finally have a date.
Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on February 23, 2018, 12:42:48 PM »
I think it's a combination of a number of different things.

Firstly, when I was a kid, it's amazing what we went to the local beat bobby or station sergeant about.  If you didn't know what to do or where to go or where to go, the beat bobby knew.  Stray dog?  Police.  Youngsters in the street getting too rowdy?  Police.  Senile Mrs Thingummy seen looking vacant outside the butchers?  Police.  If they didn't do it, they knew who did.  But the police are stripped of funds, laying off officers and support staff all over the place.

And in communities, there used to be people you turned to like that as well.  Community leaders.  The people that ran the local shops & businesses.  The professionals.  The spiritual leaders.   But more shops open and close fast or are temporary franchises or have less loyalty.  Large supermarkets with lots of young zero hours staff.  Charity shops with a seemingly neverending turnover of volunteers and people on workfare.

There used to be the old 'uns that had been there since the dawn of time.  But now, for a range of reasons, mostly to do with where people live (some political, some just the way it goes), families and communities are fragmented.  Granny's on Skype and you don't know the other grannies.

We live in a world where if you need help, you turn to your computer or phone or smartphone.  Suddenly 'call someone' doesn't mean pop into the shop or house next to you or walk up to someone you recognise as a reliable figure in the community, it means phone or email or message or whatever.

So if someone dials 999 over their chicken, it's not the right thing to do, but it's less illogical than it seems.  It's "Something's gone wrong, I don't know why, I don't understand, what do I do, who can I ask who's in authority and knows what to do?"

If only there were a sort of general helpline.  I think the nearest we got to it when I was a child was directory enquiries, but these days that's a call centre with a charge per number you get given and staff under pressure to do everything fast, so basically it's a move from "What sort of help do you need me to find you a number for?" to "Which name do you want me to look up?"

I think how isolated I feel.  I've been wanting to find a reliable professional for something and struggling to think who might recommend someone, and I realise that I have so very few people I can ask.  Most of my friends are online or telephone friends and very few near to where I live.  Of those that are local, most wouldn't have a recommendation.  When I was a youngster, you'd have had suggestions from lots of people. 

I am now mentally walking around where I grew up.  How many families or places like what we'd  now call something like supported housing (e.g. church home for unmarried mums) did I know where I could have walked up the drive and knocked on the door?  Road A 12, Road B 5, Road C 3, Road D 6, Road E 3...the list goes on.  How many roads where there was someone like that or something like a church or clinic or shop I could go in where there were long-term local people?  Dozens and dozens. 

The awful thing as I see it is not that people would dial 999 over the KFC shops but that we live in a society where if someone needs help with an unexpected situation, it's so hard to know how and where to find it.

Oh hell, my mind's now drifting into 'public misinformation' by which I really mean information that has the potential to do more harm than good.  We keep being told phone this helpline, phone that helpline, until it reinforces the notion we've already got in this day and age of calling for help being a phone number.  You don't have to have the sort of IQ that amounts to a recognised learning disability to struggle with decisions.  Ironically, I think a lot of people with very low IQs but functional enough to get out and about know that they need help from others, but those in the 75-90 range may have a lot of difficulty weighing up information and taking the correct course of action in a complicated world but be scorned for it by intelligent people who simply don't grasp that there are a lot of people out there a lot less bright than them.

Incidentally - Steve - if you want to know how people are so 'dumb', take a look at an intelligence bell-curve.
Disability Talk / Re: Benefits and inflation.
« Last post by Fiz on February 23, 2018, 08:31:58 AM »
Thank you Monic, that's really helpful. My mobile doesn't open pdfs so it was great to have it written out.
Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by SteveX on February 22, 2018, 09:41:11 PM »
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