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Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by SashaQ on Today at 07:04:33 PM »
Thanks for checking the details Sunny - that is better for wheelchair users with their own wheelchair, that if they are on their own and can't do everything, it doesn't matter as it is them that gets in free. 

I was once disappointed when I went to an attraction by myself, that I had to pay full price because the only discount was for a 'carer', and then could only see half of the attraction because I didn't have a 'carer' to help me get to the other half...  I've also been to places where there has been no discount at all, but only half was accessible even with a 'carer', so it is still all very mixed.

A more positive picture for Paultons, though, yes
Disability Talk / Re: Motability vehicles and insurance regulations
« Last post by gorbut on Today at 06:05:24 PM »
This is why we donít have a motability car but are lucky enough to be in a position to buy one that can accommodate our disabled son and daughterís needs. We donít have the space for individual vehicles so one car has to do for all. Me using it to do the shopping would be ok as they also eat the food but my husband wouldnít be able to use it to drive from London to Sussex to visit his Mum. I think many motability cars are misused but as I am probably basing this on media reports I expect there are only as few doing this as there are benefit cheats.
Disability Talk / Re: Should I be worried
« Last post by JLR2 on Today at 05:18:57 PM »
Fiz, if I might offer some advice borne out of my experience flying with Easyjet. I Contacted Easyjet sometime back now and explained to them that I cannot manage stairs/steps and in support of my situation I provided (via email) a letter from my GP which I always have in my pocket when travelling. The result of my doing this was that I was given without charge a seat with extra leg room (which also entitled me to take an extra bag as hand luggage)  I also have had on many flights access to the airport's ''Ambulift'' services. The ambulift service is where at the airport you are taken in the airport wheelchair to the aircraft, usually ahead of other boarders, where you are rolled onto an adapted truck/lorry which has a lift fitted.

This lift equipped lorry then takes you to the side of the aircraft before lifting you up to the entry door on the opposite side of the front passenger stairway and from there you are then rolled onto the aircraft. Another wee benefit of sorts is that with the airport help for disabled passengers you are also fast tracked through security. On arrival at the destination airport you wait till all other passengers have left the aircraft and then are either met by the destination airport's ambulift service or just as at the departing airport where this service might not be available you are manually carried in the wheelchair up/down the stairs of the aircraft. 9 times out of 10 I have found myself at the passport control section of airports ahead of the other passengers on my flights as the disabled passengers helpers see to getting those they are looking after to passport control as quickly as they can. At Glasgow airport and Schoenefeld in Berlin those helping me have looked after me from arrival at the airport to the bus I use to get into the city.

Sorry if my posting has been a bit long Fiz, if there is anything more you would like me to explain of my experiences when flying please do  give me a wee shout :-)

Oh and I might mention regards being carried onto the aircraft, I always feel sorry for the poor lads who carry me up the stairs as apart from me feeling like I weigh a ton (about 14 stone)  with all the gear I carry when travelling in my Army surplus combat jacket (awe the big pockets are very useful)  I'm sure the guys feel it. That said those who have helped me have never been other than brilliant with never a hint of complaint from them.
Disability Talk / Re: Should I be worried
« Last post by Fiz on Today at 10:02:50 AM »
I can understand that fear. I'm already worried because my call handler told me I needn't let them know about a holiday of a week as the limit for holidays is 28 days. But I have my call log and length of call logged so I can prove I did phone. I will miss 5 postal days in the time I'm away so I'm very unlikely to miss an appointment for reassessment in that time. I think they have to give you some notice.

I emailed the airline yesterday requesting assistance at the airports as I can't stand/queue without pain and with boarding I can't walk as fast as others so I request I board first before all the others come through the gate and leave the plane last so I'm not hurried or jolted which is extremely painful and I've received a full email back saying that if I go straight to the passenger assistance desk on arrival there will be a wheelchair and I'll be accompanied through check in and be escorted to the rear steps of the plane before the other passengers. I think the passengers normally enter the plane at the front so I assume I'm being taken to the back as there are less steps that end. I'll be met by passenger assistance on the tarmac at the destination airport and accompanied through the airport to the transport. Similar the return journey. If all that happens I will be seriously impressed. I may feel like a lemon in a wheelchair when I can walk, not that I know what a lemon feels like, but I do feel reassured that I won't be stuck standing and queueing and the pain getting more and more unbearable. I feel far more likely to reach the campsite without pain. But we'll see if it comes to fruition first I guess.
Disability Talk / Re: Should I be worried
« Last post by JLR2 on Today at 06:43:07 AM »
''Jlr2 are you going for longer than 4 weeks? I'm wondering why they said I was fine going without notifying them as it's less than 4 weeks but they've sent you a form?''

It is safer to notify in order not to miss any reassessment requirement or other DWP appointment(s) arranged by them whilst you are out of the country.

Fiz, I never leave the country for more than 28 days at any one time, the way I've read and understood the BF5 form is that so long as you have not lived in any other country for the immediately prior 3 months you are allowed 28 days, inclusive of the leaving and return dates.

I'm sure I mentioned maybe a few years back on another thread of there being a  >erm< statute of law (?) in the UK known as the 'Habitual  residency test' under which any UK citizen living outside of the UK for 3 months or more automatically lose their citizenship entitlements and are barred from claiming any welfare benefits or access to free care through the NHS.

If someone leaves the country for say 2 months and then returns for less than 3 months before leaving again for one and a half months the UK's government departments including the DWP will total both periods of absence giving a total of 3.5 months absence and stopping access to all benefit entitlements for the person concerned. The person affected will then have to remain living in the UK for 3 months before s/he can apply for access to the UK benefits system. It is for this reason I have always done all I can to make sure I have 3 months between any absence I have from the UK.

Having said what I have there is still a fair bit of misunderstanding possible as the government's definition of 3 months could refer to whole months or 12 weeks, I have worked on the basis of 12 weeks and to date I have not been found to have contravened the 3 month criteria, even when the DWP carried out a cumulative impact assessment of some previous absences. All of which doesn't see me any less nervous of every day's post as I'm half expecting the DWP to say something.
Disability Talk / Re: Should I be worried
« Last post by Fiz on Today at 05:02:13 AM »
I know someone who did that once and after the cabin crew discussed it they took her and her luggage off the plane saying that she might cause a dangerous situation during the flight.
People don't understand mental health problems and telling the crew would change precisely nothing. I'm terrified of flying and take 20mg diazepam 30 minutes before take off and I've never been a danger to anyone else yet.
Disability Talk / Re: Should I be worried
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on Today at 03:11:26 AM »
You'll be warning the cabin crew about the panic attacks, I assume?
Disability Talk / Re: Should I be worried
« Last post by Fiz on June 19, 2018, 07:41:17 PM »
It's literally every single man I'm afraid of and I steer well clear of them all. To be in enclosed spaces with a man sends me in a panic. I'd never be able to see a male GP despite my head knowledge knowing that I'm not at risk. I was abused as a child by 3 separate males and then was in an abusive marriage for 19 years. I wouldn't chose to speak to a man in any group setting. I get round it by always requesting female doctors, female DWP assessors, female anything at all. When I'm in hospital I'm terrified of the male nurses. It doesn't make sense to me, my extreme reactions so I'm sure others must find it bewildering. The campsite we're going to in France that has offered us the accommodation free is a Christian campsite and there might be other groups but it'll mainly be families there. The transport from airport to campsite is owned by the Christian venue so the majority of people travelling will be Christians. Of course there are abusive men who profess to be Christians, my ex being one of them, but it's highly unlikely that there's any risk to me at all. I make sure I'm never alone with a man but I'm always on high alert. If any of the males in the group I'm going with came close I'd panic so I'd never view males as a protection, they're a threat to me. I have classic PTSD reactions and I hope I don't have a major PTSD trigger while away. If a man got drunk somewhere on the plane that would do it. It's difficult to explain but it isn't going to make the trip easy. I wish the accommodation I'm sleeping in will be all women, I have no idea if that's the case. I just know that the whole group are eating dinner together each evening in the accommodation I'm in. Thinking about it, if I were organising a group trip I would try to separate the sleeping arrangements between women and men for general security purposes and it's a charity taking us so I guess they have safeguarding responsibilities. I hope.

I doubt I'll be able to relax there. I'm not joining the group on day trips because I can't walk anywhere so many of the group will go off away from the campsite on some days and thankfully it's only a week. I aim to stay near the pool if it's not raining which is the most public area so if anything happened there'd be dozens of people around so almost certainly I'd be safe there surrounded by people.

Jlr2 are you going for longer than 4 weeks? I'm wondering why they said I was fine going without notifying them as it's less than 4 weeks but they've sent you a form?

I think I need to have to have information on me saying that my medication is prescribed? My medication will be in my case and each box has a prescription label on it, is that enough? The only tablets I will have in hand luggage will be a small metal pill box with medication I need during the journey. I've emailed the airline we're flying with requesting what assistance I need mobility wise which I hope they can accommodate. Both airports are Diddy local ones.
Disability Talk / Re: Should I be worried
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on June 19, 2018, 01:46:05 PM »
Do the men in the group know you're ill at ease with men?  I've been in situations where it can help to say.  Having said that, the most beautiful situation I can recall was on a big NATO exercise where a group of male soldiers stopped me, whilst very carefully not surrounding me and whilst making it explicitly clear they would come no closer than I permitted.  They were concerned, they said about the behaviour of someone senior towards their female colleagues but none of the women would say what was going on, would I?  I wasn't in their unit, just liaising with them, and confirmed their suspicions.   He had tried it on (and I'd given him a free martial arts lesson).  That was all they needed.  Word spread amongst the men and then the junior officers and after that the man in question couldn't get near any woman, including me, without another man, be it officer or NCO or soldier, popping up seemingly out of nowhere "Excuse me, sir!"  Incidentally, it would have been the same if it had been the other way round, female senior rank abusing her position with male soldiers, we women would have rallied round and protected our men.

Of course, a woman should never need a man to protect her, but sometimes just knowing that the men around you are there for you has helped me in the past.

So if it's something you feel ok doing, consider letting the men know you're wary so they can take care not to do things that will worry you and also maybe 'protect' you by little things like making sure other men give you space.  It can be such a simple thing for a man to step across somewhere forming a harmless barrier with no implication except that you're travelling together.
Sunny, the question on the on-line quote system reads, ''Not in employment due to disability or illness'' this is the box which I ticked on the quote which offered me the £164 premium so when the RAC customer service woman, Maisie, told me my premium was raised due to my employment situation that could only be down to my being unemployed due to disability hence discriminatory.

Which is why your recording showing that there was specific reference to your being unemployed because of your disability will be crucial.

But what a dreadful set up they've got.  If I were in  your shoes, I'd be fuming, regardless of whether there's any discrimination. 

But then forgive my negativity today, but too much in the way of the sales of ongoing services comes down to trying to lure other people's customers away with a bit of a discount but no more than necessary, whilst bumping up costs for loyal customers.  It's the total opposite of what I grew up with, and I'm sure one reason why so many people get caught out by it is that we don't expect to be ripped off.  It also relies on a certain traditional British reluctance to haggle.  That'll probably all be evaporated in a few years and they'll have to find a different way to rip off customers.

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