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Welfare Rights / Re: My call-up papers have arrived
« Last post by auntieCtheM on Today at 01:52:37 AM »
As evidence of something that is important in my health.
Welfare Rights / Re: My call-up papers have arrived
« Last post by Monic1511 on January 22, 2018, 10:21:17 PM »
Hi Auntie

do you mean you want them to write something for the PIP2 form? 
what is the letter for - there isn't really a bit in the PIP form like the statement on a dla form  >dove<
Welfare Rights / Re: My call-up papers have arrived
« Last post by auntieCtheM on January 22, 2018, 09:59:22 PM »
I've asked someone who has known me for four years to write something for submission.  Is there a protocol?  What I am worried about is if the letter does not exactly say what I need it to say.  Can I ask this lady to take it back to amend it?  Would that not annoy her?
Cafe / Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
« Last post by Prabhakari on January 22, 2018, 09:45:21 AM »
The wind blows from the N.E at more than 28 knots. Sails reefed  but boat heeled over. It not the shots of Dan Snow steering his yacht. I have never seen real sailing conditions in professional films. The sea is always calm and the boats are under full sail. With such conditions the wind is around 5 knots.

Heading still to Madagascar.
News and Current Affairs / Re: Scotland Social Security
« Last post by JLR2 on January 21, 2018, 04:59:37 PM »
I've just found the story on the Guardian's web pages here's hoping it'll be beyond Westminster's powers to interfere.

And I've just discovered Prabs, that you have already provided the link to the same page >doh< >biggrin<
Talk / Re: When the money's pointless
« Last post by Fiz on January 21, 2018, 04:46:03 PM »
I would so love someone with an understanding of mental health issues come and help me organise my bedroom. I have no idea where to find such a person so I totally get where you are coming from.

I get nothing for mobility in my PIP award despite the pain that walking causes me, what I really need for both my physical and mental health is to have the use of a car so that I could get to a shop, the post office or church and could also visit friends and family. Instead I'm housebound, intensely lonely and increasingly wondering if I have a life worth living.
I agree sunny totally.

I'm glad the article stated that some areas already recognise hidden disabilities, a previous friend had a blue badge because her daughter had severe behavioural issues and she really needed it at the time because the daughter's behaviour was dangerous. I hadn't realised my area was unusual.

My dd is a carer for children with complex needs. Today she is caring for a disabled child in a wheelchair and an able bodied child. She attempted to book cinema tickets with Cineworld but you can't purchase carer and tickets for disabled people either online or by phone so her only option was to travel with the children and just hope there were tickets available on arrival. On getting to the entertainment complex all 9 of the spaces in the care park marked for the disabled were occupied so she had to park some distance away in order to get the wheelchair out and assembled and all 3 of them were drenched on entering the cinema. Thankfully tickets were available but Cineworld could do far more to help the disabled access tickets and parking. It was a pretty miserable experience for them.
Cafe / Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
« Last post by Prabhakari on January 21, 2018, 03:57:17 PM »
STrong winds still blowing. Am heading up to Madagascar. sails reefed.
Now what they need to do is something that's years overdue - change the disability symbol.  One problem with any disability facility, be it a loo or a parking badge, is that people can easily assume that someone without a wheelchair is cheating.

That's understandable since theft of blue badges is a problem and also some people do cheat, but even so, it's time for another symbol.  What symbol, I don't know.  Maybe the current symbol with a plus next to it. 

People with hidden disabilities such as dementia and autism could be given blue badge parking permits in England under new government proposals.

The Department for Transport said that only certain councils were currently recognising hidden disabilities.

It said the proposed new policy was designed to provide "clear and consistent" guidelines.

Mental health campaigners welcomed the proposals for providing a "lifeline" to many people with hidden disabilities.

It is hoped the proposals, being put to an eight-week consultation, would create parity in the treatment of physical and mental health.

If they go ahead, it will be the biggest change to the blue badge scheme since it was introduced in 1970.

Around 2.4 million people have blue badges in England, which allows them to park for free in pay and display bays, use disabled parking bays, and stay for up to three hours on yellow lines.

In London blue badge holders are exempt from paying the congestion charge.

'Blue badges a lifeline'

Transport minister Jesse Norman said blue badges gave people with disabilities the freedom to get jobs, see friends or go to the shops "with as much ease as possible".

He said: "We want to try to extend this to people with invisible disabilities."

The Department for Transport said about 75% of badge users said they would go out less often if they didn't have the flexibility to park with a blue badge.

The National Autistic Society has been campaigning for this change and its head of policy, Sarah Lambert, said it could provide a lifeline to many autistic people.

She told the BBC: "There are some families that sometimes don't go out because they're worried about the stress that is going to be caused if it's very busy and very crowded.

"For lots of autistic people, they don't have as good an understanding of danger as others, so we know that some families are worried about their children running out in front of cars."

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of mental health charity Sane, welcomed the changes, saying: "By looking at non-visible illness, we can actually change the perceptions of mental illness.

"It's the first time that the government has shown that it's going to fulfil a parity of esteem between physical and mental illness," she said.

The National Police Autism Association, which supports officers affected by autism, Asperger's Syndrome and other conditions, said it was "great news" for drivers on the autism spectrum.

"Access to disabled parking eases the stress of trips out and makes independent living easier," it said.
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