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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?
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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<
Monic
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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
Falafels

Entrees
Omelette Aux Fines Herbes
Wagyu Beef Steak
Lobster Thermidor
Truffle Ravioli

Desserts
Chocolate Fondant
Passion Fruit Souffle
Jelly and Ice Cream

Drinks
Elderflower Presse
Lapsang Souchong
Kopi Luwak
Yorkshire Tea
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Cafe / Re: Re-launching the ship happyness by bulekingfisher
« Last post by SashaQ on May 23, 2018, 07:39:12 PM »
Hello Captain  >biggrin<

Great to hear about your new home - sounds excellent, and much safer for you than having to climb stairs.  Must have been quite a change for you to move to a more urban area, but that is really good that you have shops nearby, and that it is a good community in the area >thumbsup< Glad to hear you've got your Yorkshire Tea supply sorted >biggrin<
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Welfare Rights / Re: Refused home visit requested
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on May 23, 2018, 03:49:52 PM »
It takes time because of staff cutbacks, so it's sitting in an in-tray or in-box somewhere.  I struggle to cope with the DWP but when I come close to the end of my tether, I thank my lucky stars I don't have to work there.
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Disability Talk / Re: Social needs assessment
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on May 23, 2018, 11:36:51 AM »
We've got things in common, just as each of us has things in common with others here.

Whether you start out with mental problems or you start out with  physical problems, you can end up with the other as well.  Physical problems and obstacles can be mentally stressful; mental problems can lead directly or indirectly to physical problems.

I suspect that you and I have more in common in relation to some things than either of us would express explicitly, but actually that doesn't matter.  What matters is that each of us understands what it is to find some seemingly every day normal stuff variously impossible or frightening or terribly difficult or distressing or whatever.

For example, you, like others here and unlike quite a few people I meet in non-disability circles, understand that for me the main obstacle to going out as someone who has frequent falls isn't so much the fear of injury (although I do get injured) but the fear of people's responses.  Lots of people not in this situation would assume that it's a fear of being injured.  And it's that interplay between different problems that we Ouchers all understand, all relate to. 

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Welfare Rights / Re: Refused home visit requested
« Last post by Fiz on May 23, 2018, 10:30:36 AM »
I had a text this morning from the DWP saying they've received my consultation report and that I should hear from them within 4 weeks. The message says meanwhile do not contact them unless there's a change of circumstances. Now they have it, I can't see why it would take ages to make a decision, it's not like they're going to spend days reading it?

Good to know it's there though.
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Disability Talk / Re: Social needs assessment
« Last post by Fiz on May 23, 2018, 10:25:57 AM »
Yes I think I will ask her when I meet her. At worst, the answer will be no, so we do something else.  >thumbsup<

Sunny, I've wished before that you lived closer so we could meet up! Not in any way for chores but often you get my thinking which I often struggle to do myself.
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Disability Talk / Re: Social needs assessment
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on May 22, 2018, 09:23:42 PM »
I don't see why the support worker wouldn't be amenable to giving you some assistance in a bedroom blitz - after all, you could point out (and I've found this to be very true) that, while there are significant cleaning/sorting household jobs outstanding, this in itself can add to anxiety about going out... because (maybe even on a subconscious level) you feel that you should be indoors cracking on with said chores!!  Once they're done, this could well 'release' you into a frame of mind where leaving the house becomes a more appealing prospect.  If the support worker knows her onions, she will be aware of all this herself anyway, so do talk to her about your concerns around the bedroom and anything else that's keeping you 'stuck'...
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Disability Talk / Re: Social needs assessment
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on May 22, 2018, 06:26:07 PM »
One thing that bugs me is that there seems to be no voluntary scheme either where I live or where you live to match obsessive compulsive people like me up with people like you.  My OCPD manifests in part in an oscillation between an urge to hoard and an urge to clear out.  It's an urge to 'have the right amount' of stuff.  I panic if I don't have enough and panic if I've too much.

But I've worked in lots of jobs involving clearing, sorting, weeding, organising etc., whether that's filing or  storage or whatever.  I've done tidying and sorting swaps with people, each doing what we were good at in each other's places.

There must be loads of people like me and loads of people like you.  What a pity there's no 'dating agency' as it were for people with the urge to sort and tidy and weed, and people who need help of that sort.
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