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Talk / Re: Blue badge rules changing
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on Today at 10:13 AM »
The article mentions people who are overwhelmed by anxiety in crowded places being allowed a Blue Disabled Parking badge, I wonder how this is going to be measured or will getting PIP Mobility at either rate be enough. The other thing is will something like stating mental health symptoms are a reason for getting a Blue Parking Badge mean that people should have to let the DVLC know and thereby get their right to a driving license checked?

I am not saying people that get mobility allowance should have a DVLA check just following a thought.

Are you able to get and use high blood pressure medication? I hope the stress you are under reduces soon  >bighugs<
Talk / Re: Interesting read from the Guardian's pages (Re-PIP)
« Last post by Spindrift on Today at 09:38 AM »
Be great wouldn't it a bank robber is accused of robbing £500,000 from a bank and has the charges dropped as there is a dispute about the actual amount stolen >lol<
LOL  >lol<
Welfare Rights / Low income top ups in UC areas.
« Last post by Fiz on Today at 07:02 AM »
A relative has split up with his wife. They've already contacted the HA for the assured tenancy to be in his sole name so that's done.

He's a labourer on minimum wage and has in the past relied on lifts to or from his work from his stbx wife or uses public transport. He has severe type II diabetes due to alcoholism, his sight is very poor and he has severe pain in his feet and limps quite badly. He has also previously had functional depression, I expect brought on by his alcoholism.

He has bouts of time when he loses a job for some reason and a few months later managing to find a new full time job. He's currently working full time but told me yesterday that he is struggling to keep himself together emotionally, something he would never normally admit. I gave him the samaritans freephone number as he just has the smallest most basic mobile phone as a payg. I don't think he's ever used a computer.

We're in a full roll out UC area affecting all new claimants, all changes of circumstances and they're slowly transferring people or families on benefits onto UC too.

Does anyone know the amount you would need to be earning in order to qualify for some UC? If he'd only been able to make a positive income balance because his stbx had provided half the week's shifts and now needing to rely on public transport would be paying more out on transport costs than he's earning what then? Or if the transport costs were drastically reducing his income from his job?

He's emotionally fallen apart and I'm trying to keep him ok enough to keep his job going but if he drinks more, can't motivate to get up he may lose his job, what then.

He's asked me to go to his place on Saturday to sort out all his finance and bills. He was extremely controlling of his wife and through their whole marriage her wages have paid every bill and his has paid for food and alcohol and roll ups for them both. So I will need to get every bill into his name from his account, assuming he has a sole account. I know their gas and electricity is paid by a top up card for a meter.

I'll also have to teach him how to budget as he's never paid bills and his wages have always been for his pleasure previously.

He can get very angry so I will need to find some assertiveness from somewhere.

I'm dreading it, but he's going to need a lot of help. But even I don't know what he's entitled to if his income minus transport isn't enough to pay his bills.

I'm not looking forward to Saturday. But hope I can get everything set up so his bills go from his account on or soon after his current payday. If I don't manage to get his finances sorted I think he'll be a risk to himself.
Talk / Re: Interesting read from the Guardian's pages (Re-PIP)
« Last post by JLR2 on 20 Jan 2019 07:11PM »
Spindrift, the DWP hopes no one thinks about these possible flaws in their figures. Then again there has been a particular phrase creeping into political dictionary since Donald Trump's election in the States, the phrase being, ''I do not recognise your/these figures''. No matter the subject whenever a minister or whatever is faced with figures which do not suit their Party's argument they simply  reply with the 'I don't recognise...' and then totally ignore the question.

Be great wouldn't it a bank robber is accused of robbing £500,000 from a bank and has the charges dropped as there is a dispute about the actual amount stolen >lol<
Talk / Re: Interesting read from the Guardian's pages (Re-PIP)
« Last post by Spindrift on 20 Jan 2019 11:12AM »
Thank you I had not thought of either of those flaws in what I quoted.
Talk / Re: Interesting read from the Guardian's pages (Re-PIP)
« Last post by SashaQ on 19 Jan 2019 07:39PM »
31% and 15 % Of which cohorts? 

Excellent point...

Definitely not a like for like comparison given that there was High, Middle and Low Rate Care for DLA, and High and Low Rate Mobility so the High-High combination is statistically less likely in that system than in the PIP one with High/Low for both components...
Talk / Re: Interesting read from the Guardian's pages (Re-PIP)
« Last post by JLR2 on 18 Jan 2019 06:48PM »
''PIP is designed to focus support on people with the greatest needs and that’s happening, with 31% of people getting the highest level of support, compared to 15% under DLA,” she said.''

31% and 15 % Of which cohorts?  Unless folk know exactly who it is the DWP are referring to in these comparisons it is hard to say they are true comparisons.

31% of say 100 is obviously 31 claimants but 15% of 1000 is 150, all too often we have seen exactly how deceitful this government has been with figures. Could it be when the DWP make reference to the 31% they're really talking about the 31% who were so much into the 'greatest needs' category that they died within 6 months of their benefit claim?

Put simply I do not trust the DWP nor for that matter the government. Honesty for Tories is looked on as a serious weakness and where it is found in would be Tory electoral candidates it is stamped on hard.
Talk / Re: The freedom we get from having mobile phones?
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on 18 Jan 2019 06:15PM »
Shock horror, I don't actually possess a smartphone, and have no desire to get one.... I do have a basic mobile phone (not the house-brick variety  ;-) ) which I can use for calls and texts, but only take it with me on rare occasions: it's usually switched off as people tend to ring me on my landline anyway. 

Wouldn't like to be with no phone at all though, as I was in the mid to late 80s - call-boxes on wet windy evenings were no fun!

For anyone who is older and not already in a social circle of family and friends in the real world it can be difficult to 'join' something that has been in existence for a while. For example. I found in difficult to join in on BBC Ouch because it felt like so many people already knew each other.

Yes, I can understand that - breaking into what seems like an 'established' group can be pretty hard..
Here is a link to a page on the National Autistic Society website, it has information and links there which provide more information than I already had (which was not much.

DD or Over the edge,

Do people get sent to the ATUs when their Local Authorities can't or wont provide care or are ATUs supposed to be there for assessing needs and not ongoing care? It is just this article is talking about NHS England and not local authorities. I think you are right about the financial aspect to this.

While the NHS used to operate most units, private firms now run half the beds available – making hundreds of millions from doing so. Barbara Keeley, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care, said Mr Hancock must explain ‘why companies with a vested interest in keeping vulnerable people in these Bedlam-like conditions are permitted to do so when they could be in community care for a fraction of the cost’.
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