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Talk / Interesting read from the Guardian's pages (Re-PIP)
« Last post by JLR2 on 15 Jan 2019 08:52PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/15/disability-benefits-reform-costs-government-4bn-in-extra-welfare-payments

''Ministers claimed, when the system was launched, that a programme of rolling medical assessments by three private sector contractors would ensure payments were only made for as long as a claimant needed them.'' Or had died whilst waiting to get through the appeals process.

The way I read it in effect the government's idea was rather than waiting for a claimant to report any changes in their situation (health/disability) they'd (the DWP) constantly reassess claimants virtually month by month. I'm surprised they didn't introduce daily phone calls asking, 'how are you today?  any better?'

I guess the DWP decided they'd wear down claimants with a loop of assessment, refusal, appeal process and then start all over again with another assessment, refusal and so on.
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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by SteveX on 15 Jan 2019 07:06PM »
Zed
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Disability Q and A / Re: Making life easier in various small ways
« Last post by Norrin Radd on 15 Jan 2019 01:15PM »
I've found that Reddit is a great forum for advice on anything. I've been trying to make some bespoke gadgets to make up for my lack of movement, and people are very helpful when I need advice on parts and getting help to make them.
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Talk / Re: Happy New Year Everyone
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on 15 Jan 2019 11:15AM »
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You can't get any appointments with our GPS at our surgery.  They closed the over popular walk in centre at a near by surgery that we used for emergencies,  just before Christmas.  Now we have to go to the one at the local hospital.  Once in there, you can wait up to three hours to be seen.

Ally, that's appalling - sounds like one worth writing to your local MP about.  What is happening to this country??

UTIs are pretty miserable - on top of everything else as well - so >x-fingers<  for you feeling better soon (get it over with at the beginning of the year and maybe the rest of 2019 will be more pleasant...)
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Talk / Re: Happy New Year Everyone
« Last post by ally on 15 Jan 2019 10:30AM »
JLR2 thanks.  Unfortunately, I'm still battling the virus.  You can't get any appointments with our GPS at our surgery.  They closed the over popular walk in centre at a near by surgery that we used for emergencies,  just before Christmas.  Now we have to go to the one at the local hospital.  Once in there, you can wait up to three hours to be seen. If you don't have a car you're up the creek.  I hate the situation we are in at the moment. As it is, you can't get antibiotics for various health issues unless you see a GP etc.  There's no hope of changing our health practice. The three in our area are considering a merger.  That won't work, as one of them is on special measures. I've now developed a UTI as well as the chest infection  I finally got the antibiotics I need yesterday, after a two week wait.  Hopefully, I'll be on the mend soon. 
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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by auntieCtheM on 14 Jan 2019 09:49PM »
bed
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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on 14 Jan 2019 09:16PM »
Lie
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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by Tony_Demoncy on 14 Jan 2019 03:40PM »
Truth
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Disability Q and A / Re: Making life easier in various small ways
« Last post by huhn on 14 Jan 2019 12:55PM »
two things I have to share, first my son has build me flowerpots, 2 meter by 1 meter  and 1 high, very convenient to work in it, even trees are in.  the  second one is I have a rice cooker in my shop.  so when I want to  eat lunch I  just put in  1 sausage and then  rice  and veggies in and cook  everything in  one go.
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still not better, but it is my blood pressure, it is  for me far to high, must be the stress
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