Do I deserve a treat?

I’m trying to decide whether I can justify the expense of treating myself to the new Kindle Paperwhite 3G when I already have the original, non-3G, version (Plus a K3** and a Fire HD).

**Which Amazon, despite it’s official tag being Kindle 3 on release, now call Kindle Keyboard – I prefer K3.

It all depends on how much hospitals are going to feature in my future – and it could be rather a lot. It depends on how successful treatment is for my lymphoedema, in the main but, also, as I get older (if Continue reading

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Who’ll stop Cameron now?

Public confidence in the media, despite the column-inches devoted to it in the papers, is really a side issue, most of the public is so gullible or dumb that they believe anything that’s put in front of them if it’s written down. If you doubt that just read the comments pages at the more, let’s say, raggedy-arsed, intellectually challenged, end of the market – these are the buggers who voted down AV because they have trouble spelling X. The problem is that they are, all too often, unquestioningly credulous.

The real issue, which Continue reading

Are you to blame for your own disability?

Cameron thinks some of us are.

Yep, really, that misbegotten fuckwit Cameron wants to remove benefits from people considered to be complicit in their own disability. Just how many classifications are there where that might be considered an appropriate definition (appropriate to Numbnuts, of course, not to sane people), beyond the addicts, alcoholics and the obese who seem to get up his nose the most (but Continue reading

DLA alarmism – don’t panic…

An email has plopped into my Inbox, from www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/ saying:-

A government green paper has revealed proposals to stop paying ‘disability benefits, for example, attendance allowance’’ and hand the cash over to social services instead.

Under the plan, current claimants would have their disability benefits converted to a ‘personal budget’ administered by local authorities and used to pay for services – not to spend as they wish.

And Continue reading

Disability Benefits and Human Rights…

I found this in my search-engine heap – “human rights and Incapacity Benefit”.

All I can say is Ha!

Incapacity Benefit – all benefits – are not rights. You can only get them if you qualify (and sometimes, as with DLA, not even then).

You could argue that, as you have a disability, you qualify for disability benefits, but it doesn’t work that way. You have to not only be disabled, you have to be Continue reading

Incapacity Benefit and Pension Credit annual snafu…

Since I reached the qualifying age for Pension Credit, at this time of year it’s a source of aggravation. The purpose of PC, by the way, is to bring my IB up to the national minimum income for people** over 60 (why people under sixty are considered capable of getting by on IB alone, I’ve no idea), but pretty much the only advantage to turning 60 was that people threw money at me.

** Not to be confused with the national minimum wage, of which this is but a fraction.

I was told, earlier in the year, how much PC I’d be paid, then, this week, as the IB annual increase kicked in, it was reduced by a couple of pounds, Not a lot but over the course of the year it mounts up and makes accurate budgeting impossible (and on a limited fixed income that matters).

The thing is that both IB and PC are administered by the Department of Work and Pensions, and the figures for this year’s IB have been available for months, so why is it that the PC people can’t get together with the IB people and get their figures right before notifying claimants?

As it is, the system is massively inefficient (and annoying), and what I want to know is on what do the PC people base the figure in their annual notification to claimants, and why is it always wrong? It must be based on something but whatever it is it’s not my IB.

So why don’t the people who administer PC just access the actual IB figures as soon as they’re notified to the claimants (in my case, the first week in February this year)? Perversely, my PC increase notification for this year is dated February 13, so the correct figure was actually available to them had they bothered to obtain it. But they didn’t. So every year they must send out thousands – millions, for all I know – of PC notices that are wrong, and have to be corrected in April.

That is a colossal waste of resources and simply cannot be justified, not when the solution is as simple as two departments communicating with each other. Mind you, wasting time and money isn’t entirely unknown at the DWP’s PC division. Last year I was reassessed for PC three times. There’s no justification for that either, and I eventually wrote to them saying once is understandable, twice is inefficient, but three times is simply persecution. They didn’t, of course, bother to reply.

The curse of James Purnell…

Listening to Yesterday in Parliament (Radio 4), this morning, to no-one’s surprise James Purnell’s farrago of oppression and persecution of the chronically sick and disabled community was ushered through the Commons with minimum impediment yesterday. The only hope now is that the Lords will have the sense, and the balls, to kill it, or modify substantially (though the Parliament Act means that the Lords can be over-ruled).When the general election rolls around, people, I hope you all remember this day, and demonstrate Continue reading

The disabled get screwed – again!

The Right Payment Programme

Source Disability Alliance

What is it?

The Right Payment Programme (RPP) is a new system for checking that your disability living allowance (DLA) claim is correct. It was introduced in May 2007 without prior consultation and with no publicity to replace the Periodic Review (PR).

The RRP takes a sample of 12,000 DLA cases each year (there are 2.5 million people on DLA). Of these, 3750 are chosen at random and the remaining 8250 cases are chosen from those awards, which Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) research has shown, are most likely to change.

Does it apply to everyone?

Under PR, a large proportion of DLA recipients with chronic health/disability problems were exempt from review. Under RPP, you are only exempt if your claim has been awarded within the last 12 months or if you are terminally ill.

What happens with RPP?

You will be sent a form to complete and return by post. This completed form is then considered by a special team of decision makers. If these decision makers consider there has been a change in your entitlement they will change your award. In some cases you will be contacted and asked to supply more information before a decision is made.

Can I get help with this form?

You can ask someone who knows you to help you complete this form. You can also get help at a local advice centre, such as a citizen’s advice bureau. You can get more information about this from our factsheet F15, Finding a local advice centre, which is available at www.disabilityalliance.org/f15.htm

Sign the petition – do it now!

RPP will be reviewed in late December 2007 to see if any changes need to be made to the system. You can petition the prime minister regarding the right payment programme at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/DLA-Review/