ESA medical assessments, the reality. My experience this week. 

This really is the reality of life under a tory government in 2017 – it should be called what it actually is – systematic torture!

The poor side of life

Apologises for the extra blog, I meant to post it yesterday but I have been far too busy to do so. Such is life it seems these days.
A lady that comes to speak to me at our demo every week had an appointment to attend her ESA assessment. I asked her if she had a family member or a friend that could take her but she said that she didn’t, and the reason why I asked this is because it’s always best if a person that knows them well attends the medical with them. This is because they know the person far better than any person from an outside organisation can ever do. However, we do offer very good advice on how to handle the so called medical etc. This is essential.

Because this wasn’t possible, I volunteered myself to accompany her. I didn’t have the money to do…

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If our government won’t act to save our NHS this winter, this is what we must do | openDemocracy

Source: If our government won’t act to save our NHS this winter, this is what we must do | openDemocracy

These are the beginning words to an article we should all read, and try to do something about, however small the action is. If it means signing petitions, going on organised protest marches, or anything else thought of, we should all do our bit to save an institution that has saved many of our lives in the past, and will, hopefully, still be doing in the future – if we all fight together:

Ministers have ignored a strident “winter warning” from NHS Providers – the body that represents NHS and foundation trusts. The government is determined to stick to their plan to freeze NHS budgets for the decade to 2020 even as costs and population rise.

England’s hospitals and other NHS providers warned that if an extra £350m were not found by August at the latest, we will face another winter crisis even worse than the situation last year.

It’s the middle of September, and there’s no extra cash, and none promised. . . . . . . . . . .


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Tories’ evil sanction regime in a horrific nutshell

This is the face of the Tory Government in 2017.
Deliberate, vindictive, abuse of power, that totally ignores the hell they are putting people through – just because they aren’t rich and successful!
Why aren’t the British Public standing up and telling them that they are wrong?
Why are the Media of Britain staying silent on stories such as this one, when it would be so easy to let the public know what’s been happening for the last 7 years?
Why has our once-caring society turned into people who don’t give a damn – unless it’s affecting them personally?
Unless something is done, and soon, there will be even more deaths than the thousands that have already occured since the tories took power, and it could so easily have been people, such as Vince and Julie Rodger, who were left to suffer in silence!
Please share this story as much as you can, and get people seeing what is happening in this country?


dwpp3The Tories have been censured by the UN for their vile abuse of disabled people and benefit claimants – not a fact that you will see much mentioned in the mainstream media, apart from small articles tucked away in website corners.

Even such news fails to bring home the full horror of the regime of routine abuse that the government has constructed against vulnerable people. It speaks eloquently of the international disgrace that the Conservatives have brought on this country, but less of the awful reality of that everyday abuse.

For that, we need human stories. This is one.

The husband of a severely disabled woman received a letter from the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions). Unsurprisingly, as he’s her primary and busy caregiver, by the morning of the appointment he’d forgotten about it. He told their story on Facebook:

dj82jzdx0ai5gzvFor missing that appointment, the DWP removed Mrs Rodger’s…

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Today’s demo. Tuesdays extra demo.

Yet another example of the sheer good will, of these wonderful people who, like Charlotte, help so many people out in their struggles with the DWP!

The poor side of life

I arrived for our weekly demo a few minutes late, I unexpectedly met a friend of mine who wanted to join us this morning. I was so happy to see her because she has been a tremendous support to myself regarding my personal life.

I had a tough few years and both her and her brother who has sadly passed away were a tremendous support to both myself and my daughter. It cheered me up no end seeing her.
As we approached the Jobcentre out of nowhere Gordon had appeared and there was a small crowd of people waiting for help, advice and food parcels.  My first job was to talk to them all individually and assess what their situation is and what help that they can access locally.

Some don’t want to approach local organisations for whatever reason but I do talk to them every week and one day…

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Theresa May’s Britain: Three Million Children Go Hungry in the Holidays

3 Million British Children going hungry in the UK . . . Mothers starving themselves to feed their children . . .
Have I got it wrong? Is this 2017 – or 1817?

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I’m sure Mike and the other left-wing bloggers and vloggers have posted up this statistic before, but I came across it again last night. It shocked and outraged me. Inside Out West, the local documentary programme on BBC 1 for the Bristol area, did a piece on child poverty. They interviewed one woman, a single mother, one of whose children was disabled. She was starving herself so she could feed her children. There were a few words from her non-handicapped son, who said it upset him that his mother was denying herself food, and he tried to persuade her to eat something. Sebet Chaudhary, the presenter of that part of the programme, then said that national statistics showed that 3 million children were going hungry in the holidays. When they go back to school, they are months behind their classmates. The programme then moved on to interview a man…

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Department of Work & Pensions – What they don’t tell you…

This is definitely information that needs to be spread as widely as possible!

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Tories reeling after SIX by-election losses as #CorbynSurge continues

Now this is the kind of news we need to see more of!
The more seats Labour win, the less power the Tories have – and it can’t be too quickly done, as far as I’m concerned!


Last night was dubbed ‘Super Thursday’ by some media outlets because it saw no fewer than fourteen council by-elections. It wasn’t ‘super’ for a Tory party now reeling from losses to Labour – and even two seats to the Greens.

The results broke down as follows:

teale.jpgThe ‘1 result to come’ was another Conservative loss. The Tories nosedived even in some of the constituencies they managed to hold – and in one lost seat their vote share fell by a massive 42 percentage points.

Tellingly, Labour also gained in Scotland while the SNP lost share – and seats:

fortissatcardonaldUnsurprisingly, the BBC made little or no mention of the results, as Twitter users pointed out:

Labour’s gains…

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