Monthly Archives: August 2017

Type 1 diabetic left without food and income. New people requesting food parcels. The struggle continues.

Once again, this wonderful lady, Charlotte, has been doing everything she can to help those who have to visit the Jobcenter in Ashton Under Lyne, but now she, and her trusty band of Demonstrators, are having to help even more people, as the jobcenter at Stalybridge, around 2 miles away from the Ashton jobcenter, has been closed, and all those forced to sign on, must now try and either find the money to travel to the Ashton center or, if they don’t have the money, walk there – and considering so many people who should have been having disability benefits, have been refused them, and are then forced to sign on instead, there’s every likelihood that there will be a few who will be having sanctions very soon, because of this situation!

I hope Charlotte and her team can keep on going, especially as they have now reached their fourth year of demonstrating outside the Ashton jobcenter – and if anyone can either help financially, so that more leaflets to help the unemployed and ill, to claim what they should rightly have, can be printed, or maybe can help with more food parcels, which are gone the minute they arrive or, if not that, then maybe with standing together with Charlotte and her team, I’m sure they will have a very warm welcome 🙂

The poor side of life

My daughter and I arrived at our weekly demo a few minutes early, it’s always good to get everything set up first so that we aren’t too rushed. Unfortunately my plan was thwarted, because I was busy from the minute that I arrived. It’s like this most weeks sadly.

I’m sure that some people might think that we really aren’t that busy and it’s quiteeasy going. They have the misconception that we just stand around protesting and handing a few leaflets out. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Anyone thathas attended our weekly demos can attest that we are busy, that we don’t just stand there and we doa lot of work on foot. This is also hampered by the fact that we are outside, in a public space which iswhere we are supposed to be, but it isn’t easy to give advice on a busy street and at…

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There’s nothing on my Crochet page . . .

 . . . because it’s been almost eight months since I last held a crochet hook – and it was only a few days ago that I picked one up again.

It was then, that I realised just how badly I’d been depressed since I’d had to fill in the forms that would begin the changeover of my DLA to PIP, which came on 24th December, 2016 (and wan’t finished with, until April, 2017) – right at the same time that my Mum was rushed into hospital, seriously ill (she died on 1st January, 2017).

I realised, after I decided to finish some of the projects that I’d abandoned at the time this all happened and, as I slowly began to make a start on them all, that the actual act of crocheting was, in some way, and despite the pain it caused me, making my depression lift a bit and so, although it’s going to take me some time to finish all I need to, as my hands have got a lot worse since I stopped crocheting, it will at least bring me back onto my journey to a better mental health 🙂

So it might take me a while to get back into the swing of things again but, as I told my sister Lynn, yesterday: ‘At least I’ve got my Crojo back again!’ 🙂


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Reader tells terrible tragedy and horrific extent of child sexual abuse

Having left the Jehovah’s Witnesses, after discovering that this is also a world-wide problem within their society, it doesn’t surprise me to learn that so very many people were abused as children.
The fact that we are all now starting to discuss the problem, and with any kind of solution we can to hand, is a small ray of hope for me, as it shows the subject isn’t the taboo it was when I was a child.
Whatever the views of the person who wrote the original account, it must be a given that they have been very brave to admit to what so many people refuse to see – that our children need to know that they can rely on us to protect them from this awful thing happening to them and, if possible, bring whoever hurts a child to justice – and quickly.
We have got to stop this rot in British society, before it destroys yet another generation of children!


human cost.pngThe SKWAWKBOX has covered the shocking news that a serving Chief Constable has been accused of – and interviewed under caution about – alleged involvement in the sexual abuse of children (CSA).

The government’s inquiry into such abuse has involved such control of the members of its panel that it has raised serious concerns that it is more aimed at obscuring the truth rather than exposing it. The backlash that has already begun by trolls and stalkers connected to the Establishment have intensified those concerns.

This blog’s reports on those issues have prompted some readers to get in touch with information about their own situations and/or experiences. Some may become the subject of legal action and cannot be shared in any detail.

However, one account sent in is unlikely ever to come before judge and jury – but will give readers a clearer appreciation of both the human cost of…

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Vox Political: Tories Lying About Full Employment

None of this surprises me in the least, as I’ve watched so many of my daughter’s generation being either pushed into self-employment, whether there’s enough work for them to live by it, or not (good old working tax credit – a nenefit by any other name!)or told to take on part-time work, with these being the only option other than claiming dole!
So many people I know are on zero-hour contracts, when they have any work at all, so I don’t know who the tories are trying to kid, ‘cos it isn’t the working class, who are having to deal with the effects of this non-wage-non-work merry-go-round!

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Mike yesterday put up a very necessary piece critically examining the Tories’ claims that Britain now has ‘full employment’, meaning that the unemployment rate is 4.5 per cent, and three million more people are in work since this time last year. Mike states very clearly that if you’re confused by your inability to get a decent job or a proper, living wage, despite this news, you’re quite right. It’s because the figures are a lie.

He cites the figures included in two critical reports of the Tory claims, one by The Canary and the other by the UK Business Insider. The Canary states that in order to reach this figure of 3 million more in work, the Tories have had to include 10,000 unpaid family workers and 35,000 on temporary training contracts.

As for wages, these have fallen by 0.5 per cent year on year, so that you’re actually £6…

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Today’s demo. Frustration, food parcels and anger. 

If it wasn’t for the kindness of people like this wonderful lady and her group of friends who, week after week, come rain or shine, stand outside the ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre, handing out lots of advice, and food parcels, there would be so many more people in desperate need!
Her words are so true – if nothing is done soon about the situation we are all in; if this government don’t stop this false ‘austerity’ drive they love so much, then there are going to be even more terrible cicumstances happening around the UK 😦

We need a Labour Government to take control, give back the power taken from the people, to the people – and maybe get some of the money back they have managed to take from us all which is, no doubt, salted away in tax havens abroad! 😦

The poor side of life

I was a bit anxious about the demo this morning for two reasons. The first being the weather, it looked like the heavens were about to open and Odin was about to pour all his wrath upon us. Secondly, it’s the school holidays and I have to bring my daughter with me. She’s normally very good, but is an active, intelligent girl that can easily become fed up.

My fears were unfounded though, because the sun shone, it was warm and my daughter was kept busy thanks to my friend Karl and my friend Lel. My friends are wonderful thank you.

As I arrived so did the food parcels. it wasn’t a long wait, and Roy dropped them off. He’s amazing. He used to work for Citizens Advice amongst other organisations and is now retired, although I don’t think that he has much spare time!

I had noticed a lady…

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EXCLUSIVE #Disability Discrimination means Son is removed from Home?

This post, by Jayne Linney, should be shared far and wide, so that society can see that the bad old days are truly back with us again, where officials can make up whatever they please, in order to get the result they want!

It sickens me that, once again, the authorities are interfering in the lives of the disabled and, to take away this disabled lady’s son, while using such a spurious result as the test they put her through, and without allowing her to have any representative present when it happened, makes me feel as if we are going back to a time where the disabled had no say at all in what was done to them.

I hope and pray that this lady finds an advocate, to help her fight this, so that her son is reunited with her as soon as possible!


The following true tale is the introduction into what will be a series of posts regarding a seeming miscarriage of justice and potential disability discrimination; names have been changed to protect the identities of these involved. The purpose of this post is to help the family concerned achieve real justice; please share as widely as possible.

Alison is a single parent of14 year old Adam, both live with various diagnosed and pending diagnosis health disorders including Fibromyalgia and Elhers Danos; Alison is also Autistic and symptoms suggest Adam is as well.

Due to Adams health, he found it difficult to cope with school from the beginning and despite special educational needs intervention, including one to one lessons he struggled experiencing bullying which resulted in him developing depression. These experiences became worse during Adams transition from junior to senior school, so much so that in 2015, Alison began to home educate…

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