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From: United Kingdom
Joined: 08/06/2011
Member of: Ouch

Posted on 13/11/2011 2:43 PM


Posted on 13/11/2011 9:51 AM

smiley118smiley118smiley118  Yes, it is The Name of the Rose!
Your turn UUrban.

Posted on 13/11/2011 7:04 AM

Mill on the Floss?

If I'm right then:

What do you call that flower?

Posted on 12/11/2011 7:58 AM

Pompous git

Posted on 12/11/2011 5:48 AM


Posted on 10/11/2011 7:01 PM

nebula (a cloud of dust and gases in space)

Posted on 09/11/2011 1:27 PM

It's horrible to think that people can be so cruel to dogs, when all they want and need is affection and to be part of the pack.
Is there any particular reason why so many collies are being dumped at the moment?  

Does she have a name yet?  I hope she settles down soon and enjoys her new life with you.

I love the eccentricity of your dogs!  It sounds like your new addition will fit in well with your household


Posted on 09/11/2011 6:10 AM

Is this the sort of thing you are looking for?

It's £86 (not sure how much delivery charges are)

Posted on 09/11/2011 5:59 AM

I consider being able to prepare and serve a hot meal for yourself to be a very important part of daily living, just as important as being able to wash and dress.  So I was surprised that this has been downgraded to a moderate need which no longer qualifies for support.  May be healthy eating and good nutrition are not thought of as necessary for disabled people.  Perhaps we should ask someone to show us how eating only preprepared meals meets the governments recommended  requirements for a healthy diet, particularly for someone on a tight budget.  Actually, it's probably easier all round if we don't eat, and then we won't be a 'burden' on the tax payer for long.

Even the social worker said she wouldn't like to be in this position!

Posted on 09/11/2011 3:01 AM

Well done Hossy.  It's impossible to turn them away isn't it?  Are there any other health problems, or will she be OK with a good feed and plenty of TLC?
So, do you think she'll be a permanent addition to the family or will you be able to hand her on to someone else when you've found the right home?

Posted on 08/11/2011 4:38 PM


Posted on 08/11/2011 4:34 PM

Just  had a reply from my MP and he says, with respect to the 5 mile rule:
"I appreciate your anxiety over this and I have written to Mike Betts, the Chief Executive of Motability Operations, asking him to look into your case and consider the scope for making an exception for customers like yourself, who live in rural areas."

He says he will be in touch when he hears anything further.  I'm really pleased he has written to Motability.  I hope they get swamped with letters from MPs and they take notice of what is said.

Posted on 08/11/2011 4:26 PM

Hi Deb,
When the changes were announced last year, one of the local charities tried to seek a judicial review.  I'm not sure how it went.  There was a lot about it at the time in the local press.  I need to see what happened/is happening.  It feels like there are so many changes going on at the moment, and I feel quite battered by them all.


Posted on 08/11/2011 4:08 PM


Posted on 08/11/2011 11:47 AM

Direct Payments are paid to someone who wishes to arrange their own care, rather than use the services offered by the local authority, which tend to be inflexible and don't necessarily meet the needs.  This is arranged through Social Services, who conduct a care needs assessment, then allocate a set amount of money to you so that you can employ a PA.  Many local authorities have changed the criteria for the levels of care needs they will fund as part of the general cutbacks.  
In my case, the LA used to fund those people with moderate, substantial and critical needs.  They have decided that they can no longer afford to fund those with moderate needs, which means that those who need help with meal preparation, shopping, or accessing the community will no longer receive funding.  Instead they will offer advice on where to get help.  Or as suggested to me, that I use microwave meals rather than try to prepare meals!

I won't know for sure how much money I have been allocated for a few weeks, but I'm dreading it.

Posted on 08/11/2011 10:17 AM

I've just had my Social Services Reassessment for Direct Payments.  My Council has changed the support criteria and reassessing all current clients to see if they are still entitled to their Direct Payments.
From what was said, it looks like I'm going to lose some of my hours.  They are no longer providing support for meal preparation or assisting with shopping.  I'll know in a couple of weeks what the outcome is and I'm dreading it.

Has anyone else had their hours cut?  

Posted on 07/11/2011 9:28 AM

Here's a link to the HMRC VAT Relief's for disabled people:

It's quite complicated and not straightforward.

Posted on 07/11/2011 3:27 AM

New one:  The Italian Trader

Posted on 06/11/2011 10:16 AM



Posted on 06/11/2011 4:14 AM


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