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From: United Kingdom
Joined: 08/06/2011
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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 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 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 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 4:13 AM

Gloomy dwelling has to be Bleak House.
I'm not very good at making up the cryptic clues for titles, so does someone else want to make one up?

Posted on 06/11/2011 4:09 AM

You could highlight the fact that the winter fuel allowance is only given to people of pension age and not disabled people.  Some seem to think that we are entitled to it too.

Posted on 06/11/2011 4:06 AM

Here's a link to HMRC and VAT on vehicles:

The car dealer should be able to give you the correct info too.  It means that if you wanted to buy a new car using finance from the dealer, then the VAT should be deducted before working out what the repayments would be.

Posted on 04/11/2011 8:43 PM

is it 'The Da Vinci Code'?

Posted on 04/11/2011 8:28 AM

I wouldn't be able to grip a steering ball.  I just need a steering wheel without all the bits on it you don't need!

Posted on 04/11/2011 8:18 AM

Try Fish Insurance.  They may be able to give you some advice.

Posted on 03/11/2011 1:36 PM

Thanks for all your replies.
I phoned Motability today to ask about their HP scheme.  I'm waiting for someone to call me back with the details.
I want to compare their HP offers to those of the manufacturer.

I went to 3 car dealers this morning and not one of them was aware of the recent changes.  The Peugeot guy was horrified when I told him that there were no more advanced payments of over £2000 allowed.  According to him, that wiped out half of his cars and he said he did well with the higher spec cars.

So I quite liked the Skoda Roomster and the Peugeot 3008SW.  The Fords were hopeless for me as the steering wheel has too much 'clutter' on it and I would find it difficult to steer.

I'm going to take a look at Citroen and see what I think of them.  Thanks for the reviews of the different models.

Mistynow, I was wondering about transferring equipment from car to car too.  I need to look into it further.


Posted on 02/11/2011 11:35 AM

A mouse has taken up residence in my aspidistra.  It's not the first time we have had rodents living in the houseplants.  This time, there is a burrow in the middle of the compost and a lot of compost has been flung around out of the pot!
Good job I don't too much.  He's company for the spiders anyway.

Posted on 02/11/2011 8:42 AM

I'm undecided whether to renew my Motability contract before January 1st.
I need a car that can fit a wheelchair (soon to have powerchair) and 2 largish dogs.  So I need quite a large car and it has to be an automatic.

I've never bought a new car before, as prior to Motability I had old bangers which were all I needed at the time, so I have no experience of buying a new car.

If I were to lease a car privately would I be able to put in a hoist?  If anyone has any advice or experience of buying/leasing new cars privately I would love to hear your experiences.



Posted on 28/10/2011 11:49 AM

So pleased to hear that all is well with mum and baby.
What a day you've had!  So sorry to hear that your cat has died.

Hopefully, you can now get some rest.

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