Bedroom Tax – tenants and LAs note well!

Has your council ever said to you we cant change the bedroom tax decision?  Many have and they are all wrong because your councils HB department IS the decision maker. Thankfully it appears the mes…

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Advice from a mighty misfit mama.

You've gotta have Gumption....

So this morning I had a parenting boomerang thrown at me. My 15 year old daughter did something I thought I had covered, that I had rammed into her from the point she initially joined the world of social media. It caught me off guard, and once again I was left floundering around, and panicking.

I’ll let you into a secret.

I have no ideawhat I am doing. Literally no idea.

I look at these four kids of mine, almost 17, 15, 10 and 4, and think to myself ‘who the hell put me in charge of this lot, who on earth thought I could do this!?’. Inside I often feel like a child myself; surely I’m not old enough or responsible enough to have a kid that can drive as of three weeks time?

The most important lesson I think any new parent can learn, is that everyone…

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There’s f**k all wrong with her

You've gotta have Gumption....

I’m sat here broken and sobbing.

I just had one of the most humiliating experiences a person can have, and the worst part?

It won’t be the last time.

It’s a sunny Tuesday afternoon. I’ve just had my hair done for the first time in a year; my boyfriend arrives tomorrow and we are off on holiday with the family at the weekend. I’m smiling, and excited as I park my van near my daughters school, ready to collect my children. In the playground Mums and Nans tell me how great it is to see me, and how good I’m looking after a week or so off the radar, poorly. It’s quite lovely, and their kindness and words mean the world to me, when I have been feeling so low.

I collect my youngest two, and meander back to the car, noticing a traffic cone on the pavement blocking my…

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DWP ‘puts child abuse trial at risk’ by insisting on PIP reassessment

Benefit tales

A traumatised child abuse victim has branded the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) “shameful” for trying to force him to attend a benefits reassessment, when he is waiting to give evidence at an institutional abuse trial.

David* has severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), caused by the horrific child abuse he suffered as a child, and which has led to several suicide attempts.

He is a key witness in a trial that he hopes will bring the perpetrators of that abuse to justice, but he says that the “abhorrent” actions of DWP and its contractor Atos are putting that at risk.

He has been told that he cannot discuss the abuse with anyone or allow DWP or Atos access to his medical records because the court proceedings are now live and the case is sub judice.

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Subjective Acceptance

Declaration Of Opinion

Of roads not taken
Of paths un-trod
Of life’s inertia
Fulfilled or not

Others pass by
In themselves absorbed
intransient myopia
Spun out of control

The pages fill
With tears that fall
The emptiness of a silence
That can capture us all

The wasted seconds
Seemingly timeless years
Looking into mirrors
Trying to embrace your fears……

Mark Catlin
March 2016.

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