Bureaucracy

Council Tax - Disabled Band Reduction Scheme

The hateful Bedroom Tax, which is forcing many disabled people who rent their homes from local authorities to pay more rent because they need extra space due to their disability, has been in the news a lot over… read more

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Passing the Baton

Organising my support over the last few weeks has sometimes felt like choreographing a never-ending relay race.

I’ve had to make sure there’s always someone to take over from the last person who’s been with me. It’s been complicated at… read more

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What happens if you swear in Barnsley?

Simple. You risk getting an on the spot fine of £80.

During June, Barnsley police are having a crackdown on swearing in public. I’m one of the 10% of people with Tourettes who swear involuntarily, so… read more

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Reply

I’ve had a reply to my letter of complaint to Transport for London (TfL) and I’m not sure how I feel about what they say.

While the letter was generally apologetic, I felt it made excuses for… read more

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RSVP, Please

I’ve still not had a response to my letter to Transport for London. It’s been over two weeks since I wrote to complain about how I was treated by a member of the Underground staff at Old… read more

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Distracting the Kids with Biscuits

I’ve been working late this evening so I’ve only just got back to the lair, and I’m feeling angry and depressed. It isn’t anything tic-related this time. It’s about a consultation meeting organised by the Council about read more

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Getting a Response

In January I wrote to Maria Miller, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for disabled people regarding the proposed changes to Disability Living Allowance (DLA). The only response I got… read more

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Reversing Forward

Earlier today I had my first session of Habit Reversal Therapy (HRT). I’ve been looking forward to doing this after years of battling for it. For HRT to work I need to keep my mind open and be… read more

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O2 Line 3

Tonight I went to see Shakira at the O2 Arena with Laura, Emma and her sister Lucy. The venue has a policy of removing the tops from all bottles inside the venue. They do this to make… read more

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Back On The Bus?

This afternoon the cab company who take me to and from work called to say they were going to suspend my account from Friday. This is because of the complex way Access to Work pay for my travel, and the… read more

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