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Chiswick Day Cenre

Amid protestations from local people, Hounslow Council have closed this essential facility and private developers are now …

NHS goes private

The NHS is being farmed out to the highest bidder , we will end up like America where you can die on the floor of A&E unless …

Blue badge renewal

After looking through my blue badge renewal i decided not to bother ,the sheer amount of personal & private information put …

Brownbin Con

Bracknell Forest Council duped people into taking ownership of brown bins a number of years ago under the premise that it was …

The harsh reality of using public transport to get to jobcentre signon in a wheelchair

The woman in this video is Angela Smith, who lives in Wembley. Angela worked for about 20 years and was laid off from her most …

I need a hardship loan because my wages don’t cover my rent

Gio, 19. At the Kilburn jobcentre to get forms to apply for a hardship loan “My rent is £1250 a month. I’m working …

I’m 62 and they threaten me with sanctions

“I worked in the voluntary sector and was made redundant last August, because of cuts. “Some of us in our previous lives …

JSA: they threatened sanctions because they couldn’t read my handwriting

Testimony from Bruce (name changed), a support workers in his 40s. He was furious because he’d actually found himself a job …

They told me to borrow money from friends when they sanctioned me

Andy, in his 50s. Works as a painter and decorator. Has to sign on when work dries up: I was sanctioned. They stopped my money …

They sanctioned me. My MP had to sort it out.

Davy,  in his 30s and a commis chef: They sanctioned me. It was meant to be for a month, but it was only for two weeks, …

I’m 60 and I’m on JSA. It’s £142 a fortnight to live on.

I am Dan and I am 60. I am on JSA. What chance do I have. You have all these people, aged 22 and 23 and they can’t find a job. …

How many more deaths will be enough?

When I first started asking that,the response was “don’t be ridiculous”!yet each month as this vile piece of Political …

We’re young mothers and we can’t find secure housing for us and our kids

We live at the Focus E15 hostel for young mothers and babies in Newham. There are also young people there who don’t have …

#JSA sanctions and Tory Britain today – A mum speaks out

From Joe Halewood: http://speye.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/sanctions-and-tory-britain-today-a-mum-speaks-out/ My son was very …

Homeless, fighting drug addiction and for somewhere to live

My name is Dean and I live in Stroud. I have been a long-time heroin addict. I recently walked from Cheltenham to Stroud to …

Injured after years working in heavy industry and only get ESA for a year

I was a painter and worker in the shipbuilding industry in Liverpool for years. I’ve always worked on the industrial side, …

We lost our court case to save the Independent Living Fund

I need 24/7 care support and rely on the Independent Living Fund to pay for that care. The government decided to close the fund …

Bedroom tax - I have a disability and was moved from a one bedroom flat to a two bedroom flat

Was moved from a one bedroom flat to a new adapted two bedroom flat which I now have to pay bedroom tax on. The new flat was …

Margaret and Me: reflections from my Thatcher years

The Thatcher funeral pontificates in the background as I write. I feel a weary resignation to a day of eulogy, of history …

washed up at 43

At 43 I feel i am washed up. A few years ago I decided to leave a well paid job to pursue my lifelong dream of attending …

What the closure of the Independent Living Fund means: Natassia and Petrell’s Story

Natassia and Petrell’s Story Natassia is a 21year old young woman who lives at home with her parents in South Norwood, …

What the closure of the Independent Living Fund means: Anthony and David’s story

I am an advocate for my brother Anthony who has severe learning disabilities, autism and bi-polar. As a result of …

Why I need the Independent Living Fund

Kathy’s Story What would happen if I lost the Independent Living Fund : Without a Personal Assistant my quality of life would …

Independent Living Fund - Gabriel Pepper

In the countdown to the Independent Living Fund court case on 13 March, DPAC and Inclusion London are publishing stories from …

Independent Living Fund: John, Paul and Evonne’s story

Ahead of the court case - to save the Independent Living fund for people with severe disabiities - in London on March 13th …

What the closure of the Independent Living Fund means: Justine’s story

This is the second testimony from the series that DPAC is running from people who rely on the Independent Living Fund. The …

Over occupancy and HB cuts

I have lived in social housing for the past 12 years. I was offered a two bedroom house as a single person in the year 2000. It …

Contributory Employment Support Allowance cut after one year

I’m at a very low point. My Employment Support Allowance has now stopped. I was getting Contribution based ESA for longer than …

Ealing cuts to support services

Innisfree Housing Association are also facing cuts to our single homeless support service resulting in the loss of vital …

I was told that hard work and innovation was key. I don’t believe that any more

I’ve spent many years building up a career in arts, arts education and writing; having been taught that hard work and pursuing …

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