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I was helping the NHS to improve - and then the reforms were announced

I’m 62, with an MSc in Quality Management - I retired early on an NHS pension and was working in interim Service Improvement …

I’m a double graduate, dual qualified professional – and also a lone parent. I can’t get a job

After 20 years as a Graduate Nurse, working as a Clinical Nursing Specialist I was replaced with ‘someone who doesn’t have …

Now, in my 60s, I lie awake at night worrying about how I am going to pay the bills

I am a freelancer and home-based craftsperson. My income from the first has shrunk considerably as firms take more freelance …

Now that I cannot work I feel totally let down by the system

Well now that my ESA claim is reenstated for two yrs - original decision overturned - the DLA have used the same Atos …

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 …

My specialist chair allows me to work, yet funding has been cut

I have a condition that requires me to have suitable support when sitting for long periods at work. My job is a desk job and I …

Nephew’s Career Down The Toilet Thanks To College Cuts

My nephew successfully passed his NVQ level 2 in electronics in the summer with a distinction and was encouraged to go onto …

Hospital morale is really low

This month many of the staff have been given a prospectus of jobs at the new hospital that replaces the infirmary, outpatients …

Kic FM youth radio is such a worthwhile scheme. It really saddens me others won’t benefit

I first became involved with Kic Fm about five years ago whilst I was still at school, volunteering along with a few of my …

How will my colleague work once her daughters’ after-school club has closed?

My colleague employed full time is a single parent with two daughters reliant on her local after school club for childcare …

Inspirational Liverpool arts collective face closure

Urban Strawberry Lunch is a collective of artists based at the burned out church (St Lukes, Leece Street) in Liverpool’s city …

What budget cuts mean for asylum seekers

The purpose of this film is to raise awareness about the plight of asylum seekers in Britain. What people need to know is that …

Popular youth centre in most deprived part of Gloucestershire closed

This well run Local Authority youth centre had regular attendance of around 250 young people per week, giving them somewhere …

I had faith in lifelong learning - sadly no longer

Since i retired from teaching, i am now on a small teachers pension, i thought i would resume educational courses in my …

Ysgol y Bont school was great for my son

My son attended this school some years ago now. They did and do very fine work. It is appalling that they are having to face …

Asylum seekers forced into destitution

Our government is attempting to deter refugees from applying for asylum in Britain by ruthlessly forcing more than a quarter of …

I’m the only administrator in my NHS dept - and have been made redundant

Just been made redundant from my NHS post in a major London teaching hospital.  The NHS Trust I work for has to make £70 …

Can’t move house

I work for a further education training centre in Sheffield, which is under threat of closure.  I had planned to move into a …

My disability freedom pass has helped me in so many ways. Please don’t cut it.

i was awarded this freedom pass two years ago when i was suffering from a mental illness. since obtaining the freedom pass it …

What the DLA mobility cut will mean for my son

My son is profoundly disabled and lives in a fantastic nursing home, but without his Disability Living Allowance mobility …

My Work Capability Assessment left me feeling upset, depressed and angry

I recently attended a Work Capability Assessment (WCA) in Nottingham. I have suffered from periods of chronic depression ever …

Will Helens & Whiston Hospitals go private?

Thanks to the ConDems, we could lose the only 2 hospitals in the area to ‘private sector involvement’ The rumours began back …

I’m an early victim of the decision to restrict hip replacements

I’m an early victim of the decision to restrict hip replacements to save money (see …

SPAN gave me a purpose and made me want to live

I feel that what is happening regarding the cuts in services in the third sector economy is only going to overstretch the …

My condition has worsened but yet again I’m forced to appeal

The capability for work assesment is a joke. I was awarded 15 points at a tribunal last august since which my condition has …

Everywhere I have worked as a student mental health nurse has been short-staffed

I’m due to qualify as a mental health nurse. I have spent three years training in the tamworth, lichfield and burton area. …

What will fees and cuts do for the future of architecture?

Of all trades, construction must be one that rides the ups and downs of the economy most. Construction is a huge field from …

Arts Council cuts have closed Greenroom, Manchester

Kino Shorts screened my short film at Greenroom and it was a wonderful audience. Friends in the North West independent film …

My daughter’s special needs youth club will close

Got the call today to say my daughter’s special needs youth club has lost its funding and will close after easter. it sounds …

I have chronic depression, two young children, and now my home is at risk

Last autumn I had my Incapacity Benefit stopped after a Work Capability Assessment. I suffer from chronic depression and …

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