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Bad long Covid week. An update.

Dear readers, its Thursday once again and I hope that you are as well as you can be.

I was struggling to decide upon what to write for this weeks blog. It’s hard to get it right sometimes and we have had such a big news week because of the pandemic and the events in America.

This week I thought that I’d tell you how I am this week, I haven’t done this for a while and I hope that you don’t mind.

As you know I’m now suffering from long covid, after becoming ill with covid 19 in April. Looking back at how ill I was I should have gone to the hospital, but I didn’t mainly because I didn’t want to burden my local hospital when it was already struggling.

Since then its been an uphill fight to recover, basically its varying types of shit days. Bad shit day, medium shit day and a good shitty day. I laugh about this because its exactly how it is.

Today is a bad shit day because I didn’t sleep well last night, I’m in pain like many of you probably are, and I’m worried that the brain fog is going to return again. I’m stressed, fed up, is it bedtime yet? I rushed out of bed because the electric had gone so now I’m going to have to try and stretch the emergency credit out.

Long Covid, like Covid is a very strange illness, you don’t know when its going to hit you and how hard. Personally it hit me the most in my right lung, the bottom of my left lung and a bit on the top. This means that my breathing isn’t brilliant but its better than many others so I shouldn’t complain.

As we entered into another lockdown, myself and many others were already self isolating. Physically it really takes it out of me when I go shopping and I haven’t stepped into a big shop since before Christmas. I wish that I could, it would be great to see people again but I can’t, I need to keep myself and my daughter safe. I really don’t want to catch it again.

The downside to having to stay safe is that most of my shopping has to be done online. This week I’ve not been able to do this because it was bill week, and every penny was gone as soon as it arrived.

Online shopping isn’t cheap though. At best you can buy some things for the same price, maybe a few quid cheaper or basically you have to pay more. I’m in agreement that we shouldn’t buy things from Amazon because of how they treat their employees, but its been one of the only places that I can do my shopping on. Needs must, and I cant afford to take the moral high ground with this. It is what it is.

The good news is that we now have two vaccines available and hopefully we will be able to have our vaccinations soon. It’s important to realise that you can still transmit and catch a milder form of covid when you’ve had the vaccination, so keep safe until you’ve had all the vaccinations and keep this in mind.

This week I’ve been ranting about the governments refusal to state that they’re going to extend the £20 uplift that Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit claimants now get. Boris Johnson said yesterday that he wants to get everyone working… Yes in the middle of a pandemic. People are dying, more and more people are catching covid 19 and many more are now suffering with long covid.

Johnson hasn’t got a clue what he’s doing though, he didn’t even know that people are working and claiming universal Credit. People are dying, we need to keep safe and all he whitters on about is that he wants us all in work…

I’m sure that returning to work isn’t the primary focus of someone recovering from Covid 19, recovering is and trying to survive on the pittance that we get are our main topics to focus on.

The government wont extend the uplift and include everyone that was excluded the first time unless we fight for it. They don’t want to give poor people any money at all, so be prepared to fight for this. If it doesn’t get extended its going to be disastrous for so many of us.

£20 isn’t a lot of money in the scheme of things, but it does make or break you though. It can pay for a weeks shopping or it can be used to buy gas and electric. It’s a no brainier isn’t it. Personally I’m all for increasing it so that we are able to eat better, heat our homes more and spend money in the local community.

I’ll end it there, this weeks blog has been a bit of a rant and I apologise. It’s how I’m feeling at the moment and I’m sure that it will get better.

Keep safe and I’m thinking of you all

1,041 new Covid-19 deaths. Will the government deliver the help needed?

Dear reader, I’m writing this blog upon hearing that another lockdown has been announced. My first thought was that it was about time that they did this. Deaths had been spiralling out of control because the government is failing to protect the public in any way.

When the lockdown was announced, they also announced that schools should remain open. Their attitude being a complete denial of the risk of catching covid for children, teaching staff, parents and vulnerable relatives.

Thankfully the NEU and Unison stepped in and took action straight away and took action to keep both teaching staff, families and children safe.

It’s a misconception that children don’t catch Covid 19, they do and many have become seriously ill and have died. Children also unintentionally spread the virus with their family members whilst at home. With approximately thirty children per classroom its impossible to avoid.

Thankfully the government were forced to do a u turn thanks to the hard work of the NEU and Unison. Children apart from vulnerable and parents who are key workers are now being home educated which is a massive relief.

Children of nursery school age are still being expected to attend schools and nurseries. They must keep the workers working, never mind anyone’s safety.. I’m hoping that the government does a u turn on this also.

I must add that this is their victory, along with ardent campaigners they pressured the government to do the right thing. Shamefully they had no help from the opposition although a few labour MPs did come out in support.

The government has also promised to give each child a laptop to work on whilst they’re home learning, and some mobile phone operators are offering data to do this.

I’m betting that they fail on these targets, and just about every target that they announce, going by their history they always do. It’s down to the individual schools to find the children in their schools that needs a laptop, then to get the laptops to each child in need.

Every day their announcing that they’ll reach their vaccination targets, but with no mention of help to transport people to the vaccination centres. They’re already delaying the gap between the two vaccine injections against scientists advice.

Will this be their biggest failure? Maybe. The public are expecting this to happen, and I expect that they’ll be a lot of pressure on them to deliver.

The government are refusing to help accommodate homeless people and their also refusing to restart the Everyone In scheme that helped to house rough sleepers during the first pandemic. It’s January, freezing cold and the government refuses to help the very people that are at most risk of becoming ill with covid 19 and even worse dying.

Once again kicking the most in need to the floor like yesterdays newspaper.

No promise has been made to extend the extra £20 to universal credit and working tax credit claimants either. Every time they’re asked they say that they’ll keep it ‘under review’ double speak for no… But if you continue to campaign for it you might get it.

It will be devastating if this support isn’t continued.

Zero promises and protections have been offered to those excluded from any financial help during the last lockdown, even though they’re in great need of this. Already suffering and many living in poverty, they urgently need help but will the government deliver?

I expect other announcements to be made in the coming days but I do know one thing… They’ll fail to reach their targets, for all of their grand speeches, they’re not the ones trying to make this happen.

They’ll continue to ignore the needs and wants of the most vulnerable in society. For all the bluffing that Johnson is making he really hasn’t got a clue what to do. Surrounded by Tory MPs, many of which will be working out how to profit even more from the pandemic. He’d rather be on holiday, happy in the knowledge that his government is and will continue to fail those that need help the most.

Shame on them.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

A huge thank you to my readers for supporting both my blog and campaign throughout last year. You all mean the word to me and I really mean that.

If I could change the world I would do, but I just do my bit from my kitchen table.

Health wise I’m not brilliant atm and I’m struggling. Long covid is bloody awful, and I relapsed again. I can tell you that covid 19 has changed my life forever.

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Lots of love to you all. Remember, you are important, you are loved and you are needed. My inboxes are open to anyone that wants to chat.

Happy new year…. Or is it?

Dear readers I write this blog on New Year’s Eve, a time when we are supposed to be celebrating and welcoming the new year with open arms whilst saying its going to be a good one and suchlike. This year its going to be completely different. The new strain of Covid 19 has ensured that many more people have caught it, and many are also dying.

I really wanted to write this blog today with cheer, hope and the optimism that things will be better, but I’m a realist and I can’t do that.

Myself like many of you reading this have lost friends because they caught Covid. Many more have lost much loved family members, people that they’d normally celebrate the new year with, and losses such as these are highlighted at this time of year.

Yesterday the government put most of the country in tier four, because we are now right back with the daily death rates being as high as they were at the beginning.

Personally I don’t think that this is enough. Why? Because the rules are so complicated and many people find it hard to follow them. And lets not forget that the government has still ordered that schools remain open, blatantly ignoring the advice from SAGE and the teaching unions.

Tier four doesn’t mean anything until the schools are shut. Ive said previously on my blog and in articles that I’ve had published. Its impossible to control the spread of covid whilst the schools remain open. It’s impossible to social distance properly in classrooms, you only need to ask a teacher or a child and they will say the same.

Boris Johnson claims that schools are safe, as usual he’s lying, he knows that he’s lying and teachers and parents are furious. The government has systematically refused to support parents and children correctly, and they’ve also failed the NHS. They’re evil and callous with no regard for a human life.

Yesterday I woke to the news that one of my friends is seriously ill and is in hospital with covid, and another is at home trying to cope with having Covid the best that they can. It’s bloody heartbreaking.

I do believe that a full lockdown is needed, including schools to prevent the rise of covid cases, and to give the government chance to vaccinate people. I also have my doubts about the governments handling of the vaccine. They’ve messed everything up so far and I’ll believe it when I see it.

This year has been an awful year for me personally, I certainly didn’t plan on catching covid 19, and I was careful. It’s changed my life so much and the recovery is long and slow. I have damage to my left lung, and I suspect part of my right lung also because of the pains that Ive been getting there. I’ll know more once Ive had my next ct scan in January.

It’s bloody tough, especially when you’re trying to be a parent as well. It certainly has been an eye opener for my daughter. For weeks she virtually became my nurse, helping me to do the most basic of things. When she wasn’t looking after me she was praying that I’d get better. I’d say that it was more scary for her than me.

Financially its been a bloody nightmare not only for me but for so many people. Thousands of people have lost their jobs as a direct result of the pandemic and the government has failed to compensate them at all. Meanwhile the DWP still expect claimants to do full job searches both online and in person.

I also have another worry. Will the DWP recognise long covid as an illness, preventing people to look for work? I doubt it. This week I asked them this and they didn’t answer.

Meanwhile we still have to continue the best that we can, in the hope that things do get better.

This new year my wishes for you are

That you all remain safe,

You cope with the pandemic in whatever way that you can do,

That our struggles become easier,

That you are all able to have enough food and warmth

And that you remain the fabulous people that you are.

Remember that you are loved, you are important and you are all worthy of a good life despite what the government tells us. My inbox remains open if you want to talk as does my Twitter and Facebook inboxes.

Lots of love and keep safe xxx.

A huge thank you to everyone that has supported my campaign and my blog this year. I really couldn’t do it without you. 

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Thank you xxx

Christmas and Covid. A deadly combination.

As Christmas approaches the worry and stress of the festive season arrives with it. Thousands of people have become unemployed as a result of the pandemic, many won’t be able to celebrate Christmas.

Christmas is meant to be a time of great joy, love and meeting family members that we might not have seen for long while. Sadly, for people shielding this isn’t going to be possible, and its not wise to do so.

The government and their lack of action towards the pandemic is all too evident. One day they’re telling people that they can see their families over the Christmas period, the next they’re saying keep this time limited. They’re still not committing to a direct order, a full lockdown even though 612 people died from Covid 19 yesterday.

If people take the governments advice and travel to see their families either it be locally or a journey away theres going to be a huge rise in Covid 19 related deaths and people ill with Covid 19.

612 deaths is nothing compared to what it could become if people unknowingly spread the virus to loved ones. Expect the death rate to become much higher. The sensible thing to do would be to stay at home, but not everyone can.

Please can the media start sharing the death rates again? Sadly so many people have normalised the covid deaths and we cant allow this normalisation to continue.

For people like myself that don’t mind staying at home and postponing Christmas it isn’t a big deal, but for others it isn’t. The series of lockdowns and self isolating can be horrific causing extreme mental distress and suffering.

The media are telling people, quite rightly that they should check on their neighbours but this isn’t always possible due to self isolating, disability and illness. Not everyone has access to the internet and not everyone wants it.

The lack of leadership and advice from the government has resulted in the deaths of thousands of people, not only from covid but also from problems surrounding covid. Does the government care about these deaths? Nope not one bit. They’re openly taunting us, insulting us with their lack of action.

I do believe that a full lockdown is needed, including all schools and educational facilities. But we also need people to be supported, listened to and their needs met. We desperately need to prevent the deaths that will undoubtably happen after Christmas when families return to their respective homes.

We also need to prevent people becoming infected with Covid 19, so many of them will suffer for many months from long covid and related illnesses caused by the virus.

Unemployment levels will continue to rise, homelessness will increase and more and more people will be plunged into poverty.

All of the above could have been prevented if the government had taken proper and responsible action when the pandemic first hit the England. It’s almost as if Johnson and co were sitting with their fingers in their ears shouting ‘I can’t hear you’.

I have no doubt that they saw the pandemic as an opportunity to kill people that they deemed not worthy, empty feeders, people they can’t profit from. It’s shameful and downright disgusting that they categorise people like this. Every life is important and no one should be made to suffer like this.

The pandemic could have been a time for the government to shine, show some positive leadership, but their arrogance and attitude towards the working class prevented that. Instead they leave a trail of death and destruction.

So what do we do now? We need to be sensible, not putting yourselves and others at risk. If we are all sensible then we might be able to enjoy next year properly.

Please spare a thought for everyone that are now finding themselves out of work as a direct result of the pandemic. Many of them will be experiencing the horrific Universal Credit system for the first time. Lets help them in any way that we can.

Please take care everyone and keep safe.

Apologies for the quality of this blog, I’ve had awful Covid 19 brain fog all week, and i woke with a headache this morning.

I shall be blogging next week as I find Christmas hard as well for so many reasons. I’m here if anyone needs to talk.

Universal Credit is Universal Cruelty.

Yesterday was Unite the unions national day of action against Universal Credit. It was good to see Unite The Union and Jonathon Reynolds supporting this important day of action. Thank you to everyone that took part.

Their main focus this year was to keep the £20 universal credit top up permanently because theres no sign of the pandemic ending and this money is really helping people to survive.

Please note that I’m not forgetting everyone on legacy benefits. They still need the extra £20 top up. They’re struggling and it’s important to support them also.

Myself and other campaigners such as DPAC have been campaigning against universal credit since its conception. We read the paperwork, watched the debates in parliament and we knew how terrible it would be for anyone forced to claim it.

Back when when Jeremy Corbyn became the leader of the Labour Party. Both he and John McDonnell actually listened to our worries and concerns. We were invited to parliament to discuss it. We were being listened to at last and we had some hope that things could change.

There wasn’t an echo chamber but I did feel supported to some extent. At last our voices were being heard. I hoped that this would bring about the changes that were and are needed. Still I remained sceptical, but when something is so bad, so damaging to the poorest and most vulnerable in our country you tend to hold onto every bit of hope for change. We felt supported to a degree.

That’s not to say that I wasn’t putting all of my eggs in one basket so to speak. I knew that if, and it was a narrow if Jeremy Corbyn would have been elected as prime minister there would have been some changes made to the way that universal credit is paid and how it discriminates against people.

I still doubted that Universal Credit would be stopped, however I did believe that she very important changes could have been made to change it so it wouldn’t remain the cruel system that it is now.

I was also aware that it would be a very tough battle to get him elected. There was and is opposition towards him from both sides of the political arena including the Labour Party. When he lost the election I wasn’t surprised. There’s no way that they’d have allowed someone like Jeremy to be elected.

I’m not foolish enough to think that Corbyn was the messiah and that he would sort out all the problems with our social security system. I saw it as a good step in the right direction, to start changing things for the better. I respect him for that and for all of the hard work that he has done and continues to do on behalf of us.

To say that I was deflated was an understatement. All of our hard work looked as if it would be ignored. Thankfully Debbie Abrahams and Jonathon Reynolds are continuing the campaign.

I am a tad annoyed that there wasn’t any show of solidarity from Sir Kier Starmer. It would have been nice to have a show of solidarity, no matter how shallow but there was nothing.

To explain why I’m so frustrated at this I’ll explain further.

I and others have been campaigning against universal credit since its conception. I’ve stood outside Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre for years, in the rain, snow, when ill, helping people to navigate this evil system. We offered and still offer help, advice, solidarity, food and compassion. All of this is missing from the DWPs remit.

Universal Credit is immensely complicated, it discriminates against everyone claiming it. It pushes people further into poverty and absolute poverty. The very fact that you have to wait at least five weeks for your first payment says it all.

The five week wait ensures that everyone will have rent arrears, and they won’t be able to buy food. Oh! But they can get a loan they say… Yes you can, but you then have to chose wether the money goes to pay the rent or does it buy you some food…. If you’re hungry then you’re going to choose the latter.

Universal credit ensures that any person claiming it remains in debt. The loans from the DWP have to be paid back and I’ve never spoken to anyone that actually manages to receive their full payments. Lets also not forget about other none DWP related debts that are garnished from a persons monthly payment.

If that isn’t bad enough, this system punishes you even further. DWP advisors give claimants unachievable goals… You must continue to look for work… It doesn’t matter if theres a pandemic and you have to self isolate… Claimants have to do as their told or else.

It’s no coincidence that the levels of homelessness have shot up as a result of rent arrears. For any caring person it makes no sense to force someone into debt. Having a home, shelter and food are basic requirements. It’s a sad indictment of the governments cruelty that they don’t consider this as a necessity.

There is so much more that I can tell you about how awful universal credit is, but you get the gist. It’s horrific, people have died and will die as a result of being sanctioned and of failing so called DWP medical assessments and the thought of attending one of their assessments. It’s heartbreaking.

Universal Credit was designed to punish the working class because they’re poor, because they need some help, have hit hard times, are disabled or ill. After all theres nothing that the Tory Party hates more than the working class.

What the Tory party wont tell you is that they see us all as a commodity, to be used to make money for themselves and their friends. If you’re ill or disabled then they value you as worthless, so they neglect you to the point of destitution. It’s so bloody awful.

I am hoping that the Labour Party will carry on with the good work that had previously been done by ourselves, John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn. I know that Jonathon Reynolds is trying to push this as is Debbie Abrahams.

There shouldn’t be a wall of silence from the leader of the opposition regarding universal credit and the suffering of the working class. It might not be trendy but its damn well important. Here’s hoping that he will in the future.

To everyone that is trying to survive whilst claiming universal credit.. You aren’t worthless, you aren’t stupid, you aren’t lazy or work-shy and you aren’t a commodity to be used whenever the DWP and the Tory party feels like it.

You are the bravest people that I know, you’re braver and smarter than any Tory MP is. In my eyes each and every one of you are heroes and I will never stop campaigning on your behalf.

Please know this.. There are lots of campaigners out there like myself that do care. We will speak up on your behalf and we will continue the fight for a fairer system, one that cares for each and every one of you. You all deserve this.

I hope that you are all as ok as you can be. I know that many of us are dreading Christmas for many reasons. Please know that I’ll be thinking of you. If you need to talk you know where I am.

Please read, share, tweet and email my blog. It’s vital that we continue to get the truth out there.

A huge thank you to everyone that reads my blog, shares it and supports my blog and campaign. It really does mean the world to me.

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696 people dead. Silence from politicians. Remember the dead fight for the living.

Yesterday 626 people died from Covid 19 but you wouldn’t know about this if you’re not on Twitter. Channel four news did mention it but it wasn’t their top story.

There’s been zero publicity surrounding this and zero communication from politicians about this except for Nicola Sturgeon. At least she cares.

I’m not saying that left wing politicians don’t care, I’m sure that they do but why have they remained silent on this? Don’t the families and friends of those that died deserve some support? They must feel extremely neglected at the moment and its shameful that they’re feeling like this.

Don’t their deaths mean anything? I’m certain that deaths from Covid 19 are being normalised in society. There’s also a whole lot of people that still believe that its all a conspiracy. How callous is this? I’m sorry but it disgusts me.

Every person that died yesterday was someone’s child, sister, brother, parent, aunt, uncle, carer, grandparent and friend. Every one of them were loved by someone. They’ll be missed but sadly do officials care enough to mention this?

I’m furious, they deserve much more than this. They deserve to be remembered.

All of this could have been prevented but it wasn’t. We have a prime minister that is failing the public each and every day. He doesn’t care who dies, nor do his friends either.

You see, I’ve said before that we are all surplus to requirements. If they cant profit from us then they’ll neglect us as they please.

Johnson should have been dealt with the pandemic properly in the beginning. Common sense dictates this but Johnson couldn’t care less. He disappeared for a while, and not one of his Tory MPs questioned this.

Lets talk about the latest news about the new tier system.

It’s complicated, unclear and to be honest lots of people wont even realise that the government have changed the rules again.

It’s ridiculous, people are ignoring the restrictions because they know that they can do. Therefore people are continuing to spread it wherever they go.

The government tells the public that we are in phase 1, 2 or 3 lockdown but they continue to keep the schools open. Thus proving that they don’t give a stuff about our children, teaching staff, school staff and vulnerable family members.

Surely the government must realise that closing schools, especially secondary schools is the right thing to do. Despite the scientific evidence, complaints from the teaching unions and parents they’re still keeping the schools open.

The government will never admit that they’re wrong and they don’t care how many people die as a result of their negligence.

The government is also ignoring the mental strain thats being put on teaching and support staff every day. Not only are they scared of becoming ill themselves, but they’re also worrying about their pupils and their families.

Can you imagine how heartbreaking it would be to learn that you’ve infected a loved one and they become ill or worse. They shouldn’t be put under this stress.

What we need to happen is a full national lockdown. Not a half hearted one because these so called lockdowns aren’t working. The very evidence that 696 people died from Covid 19 yesterday proves this.

We need a full national lockdown thats the same in every town, city and in rural places.

We need all shops except the essential ones to shut, so many shops are still open that say they’re essential but in reality they aren’t. You only have to head over to YouTube and see the Home Bargains and B&M shopping hauls that prove this.

We need each and every person to be properly compensated whilst they can’t work.

We need bailiff visits and evictions to be stopped again

More importantly we need all schools and educational establishments to close. There’s certainly not enough social distancing and the so called ‘Bubble” system is a joke. People are dying remember that.

Whilst it’s definitely not our children’s fault that they’re spreading it, it is the government’s fault for putting them in this position.

The loosening of the restrictions at Christmas time is ridiculous. So many people will become ill or worse as a result of the governments negligence. I suppose they’ve done this because they want to appear popular but they wont be when the death toll is high.

I want all politicians to at least acknowledge the people that have died and I want The Labour Party to challenge the Tories about their shocking management of the pandemic. Before you say it I realise that most Tory MPs won’t but I can ask anyway.

Unemployment is set to hit 2.6 million by mid 2021 and still the government wants to take the extra £20 a week away. It might not seem like a lot to some people but its a lifeline for so many.

So many people have been pushed into poverty through no fault of their own yet their being treated terribly by the government. Don’t even get me started on the DWP and their required job searches whilst we are in the middle of a pandemic.

It shouldn’t be me saying this though, its our politicians job to do this.

Here’s hoping that they will soon.

As for me, I’m still battling this latest infection although I’m not as breathless as I was. The stress of Christmas is already affecting me. I cant afford to buy my daughter anything for Christmas, I only just managed her birthday.

Thousands of people will be feeling the same. If I could cancel Christmas I would.

Please read, share, tweet and email my blog. We need to get the truth out there.

Thank you to everyone that supports my campaign and blog. It really does mean the world to me. Thank you so much.

Poverty is unrelieved violence that only serves the powerful.

I believe that our very being is political. Before and when we are born we are thrust into the world of politics without our knowledge.

Our future is dependent upon the opportunities that are given to you from this moment onwards. We are political pawns and are so from the cradle to the grave.

We are now living in the middle of a pandemic whilst at the same time more and more people are being thrust into destitution, homelessness and much worse. Little or no support is being given to those that need it and sadly I don’t see it improving any time soon.

You’d think that any responsible government would want to help the very people that are suffering but they don’t. You see they view us as a commodity, a bargaining chip that they can cash in to make money from whenever they want to.

This Tory government has no respect for our life’s, our feelings, our suffering. The only respect they have is for the gods of money and capitalism. There’s always a profit to be made from another persons suffering and poverty.

This is exactly why the DWP have been able to treat people appallingly for years. They constantly gaslight vulnerable people and use the threat of their payments being stopped as leverage to blackmail claimants into doing anything that they say to survive.

I’ve been writing about DWP injustices for years now, and every time that I do it angers me. They force claimants to ‘volunteer aka workfare’ for nothing because it ‘might’ result in employment. It rarely does though because the companies involved would rather have free workers than paid.

Then we also have the never ending mandated work searches, looking for jobs that don’t exist. It’s mind numbing and designed to make us comply.

We have disabled people actively persecuted and harassed for being disabled. Constant ‘medical’ assessments to prove that they’re still ill or disabled. This circle of cruelty never ends.

Can you imagine how cruel and humiliating it is to be constantly told by DWP workers that aren’t medically trained that you aren’t ill, you aren’t disabled despite consultants and doctors diagnosing your conditions?

Recently I leant from Benefits And Work that there have been some terrible breaches of confidence, disgusting questioning whilst having to undergoing PIP telephone assessments.

These are some of the complaints;

Trainees listening into the call and sniggering, being asked to make noises like they make when in pain, being asked ‘How often do you change your underwear”. Meanwhile some assessors have been relentless, making the claimant cry and refusing to acknowledge their distress.

This would never happen to anyone thats financially secure and without money worries would it. It just wouldn’t because they’d be challenged straight away. Meanwhile poor people have to accept that they’re going to be subjected to this treatment as a daily part of their life.

I read a comment on Twitter that asked ‘What’s the one thing that would eliminate poverty’. There were many suggestions such as having money, yes that would help. Having a home.. Yes that would help if you’ve got the money to be able to keep a home going. One person hit the nail on the head and suggested education.

Whilst money is a must have and an immediate answer to many of our problems, the answer does lie with education. The more that a person is educated, the more likely a person is to be able to question things, to have a better job, a nice place to live.

The government doesn’t like this idea though. They don’t want working class children to have a good education, this would create adults that wouldn’t put up with their bullshit.

Whilst the pandemic continues its very much a question of us and them. Whilst we are struggling to survive because of lost employment, the lack of sufficient social security, the much better off are actually being being able to ‘enjoy’ the lockdowns to some extent. They can start new hobbies, whilst we are left to spend our time worrying about how we are going to feed ourselves and their children if they have them.

Meanwhile the government handles the pandemic in the worst way possible and offers extremely unclear guidelines to the public. How are people meant to abide by the rules when they’re not clear?

Then we have the question of money.

The government is still refusing to extend the extra £20 a week pandemic payments for universal credit claimants beyond April,. They’re also still refusing to help disabled people in the same way and are often heard saying ‘well there isn’t enough money to do that”

I and others question this especially when the government announced yesterday that they’re wanting to spend £24.1 billion over the next four years on defence. There’s always a magic money tree available for this isn’t there.

Unbelievably the opposition appear to be in agreement with this money being spent. What about the people that are ill or dying from Covid 19? What about people living in abject poverty? Wouldn’t the money be better spent on them and on our NHS?

There’s absolutely no doubt that the poorest will be made to pay the most for the austerity crisis. Austerity economics has failed. It has harmed millions of people that haven’t received the support that they needed. Instead it plunged millions into poverty and absolute poverty.

Austerity has killed over 120, 000 people but Sunak and the Tory party don’t care about this. It’s all about keeping their friends happy, keeping the wealth to themselves whilst watching the working class suffer.

Sod the working class… They don’t matter…

Now tell me that you aren’t political… That politics don’t matter to you…

Like my friend Keith says that whilst we’ve got this evil government in power ordinary people will always pay.

We are robbed from the womb to the grave by over privileged thugs. Poverty is unrelieved violence that only serves the powerful.

Remember this.

Many thanks to my good friend Keith Ordinary guy for inspiring me to write this.

Yesterday’s blog was below par, most likely because I’d spent the day chasing down my meds whilst feeling rotten. I promise to do better in the future.

A massive thank you to everyone that reads and supports my blog and campaign. You really do mean the word to me.

I don’t receive any payment for anything that I do and whilst Ive been ill my finances have taken a massive blow.

For anyone that would like to donate there’s a donate button at the top and side of this blog. Thank you!!

Lockdown number two and more DWP cruelty.

Dear readers its Thursday again. Time passes so quickly, in a blink it appears to be another day. I remember being a kid and wanting desperately to be an adult. How stupid was I.

I’m much the same as last week, but I managed to get my meds so hopefully I’ll be feeling a lot better soon. I know that I keep saying this and I do think that I’m being a bit over optimistic when I say this. As long as my daughter is at school the more viruses she will bring home.

Today didn’t start well. Almost as soon as my daughter arrived at school her school bag broke. Wonderful, I can’t budget for things like this and some would say that we shouldn’t be wasting our money on ‘frivolous’ things like this.

The fact is that essentials aren’t exclusively food. Essentials also mean gas, electric, clothing for children and ourselves. Now that charity shops have shut down once again because of the second lockdown the option to buy clothes and such essentials at a cheaper price has been taken away.

Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree with the second lockdown, only it isn’t a lockdown is it. Schools are still open and debt collectors are still knocking on doors demanding money often with menaces.

Schools especially secondary schools aren’t providing adequate social distancing for both pupils, teachers and all school staff. There isn’t the room to do this and you wouldn’t believe how many people really think that these measures are in place.

To be honest how are they supposed to know the truth if they don’t have a child at school or have friends with children at school. The mainstream media have made it sound like it’s totally safe for our children to attend school.

It isn’t safe though and the government knows this. They don’t mind our children being used to continue with their herd immunity plans. They know exactly what they’re doing. They know that our children will pass covid onto family members but don’t expect them to care either.

The Tories have always seen the working class as an expendable commodity and I know that I keep saying this. They’ll use us until we die and even then they’ll try to chase up any so called deaths from grieving relatives.

It doesn’t end there though. They’ve fine tuned the DWP to harass both disabled and able bodied people so much that thousands have died as a result.

The DWP also has no soul, they don’t care about a persons circumstances either.

From this Monday anyone who doesn’t attend or participates in a telephone assessment for ESA or Universal Credit will have a very high risk of having their payments either reduced or cut off altogether.

What if a person is unable to talk on a telephone? The DWP don’t care. They tend to ignore a persons disability and circumstances and there’s lots of reasons what someone can’t use a telephone.

The burden will now be on disabled people to prove that they have a good reason for missing a telephone appointment. If the DWP doesn’t accept their proof then they risk having their social security payments being stopped.

This will affect thousands of disabled people including many people with mental health problems. But don’t expect the DWP to care about this either.

If anyone is affected by this please contact Debbie Abrahams either on Twitter using #DWPcutmysupport or email her at debbieabrahams.org.uk

Thank you to Debbie for continuing to push DWP related issues on behalf of us. She makes such a big difference.

As for the second lockdown.. It isn’t really a lockdown when schools are open and I urge everyone that has Facebook to join the BRUTUS page for details of campaigning for the closure of schools.

Although we do need this lockdown its important to check on each other to make sure that people are coping. Myself and others have been isolating since March but just because we’ve managed to do it doesn’t mean that everyone can cope.

Be kind, check on people, a smile can make such a big difference to someone’s day.

There’s also no need whatsoever to bulk buy toilet rolls etc. It’s complete madness.

People with disabilities need to be able to buy toilet rolls and I wish that people would stop being so bloody selfish.

Like thousands of others I wish that I could make my daughters life much better and everything that I do I do for her, for her generation so they won’t have to go through what we are going through now.

I also wish that I could do more to help more people. Having Covid 19 has really set me back. I survived it, I’m luckier than most people but the legacy of it lives on. To be honest I’m really fed up of it now.

I need to get well again but that’s a never ending battle whilst my daughter continues to go to school.

Over in America, Trumps having a strop because he can’t have everything his way and he could well loose the election.

Why is this important? Because it will affect our country in quite a few ways, trade wise and for other reasons. It will also help to stop the division and hatred that he’s stirred both in America and in the world in general.

I really hope that he looses and he can slither back to whence he came.

I’ll leave it here for now, but please note that I’m here for you and if you want to chat please contact me via messages on here or on my Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Lots of love to you all, you all mean the world to me.

Please read, share, tweet and email my blog. We really need to continue to get the truth out there.

A huge thank you to everyone that has and does support my campaign and blog.

For anyone that would like to donate the donate button is at the top and side of this blog. My paypal ad is seercharlotte@gmail.com

Thank you so much.

Do we need another lockdown?

Dear readers I hope that you are all as ok as you can be and are keeping safe. Keeping safe is a struggle for so many of us at the moment and Covid 19 isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

As you all know I caught Covid 19 back in March and I’m still not fully recovered. Yes I’m one of the thousands of long covid sufferers that struggle to get by from day to day because we aren’t well enough to do much.

Here’s an example. My daughter had to return to school and she brought home a new lodger to our house. This lodger was another virus that completely flattened me. I felt dreadful, had to spend the week in bed. I’m now struggling to get my sats above 96.

So on top of the long covid, my already weakened immune system was attacked by another unwelcome visitor. Normally my immune system would have got rid of it and I certainly wouldn’t have been as ill as I was.

This is what many people don’t understand. I’ve found that so many people still think that you get better after a week or so and thats it. It’s gone only its not.

The minority of people get away with no side effects whatsoever whilst so many peoples suffering lasts for much longer.

I’m not saying that everyone gets as ill as I have been or worse, but so many people do. It’s completely devastating both personally and as a community. If only Johnson had taken the actions to protect us instead of secretly continuing with his herd immunity plans.

I’m now living in a tier three area, which to be honest wont do much to prevent the spread of this awful virus. Children still have to go to school, and others still have to attend colleges and universities.

I truly believe that schools need to close for a while, have a complete deep clean and work out how to educate our children in other ways, albeit be collecting homework from school because not everyone has access to the internet at home and online work for those that do have access.

I realise that schools aren’t just about learning, they’re about connecting with friends and having that bit of independence away from home but it just isn’t working.

Every week children at my daughters school are testing positive for covid 19 and their bubble are being sent home from school. What these bubbles don’t take into account are siblings in different classes that can still spread the virus around the school and neighbours or family members of the positive person still attending school therefore resulting in more contamination.

Basically it’s impossible to control in situations like these. We are in unprecedented times, the schools are doing their best but the government isn’t.

I’m fully in support of an at least two week lockdown. Some people are hell bent on ignoring the rules because they either believe that this virus is fake news, or that they’re immune to it because they haven’t caught it yet.

This morning I was reading the covid related comments on local newspaper Facebook posts. The reality of this situation is out there in black and white for everyone to see.

So many people just don’t believe that it exists and the hatred towards covid sufferers like myself is unprecedented. No one appears to be monitoring these comments ether so they continue to spread their vile opinions out there.

Meanwhile the government are now starting to talk about another lockdown. Instead of just talking about it they need to do it, but they need to adequately support struggling families, small businesses and self employed and employed people.

Adequate support wasn’t given last time and it needs to be so much better than their ‘efforts’ during the last lockdown.

I’m not blaming the schools though, I’m blaming the government. They were warned about this virus, how dangerous it is and given advice on how to deal with it, and how to look after the public.

Johnson didn’t and doesn’t care though. He gave crucial contracts for PPE etc to his friends and they’ve become richer as a result at the cost of other peoples suffering.

This needs to be stopped, he needs to be stopped. He just doesn’t care if we live or die.

Johnson and many in his government come from such privileged backgrounds that they genuinely believe that working class people are feckless, time wasters, and not worthy of anything. They genuinely believe that we all waste our money on alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. They also believe that we shouldn’t have any decent quality of life and we deserve every bit of misfortune thats thrown at us.

Their attitude is very Victorian but Victorian with steroids. They believe in the deserving and undeserving poor, and I’m positive that they’d send us all to do some hard labour etc as punishment.

God help you if you’re disabled then they believe that you’re not entitled to anything including life.

Disabled people have been hit harder than any other group of people by the benefit reforms etc etc. Now the government wants to take away any freedom that they have.

The pandemic is extremely hard for them and they’ve been virtually ignored by so many. It shouldn’t be like this but it is for thousands of people.

How am I coping? To be honest its bloody hard. I cant get out much because I’m not well enough yet and I’m awaiting my hospital appointments in November that are now being conducted on the telephone. At least I wont have to find the transport money for them.

Even though I’m struggling I am so grateful for my friends and readers. You all know who you are and I care about you all so much.

I’m scared of having to go to the hospital again, not only because I find it hard to accept my health decline but financially its a problem. But I totally understand that this isn’t the worst problem to have.

Please can I ask everyone to share my blog posts? The truth really needs to get out there.

For anyone that would like to donate there’s a donate button at the top and side of this blog. Every penny helps me to continue with my work, to help others and to try and put things right.

I’m trying my best to get better and to get back to normal. I’m still helping people from my home and are also helping people online and on the telephone also.

Thank you so much to everyone that supports my campaign and blog. It really does mean the world to me. I just wish that I could do more.

Lets talk about food poverty.

Dear readers its Thursday again, alas the days appear to be merging into one for me as I’m sure that they are for many of you.

Today finds me exhausted, Long Covid does this to you so I’m trying to pace myself, giving myself little goals to achieve in between rest times. Some days you feel like you’ve got more energy than the others and its hard not to overdo it.

I’ve taken advice from friends and I am trying to cope with it the best that I can.
Lets talk about food poverty.

Lets be straight, food poverty has always existed, its not a new thing and its always been terrible. It was unacceptable then and it is now. We’re the 5th richest economy and people are hungry.

Call me old fashioned, but I’m of the belief that no one should be hungry, no child should be hungry and no one should be malnourished. It’s a subject that many won’t talk about and those of us that do are sometimes ridiculed.

Since the Tory government were elected the first time back in 2010, they made it their priority to make the poor and disabled suffer. Their benefit reforms and the introduction of Universal Credit has plunged thousands of people into poverty and extreme poverty.

Basically they set off to destroy the working class, and I’m sure that you all know this.
People have been hungry for a long time.

Then Covid 19 hit us, thousands of people have died, thousands have lost their jobs, lost their homes and the government doesn’t care. Hell, the government didn’t even want to take action to prevent people from catching Covid 19 and their inaction has caused the deaths of thousands more.
Hunger and Covid 19.

As I type this we now have a country with more people living in food poverty than we have ever had in the uk in modern times.

It is predicted that UK destitution rates will double by christmas as Covid 19 job furlough schemes and income support schemes are wound down. You can imagine how angry I was to hear Johnson talk about wanting people to celebrate Christmas when thousands upon thousands of people won’t be able to do so.

It’s also predicted by the Trussell Trust that at least 670,000 people will become destitute in the last three months of the year. Basically if the government withdraws their Covid 19 support schemes these people will be unable to meet basic food, shelter and clothing needs.

If you add these figures on top of the already enormous poverty figures its totally obscene that the government can just sit back and do nothing whilst rubbing our noses in their push for Christmas.

Lets get it straight, thousands of people wont be able to celebrate christmas unless the government takes us out of the poverty that we are living.
Food poverty isn’t going to go away.

We’ve got hungry people stealing to feed themselves only to be prosecuted for doing so. Many were fined or sent to prison for being hungry…. Much like Victorian times. Lets punish the poor and ignore their desperation to find food because they’re hungry.

It should be a crime to cause the hunger and poverty of others.

Parents are going without food to enable their children to eat. They then end up being malnourished and ill.

It’s ok for people to say that these people should ‘just go to a foodbank’. Many foodbanks have now returned back to the three parcels a year system, kudos to those foodbanks that aren’t doing that.

Not everyone is aware of all of who and where their local foodbanks are. When you haven’t got access to the internet, have no credit for their phones and aren’t able to go out because their either shielding or recovering from Covid 19.

Foodbank food isn’t always the healthiest also. They’re filled with emergency items of food that require little preparation.

Fuel and food poverty is an awful reality for so many people.

This leaves the independent foodbanks within local communities to pick up the pieces, to try and find the people that are going without and to give them the help that they are needing.

Because they have more independence and don’t just open once or twice a week they can offer fruit and veg. They try their best to individually cater for everyone.

You cant imagine how wonderful it is to eat a piece of fruit or vegetable after a long time of not doing so. It’s heavenly.

It’s far from easy though. Independent foodbanks aren’t funded by anyone. They often don’t have a permanent place to operate from and are shunned by other organisations because they won’t buy into the same schemes like the larger food bank organisations do. They want to remain independent to give them the freedom to help exactly who they want to without judgement.

Believe me, there’s nothing as humiliating as asking for food from someone else. No one should not be judged for this.

The safety net has been taken away.

So what’s the solution?

There isn’t a fix all solution sadly, but I cant just sit back and see so many people suffering like this. It’s totally unprecedented and could all be prevented if the government actually cared.

When a person is hungry it affects their body as a whole, its an awful feeling and sadly its one that I’m familiar with, and that makes fighting back harder.
What can we do?

For those that can please email and visit your local MPs and communicate your worries about this.

If you can and have access to the internet, share posts and blogs like mine, share newspaper articles and if you are able start having these conversations with people.

If you aren’t shielding or recovering from Covid 19, talk to your neighbours if you can, make sure that they’re ok in a way that you know best to do.
What about foodbanks and food donations?

We need to put more pressure upon the supermarkets to freely donate their food to foodbanks instead of asking people to buy it and then donate.

Supermarkets are seeing this as an opportunity to profit from this and it needs to end.

Foodbanks depend upon these donations and if no one has any money then no one can donate.

The supermarkets can easily afford to donate this food themselves and I believe that they should.
Donate to your local independent foodbank.

They receive no help financially from anyone. Often local authorities shun them because they want to remain in independent.

They should be helped not shunned because they provide valuable help on a voluntary basis. They’ve saved life’s.

If you cant find or donate to your local independent foodbank then you can give food directly to someone thats suffering.

You can find a full list of independent food banks over at foodaidnetwork.org.uk or follow @IFAN_UK over on Twitter.
Put pressure on the government and MPs.

Universal credit, ESA, Pip are incredibly hard to survive on. People are still being sanctioned and payments barely cover the basic expenses of staying alive. They plunge people even deeper into poverty, hunger and homelessness.

We need to continue to campaign against this and fight for a fair and decent social security system that helps everyone.

The government will refuse to do this, I’m well aware of that but we can still continue to put pressure on them for higher payments and stop the government withdrawing the extra £20 a week that they’re paying to claimants.
We need to support each other.

Being a friendly face and saying hello to a stranger can really make a big difference to someone else’s day.

Don’t underestimate how wonderful you are.
Support independent blogs and newspapers.

Bloggers like myself don’t receive any payment from anyone, we remain independent and we also like to help others via our writing and campaigns.

It’s a huge struggle for us, and we often go without but we won’t stop what we are doing.

Keep sharing our posts, tweets and Facebook posts.

I hope to publish more than one blog post a week.
Support independent press and newspapers.

There are some really good left wing independent news organisations out there such as the Byline Times and The Meator over at bylinetimes.com and http://www.themeteor.org

Both are independent and unbiased.

Of course I won’t ever recommend any right wing publications.

Support campaign groups and individuals.

Support campaign groups such as DPAC and Black Triangle and my own.

We work so hard to help others and we can and have made a difference to people’s life’s.

Read my friend Raymond Woolfords book Food Bank Britain and his campaign.

It’s an excellent insight into how food banks operate etc.

Please follow him over on Twitter at @Raywoolford

Read kittyjones.wordpress.com
Thank you.

Thank you so much for reading my blog. I appreciate that its not perfect and this blog is a tad long, but I’m still battling long covid and its been a struggle to say the least.

A huge thank you to everyone that supports my blog and campaign, Ive got no intention to stop anytime soon!

A huge thank you to everyone that has helped me to get through my Covid 19 battle. I can’t wait to be well again!

I’m not funded by anyone for the work that I do. If anyone would like to donate there is a donate button at the top and side of this blog. My paypal add is seercharlotte@gmail.com

Thank you!

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/sep/14/coronavirus-extreme-poverty-in-uk-will-double-by-christmas-trust-predicts

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/sep/21/uk-poorest-nutrition-guidelines-obesity