Tag: UK Poverty

Happy New Year.

This year has certainly been a challenge for so many of us.

Food poverty has become the new norm as has fuel poverty and substandard housing. Living in poverty is kind of expected for the working class, especially by the government and suchlike.

The truth is that we shouldn’t be forced to live this way, constantly scratching around to try and make a meal out of the remnants of a food parcel. It’s not as if the government will do anything to rectify this after all the working class should know their place.

Despite this the past year has been also been a challenge for many other reasons. My son died very unexpectedly and suddenly this year leaving me to pick up the pieces whilst trying to support my daughters. Everything appeared to go wrong for me and personally I can’t wait until this year is over.

When I say that loosing my son broke me it’s an understatement. Some days I wanted to stay in bed and hide from the world.

I really don’t know how I’ve got through this but I did and I’m very grateful that I did. .

We’ve lost so many people due to Covid 19 and illness this past year. Whilst you won’t hear the government talking about this we must continue to remember them.

Financially we are all feeling the pinch in one way or another. I’ve found it a massive struggle getting from day to day whilst trying to make things appear normal for my youngest daughter that still lives at home. I know that you also feel the same way, it’s tiring, exhausting sometimes.

So many of us have become ill this past year, I’m still battling Long Covid and some days I’m exhausted, but carry on we must because we have no choice.

Whilst I haven’t got a magic wand to make everything better for you god knows I want one, what I can say is that we will continue to support each other in whatever way that we can do. I’ll be continuing to blog and campaigning

If you haven’t celebrated Christmas and have no plans to celebrate the start of a new year you’re not alone. I haven’t and I won’t either. Don’t let anyone pressurise you into doing something that you don’t want to do or aren’t comfortable doing. You do you it’s so important to do this.

I would like to thank everyone that has read, shared and supported my blog and campaign this past year. I really couldn’t do this without you, and I certainly wouldn’t have been able to cope with the death of my son without your support.

Talking about support DPAC (Disabled People Against The Cuts) is a fantastic support and campaigning network that’s well worth joining. I’ve been campaigning alongside them for many years now and I can attest to how amazing they are.

If you live in the Greater Manchester area you can join Manchester DPAC here https:\\manchesterdpac.com

If you are unemployed and would like to join a trade union head over to https:\\join.unitetheunion.org They also do amazing work and they offer legal advice etc. There is a small cost to join but if you can I can’t recommend it enough.

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I don’t receive any funding or payment for any of the work that I do. If you like my work and would like to donate to keep my blog and campaign going theres a donate button at the top and side of this blog post.

Thank you xx.

UNIVERSAL CREDIT SANCTIONS RISE ENORMOUSLY IN FOUR MONTHS

As many of you already know the DWP never miss an opportunity to sanction claimants, however it was much harder to do so whilst the country was in lockdown because of the pandemic.

The drop in Universal Credit sanctions was as a result of changes to the conditionality rules that were implemented in March 2020 because of the pandemic.

Normal service seems to have resumed sadly with the rate of Universal Credit sanctions rising 15 fold in four months according to Benefits And Work.

This all changed in April 2021 when face to face meetings returned thus causing sanctions levels to rise. This proves that the decision to sanction claimants lies firstly with Job Coaches and often is influenced by their opinion and not fact.

Theres no other reason for this when online claimant were seen to meet the expectations of their claimant commitments, yet now they apparently don’t.

Benefit sanctioning is an extremely cruel way of punishing someone for apparently not reaching the DWPs expectations. Taking away a persons financial means of survival is wrong on all levels, it’s hard enough trying to survive on the meagre amount of monies given in the first place.

I’ve blogged about benefit sanctions for many years now, and I’ve also had articles published in newspapers etc.

My opinion is this, and it will never change.

No one should be punished financially by sanctions. Sanctions do not and never have encouraged people to find work or look for work more diligently.

When a claimant is sanctioned they can only focus on keeping warm, being able to eat and how they’re going to pay their rent.

Being sanctioned and refusing to pay ESA and PIP claimants their rightful payments directly causes mental and physical distress, often leading to long term illness and depression.

Whilst quite rightly we are told to leave an abusive relationship for our own safety a person can’t leave the DWP and everything that comes with it. It’s obscene that people are treated in this manner, being guilty before being found innocent. It’s gaslighting at its worst.


Prior to the pandemic the highest sanctioning levels happened back in July 2019, when 22,566 claimants were hit with a reduction in their benefit.
I have no doubt that this figure will be surpassed if it hasn’t already.

We must continue to hold the government and the DWP responsible for their actions.

Many thanks once again to Benefits And Work for their hard work for researching and gathering the data. They work extremely hard to help others.

If you want to raise awareness about these issues and more there are several ways that you can do so.

You can share blogs such as mine and likewise online of your preferred social media platform. You can also email blogs and articles like mine to MPs and other important people and influencers.

Every share, tweet, conversation etc helps to raise awareness and this is extremely important to do.

If you live in the Greater Manchester area and you’d like to get involved please join https;\\manchesterdpac.com You will find likeminded people and will be given opportunities to join in any activities that they are doing.

Unite community is another trade union organisation that is well worth joining. There is a small payment to join but you can get help and advice from them also. You can join them over at http:\\join.unitetheunion.org

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Please read, share, tweet and email my blog posts. Like I said earlier every share helps enormously.

Huge thank you to everyone that has and does support my blog and campaign. Without you I really couldn’t do this.

How am I doing? Not good unfortunately a very good friend of mine died this week, and I’m struggling to cope with it because I’m still grieving for my son.

Financially I’m also struggling. I’m having to make the choice between heating and eating. I know that so many of you are struggling with this as well.

If anyone would like to donate to keep my blog and campaign going or to help me put some electric on the meter theres a PayPal donation link at the top, side and underneath this blog post.

I am trying to update my blog more than once a week as you might have noticed this week.

Funerals a cost too high for many.

Hi everyone as you may already know I recently had the terrible news that my son had died. It’s every parents nightmare because no parent expects to outlive their children.

My sons death was totally unexpected, he was a caring young man, loved by many. He didn’t take drugs or drank excessively either.

When I first heard the news as well as grieving, I was also extremely worried about how I could afford to pay for a decent funeral for him. I felt that this was important because he was only 26 years old and his sisters and family will be around for a long time to mourn his death.

Before my sons death I already knew that the funeral grant offered by the DWP wasn’t enough to give anyone a really decent funeral, it just pays for the very basics and anyway not everyone is entitled to it as I found out.

Call me old fashioned but I believe that everyone deserves a decent funeral. Funerals are expensive to start off with, and I can imagine how heartbreaking it must be to not be able to have a decent funeral for their loved ones.

It was pointed out to me that I could have had a direct cremation for my son because they cost less. Sadly because of my own beliefs I couldn’t do this for my son. Every deceased person deserves to have a proper funeral service if they wanted this. Personally I believe that it’s important for the deceased persons soul to have a proper funeral, to give them peace as well as the family closure.

The government however don’t regard this as being important. I’m positive that there are many deceased people left in storage and cremated because their families can’t afford a funeral. No one should be left like this. I’m surprised that the government haven’t reintroduced mass graves or likewise for the poor to be buried or cremated and their ashes scattered.

Yet still most politicians talk about this subject, whilst they’ll have no problem paying for a funeral the majority of us can’t and nor can we afford to pay for a prepaid funeral either. It’s a sad indictment of how little the Tory party regard life and death. They don’t care and neither will they ever care.

The welfare state was created to care for us from the cradle to the grave but the government has taken so much away from it that it hardly supports us anymore.

I could only afford a decent funeral for my son because of the kindness of friends and followers on here, Twitter and Facebook. I really can’t thank you enough and I couldn’t have done it without your support and kindness and both myself and my family can’t thank you enough for your kindness.

I will continue to speak out about this, because I do believe that its important and I make no apology for doing so.

Please read, share, tweet and email my blog.

If anyone would like to donate to either the upkeep of my blog or campaign there’s a donate button at the top and side of this blog post.

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