Tag Archives: Disability Living Allowance

One degree of separation – there is no “them” and “us”

103,545 people on Facebook like “I hate benefit scrounging work shy bastards.” What separates them from benefit claimants? One event beyond their control. One departmental downsizing One ruptured blood vessel One car accident that you couldn’t prevent One expected baby … Continue reading

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Intimate details: claiming Disability Living Allowance

In my professional life, I have filled in countless benefit claim forms for clients. I have helped people obtain Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans, simply by arguing their case on paper or over … Continue reading

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Are sick people allowed to party?

London, April 2011. It is unseasonably warm. It is early on in my sick leave, and I am becoming more and more depressed. I am sleeping for longer every day, and spend much of my time staring out of the … Continue reading

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