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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 …

I have to cut my food budget to pay council tax

My name is Claire and I am on employment and support allowance. I live in Leeds. I have a teenage daughter who is living at …

They’re reviewing day centres.

We are providing day care to people with wide range of disabilities concentrating on people’s cultural and religious needs.  …

Austerity things must change

We all know someone who lost there job and had to go on benefits, we all know someone with a disability and need benefits. Most …

This Country Needs You

I’m pointing the finger at you, your country needs you now. How long will you be under the foot of the ruthless leaders of this …

WAR HAS BEEN DECLARED

The government as declared war on every person in the low to middle classes, even though I hate the class system it serves well …

Is Knowsley Council Waving Goodbye to its responsibility for educationon the quiet?

In 2007, under Labour’s Building Schools for the Future programme, Knowsley council announced that its existing schools would …

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 …

Housing benefit cut for single people

The truth about housing benefit cuts to single people aged under 35. I work full time in a primary school. I rent a 4x5m tiny …

My nett income as a pensioner has drastically declined

My wife aged 68 but still having to work, and myself now aged 77 and living on state and teacher pensions have seen our …

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 …

Council Tax Payment / College Cuts

I’m a single Mother, 54, my son is 11, Im on Job Seekers Allowance, Housing and Council Tax benefits. Ive been looking 3 years …

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 …

Childrens homes shutting and privertised out profit before care organizations

staff team had to reapply for their own jobs and certain people having got their own job back were then told there jobs were …

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 …

When is a spare room not a spare room?

The bedroom tax uses Alice in Wonderland notions of under-occupation!  I live in a two-bedroom property, my son stays with me …

They have taken more than my money they have taken my freedom

I was diagnosed with fibromyaligia 5 years ago, I lost everything my job, my home, my life. After spending 4 years in and out …

I’m not affected but loathe that so many are

I’m lucky. I am comfortably off, have a lovely house, happy family, a successful business and austerity has left me personally …

Poor Student

Now that the A&E is closed, there is no way I can get to the other hospital without spending too much on a taxi, walking an …

Bedroom tax

  I am ssso worried about this bedroom tax.I will have to payy £20 a fortnight out of my benefits .I am not coping well as it …

The End Of Retirement As We Know It?

As a teacher, I once joked with a colleague that there would be no such thing as retirement if I ever get to that age (I said …

Bournemouth Council to increase social care charges

Plans to increase how much people pay per week for council funded adult social care have been approved at a Cabinet Meeting of …

Can not get a Statement for my son

My son has severe ADHD, Dyspraxia, OCS and other mixed neurological problems and has been on a personal education plan since he …

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