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Today did not involve going anywhere. Or doing any college work.
But I did do all the laundry and dishwasher and bath jobs, so that's progress.
Haven't hung up the laundry to dry yet, need to do that before I sleep.

I keep reading the news. I think this is a mistake in terms of mood and ability to come out from under blanket, but it's important things to know, and people are not being fully informed by useful channels like letters that tell you things directly. Also the government are flat out lying about things, which they aren't allowed to do and they get told off by lots of places like their offices that are meant to keep track of how they use numbers but they just ignore that and lie some more. I don't mean small differences in interpretation, I mean flat out saying the opposite of the truth.
It's quite difficult to know what to do about a government that does that.
Some people are taking them to court about some things, but so many things keep being changed so quickly.
Including legal aid for taking them to court about things.

There's stuff about this 'spare bedroom tax'. I keep reading up on it even though I only have one bedroom. This is because they keep changing the rules. They keep making rules about how old you have to be and still share accommodation or they won't pay for you to have your own flat. I am over 35 now so I don't have to keep up with that until they move the line again, but there's a rule. I couldn't share a flat, I'd never sleep, I've tried it with hotel sharing and even with nice people I share interests with I can't sleep because there's people around and it sucks. Actually come to think I can't sleep when my mum is around when we go places. But when mum is there I wake up and she's staring at me and saying how I haven't changed since I was a new baby and she stared at me then, and really mum? This is not helping my insomnia. Or paranoia. Yeesh.

BUT. The point is: The government keep changing the rules to say people have to share a flat. Because housing may be necessary but housing of your own is a luxury? I don't know.

The thing with 'spare' bedrooms is the same thing: the rule is not what you think it is. They don't mean 'spare' just as in a room that is empty and has no person in it. They don't even mean 'bedroom' in the sense of a room you could reasonably put a person in. There's a lack of definition of 'bedroom' and it can mean rooms you couldn't fit a full size bed in, let alone a double. But the big problem with 'spare' is that for the purposes of counting to see if you have a 'spare' room, all children must share a room. All. Gender matters after the age of 10, but up until then mixed genders is a okay. After that only matching genders have to share a room. But if your kids have one room each, then one of those rooms is 'spare'.

Even if one kid is likely to be awake all night for reasons of disability.
Or one of your kids is at risk because of the other of your kids.
Or one kid used to be at risk and can't sleep if there's not a nice door between them and other humans because experience says other humans do bad things when you sleep.

The rules basically do not give a toss.

So there's a court case being done:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/05/bedroom-tax-judge-ministers-review
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/05/benefits-welfare

But I'm not very hopeful because the triumph of common sense or basic necessity has not been a feature of this government thus far.

And because today stupid boss politics man said lies and said it doesn't apply to disabled children anyway.

How do you get in fights with people who go lalala your facts are not my facts I'm the boss and my facts win lalalala?

The biggest bit of utter stupidity about this policy is: There aren't any places to downsize into. Already there are not enough one bedroom places. So this 'spare bedroom tax' thing where they take away housing benefit so they can't pay for their 'spare' rooms? It can't make them move into smaller numbers of rooms. They don't exist. Instead it will leave people lacking necessary, and with no options.
Again.


Government says there's two millions people need a place to live and one millions spare rooms. Government says take in a lodger and you no more have a spare room.
You can't legally do that! Nowhere council flat or housing association lets you has lodgers. Nowhere I ever know of anyway.

Also? They want people to put both their children in one room and invite a stranger to live in the other one? That's their solution to the housing crisis?

I have long time waited to try moving to more suitable housing, but by housing standards there's nothing wrong with my place, even with the crime and the fires and the police saying maybe I could move more nice place. I have a roof, I should be yaay. Apparently. But this long time waiting trying to move, it has shown me there's no bloody place to move to. I couldn't move somewhere smaller if I wanted to, the queue is giant already. Already before these rules changing, already before they started calling it a housing crisis, there were so many more people than places there was nowhere to go.

So how is this supposed to help?

No help. Is no helpful. Is anti helpful and will make many much miserable and make no economic sense.

Unless people start disappearing and then cost nothing. That's the only way any this bullshit make economic sense, if they expect it to make less people. Is scary.





Stack all the things:
ESA changes, time limited ESA, no more money for ill people if they ill more than a years, oops, what they do now? People vanishing from benefits system is what they do now. No jobs because ills. Where go those people? Nobody know, they no get money any more, the numbers don't give a toss after that.
DLA change to PIP expected get rid of 20% of people and move all the lines around so not so many people get high rate. No more high rate mobility, no more able to leave the house, no more paying for wheelchairs let alone mobility adapted cars. Where those people go? Do government give a toss? No, they don't, or they wouldn't be doing this. They make up numbers there too, they say higher proportion of people will get higher rate. Yes, is true, because they get rid of numbers of people and get rid of low rate completely. Do just that and what's left is the more disabled people get higher rates. But not so many of them. And with new and stupid rules.
Independent Living Fund gone away. No more that funding. No more help for basic needs like clean self. Have to rely on council. Only got ILF funding if council already no enough help. No good.
Council tax changes. They push many more things onto council, then tell them go get more money from more people? I not follow, too difficult, but many changes, many more people paying.
Soon, Universal Credit. Make everyone apply online, despite lack of access and closing libraries and getting rid of trained library staff and just every which way making it damn near impossible get all the people online do their forms. money forms btw, who does money forms on library computers, who uses library for banking? Desperate people government is making dance, soon, is who. so then, apply online, make all the money go through banks, send it once a month only, to one head of household only. Money get drunk? Who could see that coming! All the money go that way too, housing benefit too, so stupid drunk man make the house go away. Way benefits are now is because everyone can see this is a problem if they do it this new way. Money go many pockets, that way works. New way not works. Why do it that way? Arses say so.
Legal aid changes. No more have help fill forms, no more have help do appeals, no more have help benefits. Because all these changes, they couldn't possible lead to an increase in need for legal aid to deal with them.

all many more changes all stacking up. I no follow NHS changes, I no follow social care changes, I no follow many things. This government is making too many changes all at once and even devoting time to following the news every day I can't bloody keep up. They all stack up and they'll all hit together and they'll all hit the same people together.

They'll hit the young people, women, single mothers, and disabled people. Especially disabled people. Every which way all these changes they hit disabled people.

Money for disabled people is supposed to be already just only what is necessary. To meet needs. Only that.

What happens when you take away basic needs from disabled people?

Government seems to think, makes less disabled people.
There's only one way that can be true.
And it's stupid and scary.





And it feels utterly futile to write about it, or even to try and keep up with it. Nobody listening, nobody having different plan. Different facts, yes, different plan, no. All agreeing. With these very bad stupid no good ugly plans.

I give up.




But then I get the feeling it'll all sneak up on me if I give up. Changes won't give up on me just cause I give up on changes. And then I start reading up on things again.

*head blanket*


Very stupid no good ideas.
Needs to start with need, needs to admit wasn't broken system in the first place, just lots of disabled people.

Doesn't seem like there's anything useful to do though anywhere.

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