Round and Round We Go…
This is not the accessible rooms post I promised, I’m working on it but somehow when I sat down to write it, this happened instead. Thank you for all the comments on my last post, it’s comforting and encouraging to know that I’m not the only experiencing what I’m going through.
The main reason I’m writing this is because I’m stuck in a loop, a loop that I can’t get out of and I wondered if any of you readers out there have successfully navigated the system enough to give me advice? I have been on the phone all morning to DWP enquiring about Severe Disability Premium benefit. I was advised by the support service I contacted to help me find work that I should have this. I’d never heard of it, have you?
Apparently if you have certain needs and are receiving certain benefits you are entitled to this benefit also. After speaking to the DWP though I was told that I’m not entitled because I have savings over £6,000 and I live with my parent’s who aren’t on any benefits.
All this is ok as far as it goes but I was also advised by my support service that because of my needs, working full time would probably impact negatively on my benefits and I could be expected to pay for the entirety of my care package, the care package that still hasn’t been agreed on and no progress seems to have happened since December!
Please don’t get the wrong idea I want to pay for myself, I don’t want to be a burden on society. My plan was and still is to work but how can I when society seems designed to have me sitting at home, wilting from bordom? I know people with care needs do work and have care packages that give them choice and freedom. What I can’t work out is how? I’m on a roundabout that has been going around and around the same issues continuously for five years and I’m just not getting anywhere! The person I spoke to at DWP also pointed out that now I’m volunteering for two hours a week I have to fill in a form whenever I start any work paid or unpaid.
I’m helping to create an access map of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham so that access to the many museum’s and heritage sites of this area of more accessible for disabled people. Currently it’s just information on the access that’s already available but the hope is that the museums will get involved in improving there access so that more people can access these interesting places.
I appreciate any thoughts/comments that you have. My post on accessible rooms will hopefully be up next week.
Should I continue writing about my life or just stick to my ideas and reviews? Let me know here.