Still cold but a heatwave apparently is on the way. A few days at 1C. Then after that it’s either wet and windy or a plunge back into the freezing stuff again. Think I will take the freezing stuff. We get far too much of the wet, gnarly stuff and that’s just in summer.

I’ve just finished the morning exercise. Been trying to drag out the workout for as long as possible. It’s so much better than what is to follow…..

I’m trying to work through a 56 page application form. Having to reapply for a small benefit which we get. Only small but it currently makes such a difference. Especially at a time when work is so thin on the ground. Likely to be thin on the ground for some time. Had hoped it would start to pick up in March but that is looking over optimistic. Maybe the Summer. But on the bright side I still do have a job, many have lost theirs. Work is at such a premium.

It’s ironic to look back before the pandemic. I was trying to find a new job that would better suit the homeschooling role which might be needed down the line. I was looking at so many options. Well that homeschooling gig crashed into effect and not in the way that I had envisaged. Due to the pandemic suddenly all the alternative work options have disappeared. It’s now about hoping that I can keep my current job that at least partly fits the homeschooling role. The current full time homeschooling role which may become permanent.

So at present this benefit form needs completing and it’s taking seemingly for ever. Question after question. Trying to find evidence to justify the answers. The problem is that the government has tightened up the eligibility criteria. It’s requiring more evidence. Adding more steps and hurdles. Up to date clinical opinion is required. How does that fit with waiting more than two years to see a paediatrician. Unable to access services due to cut backs. A pandemic. It doesn’t….

So just got to wade through the form. Submit it and see if the benefit continues in March. Fingers crossed.

52 thoughts on “Fingers crossed

  1. Iโ€™ll keep my fingers crossed for you too. Hope you get the benefit. And that the weather is cold but not wet. Though saying that, itโ€™s turned nasty here and our weather is often a prediction of yours!

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  2. I feel for you Gary, remembering the hoops Hubby had to go through for his disability, then because he could touch his finger to his thumb and touch his toes from a sitting position, they reduced it by 60%. But at least that 40% is the mobility side, so he keeps his Blue Badge…….. for now, as even that has had criteria change.
    Hope everything goes well and you keep it. In these times, we all need every possible penny to keep afloat.

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  3. Keeping my fingers crossed for you. My sister helped someone who used to work for her fill in the form for universal credit. My sister said it was a complete nightmare and totally confusing.

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  4. What a daunting task to have to complete a 56 page application form with supporting documents! Sending you lots of perseverance. The way your landscape has changed with the season is quite remarkable. Just as bleak as life under a pandemic.

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  5. ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž
    I remember trying to get my disability benefits. I applied and was denied 3 times. I had to hire an attorney and have a hearing before a judge. Pain in the posterior! ๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿ’Œ

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  6. I find many aspects of the pandemic remind me to be careful what I wish for!

    Just to be annoying… W/Th of this week are expected to be between 77 and 80ยฐF (25-26.6C). To balance things out, there’s no rain in the forecast for as far as they can forecast.

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