Archive | January, 2014

Boudicca Stretton Brown: The Mother Who Placed Gumtree Ad Offering Free Meals To Families On Benefits

31 Jan

may god the creator bless you, the other day i gave all my change in my pockets too a tramp, he was startving, he kissed my hand and blessed me,

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A mother in Wales has posted an advert on Gumtree offering free home cooked meals every Monday to families living on benefits.

 

Boudicca Stretton-Brown, 27, wrote that she wanted “to offer a little help to those who may need it”, and said she was shocked to see people from all over the country sharing the ad on Twitter.

Cooking at her home in Splott, Cardiff, the mother of three told Wales Online: “Lots of people wrote to say that they saw my advert and felt inspired to donate to charity.

“I’ve had a few really nice emails from people saying want to help out with the cooking, including one from a chef! It has been really heart-warming. I’ve been feeling very fuzzy the past few days.”

The offer was promoted online by Gumtree itself, whose official Twitter feed said last week it was “a heart-warming ad for a Friday…

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Should ATOS Be Calling You For An Assessment?

31 Jan

i,m pesioner and they stopped my pension for 3 weeks, my mp d,twigg got it reinstated, but for 3 weeks before xmas i had 16 pence in my bank account, no apology from this government, the next day , cam moron said on tv, pensions are safe with us?lol

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Just spotted at ATOS Miracles. Please share widely.

Re: Medical conditions, home visit or assessment centre…This is from the Atos-DWP contract:

Unsuitable for calling to a Medical Examination Centre.
Age >75 years
Age <12 years

Both Blind and Deaf
Registered Blind (needs to be seen in own environment)
Cases accepted under the Special Rules defining Terminal illness.
Alzheimers
Amputation of both legs
Asperger’s
Autistic Spectrum Disorder / Autism
Cerebral Palsy
Dementia
Hemiplegia
Huntingdon’s Chorea
Korsakoffs Psychosis
Macmillan Nurse attending.
Motor Neurone Disease
On oxygen
Paraplegia
Quadraplegia
Renal Dialysis
Severe Mental Impairment
Severe Learning Difficulty
Spastic Diplegia
Tetraplegia
Total Parenteral Nutrition
Unstable Angina
Wernicke’s Encephalopathy

2. Reference to Medical Advisor required for advice.

AIDS
Astrocytoma
Bone Marrow Transplant
Brittle Bone Disease
Cancer
Cystic Fibrosis
Dermatomyositis
Glioma
Guillane-Barre Syndrome
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Leukaemia
Liver Failure
Mental Retardation
Mental Subnormality
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophy
Non Hodgkin’s Lmphoma
On Morphine / MST
Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Parkinson’s…

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Disabled Children Bedroom Tax Amendment Defeated In Lords

31 Jan

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An amendment to the bedroom tax exempting disabled children from the bedroom tax was defeated in the Lords by 185 votes to 154.

The amendment was moved by Baroness Jones of Whitchurch:

57BC: Before Clause 80, insert the following new Clause—

“Welfare of children: housing benefit

(1) The Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2006 are amended as follows.

(2) In regulation B13 (determination of maximum rent (social sector)), inserted by regulation 5 of the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012—

(a) in paragraph (5), at beginning insert “Subject to paragraph (5A)”; and

(b) after paragraph (5) insert—

“(5A) The relevant authority shall make a determination that the restriction to one bedroom under paragraph (5) does not apply if it is in the interests of the welfare of a child or the children living in the dwelling to make such a determination.””

Currently, following Burnip v Birmingham City Council, the bedroom tax…

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