I spent most of 2017with my support worker (who I know I’m lucky to have helping me) fighting the DWP

I am autistic and also have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, as well as OCD with depressive tendencies and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  I have also been receiving treatment within the last six months for PTSD.  The cumulative effect of these conditions on my life is extremely inhibiting and debilitating.  Despite trying to work, I have lost two jobs in the last ten years due to disability-related poor health.

The Government creation, hand-in-hand with the right wing media, of a hostile environment for disabled people makes my life far, far harder and more stressful than it need be.  For example, I spent most of 2017 with my support worker (who I know I’m lucky to have helping me) fighting the DWP and their health assessors to get a decision as to the level of ESA they intended to give me.  I have now been put in the support group but I live in fear that at any time this entitlement could be taken from me.

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