I used to work two jobs to bring up my two children. My son was diagnosed with Autism but from eight he started experiencing horrific repeated attacks by other groups of lads. It was so bad my hair fell out. Social services wouldnt help i ended up fighting to get him help but the system was completely against us. I became really ill as it takes alot out of you having to be a Social Worker, Advocate,Solicitor but worse of all seeing a child being seriously injuried by others virtually destroyed me. I gave up work to be a carer.
My son was left with severe mental health issues but constantly comes in and out of work and cannot access benefits now he is a adult. He was awarded DLA middle rate care and low mobility, but his disabilities became much worse as an adult, but you are just too scared to tell them incase you lose all your benefits. My son was assessed for PIP at the beginning of this year. Despite it being after the court ruling (regarding mobility, taking a journey and mental health) the assesser took away his mobility award. It was a big issue as my son is seriously affected . Government said they would review everyone, they have not contacted my son at all to do a review. We are too scared to contact them about this as my son would be in serious trouble if he lost the care element of his PIP. My son keeps coming in and out of work and has been homeless many times he relys on this benefit to work and support him when out of work.
I was diagnosed with Autism after becoming ill. I lived in a secure council house for 30 years in which i could support my son with somewhere to stay if he became homeless. I was forced to move out due to the room tax, i had no money to move and ended up at a really terrible place. I was then forced to move due to anti social tenants who the housing association were evicting and was moved to a property in absolute disrepair . This was a housing association that was doing this but were like private landlords, they even put me on a rolling monthly tenancy.
This Christmas the DLA i was awarded will be re assessed for PIP and Universal credit has just come into this area this September. I already know i will be under assessed in which i will then be forced onto universal credit – it saves DWP paying for transition. I will be at risk of being evicted (as i have had to complain about the disrepair to the ombudsman – who is no authority at all at the moment). My health has become much worse, I have been forced to move twice and the threat to my home and cuts to benefits and facing assessments is really made me ill. I am constantly fighting suicidal thoughts and have become much worse.
I still have to do so much to support my son, there is absolutely no safety net for him. What is so sinister is the government have incited discrimination between those on benefits and those who are working. Its so appalling that some people become filled with hatred towards those of us who are on benefits, not only is there a threat to becoming homeless and having no money to survive but you also have negative behaviours towards you from others because you are on benefits. What do the government want – for all of us to crawl under a stone and die? I read up dates everyday on any news about them stopping universal credit- presently it is severely affecting my mental health, its been constantly building since universal credit came out as you feel under constant threat.
Starving and being homeless is terrifying when you are disabled and ill. I pray every day this nightmare will stop. Everyone must know that the government are completely breaching human rights in housing and benefits, they are also doing everything to damage the younger generation – they stopped their benefits and they are encouraging zero hour contracts to turn them into slaves. This is a very serious dark night of the soul for humanity. God help us all.