Kate Liptrot, a journalist with the York Press, wrote an article about me in July 2015 when I was living in York. I remember being pleased at the language she used and the positive slant she gave, so I was only too pleased to hear from her again via Twitter following all the chaos of the PIP denial last week.
Kate asked if she could write an article about the PIP decline, using comments from my blog, and I was only too happy for her to do this. I knew her article would be fair and honest and I wasn’t disappointed. Kate wanted a comment from the Works and Pension department but they would only give it if they had my National Insurance number and address🙄 When Kate asked if I was prepared to give them it, I declined as goodness knows whether they would then use that information against me…..
I was in a very different place back when she wrote the original article, which now only serves to stress the changes that have taken place. Back then, I was living in ,what I thought was my forever home and was very settled and happy there. I was actually quite shocked to find it was only a year ago – I thought it was 2. ! It’s even bizarrely nice having that as a reference point to look back on though.. When I searched for the original article, I had in my mind that it was much longer ago, so this puts into perspective the difference a year makes. Back then, I was still making my own meals, I didn’t have a stick and was happily booking my own travel…and I was receiving Personal Independence Payments. Now I can no longer do those things, yet payments have now stopped – very sad…
You can read the original blog with the link for the first article here: