Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Just how does the scoring system  work to calculate your entitlement to the Mobility Section of the Personal Independancy Payment benefit?

I was surprised to find that the method of awarding points was angled to ensure that those with real mobility problems could not have a real hope of obtaining this benefit at the enhanced rate.

I am looking at the enhanced level on this benefit as that is the only point whereby a disabled person can apply to obtain access to the Motability Scheme, which is where you need to be to lease a decent mobility scooter, powered wheelchair, or for those with more requirements, a converted vehicle. A lower level (4 points plus) can provide some financial help, but not provide access to the services required for real support.

Let me start by explaining the scoring system for you:

  • There is a maximum uppermost point count of 24.
  • You require at least 12 points to receive the enhanced level.
  • 12 Points are dependant on: “Are you able to plan a journey”
  • The remaining 12 points are openly classified as: “Your Mobility”

Therefore, you may be a tetraplegic, but if you can plan your own journey, the first 12 points are unobtainable to you.

As a result of this, there are now only 12 further points available within the system.

As there is no fixed questionaire as to how your disability affects you travelling, or how many points each problem deserves, the remaining 12 point maximum is totally at the discression of the assessor. The assessor may simply consider that being able to turn your head could easily result in the loss of 1 point, which will be enough to ensure that you are unable to achieve the enhanced level of 12!

I can now fully understand why so many people who were on the old Disability Living Allowance, and assessed fairly, were awarded a mobility scooter or adapted car, are now finding that on transferring to the new PIP they are no longer qualified for their vehicle, and end out losing that vital piece of equipment.

Why can’t the mobility section of the benefit relfect the domestic requirements, and be evenly pointed out with specific questions?

Why are a whole 12 points allocated to something minor and as mundane as planning your journey? Allowing the scoring to operate in this way is disasterous to those with major disabilities, but whose minds are still clear,  as they would be unable to obtain access to Motability services.

Most towns now operate accessable transport advice lines, step-free rail maps and so on, so surely there should be some flexibility with regards planning your trip. For a person living in a major city compared with someone living in remote regions, the facilities for route planning varies greatly, and so the point allocation should display this fact.

The very title of this benefit, the Personal Independance Allowance, implies that this benefit is supposed to support those who are struggling to live an independant life.

This part of the benefit assessment is titled “Mobility” when half of the points are solely related to do with mental ability. Therefore as an Enhanced Level of PIP is a requirement to give smooth access to other services like Dial-a-Ride, and Taxi Card Schemes, the unfair scoring method could place all of these services out of reach to those in desperate need of them most.

I feel strongly that this method of assessment is totally unfair to those applying for it, and that the assessment method for it’s Mobility section requires review and alteration to ensure that those in need are still able to obtain that support.

On the Government’s own website,  the section on Eligibility for the Mobility section, all it says is:

Mobility difficulties

You may get the mobility part of PIP if you need help going out or moving around.

and nothing further. Check the link yourself.

Note From Mr Bloggy:

As many of my regular readers and friends will know, Although with my spine damaged in 3 points, plus other problems, I applied for this benefit and only received a score of 2 out of 24. I am currently awaiting for a date for my appeal court hearing. This is how I became aware of the unfairness of this benefit.

I realise that there must be tight controls over public finances, it is totally wrong that those in desperate need of help are left in a hopeless state.




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Paradise Gardens, in Bethnal Green East London, has long been a carbunkel on it’s surroundings, for example: Bethnal Green Gardens, The Museum of Childhood, and it’s direct neighbour, the Bethnal Green Mission, (Not forgetting Balls Brothers Wine store.)

I think many people have forgotten what it was that made Paradise Row so famous, over 100 years ago. Do you remember the lyrics to “Mother Kelly’s Doorstep”? They went like this:

World War(WW1) One Song: On Mother Kellys Doorstep, lyrics and PDF

Yes, it’s surprising that a song written over 100 years ago should be so poignant today.
Many may have noticed that Paradise Gardens is currently being used as an access for builders working to replenish the Mission next door. What’s happened is that Tower Hamlets Council, (with their fame for neglecting grass and parklands) came to an agreement with the Mission, in that the park can be used as a loading/unloading area solely if they agree to renovate the park once they finish.
This means that they are compelled to go into consultation with the local community, and see how they would like to see this tiny piece of parkland changed, and improved. As usual with Tower Hamlets, even I would never have heard about this consultation had not one of my neighbours point it out to me.
The shutdown date for proposals is Monday 11th September 2017, less than two weeks time.
Personally I would like to see the railings around it’s border removed, and the current footpath changed into a curved flowerbed. But that’s only me.
If you would like to forward your suggestions, all you need to do is to post the Paradise Gardens Public Consultation Questionairre into the post box in the hoarding next to Curo Construction’s site entrance on Cambridge Heath Road by the close off date of 11th September. (A long winded way of ‘stick it into the builders posthole’)
Just in case any of you have problems getting hold of a copy of this questionairre…. I will include a scanned version of it below. Sorry it’s crooked, but we are dealing with Tower Hamlets Council, after all! (Sarcasm Overload!)
It would be nice if you also gave me an idea of your suggestions, and I’ll publish them here.
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There is a very strong rumour going around the local area that the elderly members who make regular use of the Bentworth Court Friendship Club may be thrown out in order to expand the Somali Day Centre, which has already taken over what was the Bentworth Court Day Centre, when the local users of the centre were ejected and sent for Day Care scattered all over the borough.

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I honestly cannot believe that even this callous council can give these local elderly and disabled residents yet another kick in the arse.

The residents of Bentworth Court and the surrounding Granby Estate have seen so much in the downgrading of Bentwotth Court itself that it makes the eyes pop.

Bentworth Court was originally a block which was dedicated as a Warden Controlled Sheltered Accommodation. First they lost the resident warden, then, without any consultation with the residents, the building was reclassified as a block for the over 50’s, and now they don’t even enforce that.


The frontage of Bentworth Court

Whilst all this was going on, the blocks’ dedicated and very well used Granby Day Centre and Granby Estate Friendship Club also undertook changes. The biggest was when the users of the Granby Day Centre, mostly disabled, were banned from using their valued day centre, and were each allocated a different, more distant, Day Centre to attend. The day centre was then handed over as a Day Centre for the Somali Community.

Now the word is getting out that these elderly and vulnerable residents are to be moved out of the last part of the social area they have remaining, where they enjoy their Bingo,  estate meetings, and social events. The Council seem to have done everything they can to ensure that no extra activities could start up in the Friendship Club, giving themselves an excuse for it’s closure.

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A welcoming door to locals at the Friendship Club.

Could the London Borough Of Tower Hamlets please confirm or deny the rumours that this valued local community will be turfed out, and once again be forced to pass their facilities to the Somali Community.

Please don’t take me wrong. I have nothing against the Somali community in the East End of London, but I do believe that a community centre which welcomes all cultures is much more value to the community as a whole than encouraging cultures to continue being isolated, leading to further disharmony in the area.

So, can the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, i.e. Cllr Biggs, or Tower Hamlets Council let us know exactly what the situation is. I will place a contact form at the bottom of this article so that you can easily contact me with a response, which I will add to this article.

Perhaps even the Mayor Of London, Cllr Sadiq Khan himself might take an interest!








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I know that many people – myself included – are asking questions about the behaviour and actions of the President of the USA, Donald Trump. Should we really welcome him to visit the UK in the light of this?

The answer is really very simple if you just sit back and think about it.

Our country is currently in the throws of leaving the European trading market. In light of this, it is vital that we keep open all and any outlets for future British trade deals.

If we now isolate ourselves from the President of the USA, we also risk losing our nations’ future trade agreements with one of the biggest overseas markets in the world. As we cannot afford to take this risk, it really is vital that President Trump should have a sucessful visit to this country.

May and Trump 1

While he is here, we need to ensure that our Royal Family, the Prime Minister and the Government machine ensure that all possible trading paths are open fully with the USA ready for Brexit.

It’s that simple. Whether he is liked or not, he is still the gateway to phenominal amounts of trading for our nations’ future, and right now we cannot risk insulting him. He must be welcomed, like it or not.






How many times have you been on the bus, hoping for a nice peaceful ride to your ultimate destimation, and it starts.

The bell which tells the driver that you would like to get off starts it’s one note musical solo.

“Stop ringing that f**king bell!”

Even as the doors are closing at the previous stop. the bell starts ringing as some impatient twat must always ring the bell before anyone else has a chance.

Now we all know that once the bell has been rung, the indicator boards around the bus show the ‘Bus Stopping’ sign. But even that isn’t enough, as within twenty seconds someone is bound to ring the blasted bell again.

And then the resident childus ignoramus has to have his go at ringing the bell. Then because he has, so must some other dickus kidus have a ring.

Then all of a sudden some wally who has had his head full of the music he has to share with everyone, (if they wanted to hear it or not, because his personal headphones aren’t working fully, because the music certainly isn’t personal to him) raises his head out of his telephone game, realises that this will be his stop, and rings that damn bell.

The bus stops, one dinging rabble debus making room for fresh one-note campanologists, and the whole routine starts again, and again, and again, for the whole journey. I really do feel sorry for the driver. It’s not surprising that some drivers have disconnected that bell!

When will TFL (Transport Favours Lug-oles) find a way to cancel out the bell after the first ring? It’s that simple!

Ding Ding!

“The bells, the bells, they deafen me!”





The Chaos one person can cause.

Sadly it is now proving that my thoughts on this were accurate.

Fanatics around the world are using the Westminster and London Bridge method of attacking innocent people, using vehicles as a battering ram, as they have found this a cheap and available way to obtain publicity for their cause, whatever that is.

The question now is: What can we do now the cat is out of the bag?

The answer: Very little. The majority of these attacks are now being carried out by unbalanced individuals who have given no sign of their fanatical leanings, and are therefore out of the ‘terrorist radar’.  Short of having a ‘thought police’, there is very little can now be done other than pray.

A van crashes into pedestrians in Barcelona

The additional problem now, as was shown in Barcelona, the fanatics have realised that they can get just as good results by using a car instead of a van. This opens out the prospective attackers to phenominal figures. Do we ban all vehicles from city centres? If we do then how will businesses get and despatch their deliveries? How will the disabled get their supplies or mobility vehicles within the ‘No Vehicles’ zones?

I am open to any logical suggestions that anyone out there has. (Polite ones only, please)



Before continuing, I would like to send my condolences to the relatives and friends of those murdered and best wishes for a rapid recovery to those injured in the attack on Westminster on Friday.

The question I am asking is: What will happen now?

I don’t mean how will the investigation go on, but what are the long term consequences of what has happened?

One of the biggest problems facing our modern way of life has been a dependance to the more traditional methods of terrorism, i.e. Bombs and Gas attacks. On Friday we saw a new angle for terrorism – the lone attacker.

We were used to having notice of bomb attacks, giving the emergency services some time to clear the threatened area. This lone attacker gives no notice of his (or her) intentions.

Friday’s attack clearly showed how one person alone can cause carnage in their wake, produce a glut of publicity for their cause, and bring a massive area to a stand-still, with no-one having any inkling of what was about to happen.

With the old type of terrorist, they would need a whole team of support, making the attack more predictable and vulnerable to discovery by the security services. The single person attacker needs no special equipment what-so-ever.

My real dread now is that as a result of the impact that this incident had, and the glut of publicity it created, there will now be a speight of copy-cat attacks carried out by a string of individuals seeking quick attention to their cause or belief, or just individuals with psychological problems looking for a ‘quick way to end it all’ with an impact.

Sadly there is very little the police or security services can do to prevent this type of attack, without declaring a police state, which none of us want.

I am really hoping that my predictions prove wrong, but somehow I doubt it.

We live in an age of rapid impact in all forms of life. Some members of the public will do anything to draw attention to their cause or belief. They will now have seen how just one person can have so much impact on the daily life and movement of the public, that it will prove irresistable to them.

My prediction is for a sad future of single person pavement attacks with vehicles, and random individual attacks on the Police and public figures.

As I have said, I hope it never happens again, but there are a lot of crazies out there. Time alone will tell.







Yes I know – another blog about the way the House of Lords is crashing it’s way to their decision, but please read a bit further.

I have been flipping channels between the Lords Brexit debate and mainstream television for what feels like a lifetime now.

I keep hearing about the wisdom and capabilities of this august chamber, but I must ask, ‘When are we going to see some of it?’

I have been flabberghasted at how so many important people could be shown to be little more than bumbling, sleepy, out-of-date, antiquated dullards as this broadcast has shown so clearly.

It has always been argued that we need the ‘second chamber’ to counter poor decisions made in the ‘Other House’ (House of Commons), but this transmission has made me seriously question that now.

This debate is droning on and on, with the same opinions, comments and ideas coming out over and over again, from different Lords and Ladies, many of whom have been partaking of the E.U. trough for many years, and do not want to lose this little ‘perk’.

The biggest thing to be exposed throughout this debate is how their Lordships seem able to contribute to it whilst fast asleep. Or are they just ‘resting their eyes’ or ‘listening with their eyes closed’? Maybe they should just bring a sleeping bag with them, and have a mass sleepover.

We are seeing bumbling Lords and Ladies saying how they must agree with the wishes of the people following the vote from the  referendum. We are also seeing how others will hold their ground, search for any little legal nook or cranny and reject or delay Brexit with all of their might even if the vote were 99% towards leaving.

We have heard how industrialists know that leaving the E.U. would be the best thing for the nation, and industrialists who know that it is the worst thing possible for the nation.

We have seen financiers who swear that it would be the worst thing to happen, but then some think it will be the best thing in the world. But then again, it’s these financiers who seem to be making the greatest profits out of the E.U. trough, many with at least two trotters firmly placed.

There seems to be a constant back-slapping between the Lords and Ladies themselves, with constant head movements to every word spoken (when they are alert enough), whether in agreement or derision.

Surely there should come a time where someone could say that the only people to speak further in this debate should be those with comments or ideas not already voiced. This would at least show some common sense, and prevent the time-wasting which so many Lords and Ladies claim to wish so clearly to avoid, but are actually causing.

All this having been said, there is a serious point to be made here. Many of those Lords and Ladies who publicly now say that they will support Brexit and the wishes of the people, have previously been shown to be firmly entrenched in the Remain camp. There is therefore a very real chance that the vote could go as the House really believes, against the motion and support the Remain camp.

Where would this leave us?

A second vote? Unlikely.

The most instant and likely response would be the unthinkable, the British People could rise up and rebel, possibly insisting for the disbandment of the expensive, un-elected, out-of-date, and un-necessary House of Lords. This is more likely, specially after this recent demonstration of mass sleeping in the House during a major debate, and in these times of financial stringency.

I personally would not like to see revolt of any kind, but if a body of doddering  self-opinionated, self-appointed dullards go against the wishes of the people, it is, sadly, a possibility.



Anyway, as the next few days pass,

we will see how things go.