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  1. Thanks determindator. didn't realise you were allowed to do that.
  2. At the end of January I put in a claim for DLA (still getting that here in Northern Ireland). I mentioned that to my GP. She said that in my case it would be unlikely I would get it but she would fill in her part for me. About 4 weeks ago my support worker rang DLA to find out what the hold up was, only to be told that My GP had not sent the information they required. About 2 weeks ago I had an appointment with my GP and mentioned this. She said she would fax the details through to DLA. I rang DLA yesterday and they still had received nothing. And when I rang the surgery this afternoon, I
  3. Thanks for your input antone. As I already mentioned the money has not come through yet. And I see no reason why they couldn't have allowed me the cost of the bus fare home (£6) I did receive a little help from a local charity yesterday. Had it not been for my support worker I would not have been aware of this. Reading the information on the link provided above. The advisor should have been able to point me in the direction of other help. But when I asked where else I could go for help he couldn't answer me. I was in need of immediate help and the promise of a payment the following day could
  4. Indeed, never thought that I should have pointed out I was in NI. I think the way they treat people needs to be reformed never mind the welfare system. It shouldn't be down to charities to do the governments job. In fact one charity is currently gathering information on the scale of the problem to present to the government. And even if my money does come through. I won't let the matter drop
  5. Northern Ireland might be different because no one has told me that. Just checked nidirect and they still give information on applying for a crisis loan
  6. Hi all. been a long time since I needed to post here I tried a search but couldn't find anything like my story. I have also posted this in the CAG facebook page because as I state at the end I want as many people as possible to know about this. Hi folks. I would like to ask has anyone ever been denied a crisis loan or know anyone that has. I'm between payments at the minute. My SSP has run out and am waiting for my ESA to come through. My money ran out at the weekend and my electricity and food ran out yesterday.. Went to my local SSO to get a crisis loan. The guy dealing with me rang th
  7. I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet or not. While being directed to another site I decided to do a little browsing and searching and came across this from Jackie Baillie of the Labour party in scotland So discredited has the process become that even Atos is pulling out of carrying out the assessments for the UK Government and has indicated clearly that it is because of attacks on staff and the reputational damage that it has suffered. The helpful briefing from Inclusion Scotland states: “the Work Capability Assessment is unfit for purpose regardless of who is contract
  8. At past disciplinaries I have mentioned that I am being treated for depression. Unfortunately I didn't point out that it was a disability as I didn't think it was necessary to point that out.
  9. Hi all. Maybe I am being a bit over concerned here. A while back someone advised that I should seek a referral to Occi Health. Given that I have been on anti-D's for over 3 years now. I spoke to the employers nurse a few days later and mentioned this to her. She said she would mention it and asked for my permission to contact my gp for my notes, which I granted. Turns out my gp hasn't been contacted by my employer. On Monday I had a disciplinary for missing 3 days since January. In 2012 I missed 18 days in total (sick certificates have no bearing on whether or not you get a warning). Firs
  10. Thanks for that Lily. And hope things are going ok for you. Despite my supervisor saying he would try to sort the error I made before the department manager would see it, I was called to HR to give my version of what happened. Spoke to the nurse on Thursday about OH referral. Gave permission for HR to contact my gp. Emmzzi in relation to you comment that you saw nothing to suggest that this is a good employer. Since the beginning of the year (since we got our pay rise) they have been deducting points from the production bonus of anyone who goes to the toilet.....or leave the line/works
  11. TBH I wouldn't know the legal stance on that. But it could be construed as harassment. And I would definitely tell ofsted
  12. And also, what if he decides to drop my depression into his daily chit chat
  13. Thanks for that Lilythepink. And good to hear you're getting somewhere. I suppose I have never mentioned it to my supervisor for fear of it affecting any chance I may have of being trained up for other jobs (although that's unlikely to happen anyway). Or being put to even more demeaning or mundane tasks than I am now. I have however mentioned the fact that I am on anti depressants when in the disciplinary hearings I had. And at least one period of sickness last year the certificate was for acute stress. This however doesn't stop you being disciplined for absence.
  14. You're not wrong there Emmzzi . We get a production bonus!!! on top of our hourly rate (£1 less than NMW). When doing monthly appraisals (which are never face to face despite promises that that would happen at least once every 3 months) supervisors can raise or lower your bonus on things such as reliability attitude etc. But one thing I do know is that you cannot be cut to such an extent that you fall below NMW. And me and another colleague had to bring this up with the wages department around September-October last year. The clerk only went back six weeks (some weeks were just about ok in tha
  15. I think the nurse should be in this thursday so I will ask to see her and ask about it
  16. Unfoortunately I don't have the same faith in my employer. In the incident in 2010. The HR manager said she would arrange a meeting between me herself and the supervisor in question at that time. A couple of days later the supervisor came and just said 'could I have your assistance for a few minutes please' and promptly led me in the direction of the office. This gave several people the impression I had done something wrong and was being disciplined. In the meeting The HR manager had an A4 notepad in front of her. The supervisor told me to sit down (which I knew right away gave him the u
  17. Is that more than just seeing the nurse when she visits. I do see the nurse from time to time. Although even though she says she will see me in 4 weeks. It could be several months unless I request to see her myself.
  18. Yes Lilythepink. These sort of things destroy your confidence. At an appraisal meeting in 2010. The supervisor I had cause to complain about then, made me out to be the worst worker in the factory. And if other people don't have confidence in you then how are you supposed to have confidence in yourself. @stu007 I have had a look at the DAW bill. Had I known about it in 2010 I think I would have took further action against the supervisor I was having problems with then. I will come back and read those other items when I get the chance.
  19. Thanks for the prompt reply Emmzzi. As you could tell from my post I too know it will do me no good making a complaint. I still feel at a disadvantage from the last time I complained about a supervisor in 2010. I'm not sure if the depression is bad enough to be considered a disability. I have been on tablets for over three years now. There are many times I felt like just turning round and coming home again. I have just started an OU course to try and better myself but that's going to take years to complete. It's a shame they can get away with treating people like this because they kn
  20. Hi all. Firstly I would like to send my condolences to the colleagues and friends of Martin Kay. I am after a little help with regard to dignity and respect at work. On Thursday I made a bit of a mistake and my supervisor confronted me about it a short time later. But rather than take me to one side and have a quiet word. He proceeded to talk about it in a raised voice. Beside me was one workmate working at the same machine I was. About 20-30 yards away was another work colleague. This colleague heard the commotion and came and stood beside us to hear what was going on. At lunchtime this
  21. I do hope there is nothing malicious or false. I do believe it is the warnings that have done the harm. Nevertheless I did suggest it would be a good idea to have a word with her union rep. I haven't heard from her today. But it does look like she'll just have to accept that she is now jobless. Thanks again for the advice
  22. she has just told me she was told when she rang to find out something else. And the manager is to send her a letter. I think it is the warnings that have done the harm. Thanks for the help anyway
  23. Does she have the right to know what is in the reference?
  24. I have a friend who has worked as a nurse in a care home for the past 20 years. Recently conditions and moral in the home started to deteriorate. She recently (about two months ago) ended up been disciplined for use of her mobile phone during working hours (she works part time by the way). She was given a written warning for this (a bit harsh I thought) She was also disciplined for something else can't remember what it was now. I think they may not be relevant anyway. As a result of this and how conditions are at the home, she went off sick due to stress. While off she came across a similar jo
  25. Got it kinda sorted. The wages clerk is correcting the figures and worked out I'm owed £29. Supervisors are supposed to have a face to face meeting with each of us at least every three months or sooner if we have been marked up or down. I asked my supervisor 2 weeks ago for an appraisal and I'm still waiting. Meanwhile others that I work with have had theirs. And if I go to HR about it the supervisor is unhappy about it then so that doesn't help matters. I did this back in April 2010 and the supervisors remarks were very cutting to say the least. I have had no meeting since that time until Mar
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