Ian Franks is still writing 50 years after starting his first job as a journalist. And he has had to contend with MS, epilepsy, and having to use a wheelchair.
Ian Franks warns against falling foul of phishing emails. He may be thought of as vulnerable, with MS, having a disability, and aged in his late 60s, but he didn’t get caught out. Nor should you.
Please note: The current Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic is fast moving, and reactions to it seem to update not just day-by-day but minute-by-minute. Obviously, this site was not designed to bring you the very latest developments in a ‘breaking news’ story such as this. Instead, this site will continue to include news and opinions relating to … Continue reading COVID-19: MS society calls for urgent changes to benefits
Calls for changes to a key disability benefit to be given priority by the government are being spearheaded by the country’s lead campaigning multiple sclerosis charity. It is also championing efforts to influence the agenda of a cross-party MS group.
Part 4 of 'Our trip to hell'. I am not blaming either the ship or its owner, Carnival, but fact is that, while healthy at the start of our week cruising to and from the Mexican Riviera, and by the end I was taken to hospital - too ill to fly home. By ‘healthy’, I mean besides multiple sclerosis that I live with all the time. This time I was tired, weak, off my food, and had a serious cough and a bad case of diarrhoea (British spelling).
Some people are devoted to cruise holidays while to others they are a complete anathema – certainly not their dream vacation. Lisa and I love to sail away and had several wonderful experiences. We went to Norway with Princess, the western Mediterranean with MSC, Hawaii with Norwegian, and we crossed the Atlantic with Royal Caribbean. … Continue reading Our trip to hell – part 3 – cruising the Mexican riviera
Shock, horror. Motabilty Operations, part of the Motability charity, is facing allegations about its finances. The UK organisation provides cars for disabled people who receive the highest level of benefit for mobility. It is accused of having enormous cash reserves and is said to pay its chief executive an outrageous six figure salary. Extraordinary, we … Continue reading Motability faces financial allegations but stands strong against its critics
News that the government’s disability employment strategy seems heavily influenced by the discredited BPS disability model has prompted a furious reaction. A quite justifiable one, in my view. In this column, on Wednesday, I wrote about and commented upon what senior civil servant Tabitha Jay revealed. She had been speaking to MPs in the all-party … Continue reading Fury at BPS ‘influence’ and being assessed as ‘fit to work’
To coincide with Mobility Roadshow1, that started yesterday at the UK’s Silverstone motor racing circuit and runs until tomorrow, I wanted to bring you an independent review of the lightweight folding powered wheelchair that was revealed to readers of this blog three weeks ago, on May 5 (https://50shadesofsun.com/?p=2444). The reviewer is Debbie Schwartz who lives … Continue reading Debbie’s independent review of folding electric wheelchair: ‘The most practical chair I’ve tried’
Declaration of interest: I have multiple sclerosis and receive both ESA (in the support group) and Disabled Living Allowance (both care and mobility components at the highest rates). Sneaky, very sneaky and possibly even underhanded, is the only way I can describe how the UK’s work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb decided to reveal … Continue reading ‘No further plans to cut benefits’ pledge lasts 51 days