Taking the measures one at a time, the first – and the biggest – was to "time limit contributory employment and support allowance" for one year, that is the benefit formerly known as incapacity benefit. What this means is that a disabled or seriously sick person who has a working spouse, however low-paid their job may be, will lose their personal entitlement to benefits after a year.
Singles will be able to fall back on a means-tested safety net, but everyone else will be forced to rely on the generosity of their partner. Expect wheelchairs in Downing Street as the coalition does away with the long-established principle that people who have contributed their own national insurance in the past, and then become sick and disabled, should expect a modest stipend from the state in recognition of this.
So that's it then. Because I'm married, I won't be entitled to anything.
My husband who works two hours overtime every day to make ends meet, has to look after and care for me, has taken a less responsible and lower paid job to enable him to get time off at short notice, takes over entirely the child care for our two children as soon as he walks in the door now has to support me in every way too.
I'm worth nothing, I get no help at all, no matter what my condition?
We simply won't survive and that's that.
I thought this blog would allow me to talk you through just why we need extra money and the assessment process, but now it looks like there won't even be one . I'm a chattel, totally dependent on my husband for anything and everything.
I write this, with tears streaming down my cheeks in desperation.