Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


Under guidance from the Electoral Commission and Charity Commission, it's important that Scope remains politically neutral during General Elections.

While we understand that this period will see many passionate discussions and do not want to discourage open discussion, we cannot allow discussions which are purely intended to influence voting.

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LynneR
LynneR Community member Posts: 17 Courageous
Thanks in advance for reading  this, I'm way out of my depth. We live in Wales in an adapted bungalow, both 70 with physical disabilities and I'm having an op anytime now to remove a large growth next to bowel. Council have arranged for heating and boiling to be changed which is great. Problem is the contractors want us to move heavy oak furniture and we will have no heating, with doors open for at least 3 days but worse I can use the toilet if I ask, but can't flush or wash my hands after for 2 days.  Do we have to accept this does anyone know. I'm so worried about the operation and now this. 
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  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 3,274 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @LynneR, this sounds like a difficult situation. I don't have any experience of this myself, but hopefully some of our members can share their advice soon :)

    It might be worth chatting to Citizen's Advice to see if they can offer any kind of guidance. Have you explained your worries to the council at all?
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  • LynneR
    LynneR Community member Posts: 17 Courageous
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    Yes they say its fine to leave us without toilet facilities and if we ask we can borrow a fan heater
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,112 Disability Gamechanger
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    Do you have anyone you can stay with while the work is done ? or could you afford a cheap hotel to go to ?

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  • WhatThe
    WhatThe Community member, Scope Member Posts: 1,273 Pioneering
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    Hi Lynne, it doesn't sound fine to me either. Your welfare is paramount so the lovely new boiler and heating will have to wait. Nor can you be expected to move heavy oak furniture at your age.. 

    The invasion of privacy and disruption would fill me with horror even without the bowel surgery. You are not refusing access so don't hesitate to put your foot down. I wish you the best possible recovery at home following the operation. 


  • LynneR
    LynneR Community member Posts: 17 Courageous
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    Thank you for the support, we had already decided to find a hotel, I'm supposed to be cutting down on the number of people I come into contact with if I get COVID they won't operate.
  • Kimmy87
    Kimmy87 Community member Posts: 412 Pioneering
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    Definitely stay elsewhere while the work is being done.
    You could look at a hotel or somewhere via Air B&B, I just stayed in a private self contained flat rather than a hotel. It was very well equipped with everything you might need. 

    Make it clear to the contractor that you are unable to move the furniture, don't have a discussion rather state that and repeat like a broken record. 

    Do you have a housing officer or is there someone via the contractor acting as tenant liaison?

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