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About jerrythecat

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  1. Hi As a single parent desperate to find a job (well not perhaps that kind bit too old!) seriously though I am far far worse off on JSA than I was when I was working but even when I was working I certainly did not earn as much as someone male or even female working 37 hours a week! As Mondeo points out where does this myth that all single parents are living the high life on their hundreds of pounds of benefits come from? I for one am exsisting on JSA every day is a struggle and now its seems we are damned if we dont work and damned if we do!! the fact that the media portray all lone mums
  2. Good morning! IDS has pretty hardline views when it comes to the welfare system and benefit claimants I for one not holding out much hope for compassion Jerry
  3. Hi I know what you mean its hard enough having to face the job centre but when youre older its worse! personally I think the whole system is in meltdown there is loads of good advice on here you certainly dont get much from the Job Centre 'advisors' lol anyway good luck with your job! Mags
  4. Hi Tilly Im in a very similar position and they do make the money up to the JSA level still have to sign on tho unfortunately! I work a few hours per week I fill in a form ( b7) each time I sign on to say what hours I have worked the previous fortnight. Hope you have better luck than me tho my hours changed in March and they still havent sorted it out! kind regards Mags
  5. Hi speedfreek, cheers for your reply I sent the info the day my hours dropped which was 6 weeks ago looks like I could be in for a bit of a wait then ! just hope it all gets backdated! mags
  6. Hi I am on JSA and work in a small part time job 6 weeks ago my hours reduced from 5 per week to 3 I informed the DWP and sent them all the info inc a letter from my employer confirming the change the job centre also faxed the details to DWP when I signed on Since then despite the JC sending b7s each time I sign and faxing even more letters from me several tel calls ... my JSA has not been amended This week I recieved a call back from the DWP office that I deal with saying that they do not handle change of circumstances, and they only had one letter from me 'in the tray which had been ac
  7. :)Hi cookiemonster Im really sorry to read of your problem I too have a similar one with DWP debt collection and social fund taking money from my JSA! their now taking over £35 a fortnight not quite so serious as you bit its a big chunk out! Crazy thing is when I was working last year they only asked for £20 a month from me and were happy with that the moment I was recieving JSA they upped it I have tried to get it lowered but with no luck I have a debt on my electic so I have had a key meter installed they take £5 a week towards the debt Im with eon and they were very good and h
  8. Hi Monx Thanks I will send them a statement of means and see what happens after a while many thanks Mags
  9. :)Hi all I need some advice I am on JSA and I am a parent. I dont get the full amount as I have a small p/t job so I recieve £74 a fortnight £19 is already being taken off by debt department for an overpayment ..I have tried to get this lowered bit with no luck despite the fact I have sent three letters and have had no reply. Today I have got a letter from DWP wanting to take off yet another £15 a fortnight for a social fund loan which leaves me hardly anything to live on I just dont know what to do It would be near £30 taken off in all I am happy to pay back but these rates are too
  10. Hi yes know what you mean at the JC I use some of the staff are nice it depends on who you talk to what advice you get it can differ from advisor to advisor one will tell you something and another something else Oh well heres hoping we all find fantastic jobs in the new year!
  11. Hi all just thought I would post this to show how pathetic the job centre is I am a lone parent I get some JSA as I have a p/t job of 5 hours a week I cant sign on this week as its Bank Holiday and the JC is shut on signing day the Job Centre is 10 miles away I telephoned them to see what to do and was told that I would get my money automatically fair enough then the worker told me cos I work p/t they do not advance the money automatically ! I explained I am a lone parent and really on getting this pathetic amount she then went off came back and said reluctantly ok we will do it this
  12. Thanks for replys guys and apologies for my late answer I have a review of my agreement this week so I will put this to my advisor then all I have to do is find a job (fingers crossed)! regards mags:)
  13. :-)I am a lone parent witha child under 16 I am signing on When I first claimed and filled in the forms with the so called advisor, I asked if I had to work a certain amount of hours a week(I previously was working for 16) she said yes and put down that I could work 37 hours per week though it would be very difficult for me to do that with a child I already work 5 hours a week and I dont want to quit this job so I really only want to find max of 12 hours more andwork max of 16 hrs a week not cos Im lazy but My child is 12 and there is no way I want him to be on his own and what about the
  14. :)thanks for your reply Andy sorry so long acknowledging Spoke to tax credits after about a week of trying to get thru on tel and its fine as long as the work is paid but unfortunatly one of the jobs I was offered fell thru and Im unemployed again and back to the nightmare that is the job centre :-| mags
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