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Carpetright has said it is closing 92 stores - resulting in 300 job losses - as it fights for survival under a sweeping restructure. The beleaguered retailer, which employs 2,700 people in the UK, said 11 of the sites earmarked for closure had already stopped trading. The move follows a review of its property portfolio which found 205 sites were underperforming or on unfavourable lease terms. Carpetright said it hoped to relocate affected staff - and said rent would be slashed on the other 113 struggling sites under the rescue plan. Wilf Walsh, chief executive of Carpetright, said: "These tough but necessary actions will enable us to address the burden of a legacy UK property estate consisting of too many poorly located stores on unsustainable rents, and are essential if we are to restore our profitability and deliver a successful turnaround. "We will remain in close contact with all colleagues to keep them fully informed as we move through this process." https://uk.yahoo.com/finance/news/carpetright-axe-300-jobs-close-92-stores-065300557.html
I was just wondering if some of you had any advice on surviving the long and stressful ET process. As per my other post, I have raised an ET against my employer. I have spoken to a number of organisations (Equality helpdesk / acas helpdesk) and legal people and have not met one that has said 'mmm, not sure you have a case there'. My doctors and psychiatrist are backing me 100%. Fortunately, most of the evidence I have is in writing and in my possession. My questions: 1) I am off work sick and no longer receive any pay from my company. If the ET takes nearly 2 years to get to court (my employers are keen to delay at every opportunity), how did/do you survive financially? Are there any options or I am I simply to rely on my other half and family? I haven't been offered any help or adjustments by my employer even though I originally asked for some in writing (they told me to raise a grievance if I wanted an adjustment hence I find myself with a ET claim). 2) Maybe a silly question but any tips on surviving this process mentally as my life is on hold and even though I am medicated, I don't seem to be able to pick myself up from the floor!? It seems that the process is not helpful for people suffering mental illness. Can I get allowances from the court? Can I get my doctor to write to the court and ask them to speed things up? 3) I have had legal help but as I am not being paid, I am fast running out of money to pay them. Can I get free legal advice (for when I eventually receive their ET3 defence) from CAB or is there somewhere else? I think I have a strong case but because of the pressure of the situation, I am very close to dropping the case (i now understand why so many cases are dropped). Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks