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JSA Sanction over a typo!

In January 2014, I was sanctioned on the spot because of a typo in my Universal Jobmatch account details - in fact it wasn’t …

Did my jobsearch in front of them. Still got sanctioned

Ravi, aged 22. Trying to sort out a sanction at the Kilburn jobcentre. “I have to come here every week. One week is to just …

JSA supplements low paid part time work but now I’ve been signed off

This is testimony with Amy (named changed), who is 19, working part-time and had just been signed off JSA. She lives in …

Low paid work to benefits to low paid work to benefits….

Testimony from Noreen, in her late 40s. Has been out of work for about 18 months, with a spell of short-term work over …

tax credit cuts

I live with my partner, our two kids (3 & 6) and my niece, whom i’m the legal guardian of, in a 1 bedroom flat. The council …

WORK PROGRAM SANCTIONS

58 year old woman who has worked since age of 15, but now unfortunately unemployed for last 2-3 years. On Govt Work Program in …

Housing benefit cut for single people

The truth about housing benefit cuts to single people aged under 35. I work full time in a primary school. I rent a 4x5m tiny …

My nett income as a pensioner has drastically declined

My wife aged 68 but still having to work, and myself now aged 77 and living on state and teacher pensions have seen our …

Schizophrenia, no support and found fit for work by Atos

About 30 years ago, I was diagnosed as schizophrenic. I couldn’t talk to people, including my own parents, about things that …

Must millions of sick people suffer for the crimes of the corps and banks?

I am a (mostly) lone parent living with several physical disabilities, and MH issues which have affected me since childhood… …

The cuts haven’t affected me

The problem is, the cuts haven’t affected me. I’m 30 years old without children to support in job that pays good money in …

How will my colleague work once her daughters’ after-school club has closed?

My colleague employed full time is a single parent with two daughters reliant on her local after school club for childcare …

I’m the only administrator in my NHS dept - and have been made redundant

Just been made redundant from my NHS post in a major London teaching hospital.  The NHS Trust I work for has to make £70 …

My disability freedom pass has helped me in so many ways. Please don’t cut it.

i was awarded this freedom pass two years ago when i was suffering from a mental illness. since obtaining the freedom pass it …

Specialist hospitals are vital to those like me with orthopaedic conditions

Really saddened to hear of cuts at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. I had excellent care there in May 2010, and …

I’m gutted to hear funding to this brilliant music scheme has been cut

I’m really gutted to hear that the funding to the Bromley Youth Music Trust has been reduced. I grew up in the borough and …

This scheme offered great support at the school where I was head. I’m deeply saddened it’s being cut

Conflict and Change worked with the entire staff of the Newham school where I was headteacher. They helped us to understand how …

This is my daughter’s life – and my few hours a day to unwind

My 44-year-old severly disabled daughter needs day care and I need to be able to take time out from caring for her a few hours …

A blow to culture in Croydon

I’m very saddened by the news that the well-attended and well-loved Clocktower is to close. The cinema shows a mixture of …

Clinical interventions will be assessed on the basis of profit, like the US

I work for the NHS as a senior occupational therapist in mental health. Although I’m a senior and a deputy manager and was …

Staff are pushed for time on our hospital wards

I had a cancer scare 5 years ago which resulted in a big operation. The care I was given was excellent - but even then I could …

One of our favourite family outings closing

When I was at school nearby the park was just being developed. 35 years later it’s been a favourite outing for my son and his …

NHS mental health services are affected by cuts

I work for Brent Mental Health Service and at the end of March we were informed that there was going to be a drastic …

What will replace the Independent Living Fund? The dread kicks in

I require 24/7 care to enable me to hoist, dress, cook, clean and have personal care. My needs were assessed by my local …

School sports funding cut

My nephew and niece’s primary school has lost sports funding due to Michael Gove’s decision. He didn’t cut a bureaucratic …

I don’t believe we can’t afford to tackle climate change

I lost another job today. I work in environmental communications, making graphics communicating complex ideas visually. The …

I’ve got 10 years’ experience and can’t get a job

I’m experiencing the impact of cuts right now. I’m a web content manager - quite a senior one, too, with ten years’ experience …

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