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My name is Jim. I lost my business in the recession. I’m 56.

“It’s been hard. I used to have my own signmaking company and I lost it because of the [change in the economic] climate. …

I’m 60 and on JSA. I live in fear of sanctions

Susan Roberts, Stroud. On JSA. Interview and recording made at lunch at the Marah drop-in centre in Stroud: “I’m 60. My …

Aged 60, on JSA and regularly sanctioned

My name is John, I am 60 and I live in Stroud. I trained as an engineer after leaving school and had worked long-term in …

When is a spare room not a spare room?

The bedroom tax uses Alice in Wonderland notions of under-occupation!  I live in a two-bedroom property, my son stays with me …

They have taken more than my money they have taken my freedom

I was diagnosed with fibromyaligia 5 years ago, I lost everything my job, my home, my life. After spending 4 years in and out …

Bournemouth Council to increase social care charges

Plans to increase how much people pay per week for council funded adult social care have been approved at a Cabinet Meeting of …

I rely on the hospital hydrotherapy pool for my arthritis

I got rheumatoid arthritis when I was 19 – so all the way through, I’ve been under the care of rheumatology departments. …

Pressures on housing in Poole and the southwest

A housing officer in Poole: Initially, the main criteria for our service is that somebody could become homeless because of …

Living on the streets and on JSA in Weymouth

From “People on the frontline of austerity Britain” (link below) I lost my job and I couldn’t afford to pay my rent… and …

Mental health cut

I was recently told by my psychiatrist that there was very little money available to expand my treatment to allow me to meet …

Given on one hand taken away with the other

My pension credit was increased by £5 but my housing benefit was reduced by £13

Goverment cuts Pathways

I have a 18 year old daughter who has global learning difficuties. She really enjoys her time at collage doing pathway course …

They are trying to save money on Renal Dialysis.

If this cut is successful, the burden of self treatment will fall on my father as well as myself. Every renal dialysis patient …

Our small business built an excellent reputation. Cuts heralded the end.

We have been running a small private training business for the last 15 years - keeping four of us gainfully employed. It grew …

EMA cut is depriving my children of an education

I live in the country, in a village with no bus service at all. I am recovering from a huge amount of surgery after having …

I’m a double graduate, dual qualified professional – and also a lone parent. I can’t get a job

After 20 years as a Graduate Nurse, working as a Clinical Nursing Specialist I was replaced with ‘someone who doesn’t have …

Popular youth centre in most deprived part of Gloucestershire closed

This well run Local Authority youth centre had regular attendance of around 250 young people per week, giving them somewhere …

My protest to my MP

Further to my previous post, yesterday I visited my MP Dan Rogerson, to protest about the consequences of the cuts here in …

Think frontline staff will be spared? Look what’s happening to my nursing unit

Yesterday I was compelled to attend a meeting at which the senior medical practitioners in my directorate – consultants, …

After 20 years of teaching ESOL, I lost my job to the cuts

After 20 years of teaching ESOL in the same Further Education College, I lost my job to the cuts a few years short of …

Where do we go for Money Advice

I have just heard that there will be no accessable free reliable money advice in Gloucester.  The funding does not exlst after …

Local Housing Allowance cuts will push me out of my home

A couple of weeks ago, I received a letter from the council warning me to prepare for unspecified reductions in Local Housing …

The NHS helped us through the bad times

The NHS has always been there, we all take it for granted. As a family it has provided health care for all of us. My father …

Our NHS will be destroyed unless we stand up and fight

I have extreme concerns about the impact of the equity and excellence document. These include the ignoring by Andrew Lansley of …

My business will be affected

We have a small, environmental landscaping business employing 4 people.  We get a number of contracts from local government and …

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