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I need a hardship loan because my wages don’t cover my rent

Gio, 19. At the Kilburn jobcentre to get forms to apply for a hardship loan “My rent is £1250 a month. I’m working …

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 …

I’m 62 and they threaten me with sanctions

“I worked in the voluntary sector and was made redundant last August, because of cuts. “Some of us in our previous lives …

JSA: they threatened sanctions because they couldn’t read my handwriting

Testimony from Bruce (name changed), a support workers in his 40s. He was furious because he’d actually found himself a job …

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 …

They told me to borrow money from friends when they sanctioned me

Andy, in his 50s. Works as a painter and decorator. Has to sign on when work dries up: I was sanctioned. They stopped my money …

They sanctioned me. My MP had to sort it out.

Davy,  in his 30s and a commis chef: They sanctioned me. It was meant to be for a month, but it was only for two weeks, …

I’m 60 and I’m on JSA. It’s £142 a fortnight to live on.

I am Dan and I am 60. I am on JSA. What chance do I have. You have all these people, aged 22 and 23 and they can’t find a job. …

How many more deaths will be enough?

When I first started asking that,the response was “don’t be ridiculous”!yet each month as this vile piece of Political …

We’re young mothers and we can’t find secure housing for us and our kids

We live at the Focus E15 hostel for young mothers and babies in Newham. There are also young people there who don’t have …

Dumbest sanction

My Jobcentre advisor couldn’t see my information in the Universal Jobmatch website. I am sanctioned. Is there any jobcentre …

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 …

#JSA sanctions and Tory Britain today – A mum speaks out

From Joe Halewood: http://speye.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/sanctions-and-tory-britain-today-a-mum-speaks-out/ My son was very …

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 …

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 …

Homeless, fighting drug addiction and for somewhere to live

My name is Dean and I live in Stroud. I have been a long-time heroin addict. I recently walked from Cheltenham to Stroud to …

I have to cut my food budget to pay council tax

My name is Claire and I am on employment and support allowance. I live in Leeds. I have a teenage daughter who is living at …

They’re reviewing day centres.

We are providing day care to people with wide range of disabilities concentrating on people’s cultural and religious needs.  …

Austerity things must change

We all know someone who lost there job and had to go on benefits, we all know someone with a disability and need benefits. Most …

This Country Needs You

I’m pointing the finger at you, your country needs you now. How long will you be under the foot of the ruthless leaders of this …

WAR HAS BEEN DECLARED

The government as declared war on every person in the low to middle classes, even though I hate the class system it serves well …

Is Knowsley Council Waving Goodbye to its responsibility for educationon the quiet?

In 2007, under Labour’s Building Schools for the Future programme, Knowsley council announced that its existing schools would …

Injured after years working in heavy industry and only get ESA for a year

I was a painter and worker in the shipbuilding industry in Liverpool for years. I’ve always worked on the industrial side, …

We lost our court case to save the Independent Living Fund

I need 24/7 care support and rely on the Independent Living Fund to pay for that care. The government decided to close the fund …

Bedroom tax - I have a disability and was moved from a one bedroom flat to a two bedroom flat

Was moved from a one bedroom flat to a new adapted two bedroom flat which I now have to pay bedroom tax on. The new flat was …

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 …

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