07 Aug 2010 18:59:
Do not get me going on the subject of benefits, I have worked for 37 years and last year found myself redundant through the credit crunch. I applied for job seekers allowance and was put on ' contribution based Jobseekers' as opposed to 'income based Jobseekers' I soon found out that the difference between the two was that I still had to pay for prescriptions and dentistry, wheras the income based set, usually longer term unemployed did not. Do not ask me the logic behind that! To put the top hat on it I had paid for a all inclusive holiday for my family with money from my salary before I was made redundant, but because I was honest and told them about it, they stopped me 11 days benefit for being out of the country even though I had found my own job, starting when I got back. So in the 3 months I was unemployed in 37 years, they made me pay for prescriptions, dentistry and stopped me money for being out of the country on a prepaid holiday. Maybe if I had a boatload of kids and trundled in from say Somalia they might have put me up in a posh part of London and paid a couple of grand a week housing benefit for me! You could not make a story like that up could you. We have become the skip of the world, taking in everyones crap, while decent hard working people are squeezed like lemons to save a few bob.
There, Rant over. I feel better already sharing that burden.
This message was last edited by dakey on 07/08/2010.
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