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Thread: The gold fish bowl that is my life

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    I think that is relating to universal Credit.. tbh though am not sure I want a stranger in my house..


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    Originally Posted by Bernie
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    I don't know any more than what I read in the article

    Currently, benefit claimants must declare income from lodgers. This can affect their entitlement to housing benefit, jobseeker’s allowance and income support. However, from October, tenants will be able to keep rent and retain full entitlement to any benefit, after ministers amended what counts as income in draft regulations for universal credit.

    but that seems pretty clear to me. Maybe you should rattle the cage a bit
    What gives you the idea that because I have nothing I am unhappy?

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    That artical Bernie is almost four years old.. this was all the patter they came out with to try to make things a little better and soften the blow but in reality, it was never going to be as easy as reported..
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    What gives you the idea that because I have nothing I am unhappy?

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    I did work for age concern voluntarily whilst on benefits and the dhss told me there is a limit to permitted hours and "if you can do voluntary you can do paid work",they must know all voluntary hours and it does not stop the harassment by the dss.It is good experience though,good references and you are helping a lonely person.I have made some lovely friendships this way.

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    Originally Posted by TravellerNick
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    Hi CT. Yup, I'm hearing ya.
    So, I believe that work is good for us, we all need something to do and often need a bit of pressure on us to do it. But what a lot of people don't understand is that going to work actually costs quite a lot of the income we get from it.
    So, how about some volunteering work. Far less stress because it doesn't affect the benefits with hours that suit you. Also it gets the benefits office off your back because they're trying to encourage this kinda thing.
    But having said that, maybe you don't need solutions right now, maybe you just wanna be heard, so, I'm hearing ya. Big big virtual hugs from me
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    yes it is amazing.x

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    Originally Posted by Chained Thistle
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    A little update. I not been totally idle today. I did a shout out on local notice board on FB for what volunteer opportunities there were other than charity shops. Someone messaged me from here ...


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    So I think I am going to message the volunteer co-ordinator..

    has anyone heard of this place?
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    Don't know about England but over here I know someone who runs people to hospital in his car through a charity, gets enough to cover his fuel and lunch, cuts down on his heating bills and keeps him away from daytime TV.
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    what about school jobs?Term time only...they dont hassel you so much in the school hols.I had a job down south taking kids to school then back home again after with the local council.Slept in the day between shifts and was able still to care for my mum and my animals.Pay was low but i was treated better working for the council and they gave me uniform and steel toecap boots as was wheelchairs too.they also paid for my DBS certificate.I met loads of nice people,was sat on my ass on a bus mostly,saw a lot of countryside and the kids made me glad i had what i did.
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    Ha ha I did have a go at school cook for a bit but near killed me.They are like endurance cooks in those school kitchens.I only lasted 5 weeks doing that.
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    WHOOP WHOOP.. off to Monkton Wyld Court on Tuesday for a look round and staying for lunch!!!
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    What gives you the idea that because I have nothing I am unhappy?
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    Oh wow CT,hope you have a lovely day!I've read about MW over the years on the Diggers & Dreamers site.x
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    Originally Posted by Chained Thistle
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    WHOOP WHOOP.. off to Monkton Wyld Court on Tuesday for a look round and staying for lunch!!!
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    Let us know what it's like, I've wanted to go there for ages
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    Will do GiT
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    Originally Posted by GivingItThought
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    Let us know what it's like, I've wanted to go there for ages
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