We have still got no carpets or decorated yet and I just wish could get done b4 xmas but doubt it it will xx
Not been on for ages as been massive struggle with everything cant afford much at all but will say kids enjoyed Halloween. Not as good as was in old area but still enjoyed it.
November is here, on top of the daily struggles we are already facing with the cost of living etc. it has started to feel a lot colder, with the rain on top of this it is going to be a struggle to stay warm and dry wet clothing / towels without causing condensation and mould again his winter. On top of this every time I do go to the local shop I am reminded that another Christmas is just around the corner, which once again this year will not be very happy or merry for my daughter and I alone at home in the cold and dark. But it seems that the government of this country feels that this is an acceptable way for it's citizens to have to live.
Good morning all, when I woke this morning, for the first time there was condensation streaming down our windows, so I fear that the long cold winter has started to arrive. Then I switched on the internet to see that the government is thinking about freezing working age benefits in the Autumn statement, which will mean that not only will be the poorest in society will be once again have less to live on, but a further estimated 300 000 families with children will be forced into poverty. Can we all as a society sat back and let this happen? I think not. We as a project need to push harder for change and try to encourage a far larger part of the population to also push for change. Poverty can strike in anyones life at any time to to unforseen circumstances. So in my opinion every single person in the UK needs to help campaign for change from a government that is slowly destroying the lives of it's own citizens.
Any way I am going to remain as positive as I can for now, hoping that change really is on the way.
On Monday morning I was both excited and proud to be able to attend an in person meeting with my local MP accompanied by a team member from CPAG. This was a continuing part of the London lobby day earlier this year.
We took along with us a copy of the zine booklet and some other information about the Changing Realities programme, along with some local child poverty statistics for the area I live in provided by CPAG. In my mind he showed a good interest in the situation that families face.
He also has clear thoughts on what the Liberal Democrats would like to help change, for example, Free School Meals for all school age children and an end to the child benefit cap.
There were also longer term changes that he would like to push for including social tarifs for utility bills. I hope that with all of our efforts being involved in Changing Realities can help bring around change for families living on a low income. Every single MP or member of this government should be looking at the work we are all doing together to help bring about this change without delay. So hopefully all is not yet lost.
Feel like I have a mountain to climb to rebuild my life from the bottom up. Literally starting again. One step at a time though. Feeling grateful for my lovely daughter and dog and my gorgeous new secure (and cheap!!) home.
Great news for me. After years of failed applications, I have finally been awarded the basic rate of PIP. After being offered help to work through the form and seek medical evidence it turns out that I had not understood the forms correctly and been completing them wrong. I don't think this extra help is going to directly ease any problems I am facing in my personal life, but it will mean that I can let my daughter use the heating occasionally during the winter months, also enabling me to provide for her in a reasonable way during her final year of A levels. I will now be able to buy some fresher and healthier food to feed her and some suitable warm clothes for the coming winter months. My daughter has always been understanding about how difficult it is being part of a single parent family, but now I feel I may be able to make her life slightly easier.
Been an interesting few days, my last 3 weeks have been busy, going to Disney Paris with my partner and her children, attending court regards my children and no professionals turning up because the court forgot to send the order. My partner has a colonoscopy that went wrong and now I am in trepidation with regards Monday coming as I am back in court. Life if very on edge for me, I am struggling to know what to do for the best sometimes when though I think things will be better soon. Life definitely is throwing me some curve balls at the moment and I hope it will get easier soon.
I sometimes get conflicting information from Work Coaches at the Job Centre because I have a limited Capacity to Work (LCW).
Over the last 2 years I was having additional appointments alongside my regular ones with my Work Coach in order to help me find work, and I was also told that doing so would 'keep the Job Centre happy'.
However, at an appointment this week, the Work Coach that I saw on this occasion, told me that because I have been deemed as having a LCW, all that's required of me at present is to prepare for work, meaning, I just need to write a CV, attend courses that could make me more employable, etc.
I'm confused, because I have been getting conflicting information, and believe that there needs to be consistency right across the board, so that all Job Centre staff are singing from the same song sheet.
I'm finally getting a pay rise at work – not till November though so makes me a little less stressed to pay my gas and electricity but on the other hand universal credit will be taking a lot of it off me so is there any point ?
Not looking forward to autumn and winter, can't afford heating on a low income.
So my son's new school has given him 3 lessons of food and art & design, and because I work an extra 4 hours they won't help me towards it, so I have to buy 3 lots of ingredients a week and 2 lots of art equipment a week – makes me feel so crap that if I dropped my hours to get some/any support I'd be entitled, and same with the uniforms, but with universal credit when your child gets to a certain age you HAVE to work no less than 20 hours a week, how unfair is this?