Eight Weeks, No Job, No Benefits

Well after six weeks of extreme frustration of waiting for my job seekers allowance (unemployment benefit in the UK) and in particular the last three weeks when my case was supposed to be sped up, the news isn’t good…

Thursday I heard that at least I passed the Habitual Residency Test, meaning they agree I am a valid resident of the UK,  however I had a call this morning to say that because I hadn’t paid in any contributions while I was in the USA, I don’t qualify for any contribution based benefits.   Damn!   I might however qualify for income based benefits, based on Debbie’s income, but I am sure that’s not going to go in our favour either.   Her earnings are not great, but they are borderline when it comes to receiving benefits.

I have an appointment tomorrow morning, where I have to fill out another set of forms and no doubt do another lot of waiting to see if I qualify.  It’s not good…

Unlike many of these people who are claiming for anything and everything, I just want a JOB!  I need money to survive as well as to cover my commitments.

Yet again, my life turns out to be more than a little complicated…

Wish me luck for the interview tomorrow…

Of course when it comes to job hunting, so far I haven’t seen a single job that I am well suited for, despite my years of experience in IT.  So not a single interview or solid bite so far over the last eight weeks.  After so many years in a successful career, it brings you down when you feel that nobody wants you.  I just keep hoping that any day the perfect opportunity will come along, with the right location, hours of work, and also the right benefits…

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