Terry signed off JSA 3 weeks ago and signed up for pension credits. Easy peasie, you might think. The department of works and pensions has taken all this time to close Terry’s account and it will still not be finalised for another 4 working days. Meanwhile, the pension credit people’s hands are tied until the account is finalised and then we have to wait another 10 working days. “Get a crisis loan”, they say blithely. Terry was on the phone for over two hours, this morning and the upshot is we can have a loan of £136.28 to tide us over until after the sixth of October. Tide us over!!!! 2 Dogs, 2 cats, 2 humans to feed, plus gas, electricity, sundries and other living expenses….means hard times are ahead. Obviously, the pets come first, so a really unhealthy diet of cheap frozen sausages and chips is forecast for the foreseeable future. I would scream and shout if I thought it would help but really, it is just a time to duck down behind the parapet and get on as best we can. Maybe we shall have a better year, after this dreadful one we are living through.
The phone may get cut off and if it does, I shall lose my internet connection. Hey ho, on we go.