"We'll stop your benefits if you don't turn up, but we're not telling you where it is you have to turn up to."
A friend of my Mum’s was on JSA a while ago when she received a letter from them telling her to go to one of their employ-ability courses. The letter said that, if she didn’t turn up, her benefits would be stopped. Unfortunately, they hadn’t thought it important to include the venue on the letter. As people on benefits are well known for being people in comfortable houses with well topped up phones, I expect the job centre also thought that rather than leave any contact details on the letter, it would be more fun for her to ring various phones numbers until she could track down the sender. Presumably they had also missed the English class about letter writing as there were no contact details in the top right hand corner either. After ringing seven different numbers, she was eventually able to speak to someone who could tell her where this course was to be held. By now she was quite used to them threatening to stop her benefits, as they had previously told her to turn up to two separate meetings, both on the same day, at the same time and in different places, and both of which would result in her losing her benefits if she didn’t turn up. Fortunately though, the joke is on them because, while she is on their system to help her find work, her husband is in full time employment which means that, in fact, she doesn’t actually receive any benefits from them anyway. And they think we’re stupid!
I am a creative writing graduate living in Devon. I love writing either to express myself or to make people think.I have a lot of friends who are unemployed and was on JSA for a time myself. I think the treatment of clients at the job centre is so appalling that sometimes you have to go home and cry, take a deep breath and write about it in a way that will make people laugh. So I started this page. I hope to change people's attitudes about people on benefits but if I can't do that then I at least hope you'll laugh with me.Apart from this page, I usually write poems and prose poetry and I've recently started blogging. I'm happiest when I'm by the sea, getting on a plane, or at McDonalds with my best friend. As well as writing I'm passionate about dance, friendship and above all Jesus. One of the things I'm most grateful for in life is my wonderful Godson. I want to see the world and when I do I will write about it the way I see it. Thank you for visiting my site. I hope you enjoyed it.