I’m fed up of people telling me to go to Citizens Advice Bureau. In the end of done more to help myself. By now I know what they’ll say – and I don’t qualify for any of it!
I’ve been there – done that; and I’m poorer than ever. I don’t drink, don’t smoke, can’t justify the cost of going out of the house!! So I try to cope with 2,000 pages of legal and tribunal evidence on my own. God its boring after years of waiting!
I receive ESA and Child Benefit. Not enough to live on; wasn’t 4 years ago; isn’t now.
Even my medical pension hasn’t help much; the ESA is reduced anyway as a result.
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) are simply surprised that I haven’t solved my problems yet. Er – life long term illness? And the Employment Tribunal I am sure is taking deliberately long. And no you can’t settle a Public Interest Disclosure case, confidently through ACAS – come on! What would be the point my blowing the whistle?
As for my health –there’s no cure? Certainly no improvement while I’m kept in suspense. CAB just expect me to go away? Their foodbank – now get this, only provides food parcels twice in any three month period. That’s for two of us? Looks like we’ll living on Beans, and maybe eggs if we’re lucky. Have you seen the price of Bread?
CAB “At least your family are getting School meals when they are at school?”
Self “Er, excuse me they Breakup for Summer next week”
CAB “Drive down to K_____ and pick up a food parcel”
Self “I’m sorry I can’t afford food, which I’d buy before I put petrol in the car”
CAB “oh…” CAB
Self “It would be a 35 mile round trip – I don’t normally drive that much in a week?”
CAB “You could go to the local Children’s centre?”
Self “Yep – I did until they turned me away and gave me your number?”
So how to cope?
- Bake Bread (until the flour runs out)
- Eat up the rice and pasta…
- Eat the same thing every day and get used to it
- Four small meals a day is better than trying to manage one decent one!
- Have a glass of water before/instead of snack (good way to diet as well)
- Live off Yellow or ‘oops’ labels while you can
- Stretch you budget till you cry?
Whistleblowing poet needs to keep alive