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Dismal weekend!

Last friday, when i went to get some money out of my bank account, I found it empty. I went to the jobcentre & used the phone there to call the DSS. They told me that my hardship payment won`t kick in until 9/12/13, meaning that what was in the gas & electric meter was all that I had for the weekend. The meters were already on emergency credit, & about to run out, & I had just 2 loaves of bread, some margarine, & marmite to eat until Monday. The gas ran out on friday, so no baths or showers all weekend, & the electric ran out on sunday morning, so no hot drinks until monday. It was my birthday on sunday, & I can`t remember a worse one! I switched off all the electric appliances to conserve it, so no tv, I just read when it was daylight, I listened to music on my Phone, which was fully charged. It was like victorian times. I just wonder how our ancestors stayed sane!

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I am so sad to read your post :-(

I remember you posting about the pitense they were going to give you but never imagined they would leave you so long without , it is a disgrace I am lost for words to think that in this day & age people are been treated this way !

Happy Birthday for yesterday :-)





Thanks for the birthday greeting, & the book I was reading was Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, very appropriate under the circumstances, all about workhouses & poverty in victorian london. I can just see this government reopening the workhouses!


Hi there, that's terrible how do they expect ppl to survive on nothing , so sorry to hear that, on your birthday too , just thought is there a food bank near you might be worth checking for emergencies x

Mimii xx


Happy birthday for yesterday, that is awful what they've done to you. I hope the payment has kicked in today. That is a good idea Mimii, do you have a food bank near you?

Take care xx



Wow! that is typical DHSS leaving you with no payment till today.

Happy Birthday to you for yesterday, hope you have got your payment now and got yourself sorted and bought a nice cream cake for yourself.

gardener x


I got my money on Monday, & celebrated with a big bar of chocolate. When I am having my normal benefits I do put aside what I can, & it has helped when I`m sanctioned in the past. Iv`e been looking at adverts in newsagents windows to see if anyone wants some cleaning work done. A couple of quid here & there would help.


oh good luck hun!!! your bar if chocolate sounds lovely. please do check out any charities near you and also any places with free meetings. I am not religious but imagine churches might be somewhere? also there are libraries. I seriously can't imagine how you got through the weekend. you are strong and wonderful. happy birthday to you, you inspiration xxx


As a matter of fact, I v`e just been to a local food bank in a local church, & they were really generous, Iv`e now got a cupboard full of tins & packets that would have cost me about £15 or £20 in the supermarket, so I`m okay for food until next week. They also said that one letter from the jobcentre will allow 6 visits to the place, so al I reall need to stress about now is keeping the meters fed.


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