I have got mild COPD, asthma, depression and Hidrundinitis Suppouritiva (skin infection,. but not severe).
I'm currently out of work and on JSA. I'm being hassled constantly by the Jobcentre to find work. But there is very little work I can do where I live - it has to be sit down (bad back) preferably admin, which is what I have always done. Most jobs here are physical and being on your feet a lot (oh the benefits of living by the seaside - not).
The Jobcentre has a letter from my doctor saying due to my depression and other health problems that I should not work more than 30 hours a week. Acccording to the Jobcentre I should apply for 3 jobs a fortnight. I am lucky if there is 1 I can do. What can I do? I am scared they will stop my benefits. I don't feel able to work more than 25 hours a week I just get so tired. I want to work. I think I will have to apply for any job - full time or physical even though I know I can't do it. Maybe if I can get some strong painkillers I can manage? The Jobcentre expect me to appy for any work within 1 hour 30 mins travelling time - even getting several buses and a train and I can't cope with that. It looks like to meet their conditions I am going to have to work myself to death. Is that what it is these days?
My minds going round and round in this quandry. Can I ask what others think please? Any advice would be helpful.
A 'friend' today said she didn't think I was trying very hard to get a job - she has been offered loads. So I challenged her to find me one!
Sorry to go on but I don't know where to turn next.
PS. I don't think my doctor will sign me off sick because my depression isn't that bad at the moment.