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    adrew90
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    So my youngest daughter has recently turned 5. I’ve changed from income support to

    universal credit. I’m a disabled single parent to two children, living in an area with next to no support.

    I’ve done some research, and i now know that i am at a disadvantage in getting a job, due to my disability.

    i also have my 7 year old son who is very often absent from school due to an ear dysfunction that causes a lot of pain, discharge and popping from his ears,

    which i have a letter from the doctors explaining the severity of that dysfunction.

    i chose to become self employed for the flexibility of the hours, and i knew what i could and couldn’t do workwise.

    So i go to my first self employment meeting, and give her all the details of what I’m doing, about advertising and keeping records ect.

    And i was super positive about it all as i had only just started out and was off to a good start..but then along came her comments like well why aren’t you working more hours, you should be doing 24 hours or more, you are stopping yourself from progressing in your business but limiting your hours.

     

    ummm..one I’m disabled. Two i have single parent responsibilities. Three the kids are already in breakfast club so i can work that extra hour in the morning anyway, and Four i can only work the hours that customers ask me to work, that both fits around my hours, and theirs!

    (I’m a cleaner btw)

    I can only work 5 hours a day 4 days a week because I’m volunteering one day a week for 4 hours aswell, which is 24 hours a week, but taking travel times, lunch, and whether i get the work or people cancel into consideration, it adds up to 16 hours a week availability give or take a few hours, anything over that just isn’t possible until my children are old enough to look after themselves.

    I have a meeting with the work coach today to talk about how everything is going but i just know its all going to be negative from her, even though I’ve been trying my hardest to work around everything, including half term which i lost a week worth of work because i obviously have to only work term times.

    I’m debating with myself on whether to just give it up and try looking for a term time job that fits around my hours instead, because i cannot put up with her negativity every meeting we have. Oh, and also, she’s making me have a meeting every month, instead of the actual one meeting every 3 months self employed people are meant to have!

    So if anyone has any advice to give before my meeting today, that will help me out I’d greatly appreciate it!

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    genuinefella65
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    Who took you off income support? You are clearly not in a position to go to work. Please note the job centre just want to shove you into any job,try the national careers service.

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    genuinefella65
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    I have read your comments again and I feel you are being stitched up.

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    adrew90
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    Because I am in an area where universal credit is completely taking over so as soon as my youngest turned 5 i was pushed straight onto it. And now feeling even more pressured by this new work coach to do more than is possible. I’m going to try my best today to get it to go my way but i dont hold out much hope.

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    genuinefella65
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    Ask for a written explanation as to why you were taken off income support when your circumstances had not changed. It seems to me they have used the excuse of changing onto universal credit to take you off income support.Ensure the person writing signs it and then get down to citizens advice.Also ask them to refer you to national careers service,you want assistance to become a teaching assistant. I would also get down the doctors with your new found pressure because of universal credit.

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    adrew90
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    Thank you, ill look into it straight away

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    Wolfma
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    It is very common to be put onto UC these days as it takes over from Job seekers AND ESA. It is a lot more strict and stringent even when you are working. However, you should have had a work capability assessement? I am in the same position in February and I am terrified. This is where I found the info. Good luck.

    https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/universal-credit-for-disabled-people

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