I am French (and have an EU passport) and I have been living here for 9 years. I worked full-time for the first 4 years and became pregnant. I was on income support for just a little over a year after my maternity leave ended.
Just before my daughter’s second birthday, I started university and I studied for the last 3 years while I was getting enough money via my student finance (loans and grants…I applied for everything!)
a few weeks ago I decided to apply for the Universal credit because my job search is harder than I expected. I have been looking for a graduate job in the journalism industry for two months and still nothing. It is not easy because I have to think about the commute time, the hours, the money and being alone in London I have to count on myself only.
This week I receive the universal credit’s refusal decision and since then I am broken in millions of pieces. The job center lady assured me that there was no reason why my claim wouldn’t go through so their decision comes as a BIG surprise. I failed because I am a jobseeker. I appealed their decision but I really doubt they will change their mind.
I believe they don’t know I was getting income support between work and uni but I don’t even know if that means anything.
I can’t apply for jobseeker allowance because I haven’t been working for over two years. I can’t apply for anything but I still get my Housing Benefits (I think).
Today I had to cancel my daughter’s nursery because I can’t afford it. She goes part time there and part-time to the childminder. But it means I will lose my place at the nursery if I get a full-time job.
Is there anything out there to help me? I am begging for help. I can’t survive on £20.70 a week and be expected to find a job at the same time.
I am looking for a job every day and I don’t want to stay on benefits but it would help me so so so much in the meantime.
Check everything on here carefully as there’s are different rules for EU citizens. I’d everything still points to you being eligible then appeal. I think you only have a couple of weeks to lodge an appeal.