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.