Unemployment benefit is not so easy to get

I have worked on and off for thirty seven years, I have never applied or ever received a penny’s worth of unemployment benefit, nor did I ever wish to. I pay my national insurance stamp because I have to. I have worked on and off for thirty seven years, I have never applied or ever received a penny’s worth of unemployment benefit, nor did I ever wish to. I pay my national insurance stamp because I have to. Yes I dislike the way the unemployment benefit is given to anyone who crosses our boarders, as we become the giveaway nation. But single handedly, I cannot do anything about it. I make my decision on the government on voting day, alas they change their policy’s mid-term, and do nothing about the situation.

God forbid I am ever in need of claiming unemployment benefit! Well it just so happens I have just been made redundant. It came out of the blue, and it is not a situation I wish to be in with only three years until retirement age, it is highly unlikely, I will ever gain employment ever again.

I left it as long as I could however the day came for me to go to apply for unemployment benefit. The walk up the path to, the benefits office was the worst time of my working career! There were so many people of all ages, nationalities and persuasions, I have no idea how the government can afford so much money in benefits to be paid out yearly never mind, weekly. I orientated myself and collected my ticket. I pulled out number eighty three. Looking across the room I looked above people’s heads to see the display flash number two. I knew then I would be lucky to be seen on that day.

Once I was in front of the claims assessor I knew it was going to be a battle to get my well-deserved unemployment benefit. I was asked for so many documents and so many irrelevant questions, I have to be honest I nearly gave up on a number of occasions. I was eventually awarded the unemployment benefit, and have to visit the office on a fortnightly basis to prove I have not worked, but am able to do so if needed.

Well just after my first unemployment benefit found its way in to my bank account, I was offered a job in a big do it yourself store. It appears this employer values people of a certain age as a valuable asset not a liability.

The next time I visited the benefits’ office, was to inform them, I no longer wished to claim unemployment benefit. It was just as hard to stop it, as it was to gain the benefit in the first place. I was offered so many extra benefits it made my head spin. I was awarded income support as my hourly rate was so low, I will be working less than a guaranteed thirty hours a week, so I will receive council tax reduction and I will also get a heating allowance during the winter months or if the temperature drops below five degrees. Some I have forgotten about but one thing is for sure the money will be deposited as and when it is due, I have to inform them if my situation changes.


By: Vesiko Di

When I was in Denmark my cousin was just fired from her job and had to find a way to escape from this bad situation. An agent from a big trade union there started to consult her. That is how I learnt that efteruddannelse means continuing education and dagpenge is an unemployment benefit and how important is to meet such an agent.

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