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Scaredofthestate Thu 02-Nov-17 15:17:03

I really cannot go on UC when it's rolled out in full in my area. I have difficulties with PTSD and anxiety, and it's not realistic for me to be able to deal with DWP and stay mentally healthy. I feel well if I feel in control of managing my stress, too much stress and everything spirals rapidly and I sink. I get housing benefit and PIP at the minute I need to get away from all benefits. The universal credit system has no rhyme or reason and is deeply anxiety inducing.

What jobs can I possibly get that would make me 100% independent quickly? Like not minimum wage needing top ups?

My background is doing things like communications and writing but I've never worked full time successfully so I know this is a barrier too.

Grimbles Thu 02-Nov-17 15:23:11

If there was an easy answer to that then everybody would be doing it?

Scaredofthestate Thu 02-Nov-17 15:25:01

Right well I can't think of anything myself despite many hours of trying to figure it out. However sometimes you can brainstorm with others and ideas come up that maybe haven't occurred to you before.

2ndSopranos Thu 02-Nov-17 15:30:56

I think your starting point would be to work out what you would need to run your home, so all bills, food, childcare, other expenses etc. etc. Say that comes out at 19k. Then you have a look to see what sort of jobs pay that amount of money and work from there.

silentsigh Thu 02-Nov-17 15:32:54

Are you aware PIP is not affected by universal credit? It's one of the benefits that's not included (I also claim PIP).

RatherBeRiding Thu 02-Nov-17 15:36:08

It's possibly less a question of what you can do (theoretically) and more a question of what jobs are actually available locally.

As you say, you've not got a lot to put on a CV but that's your starting point.

Might it worth approaching some agencies? What qualifications do you have? Educational attainment etc?

GlitterGlue Thu 02-Nov-17 15:37:03

Have you spoken to a benefits advisor and found out exactly what uc would mean for you? It may well mean you continue as you are now.

Birdsgottafly Thu 02-Nov-17 15:37:35

Are you already on ESA?

The transition will be easier than someone making a new claim.

I think you are having a anxious episode and need to slow down, tbh.

The CAB would help you.

Are you really fit for work, applying, going to interviews, taking the same documents to your employer that you would the DWP?

As said, your PIP won't be affected.

DoubleRamsey Thu 02-Nov-17 15:37:38

Have you got a household budget? I would start with that and get an idea of what you need a month not including benefits.

Can you tutor English if you are a writer? That can pay well. Or proofreading service? Blogging/reviewing stuff? A combination of a few of these things? How are you with IT? You could be a website content designer? Most big companies have an internal communications person which might work? They pay fairly well

GlitterGlue Thu 02-Nov-17 15:38:49

Not that you shouldn’t look for work if that’s feasible, but don’t rush headlong into a massive panic about things until you know exactly what you’re dealing with. It could be years before you’re moved over.

BitOutOfPractice Thu 02-Nov-17 15:40:22

I got surveyed by Mori yesterday and the leaflet they gave me said they are always looking for pwople to do the surveys... worth a shot

As an aside, I hate this fucking heartless bunch of idiots we have in government

WineAndTiramisu Thu 02-Nov-17 15:42:07

Maybe look at doing some part time work for your CV? Could even be unpaid (eg charity shop). Would help you get back into working, and give your CV a boost for when you find a full time job you want to apply for

inmyshoos Thu 02-Nov-17 15:43:59

scared I became a single parent to 3dc at the start of the year. I too have suffered from ptsd and still struggle with anxiety. Admittedly i did find UC stressful at first, mostly because they constantly warn you about being sanctioned which made me really anxious . However, I found myself a part time job (had been a sahm for 10yrs), (in my very rural area with no bloody childcare) and was told to continue to search for more work. It has been fine. I actually like how it adjusts each month depending what you earn. Some months I earn very little due to dc being off school and it is all adjusted automatically.
You may find it isn't as bad as you are anticipating. If you are stressed you can get a sick line from gp. I remember when I had to apply, at my first uc interview, the advisor suggested I see gp to get a sickline for a few weeks because I was so upset and stressed I cried the whole time I was with her. In the end I didn't need to. I found a job and haven't looked back.

Ttbb Thu 02-Nov-17 15:46:42

Can't you go back to university or something? Do you think that anyone would be working for minimum wage if it was that easy to find abetted paid job?

Inkandbone Thu 02-Nov-17 15:49:03

Depends where you live.

Care workers are always needed?

AnnabellaH Thu 02-Nov-17 15:51:40

Adult phone operator. Pays well. If you can handle talking about genitals and kink all day.

Inkandbone Thu 02-Nov-17 15:53:18

Actually that's not correct amelia! Those lines have all but died a death.

Inkandbone Thu 02-Nov-17 15:53:55

Who is amelia! Annabelle sorry. Same names as DDs dolls ... I'm sorry !

BoreOfWhabylon Thu 02-Nov-17 15:57:04

NHS Admin and Clerical jobs

Filter for location etc

Scaredofthestate Thu 02-Nov-17 15:59:06

Yes I am affected I will lose my disability tax credits so approximately £400 per month.

I know PIP is separate but my review is due and I'm not confident they will renew it without a fight.

Yes I'm anxious but not unrealistically anxious - I'm losing real money.

BarbarianMum Thu 02-Nov-17 16:01:31

How much would you need to bring in each month in order to live?

Scaredofthestate Thu 02-Nov-17 16:01:44

I have a degree but tutoring companies seem to want a postgrad degree, none of them have responded to my applications for jobs with them. I suppose maybe I could tutor on my own though? Maybe I should stick an ad up here and there!

I've worked part time and done a little volunteering for years. Just not full time work.

NameChangeFamousFolk Thu 02-Nov-17 16:03:10

Join Upwork and freelance as a writer doing copy/content etc.?

Scaredofthestate Thu 02-Nov-17 16:03:47

I need about £1600 (I can't cut things beyond that) per month after tax, which I think is about £26k or more salaried per year. Feels overwhelming.

Scaredofthestate Thu 02-Nov-17 16:05:12

Yes I do freelance the thing is though they're all low paid jobs - so that's why I'm reliant on benefits to top me up.

I'm at a loss as to how I can transition into work that pays enough to meet my expenses. It's a mystery to me.

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