The whole of the UK have been talking about it for weeks and now that they have no come to life people are talking about it even more. I am of course talking about the welfare changes. So far things are turning out to be tough for lots of people, the rules have now changed but this is not going to be another blog post on my take of the whole system.
The problems we have had so far is our council tax and rent benefit awards. If I had the income then sure I would have no issue with having to pay my rent and tax but the truth is at the moment I don’t and cannot afford to. My whole benefit award for the next financial year is £16. With other cuts etc I now need to find an extra £600 per month just to get by. After the initial ‘end of the world’ tears and panic I’ve sat down, gone through my options and thought through all of my pros and cons:
Option 1: carry on with business plans & try to find another job too
Pros – fits around kids, own boss, freedom to be me, do what I love 100% job satisfaction, helps others, being fully in control of career development. Find a part time term time only job.
Cons- money not a lot to put into it & doesn’t bring in a regular income, cannot drive to get as much work as I could get, confidence issues. Part time job could be an issue with health worries. May get into financial difficulties even more.
Option 2: go on job seekers and find a ‘normal job
Pros – regular income once job has been found, less money worries. Would have money to put into running business part time/at the same time once I have a job which could then lead to retreat
Cons – doesn’t fit around kids – other half only allowed to stop over two nights a week, no child care for term time/ after school. No 100% job satisfaction unless I was really lucky to find a perfect job. No qualifications, health issues…mental – would mean having to go back on meds = zombie me so the Dr’s could say I am fit for work without fear of me having an ‘episode’. Physical – could limit some of the work I could do. Cannot drive.
Option 3: go on disability
Pros – less money worries
Cons – Go back on meds = zombie me. Wouldn’t be able to hoop & circus stuff, festivals, park, walk up mountains, and travel the world
At the moment I have decided that option one is the way to go I have no idea what else I could possibly do.