Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/879/21775

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 November 2015

My struggle for an income I can live on

"Please Sir, can I have a job?"

Photo Dan Moyle (Creative Commons)

Photo Dan Moyle (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Steven Green, London

I have multiple disabilities that include mobility post-traumatic stress disorder and dyslexia. After a long period of mental illness, I reflected on what I would like to do with my remaining 21 years in the workplace.

After much deliberation I decided to re-enter full time education to train as a teacher in the post-16 sector. Anybody who has completed teacher training or a PGCE will tell you it's a long, hard slog.

Throughout my training I kept my incapacity benefit for my disabilities. I need a very complicated operation on my spine - and even that may fail to take away the pain I experience.

Agencies

Upon completion of my PGCE, I entered the minefield that is the job market - the reams of paperwork and compliance checks, all of them necessary so that I can go out into a classroom and teach.

I wasn't confident that I would find work, being middle aged and disabled. I applied to work through agencies but I became jaded with their promises.

It made me realise how it must have felt for the stevedores and others who queued up to be chosen to work for a day in the 1920s.

Time passes by - days turn into weeks. But before they can turn into months, I receive a call - there is a job for me, with hours to suit. It was like winning the lottery I was so pleased.

I knew I would have to contact the DWP as I had found a job - I did, and told them of my part time hours. I was told it would have to go to the 'decision maker'. I waited and waited. In the meantime I had to miss the dreaded medical because I was scheduled to teach at that time.

One day I came home from work and there was a letter explaining that my incapacity benefit would be stopped from November. The issue is whether I was carrying out 'permitted work' - but this had never been mentioned to me.

They sent me a form to fill in - more fun for a dyslexic! I'm broke - physically, mentally and financially. I have had to reclaim housing benefit.

I find myself on one hand a highly valued teacher, but on the other marginalised and under scrutiny. Not for the first time in my life, I'm in a position where I could find myself homeless.

I'm still available for work, should any arise that I can do with my disability. Please Sir, can I have a job?

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 18 November 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

How to defend Corbyn and defeat austerity

We can defeat the Tory cuts!

Tories flog bank assets to hellhound US profiteers

Athletics doping scandal: big business profits behind global sports corruption

Councils won't spend a penny

Them & Us


Socialist Party features

The end of social housing? How can we solve the housing crisis?

How can young people organise to support Jeremy Corbyn?


International socialist news and analysis

Paris terror attacks


Workplace news and analysis

Junior doctors: first strikes in 40 years

Trade union action needed to fight for steel jobs

Historic London bus drivers' agreement

Reinstate sacked CWU reps

Pro-Corbyn mood among Usdaw members

Support for Roger Bannister in Unison election

Workplace news in brief


Readers' comments and reviews

All NHS unions should join junior doctors' strike

A day in the life of a Game retail worker

Why I joined: "I already feel as if I am finally home"

Robert Tressell's characters are all too real to me

My struggle for an income I can live on


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Labour bans union activist

Thousands march against India premier's bloody sectarianism

Strike to save Lambeth libraries

Gaining momentum in Lewisham

Anger at care home closure


 

Home   |   The Socialist 18 November 2015   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Disability:

triangleService users and families protest learning disability service cuts

triangleLeeds: Disability campaigners force council to retreat

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleAction demanded from new council

triangleParents and campaigners protest Leeds disability travel cut

Incapacity:

triangleESA under the cosh

triangleThe Work Programme isn't working

triangleFrom pillar to post: reassessment for ESA

triangleWelfare Reform Bill:- Lords compromise is no victory

Mobility:

trianglePostie paper sale

triangleReverse social care sell-offs

triangleFare-refusal protest demands restored rail passes

Housing benefit:

triangleTories u-turn on social housing benefit cap and borrowing to build

triangleFight expansion of disastrous 'Universal Credit' welfare system

Stress:

triangleGCSE grading game stresses out students - even more than before!

Disabled:

triangleMaximus profitus: disabillity profiteering scandal

DWP:

triangleDWP: PCS union builds fightback on pay

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

17/10/18

Redundancy

Grimethorpe dinner ladies stage all-out strike against redundancy

17/10/18

PCS

PCS union: nominate Chris Baugh as Left Unity candidate for assistant general secretary

17/10/18

Far-right

Demo against far-right DFLA

17/10/18

Socialist Students

De Montfort freshers stall

17/10/18

Devon

Devon foster carers fight 30% cut in allowances

17/10/18

Capitalism

Socialism - the podcast offering Marxist analysis for the movement against capitalism

17/10/18

Newham

Newham finance staff fight pay and grading insult

17/10/18

Pay

Cable makers' pay strike bites as production falls 33%

17/10/18

Bolton

Bolton hospital workers strike as subsidiary company refuses NHS pay rates

17/10/18

Uber

Uber drivers strike against unfair 'deactivation' and low pay

17/10/18

South Western Railway

South Western rail workers launch five-day safety strike to save guards

17/10/18

Birmingham

Striking Brum home carers reject 'final' pay cut offer

16/10/18

Haringey

'Corbyn-council' faces a choice: Implement or fight the cuts

12/10/18

Film

Peterloo film exposes bloody nature of capitalism

12/10/18

Universal Credit

New anti-poll tax type revolt needed today

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999