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    Hello All

    as the title says I am becoming unemployed in UK soon.

    Been with my employer, the government, over 11+ years but that means nothing these days.

    My Thai house sold and all went through and i have the funds in Thailand so all OK there.

    To be honest, i am prety depressed and desperate at the moment. I am trying to put a brave face on for the wife and child but deep down I am not sure what to do or how long I may be out of work.

    We have some savings here but was trying to save for he future, I am going to have to apply for tax credits etc and jobseekers allowance which I have never done before.

    My wife works part time so that will help but wont cover the bills.

    Anyone else in the same situation or already lost their job and willing to give some advice?

    I am not feeling too chipper these days and worrying myself to illness,

    Sorry for the downbeat post.

    Thanks

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    look at your transferable skills. What are your specialist skills ?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breadbin View Post
    I am not feeling too chipper these days and worrying myself to illness,
    I know how you feel (been there but a long time ago now) but making yourself ill will not help anyone.

    It is a very depressing situation to be facing but make sure you look after yourself for the sake of the wife and kid (as well as yourself) you are no good to anyone in hospital or worse still 6 foot under.

    Things will not be as bad as you are thinking (hard to imagine I know) but there will be something out there for you if you are a get up and go person.

    Keep your chin up mate.

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    The day you finish your job get on the phone and claim Job Seekers Allowance, don't delay the call because you might get a job next week because it is unlikely they will back date it. You can then take advantage of any other benefits you may be entitled to, such as council tax benefit and housing benefit. You have paid your taxes and these benefits are there to help people. If you own your own house and paying a mortgage you maybe able to take a payment holiday. The banks and mortgage lenders deal with these sorts of problems on a daily basis, so talk to them. The worst thing you can do is do nothing. You can also look online. Citizens Advice have an Advice Guide.

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    I wish you well Breadbin, I was nearly you 2-years ago, but managed to get 'redeployed' at the last minute.

    Make sure you check out the changes coming in for Housing and Council Tax benefits from April, with the latter being replaced by local schemes that will in effect, equate to a cut.

    If you are renting and find work, but still need help with your rent, you can still apply for Housing Benefit without having to first claim the various benefits on offer via the Job Centre.

    Good luck.
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    How old are you Breadbin, is retraining a possibility ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caller View Post

    If you are renting and find work, but still need help with your rent, you can still apply for Housing Benefit without having to first claim the various benefits on offer via the Job Centre.

    Good luck.
    This is true you will get Housing Benefit without applying for JSA.
    If you do not have a job to go tp apply for JSA the day you finish. That way you have a definate start date for housing benefit and you start your 2 week stand down period from that date.

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    I would like to add to the excellent advice already given by commenting on what you said about 'putting a brave face on things' for your wife and child. Whilst this is understandable, it can cause it's own problems. I think it's important to let your family know how you really feel about your situation. You, hopefully, have a relationship that encourages honesty and communication. If you start to 'retreat' into yourself and quietly allow your sadness to grow, whilst everyone else believes you are 'fine' you will cause yourself problems, both with your physical and mental health and in your relationship with your family. I wish you all the best of luck in the future and hope that you can come out of this situation as soon as possible. (sorry about the odd layout of this post, I'm trying IE as a browser at the moment and it seems to be behaving quite strangely! It won't let me use the 'return' key to space my paragraphs out.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bifftastic View Post
    (sorry about the odd layout of this post, I'm trying IE as a browser at the moment and it seems to be behaving quite strangely! It won't let me use the 'return' key to space my paragraphs out.)
    have same problem with Windows 8 and IE. No problem with chrome

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    It's difficult to answer unless you give us more circumstances, but go the route of CAB, they are very helpful. Depending on circumstances, moving to Thailand to teach could be an option. If you are native English and have a Degree of any sort you would get a job easily, just look at Shrek48 (seriously). I've not used this: http://www.solutions.entitledto.co.uk/ in earnest but it looks a good site.

    All through my redundancy period and about 3 month afterwards I found nothing in either contract or full time employment. since then I've had contracts with only a few weeks gap in the following two years despite being mid fiftys and have taken home around 40% more than when I was in full time employment. I've also picked up more skills than I ever would have in full time roles and avoided all the on-call, overtime etc. Don't give up, volunteer to help out in schools or charities to give you some purpose in life and have something to put on your CV. Get your CV online on jobsites and Linkedin, most work I have found is from people finding me, not me applying for advertised vacancies.

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    don't forget a job is a job no matter how menial

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    look at the royal mail web site too, many jobs on there usually, from posties to office to garage work.
    sign up to as many job sites as you can, listing your skills, if your age allows(not known) go back to uni, I was lucky and my company sent me, but it was the best thing I ever done. I had a great time, got a degree and now teach in Thailand.
    If you retrain there are many chances for work, I get mail all the time needing lecturers etc, again a stab in the dark as your skills are not made clear on your post.
    A friend has just started re training as a gym and fitness instructor as that field is massive now and private work is abundant.
    good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shrek48 View Post
    sign up to as many job sites as you can, listing your skills...
    Websites like Indeed will also send you local or regional employment opportunities, whatever your preferences, directly to your email minimising the chance of missing something you've overlooked or haven't previously considered.

    Good luck, Breadbin.

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    Breadbin - worth joining twitter too and follow your local council, my local council tweet new jobs regularly (plus its a great source of moaning directly too ).

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    Thanks everyone for your responses.

    Just to clear up I live and work in UK so didn't want people thinking I am in Thailand working.

    I have looked at tax credits etc. and have the app form already. We have a very small mortgage so not worried about that. I will apply for council tax reduction and everything else i can think of. I live in south east near to Heathrow so I hope to get a job quickly, I hope, but just feel down at present as you can imagine.

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breadbin View Post
    I live in south east near to Heathrow...
    Must be the biggest employer in the area, Breadbin.

    Attack is always the best form of defence and by default will occupy your mind and free time if you crack on.

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    As the_link says Heathrow is well worth a stab. My brother applied there for a security job (never done it before, engineer) but he was taken on a trained for the job. Got to play with guns (deactivated) and everything. He says they are always looking for staff.

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    You really need to think about your existing skills, it is easy to overlook the obvious. I work for TFL, always worth a look. The bus companies are often recruiting as well, the work is dreadful but it pays the bills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bifftastic View Post
    ...I'm trying IE as a browser at the moment and it seems to be behaving quite strangely! It won't let me use the 'return' key to space my paragraphs out.
    Are you running Windows 7, Biff? I'm almost certain you're not and a sneaking suspicion your OS is XP, hence the problem.

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    Without wishing to rub salt in the wound, you could try looking here -

    https://jobsstatic.civilservice.gov.uk/csjobs.html
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