You receive three letters. Each an appointment with a different agency, all relating to your jobseekers allowance claim. Each appoint at the same time, different places.

Which one do you pick? Do you ring each one? Before the appointments? Do you ask which one you should go to? Do you make sure they noted the conversation? The exact conversation? Do you still get sanctioned? Yes. Of course you do.

Because its easy enough to maintain stability on that amount of money, without it being an electric fence to slam you down at random. To keep you on your toes. And the money that wasn’t enough to keep you from going hungry, while sofa surfing, is now just that bit less. TO be honest it doesn’t ever seem to actually appear, in full, or on time. And another half a day is taken up dealing with it. Your phone credit rinsed.

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