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People's experiences of COVID-19 so far

How are you finding the project so far?: "I’m actually finding it quite interesting to be honest as these questions have me genuinely thinking more each week. It also makes me feel somewhat useful since I’m not a key worker nor can I volunteer to help."...
Destiny K
Nov 15, 2020
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" It was dark at 2pm today. Cold, raining and no car or spare money to go anywhere. Im stressed about putting on lights and heating on during the day instead of just for the hour at night."...
Alex R
Nov 14, 2020
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"Today would have been my mum's 74th birthday. She passed away at 43 in 1991...
Alex R
Nov 14, 2020
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"Children In Need on TV. Wealthy tax dodging celebrities telling everyone to give money. BBC forgot about job losses and furlough in a pandemic? "...
Alex R
Nov 13, 2020
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"We took advantage of the Will Aid scheme this week. After putting it off for a long time, we thought we had better put things in place for if we die...
Nellie K
Nov 13, 2020
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"Not wanti g to sound ungrateful, however if supporting agencies are wanting to help low incom3 families during a pandemic, then they need ro get a move on. The voucher from social services to but a winter coat for my child was to be sent out in September, its now November and they havent processed it yet...
Alex R
Nov 13, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "Honestly, it doesn’t feel like we’re in a proper lockdown. It’s so different from the first time round...
Nellie K
Nov 13, 2020
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"I’m feeling quite down this last few days. Everyday continues to be very similar to the next...
Connie G
Nov 13, 2020
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What are your (and your kids') experiences of masks, and the rules around them?: "I’m asthmatic so technically I’m exempt however I do wear a mask as much as I can when out in public areas. I do find them difficult as they do sometimes irritate my breathing and they do cause me acne and dry mouth...
Destiny K
Nov 13, 2020
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What are you having deducted and what impact is it having?: "I’m not in any form of debt luckily but budgeting has been so hard as I’ve had to buy things to keep my little one occupied at home such as craft sets, outdoor toys for in the garden and such."
Destiny K
Nov 13, 2020
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"Dinner tonight consisted of a home-made hamburger and two-day old chips left over from the previous meal that I was willing to waste warmed up in my air fryer. aka a "fakeaway"...
Meg T
Nov 12, 2020
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"Following on from this week's big question of the week, which was asking about having anything deducted from your benefits, my situation today in particular is related. I have several pets-one dog, two cats and six rabbits. There are people out in the great wide world that suggest that folk living in poverty shouldn't have pets at all...
Meg T
Nov 12, 2020
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What are you having deducted and what impact is it having?: "Budgeting loan fromDWP last year to buy a carpet for my daughter's bedroom. Was stopped for a while during Covid, but now being deducted at £68 every 2 weeks from ESA...
Alex R
Nov 12, 2020
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"To deny your own child, is cruel. To disregard like a broken toy. To allow to live in poverty, to struggle at school, to be bullied, to having to live in a small cramped, cold flat. For politicians to allow children to be finacially abused is criminal. "
Alex R
Nov 12, 2020
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What are you having deducted and what impact is it having?: "I took out a budgeting loan last year for the sum of £800 to help out with family finances. Having had one before, it takes approximately 2 years to pay off...
Meg T
Nov 12, 2020
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"Asked my duaghter what she would like for Christmas. She shook her head...said she doesnt know....that means she does but doesnt want to say incase its stresses me out, as she knows I cant afford what she would like. "...
Alex R
Nov 12, 2020
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What are you having deducted and what impact is it having?: "it’s difficult to budget long term, because our disability benefits are constantly reviewed, despite having permanent disabilities. We save each week, but that may be impacted upon if a repair to the house needs doing, or an unexpected expense crops up. Then we can’t save AND budget for additional costs."
Barb I
Nov 12, 2020
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What are you having deducted and what impact is it having?: "It is simply the difference in being able to pay our rent. Our money is already tight without any extra deductions."...
Aurora T
Nov 12, 2020
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"The lid has blown. Im am angry, Letter from.TV liscence today, pay within 8 days or expect a visit...I found it intimidating...
Alex R
Nov 12, 2020
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"I am concerned about education inequality growing. We are a low income single parent family and I am being asked to buy more equipment for school than usual, due to loss of work I can't afford for my 17 year old daughter to get to college on the bus and my 20 year old daughter at university is paying so much for teaching that she isn't really getting...
Howie P
Nov 11, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "The second Lockdown even though it has only just begun has had a bigger impact on us than the first. I had no work since March-September then began to catch up by working 7 days per week and maybe it would have been o.k...
Howie P
Nov 11, 2020
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"Its good to see people taking interest and suppprting those in need. There is comical value added with a foodbank being called a food larder as it sounds less shameful in a middle class orientated town. Lots of razzzmatazz on social media as the lead person has her face in the camera , similar to an excited news anchor. Calls for supplies of coconut milk and cashew nuts...
Alex R
Nov 10, 2020
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"5 days ago I contacted child maintenance service again as still no payments. Today I have an email from the CMS responding to my query ( not the other many other queries I sent) I log into the portal to read the response and find a notice saying due to urgent maintenance, the portal is out of use today...
Alex R
Nov 10, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "The new lockdown restrictions are making me a lot more anxious than ever, if things are that bad why don’t I have a choice of keeping my children at home. Also we as a family with children don’t socialise much regardless of lockdown, only have few friends who used to come home and kids can have moments of joy, now we are not able to see them together which is quite disturbing...
Milly U
Nov 9, 2020
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"My daughter was formally diagnosed with autism today. Was really worried that the appointment would be cancelled with the new lockdown but it went ahead...
Rosie J
Nov 9, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "The kickdown isn't a huge deal too me really, my family and I have been shielding most of the year. Just talking to neighbours, people on zoom, that sort of thing...
Victoria B
Nov 9, 2020
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"Just emailed my UC coach to get permission to do a very basic distance learning course through local college. I need permission for that when on UC...
Victoria B
Nov 9, 2020
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"Christmas is coming fast, with most shops being closed due to lockdown I am worried that when they open again in December it will be to busy and people will not stick to social distancing measures, I am finding it hard now to go out as I have other health conditions. "...
Erik J
Nov 9, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "Four weeks at home alone with 2 children has been very tough. Everday seems so long...
Dorothy T
Nov 9, 2020
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"This month has been very hard. I am glad the schools have reopened...
Dorothy T
Nov 9, 2020
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"Hello there it's Sunday, 8 November 2020. I apologise in advance for this lengthy post...
Meg T
Nov 8, 2020
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How are you finding the project so far?: "Hello that I'm actually really enjoying the project. I've been with it from the start...
Meg T
Nov 8, 2020
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Is Child Benefit enough and what you do spend it on?: "Hello, I have one school-age child at home now and I received 21 pounds of five pence per week for him. Whether it's enough that's debatable...
Meg T
Nov 8, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "Hi, I have had self isolate of the past couple of weeks because I was due to a spinal cord surgery last Monday. So the idea was that I isolate for two weeks beforehand with my youngest son...
Meg T
Nov 8, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "Ordinarily the lockdown hasn't had much impact on me apart from the fact that I can't go out when I want to but being disabled that's not an issue. Anyway, the main issue for me with the lockdown now is the fact that I was due to spinal cord surgery last Monday and because of the spiking curses Leeds General infirmary, even though my operation is urgent...
Meg T
Nov 8, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "I am so confused right now with the restrictions here in Scotland. We are in tier 3 and, while some aspects of the restrictions are clear, others are not...
Destiny K
Nov 8, 2020
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"Feeling unwell. No not Covid...
Alex R
Nov 8, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "My children cant see there grandparents one of these children have special needs and dosnt understand, we have to stay in unless going out for shopping"
Allie J
Nov 7, 2020
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"Befor Covid During Covid and prob go on longer than Covid. If child maintenance was paid, then free school lunches wouldnt be an issue."
Alex R
Nov 7, 2020
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"The local foodbank is only open for 2 hours a day and closed on a Sunday. "
Alex R
Nov 7, 2020
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"How do welathy tax dodgers sleep at night knowing their decisions affect the lives of others and not for the better?"
Alex R
Nov 7, 2020
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"Yet the UK Gov allow domestic abuse to carry on after leaving, because they refuse to hange and enforce the laws on non payers of child maintenance. Well before Covid. Infact over 10 years."...
Alex R
Nov 7, 2020
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"The UK government have done nothing to enforce the laws on child Maintenance, therefore allowing children of single parent families to be finacially abused. "
Alex R
Nov 7, 2020
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"Lost all hope for a brighter easier future. Im always on edge...
Alex R
Nov 7, 2020
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"Ssturday. Most teenage girls are either up town shopping with friends or working a weekend job...
Alex R
Nov 7, 2020
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"I think that mums who don’t have child care or get any breaks, for example: I didn’t come from a good family and my ex boyfriend is in the navy and doesn’t get to see our son a lot, I have no other means of him being looked after by someone else a part from a nursery I’d have to pay for because he’s 6 months, obviously a lot of the time parents do need a break because it can become overwhelming. Maybe there should be a scheme for this? My support worker mentioned another woman in the same position as me but had two children, if the woman died she was worried about where her children would go and I’m in the same boat again, like her, my ex refuses to leave his job to look after our son if anything happened to me. Even if I was ill, he wouldn’t be able to come back because we aren’t together, he can only come back if Our son is ill."...
Pearl N
Nov 7, 2020
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How are you finding the project so far?: "It's nice to have somewhere to say what's on my mind without having to hear the other person's opinion... This is how I am feeling doesn't need to be met with a problem solving session every time 😊"...
Gracie L
Nov 6, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "We had to self isolate for a couple of dats while my partner waited for his test result. He was worrying about what we would do for 2 weeks, mainly about work as he runs his own business...
Gracie L
Nov 6, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "Not much will change for us while the kids are still going to school... I am still going to work (on my own in an office) and my partner is still working too...
Gracie L
Nov 6, 2020
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"Vaccuum cleaner broke. It was a cheap model from Amazon a year ago...
Alex R
Nov 6, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "Been restricted for years. No support with my daughter, No money to have a social life anyway...
Alex R
Nov 6, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "I hate winter. It makes my chronic pain worse, and causes my mood to drop. I can’t get out in the garden, and the days just seem to be so dark...
Barb I
Nov 6, 2020
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"Day one of lockdown 2 today we opened the community food bank as we do every Thursday morning ( free food Thursday ) we had more people come today than since we began, we’ve had more requests for parcels already and it does make me wonder if some requests are because people are frightened but at least people are asking. I had a chat with a lady today who is really feeling it , her young adult daughter has had her money stopped , she had also had the council on about her not paying her rent and she said she cannot pay what she doesn’t have ......
Teddie G
Nov 5, 2020
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"Had enough Isolated, not one person apart from my austistic daughter to talk to. Agencies have all pulled back as there is now a demand for mental health in children and not enough staff to go round. Im seen as the strong one. I cant be strong all the time...
Alex R
Nov 5, 2020
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"Just at the start of the new lockdown. hopefully it is just for 4 weeks but I am concerned that everybody will rush out to gets things done in the run up to christmas which will push the rates back up again...
Erik J
Nov 5, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "I am not looking forward to the next four weeks in lockdown, fortunately my daughter is at school and has not so far had to isolate, but as there is just the two of us at home it can be a bit difficult finding things to keep us occupied, also I currently have to rely on benefits so only having local shops means things are often more expensive than in the larger stores so we have to extra careful. After the lockdown ends I am also concerned that everywhere will be too busy with the rush to get things in time for christmas and I will be unable to go out as I have other health conditions that make me vulnerable."...
Erik J
Nov 5, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "I think it will be tough for some. I am already required to work from home and have done so since the middle of September...
Syeda F
Nov 5, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "I personally don't think this lockdown will affect me as much as the last one, as the unis collages and secondary schools are open, so that takes the stress off me with regards to childcare, its meaning this years Christmas is mainly amazon shopping, even santa seems to be forced to use there this year"
Charlie B
Nov 5, 2020
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Is Child Benefit enough and what you do spend it on?: "Bring on Ful UC it is enough for me tho for these that don't get much or any in the way of benifts I think that all the childerns allowance should go up to equal to that of the first child receives. Everythink hard for up in cost and we're experiencing a 40% rise in food cost soon so our benifts can not stay the same."...
Georgie O
Nov 5, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "So far I have not have to isolate. But if I had to I would be ok and be so busy that the time would fly by."...
Georgie O
Nov 5, 2020
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"Since my last diary entry my daughter has had a second period of self isolation due to a positive case in her college bubble. Fortunately she hasn’t developed any symptoms this time either and we all breathe a sigh of relief (again!) Now we face another lockdown but school and college carry on...
May I
Nov 5, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "To be honist arty I'm a single mum who shares some childcare with my ex, plus I can have a bumble who is with a family what I work with plus I'm a driver for my mum nothink has really changed. I can still work but in a differant format arty having to work more hours tho to quickly get this done...
Georgie O
Nov 5, 2020
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How are you finding the project so far?: "I'm finding the project realy intersting and in formative to how orders are coping and having to deal with, also the possible impact this project may have to shape new policy and understanding."
Georgie O
Nov 5, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "It means our already small world gets even smaller. I’ve been working from home since March so that carries on as usual...
May I
Nov 5, 2020
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What impact will this new lockdown have on you and your family?: "Hi, I think the lockdown will affect my family aside from the monotony of the days being the same. There's going to be a rise in heating costs because we'll be at home mom...
Connie G
Nov 5, 2020
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"CoVid Christmas I am normally very disorganised and leave everything to the last minute but with 2 weeks of my kids bored during our mini lockdown and lack of resources, decent TV and money we decides to put our Christmas Tree up. It was so much fun...
Charlotte P
Nov 4, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "So far my children and I have not had to self isolate however we have just cMe out of a mini lockdown in NI and that was so tough. During the 1st lockdown the weather was pleasant and the children could go to the driveway or the back garden but this time round the weather was so cold and bitter...
Charlotte P
Nov 4, 2020
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"There is a stereotype about people on benefits being lazy and relying on the government too much. Recently in the media I was shocked to hear that some want Free School Meals abolished...
Charlotte P
Nov 4, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "Yes we have and found it very hard as not having a support group around to help we struggled as my only family All have is my father and step mother but they are high risk so I didn’t have them to help and the kids didn’t understand they couldn’t go out took some time for them to understand why ocd kicked in and started to take over my life with washing everything bleaching everything we was scared to touch anything"
Olivia-rose B
Nov 3, 2020
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"I would live for things to feel a bit normal what ever that even us anymore I don’t think things will ever be like before it’s just the whole unknown that scares me "
Olivia-rose B
Nov 3, 2020
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"Home schooling is very difficult as I don’t understand any of the work my kids are given not having a computer or laptop makes it even harder to do the online work in which the kids get stressed out then I get stressed and feel useless as I can’t help them so we gave up but lock down has effected the kids as they are stuffing at school and I blame myself because I’m not the brightest star so makes me feel a bit stupid when I can’t explain something "
Olivia-rose B
Nov 3, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "I’m dreading my daughters school bubble bursting. We just can’t afford it...
Nellie K
Nov 3, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "We had too isolate twice. The first time was in the summer as my son had a cough and high temperature...
Dorothy T
Nov 2, 2020
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"First day for my children back at school today after 2 long weeks off isolation and a 2 week extended school closure. Last month was so draining emotionally, physically and financially...
Dorothy T
Nov 2, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "I've been isolated most of my life anyway, so I'm used to be alone. I'd rather be alone and safe than surrounded by the wrong sorts...
Victoria B
Nov 2, 2020
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"Had a lovely weekend with my kids. We recycled old boxes into mini graves, which we filled with sweets and small party bag toys (stuff we had left over from old party bags and the like), made two big graves for decoration out of cardboard and duck tape (I've very proud to say I put the words "here layeth sensibility & sanity" on each one, a little joke to make me smile lol) and turned our front garden into a small graveyard...
Victoria B
Nov 2, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "We are coping better than most.We are used to being isolated in a town that has no support for lone parent families, or for those with autism. Conservative rule this area"
Alex R
Nov 1, 2020
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" Feeling helpless in a country controlled by wealthy businessmen in power with no compassion for those who are struggling financially because of decisons made by the wealthy businessmen who are in power. "
Alex R
Nov 1, 2020
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"Just found out about the new lockdown. Tried finding out if the sanctions for universal credit still stand, can't find anything online...
Victoria B
Oct 31, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "I haven't had to isolate yet!!! hopefully i can avoid it but with schools back on Monday and cases rising in our local small town its looking likely school is going to see classroom cases. they have only had 1 and it was a cleaner so far so no children sent home yet...
Teddy W
Oct 31, 2020
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"To all the middle class snobs, the Offshore workers WAG's who live in a bubble of ignorance........Go f*** yourself. Not being able to go your 4 holidays abroad through this year is not struggling. Its an inconvenience. "...
Alex R
Oct 31, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "My 15yr old daughter was sent home to isolate on the Thursday before half term so the only impact has been mentally. We were due to go away and stay in my parents’ new caravan for 3 nights so obviously we couldn’t do this...
Connie G
Oct 31, 2020
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"Living in an affluent area as a single parent a low income, is isolating and depressing. "...
Alex R
Oct 30, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "We have had to self isolate twice now. I think my biggest worry was that the energy bills would increase and that online shopping is more expensive from the supermarkets that deliver compared to the discount supermarket I usually go to. I noticed my children did find it quite difficult especially if I was working from home too...
Danni M
Oct 30, 2020
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"Received email from council today. I must print off the attached form.and return asap I coupdnt open the attachment as my clapped out old laptop isnt upto date unlike the councils shiny new computers. Attempted to download latest version of Adobe Reader and now think Ive downloaded a virus. So i have no idea what is on the form and unable to print it out as i don' t have a printer...
Alex R
Oct 29, 2020
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"Today on 29 October has been hard for me as I am down with fever and am a single mom with no family around and in this lockdown there is no one absolutely to help! calling Gp they can't see me at the practice because they want to be careful. I have no hope and I need to pretend to feel better for my little one...
Deb L
Oct 29, 2020
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"Received the £140 winter fuel payment from the energy company on card with a letter explaining to take the card to the post office to activate then the £140 would be added to my energy account. The main post office based within a convenience store closed at beginning of pandemic. I walked to sub post office 3 miles away on outskirts of the town in a petrol station...
Alex R
Oct 28, 2020
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How are you finding the project so far?: "I really like taking part, to be apart of a research group that could possibly change the future and shape our world so weird more adapt for another life-changing event, I have ADHD so I keep forgetting to log in daily to the app, maybe if it had a reminder setting ?"
Charlie B
Oct 28, 2020
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"During the covid19 first time I passing my time with my children that time I was happy and in summer time I could go out side with my children and we enjoyed very much,at now we can’t go any where because of coold and virus’s is incrising day by day ‘and no any friends come my house because of covid 19’that ‘s why some time I feel borrowing in my home. Now I waiting for vaccines if vaccine come then people can use and we will be safe from the virus."...
Riya P
Oct 28, 2020
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"School multi agency meetings. They are on zoom now...
Alex R
Oct 28, 2020
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"just logged on to journal online last months payment was £864 i asked if i could defer payments as it was causing me to be even shorter after thinking about it i just left it as is but this months is £864 again i noticed they had deferred the advance without me actually agreeing to it so i asked how come this was 864 they said advance was deferred but the system must take 30% for any other money owed if that was explained i would have just left as it was i had an assessment on Monday by telephone for Limited capability for work-related activity element (LCWRA) which i have been awarded still havent a clue with this"
Ted S
Oct 27, 2020
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"Home schooling secondary maths with a teenager. I font get paid to do this. Tried to contact teacher froms school via the online portal and a message on screen says unable to send message try later. No I dont get paid to do this...
Alex R
Oct 27, 2020
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"Chasing my tail again. Who says being on benefits is easy...
Alex R
Oct 27, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "Im in income support and child tax credit. I didnt get the extra £1000 boris keeps banging on about that he gave to families on UC"...
Callie I
Oct 27, 2020
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Is Child Benefit enough and what you do spend it on?: "Its not enough, it goes into my current account and pays for food and household bills. I dont see it."...
Callie I
Oct 27, 2020
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"what will happen if schools do not retrun after the Northern Irish mini lockdown? i have problems with providing wifi for my children so do they loose out on Google Classroom because financially I cannot provide this luxury?"
Charlotte P
Oct 27, 2020
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"Im worried about what Peter Weir will say this week about whether schools will return on Nov 2ND. "...
Charlotte P
Oct 27, 2020
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"I am so grateful for this CoVid Reality platform. It is an opportunity to become part of a community during these harsh times...
Charlotte P
Oct 27, 2020
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"I don’t feel I’m adding regularly enough to the diary because essentially the days/weeks are like Groundhog Day and nothing seems too different from one day to the next. It is half term this week...
Connie G
Oct 26, 2020
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"Im tired. Menatlly tired...
Alex R
Oct 26, 2020
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"Saw this and it feels so real. I remember being like Lily as a kid, school was my only food source most days. I still struggle to eat in public due to food anxieties and I'm in my 30s now...
Victoria B
Oct 26, 2020
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"More people now out of work here in Aberdeenshire. The community spirit is gone...
Alex R
Oct 26, 2020
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"My husband has had to take on a new job as his sector is still banned from opening. The new job has given us some financial security but now we are all trying to get used to our new normal...
Rosie J
Oct 26, 2020
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Is Child Benefit enough and what you do spend it on?: "Child benefit hasn’t seen any meaningful increase, in line with inflation for years. My 15 year old son wears men’s clothes and is 6’ 1. He takes a size 10 shoe. He’s always been tall, and has big feet...
Barb I
Oct 26, 2020
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"Got a nice surprise today. Lady from local community center text to ask me if we'd like to be part of a pack lunch and activities pack project they're doing over half term, like the one they did in the summer (they'll drop off lunch and crafts twice day a week for low income families in the local community during school holidays)...
Victoria B
Oct 25, 2020
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"Reading about the MP's expenses claims. I feel worthless knowing that some of their expenses cost more than a house bought outright...
Alex R
Oct 25, 2020
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"Met a dance mum out on my walk with dog. She has lost her job she had for 10 years due to Covid and her employer cannot afford to keep her relationship with her husband is rocky and he is reluctant to support her. The woman never had time for me before Covid...
Alex R
Oct 25, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "I get income support, housing benefit, child benefit and child tax credit"
Jonny W
Oct 25, 2020
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"My daughter, seven, saw the news today about the tories voting against kids getting free meals over the holidays. She started crying, I hugged her and asked her why and she said "do they want children to die? Mummy why do bad men boss the country?" That was a long and tricky conversation for sure...
Victoria B
Oct 24, 2020
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"reading through the feeds on twitter i find it shocking why does it take Marcus Rashford to bring awareness to the situation is one thought and the day schools break up the councils that jumped up for the publicity shocked me why wait until then us single parents (parents ) have already had the worry's way before they break up mine was Monday at the beginning of the week i like to think ahead, thats why i took the plunge and spent this weeks rent i need shopping for this week and in particular next week, the worry has already been done they dont realise the last hour thing makes me wonder they dont actualy know what its like on the breadline and below. then after i jumped onto a post by Laura Farris MP because she voted against then in a live video feed this morning she responded with the reasoning even though i am not in her area (but i still wanted to make a point)in her reply she said local authority's have a sum included in their funding to provide this and it was up to them ...this i am wondering about.... then after a discussion with a friend about food banks and stigma she said some are frightened to go to a food bank incase they inform social services (but i have noticed some food banks have a rule you must have a referral which kind of makes it harder ya damned if you do and starve if ya dont for some... then i just found out there is a food bank open on my estate opened or attended y Charlotte Crosby (Geordie shore) ive never heard of it it round the corner almost but then we are back to the stigma do i or anyone else might have the same thoughts do i need a referral ? i would shy away from asking for a referral because of the social service thing.. even though needed sometimes there has got to be people worse off (but then refer to my Monday i needed some then to get till end of month) so that Been on same estate some might be paranoid to use it because of been seen by others they know on the estate its location is near busy shops. why ive never heard about it i dont know but i am stubborn sod i dont want anyone looking at me thinking i am not coping or providing for my girl something i pride myself in doing but it is getting harder then there the CMS service what a joke march i raised a query of non payment got a response two weeks ago so that aint helped much either through all of this gonna stop going off topic till the next one Ted s"...
Ted S
Oct 24, 2020
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"Lying in bed craving a plate of chilli. Facebook "friends" raving about the new Taco Bell resturaunt opened up in the city. New hair doos and nails done, got a tattoo...
Alex R
Oct 23, 2020
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"Asking myself what is wrong with me? Am I that ugly and awful that no decent man thinks Im worthy. I look at people. Their warm lovely homes, a garden, a car or 2...
Alex R
Oct 23, 2020
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"Getting colder and darker earlier. Pulled the duvet through rather than put heating on watching tv. Daughter wants her own space in her bedroom so she is in bed with joggers and hoodie on. Really must contact Child Maintenence Service again...
Alex R
Oct 23, 2020
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"As a single parent without family support, I am expected to be strong. Just for once I want a hand to hold, a hug, reassurance...
Alex R
Oct 22, 2020
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Is Child Benefit enough and what you do spend it on?: "No child benefit is not enough. It is part of my whole budget...
Alex R
Oct 22, 2020
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"How dare wealthy businessmen decide the worth of a single parent family. Why are they allowed to inflict cruelty onto innocent children, by not allowing the extension for free school lunches for those in need? I am emotional watching the news unfold. I am frightened for the future for children from low income families. Its the feeling of being controlled, the way my ex exerted control over me...
Alex R
Oct 22, 2020
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"Feeling completely overwhelmed today. Washing, housework, looking after teenager with ASD...
Alex R
Oct 22, 2020
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How are you finding the project so far?: "To me, covid realities is like living history. I tell myself that in the future, students and possible future politicians will read these stories the way historians read diarist from the victorian era and similar...
Victoria B
Oct 22, 2020
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Is Child Benefit enough and what you do spend it on?: "Children are expensive. And while I'd not want to have kids just to access money, many in low incomes have no choice but to be I'm low incomes...
Victoria B
Oct 22, 2020
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"I've been really down lately, very sad and out of myself. Just feel so hopeless, and scared, and unsure. This time of year is always hard for me (Oct through to Dec) due to past traumas and flashbacks, so while during summer being stuck at home wasn't a huge deal...
Victoria B
Oct 22, 2020
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Is Child Benefit enough and what you do spend it on?: "I feel that child benefit probably is enough considering the means testing that is currently used for it. At the moment I put a third of it to my children’s savings accounts and the rest gets spent on household bills, food, clothes etc."
Danni M
Oct 22, 2020
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"The next big C word is Christmas. Its in our faces in shops, on tv on social media...
Alex R
Oct 22, 2020
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"Thank goodness my son got some toys for his birthday. His birthday couldnt have come at a better time during this mini lockdown...
Charlotte P
Oct 21, 2020
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"When my son is with his daddy he has pause TV and Wifi. Here its free view channels and no tablets...
Charlotte P
Oct 21, 2020
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"COVID CHRISTMAS There are a lot of posts stating that CoVid has crushed the Christmas spirit. Whilst I do think it will be hard financially and emotionally not seeing loved ones, I also feel it will be what you make it...
Charlotte P
Oct 21, 2020
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Is Child Benefit enough and what you do spend it on?: "Child benefit does not appear to be enough. In Northern Ireland we have huge uniform costs...
Charlotte P
Oct 21, 2020
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"So NI are on a mini lockdown, schools are closed AGAIN. Its harsher weather now so they cant go into the garden, all 3 of us stuck at home...
Charlotte P
Oct 21, 2020
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Is Child Benefit enough and what you do spend it on?: "When my child benefit comes in, its mainly spent on bills, but all the money that comes into the house is used for what ever need has arisen, eg a water bill or food shopping for that week. When my children need money for school trips clothes ect it goes to the top of the needs list, and what ever money comes in will be used on the children"
Charlie B
Oct 21, 2020
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Is Child Benefit enough and what you do spend it on?: "it goes straight on gas and electric and no it doesnt seem enough when used in this way"
Ted S
Oct 21, 2020
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Is Child Benefit enough and what you do spend it on?: "Our child benefit just gets sucked into the family finances. It goes into the pot that pays for our rent, bills, food, clothes and shoes...
Nellie K
Oct 21, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "It’s helped in that we are £80 less over our monthly budget. It gets sucked into the deficit...
Nellie K
Oct 21, 2020
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"The bloody Healthy Start vouchers are haunting me again. If it wasn’t already humiliating enough and down right inconvenient that I have to go to the shop in person to use them. Then I had the whole ‘can’t use 4 vouchers at once’ debacle, for some inexplicable reason seemingly only to make things more difficult...
Nellie K
Oct 21, 2020
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"school never made any plans for the next three days i take it never heard from them this week (monday) last week i had to post on facebook to get someone to collect a parcel from the school monday 12pm because [my daughter is] self isolating only me at home no way of collecting it my self,but they did send a member of the office with a chromebook for home learning, all of the work powerpoint slides, or sheets to print no way of entering her answers i sacked there timetable ,previously they posted there google drive details i downloaded all year 2 stuff back in april so ive been printing that out for her.i also bought last year full set of phonic books which have came in handy, sitting here with hsbc page in a background i dont want to look just yet i know there is something there for some shopping but am afraid the rents gonna see a shortfall this month something ive kept good all the way through the pandemic, I dont want to ask the older daughter again for money she doesnt know how this universal credit financial situation really is i keep that to my self but still 11 days before payed again the gas is on the up what to do what to do :("
Ted S
Oct 19, 2020
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"I'm struggling to keep the kids entertained and happy indoors. (2 year old and 6 year old boys) about to go on our second trip to a park today...
Enzo C
Oct 18, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "I've not heard of this, nor have I received it"
Charlie B
Oct 16, 2020
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What are your (and your kids') experiences of masks, and the rules around them?: "We both understand the rules around masks. im asthmatic but i do wear them however, i find if im standing in a queue or the store is very warm i struggle with the mask and start getting very hot and struggle to breathe...
Teddy W
Oct 16, 2020
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How have the new rules affected you?: "school is a worrying time. Children mixing in large groups, going to outside activities again...
Teddy W
Oct 16, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "i dont know any different. i am a new applicant however, i cant imagine having £100 a month less id be getting little support at that rate...
Teddy W
Oct 16, 2020
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How are you finding the project so far?: "I think it is valuable to input our experiences so that hopefully this can support the greater fight in ensuring that people on the lower end of the household income scale can be provided for in a much more efficient and effective way. take the stigma away from having to live with benefits to support us...
Teddy W
Oct 16, 2020
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"Applied for rate help and discretionary housing. UC is not meeting all my housing...
Teddy W
Oct 16, 2020
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"Northern Ireland announced a circuit break. I only found out on Wednesday about early school closures...
Charlotte P
Oct 16, 2020
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How have the new rules affected you?: "It’s difficult but better to stay safe. We don’t have much friends and family but still it’s very painful not to be able to see very few friends at our home who used to come occasionally...
Milly U
Oct 15, 2020
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How are you finding the project so far?: "I am enjoying being involved but feel like my answers / diary inputs are all very “samey”. I think my feelings may have been different were I involved from the start...
Connie G
Oct 15, 2020
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"Currently feeling like we’re in limbo. Officially Bradford is in tier 2 (high)...
Connie G
Oct 15, 2020
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"Ahh finally I have got a place to share everything we went through during the period of Covid specifically lockdown. It’s been challenging, heart wrenching, emotional, frustrating and very hard on mental health. Sometimes I think, it would have been so difficult to survive without the support of selfless lovely people who kept in touch and never let us drown in darkness of hopelessness. We had some good bonding and positive moments with children too while getting engaged in arts and crafts and little bit fun learning...
Milly U
Oct 14, 2020
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How are you finding the project so far?: "I have found it to be really helpful. It’s allowed me to offload some of my feelings that I couldn’t speak to others about. There are not many people I know who are in a similar situation to me so it wasn’t easy to discuss the affects of the pandemic with them...
Danni M
Oct 14, 2020
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"So last time I posted my eldest daughter had just started self isolating as her boyfriend and his mum had both tested positive. Fortunately she’s now finished her isolation and hasn’t had any symptoms...
May I
Oct 14, 2020
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"Children are back to school finally after quarantine. It’s been tough as I’ve had no respite since lockdown began...
Aurora T
Oct 14, 2020
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"well [my daughter] sent home from school after a dinner lady tests positive so we self isolating back to home schooling, i know its only 14 days but on my mind is the extra gas, electric fridge raids ie snacks 10 days left to go"
Ted S
Oct 13, 2020
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"Unofficial community food banks , I’m part of a community association we were running a community hub every Thursday morning offering free breakfast and lunch and advice we did this with the council, we had just begun to receive surplus food so decided early on to send out food parcels. I then sourced more food and a homeless charity began to supply lots of fresh fruit and veg a week ..... and Morrison’s supermarket have helped out lots ......
Teddie G
Oct 13, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "Hiya, I am receiving Income support with disability premium, I am also receiving child tax credit, child benefit and also claim PIP for my self. I am also getting housing benefit and council tax benefit."...
David P
Oct 13, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "It is days like today I wish I was availing of the £20 extra UC payment. I had an emergency today...
Charlotte P
Oct 12, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "I’m not sure if I am receiving the extra £20 as I live in Scotland. I find the fact that Universal cRedit continues to be based on the idea that you should be better off is a totally wrong approach in the current pandemic. People are at such great risk of losing their jobs, yes the furlough scheme is relevant here but surely UC should be reflecting the lack of part time flexible roles now available for single parents, people with disabilities and those that are considered to not have viable skills in this COVID world...
Danni M
Oct 12, 2020
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"Its that time of year again when I worry sick about providing a decent Christmas for my children on Universal Credit. While toys are not an essential thing, children do not know that...
Charlotte P
Oct 11, 2020
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"Monday, tho information is already in the press about what maybe askes of us and the new regulations I fear that once when not enough will be done. Who will enforced this? Will local authority's behave differantly than others due to money, facilities, unwillingness and staffing...
Georgie O
Oct 11, 2020
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How have the new rules affected you?: "To be honest I do not have a issues with them other then maybe there not stright enough and what is happening was exspected. I get more anoyed by peoples complacency or unwillingness to just do the right thing, what is askes either if you do not agree, and the lack of enforcement for shops etc."...
Georgie O
Oct 11, 2020
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What are your (and your kids') experiences of masks, and the rules around them?: "My kids (3 and 7) have embarrassed wearing masks. It had become apart of our lives...
Georgie O
Oct 11, 2020
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How have the new rules affected you?: "I do not have a issues with them other than thoses that are not doing as they should. Though I know people who have had enough and finding everthink to much and people are getting complacent due to having enough of the rules askes upon them. My mum for one loves the distancing and it had helped her mental heath a great deal...
Georgie O
Oct 11, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "To he honist I haven't haven't nosticed the £20 exstra. As prices increase, bills, rent, food etc and our benifts don't it will take more than £20 a week to see a differance...
Georgie O
Oct 11, 2020
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"My biggest fear is the future of our children. Their education has suffered and Im still trying to help my 2 children catch up on all those lost months of work...
Charlotte P
Oct 11, 2020
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"Theres talk of another lockdown or an extended Halloween break for school deep cleaning. I couldnt cope with another bout of home schooling so the wee men and white coata may come and sign me in LOL as its just too difficult to go through that all again plus I dont think the local schools have put any measuees in place to deal with the stress and anxiety and uncertainity the children have had because of lockdown...
Charlotte P
Oct 11, 2020
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"Ive had great local support. Ive had a local MLA who doesnt even know me provide food parcels and I have a group willing to help with Christmas...
Charlotte P
Oct 11, 2020
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"My daddy has CoVid. He is 62...
Charlotte P
Oct 11, 2020
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"When the children are at school and in the interim of waiting on my iver the phone medical from UC to see if Im fit for work I am sitting day in and day out with no heating on to save money. I only put it on when my children are home or to dry clothes...
Charlotte P
Oct 10, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "i have as yet not receives the £20 UC increase. I know to a lot of people £20 seems like nothing but to me it is HUGE...
Charlotte P
Oct 10, 2020
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"It’s worrying to think babies born from February to July 2020 will be considered born during COVID 19 babies."
Pearl N
Oct 10, 2020
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"Recently I have been forgetting my mask and it worries me, if I get a fine I might not be able to afford it. Of course everyone who’s lived without COVID 19 since they were born are not used to it...
Pearl N
Oct 10, 2020
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"Well on Sunday came the email I was waiting for one of the children’s schools has a case of covid-19 and Two classes were affected and yes you got it one was my 7 year olds class so that’s him locked down in isolation till 19th of October , In the letter it said our child must do school work for the two weeks, join zoom every morning and collect work the next day from school, if your in receipt of free school meals we will be in touch to arrange food parcels and the collection of a chrome book. Well yet again this doesn’t apply to us as we get a little working tax credit. My 7 year old has additional needs he has a my support plan which I expect will be in the end an Ehcp , he has been on the waiting list over a year for an ADHD assessment ,This two week isolation has turned his little world upside down he can’t concentrate the change in routine is killing him and trying to get him to do his work is like trying to get blood from a stone impossible...
Teddie G
Oct 9, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "Hello there. I am currently in receipt of legacy benefits, namely employment support allowance (support group) and personal independence payment (standard mobility and standard care)...
Meg T
Oct 8, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "We receive child tax credits and get penalised as we get working tax credits"
Teddie G
Oct 8, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "Hi Ruth I have twice now claimed UC - once for a period in 2019 and then again from this summer. This second period I have benefited (no pun intended) from the temporary extra £20pw...
Syeda F
Oct 8, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "We are capped on UC. I’m a widowed parent of two primary aged children...
Aurora T
Oct 8, 2020
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"Finding things a bit difficult to cope with now the coronavirus cases are on the rise again. I have other health problems and worry about what will happen to my daughter if needed to go into hospital."...
Erik J
Oct 8, 2020
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"I’m not able to afford my rent this month. The debt from past benefit payments has been restarted, as a result we may become homeless.....
Aurora T
Oct 8, 2020
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How have the new rules affected you?: "Not at all being a solo parent who cannot socialise due to restricted finances"
Aurora T
Oct 8, 2020
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How have the new rules affected you?: "I'm in an area affected by the new rules - North Tyneside, part of the so-called LA7. Makes it sound all Hollywood, but it isn't...
Syeda F
Oct 7, 2020
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"Its beginning to get cold. Even when the sun is shining, the house is cold...
Syeda F
Oct 7, 2020
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"Another day and it feels the same. I am carrying a permanent feeling of unease...
Connie G
Oct 7, 2020
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"Found out today that my elderly neighbour had a stroke and is in hospital and likely not going to leave. I have actually never felt so sick with COVID than I am today as I can’t visit her - she visited my Gran when she was dying and cheered her up and yet COVID has taken away our chance to do the same...
Destiny K
Oct 6, 2020
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Q10. How are you finding the latest lockdown restrictions?: "I've been lucky its not affected me or my family"...
Charlie B
Oct 6, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "I think we should all be wearing them, apart from those like my self and two of my daughters who are exempt, but I do wear a face mask to help protect others"...
Charlie B
Oct 6, 2020
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Q12. How have the new rules and restrictions affected you?: "Its not affected me, but I do think its a good idea, it means town centres ect should be cleared of drinkers ect by midnight and stops mixing of people going on for hours"...
Charlie B
Oct 6, 2020
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"Been an interesting day today my middle son anxiety level went over the top today, he is 11 and didn't want to go on the bus to school, he lost his bus pass etc. He decided to have a full blown argument with us and said if he missed his bus he would have to walk, which was just spur of the moment to try to get him to move, he missed his bus so I had to take him to school, then I had texts from him saying he had a poorly tummy, but he ended up being fine all day...
David P
Oct 5, 2020
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"Another thing that happened this week is that my middle son finally found a place of his own to rent and has moved all of his belongings out of the house. Whilst I'm happy for him and hope he is happy in his new home, what I found difficult about it all was the fact that he still feels very angry about being kicked out, would not allow me to hug him, would not tell me where he is moving to and some of the locks he gave me I classified as contemptuous...
Meg T
Oct 5, 2020
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"For once it feels I've had a really great week. It was my birthday last Monday I'm now 53 years old...
Meg T
Oct 5, 2020
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Q12. How have the new rules and restrictions affected you?: "I insure the new rule. New rules have had no impact on me. fifteen-year-old whatsoever I have degenerative cervical myelopathy...
Meg T
Oct 5, 2020
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"I’ve had a weekend relaxing whilst my two youngest kids were visiting their dad’s. I’ve spent today (Sunday) trying to rest as I’ve pulled my back. Lots of googling and talking to my friend makes me think it’s possibly a stress related injury...
Connie G
Oct 4, 2020
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"Coming to terms with the fact that furlough for my husband will end and he’s still not allowed to go back to work. His sector is still banned from operating...
Rosie J
Oct 2, 2020
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Q10. How are you finding the latest lockdown restrictions?: "A bit concerned that some people are not sticking to the rules in my local area."...
Erik J
Oct 1, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "I don't mind wearing a mask to help protect myself and others but my daughter finds they irritate her skin, but she is continuing to wear them."...
Erik J
Oct 1, 2020
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"Not been a good week. I have had to contact my mental health team but am still not able to get an appointment for my face to face interview due to covid restrictions...
Erik J
Oct 1, 2020
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Q12. How have the new rules and restrictions affected you?: "Honestly, I'm acting like the first lockdown is still in place...
Victoria B
Oct 1, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "Wore the mask to town yesterday, first day in town since April...
Victoria B
Oct 1, 2020
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"After birth was quite bad, I felt like I couldn’t move around a lot because the pain was worse and I had a catheter in. I was dependent on myself and it was difficult to leave my room, However was in a refuge I had the support workers to buy things for me from shops after I had given them the money...
Pearl N
Oct 1, 2020
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"I gave birth in April, you could say it was the middle of the pandemic and for someone having their first baby, it was scary enough to think you’re about to give up looking after just yourself to be responsible for this whole after person. I was isolated, I think most people that are isolated crack because it’s one of the leading causes of depression and other conditions, I was used to being independent and thankfully it didn’t affect my mental health. I don’t have family really a part from my sister who lives far away and my parents which are substance misusers, I don’t speak to them. During the birth I could only have my baby’s father during the delivery but little did I know that I really needed him after but covid 19 stopped this...
Pearl N
Oct 1, 2020
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"so after lots of back and forward with getting a response from universal credit journal system i was worried at the amount they deducting this month (£192) which leaves £864) by the time all that happened it had gone into the bank in short they said i cant defer the advance for 3 months because at the time of accepting it i said i could afford it,i pointed out that at the time of taking that advance i was reaching almost sick with the burdens of taking it that was just £500 (not knowing the legacy would stop)and the other deductions was been paid £1 month before pandemic because of low income so to then change that to £39 without prior notice then of course i cant afford it then because no one had told me the legacy would stop in march i had to take another £500 advance so they taking £ £85.00 advance £39.00 deductions dwp £75.00 from housing because my older daughter moved back in 24th august she has just became fully qualified nurse and is awaiting a start date for a position in cancer care i have already borrowed £120 from her for gas and electric,food before i was paid i say borrowed yes she going to get paid in her job so should contribute but come on i'm her dad always been the provider no matter what ,she has had a period of no pay it kills me asking her for help i feel no parent should be asking their child to support them winters coming and the stress is coming about that and the prepayment meters it never bothered me before when i was self employed and getting legacy benefits nothing did,this past 6 months has certainly been different well am sure ive gone of track i said in short at the beginning apologies so back to todays universal credit a quick reckoning up of outgoings not including food ive got £98 to last a month thats if i aint forgot anything oldest daughter got some shopping in yesterday still need few things till the next shop all sorts can go through your mind maybe i'm overthinking or maybe just every parent is the same things like abbie needs a winter coat, tights,etc for school then there is the FAT man coming (Santa clause) cant even bear thinking about it oh going back to the universal credit journal the agent said after i put her right with above if i defer for three months the advance i wouldn't be able to get another if needed during this time but if i wanted she can defer one to help,because they where took out separately so i asked if i deferred one would that remove the (able to ask for advance in 3 months period) it would even though they were separate so the wait for a response is normally 24 hours for a reply funny enough it seems awfully close to the closing time last msg of the day so ya gotta wait until end of next day your agent will reply so if you ask or confirm the query ya gotta wait again so for me it all took that long so all that stress and anxiety of that process, back to the stress and anxiety of getting to the end of the month :("
Ted S
Oct 1, 2020
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Q12. How have the new rules and restrictions affected you?: "I DO NOT CONSENT...
Dot P
Oct 1, 2020
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Q12. How have the new rules and restrictions affected you?: "The new rules have resulted in a feeling of isolation again...
Danni M
Sep 30, 2020
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"I had a weekend that felt a bit more normal. I booked for me, my kids and my friend who’s in our bubble, to go on a local barge trip...
Connie G
Sep 30, 2020
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Q12. How have the new rules and restrictions affected you?: "Think I answered this last week but generally feeling fed up...
Connie G
Sep 30, 2020
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"School just doesn’t get it. It was hard enough buying my daughters school uniform - from the official shop, through the school uniform bank, and second hand from selling groups. So I was fuming when they declared 2 weeks in to term that 2 days a week they have to wear joggers and trainers (neither on their original list). I’d have got less uniform bottoms if I had known...
Nellie K
Sep 30, 2020
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Q12. How have the new rules and restrictions affected you?: "Hiya, the new rules and restrictions are causing a lot of confusion due to different areas of the country having different rules, I feel that the mask wearing is a very disputed thing within communities and causes issues with disabled people...
David P
Sep 30, 2020
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Q12. How have the new rules and restrictions affected you?: "No no no, I can’t cope with another 6 months of this! The restrictions disproportionately affect stay at home parents, the elderly, the poor, those with disabilities (etc)...
Nellie K
Sep 30, 2020
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"I am extremely anxious about my daughters schooling as I am a childcare provider from home and by the time I deep clean in the evenings, sort tea etc I have little or no time to check in properly with her or to oversee her school work besides being totally zonked. I worry as she has to travel to & from school-who she is mixing with etc in case she gets Covid & brings it back home for me to have to close my business & no income 🤷‍♀️😖"...
Tilly A
Sep 30, 2020
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Q12. How have the new rules and restrictions affected you?: "Hello, I'm quite happy with the rules and restrictions my children School...
Gracie L
Sep 30, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "Hello, I hope you can hear me over the sound of the rain hitting the car my experience of masks...
Gracie L
Sep 30, 2020
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"We’re in quarantine right now for the next two weeks. "...
Aurora T
Sep 30, 2020
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Q10. How are you finding the latest lockdown restrictions?: "I am finding the new restrictions confusing if I am perfectly honest - I question the sense of them in the fight against COVID-19...
Destiny K
Sep 29, 2020
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"So COVID-19 has taken the lives of over 1 million people and I am losing hope that we will ever get back to any normality as it just keeps ripping through the global population. "...
Destiny K
Sep 29, 2020
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Q10. How are you finding the latest lockdown restrictions?: "I've been in a local lockdown for several weeks & i don't have folk over to visit, so it doesn't impact on me...
Meg T
Sep 29, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "I have no problem whatsoever wearing masks in enclosed environments nor has my son...
Meg T
Sep 29, 2020
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"I would love to seek more support to help me through these tough times, I have joined the National autistic society to see if they can help. Any advice would be great."...
David P
Sep 29, 2020
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"I have a loving wife, but we have no itamacy. I am struggling to know were our relationship is heading as I feel we are just friends with children together...
David P
Sep 29, 2020
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"Due to my aspergers, I have tended to push people away and am losing friends due to the stresses of covid, I am seeking help but it is not easy knowing who to talk to etc. I know it will change eventually but its to stressful to even think about right now."...
David P
Sep 29, 2020
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"I have to say my money is definitely dwindling, had to use a credit card which I am not too pleased about but the cost of food is going up all the time and our money as a family is not going as far as it used to. Also my eldest son is now on universal credit and he is disabled but they don't seem to care that he is disabled and in effect we have lost over £200 a month since we post benefits and gone over to UC...
David P
Sep 29, 2020
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"Been a rough couple or days trying to sort out my middle son with his mask as he got to school from the bus yesterday and was sick due to mask anxiety, spoke to the school who explained i needed to get something official so he did not have to wear a mask as school, looked at the government guidelines that said that is unsure, also found out that if you get questioned about not wearing a mask there is a fine of up to £5000 to the person questioning you. So we will see how my son has done today later"...
David P
Sep 29, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "Right...
David P
Sep 29, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "The children are both exempt currently...
Aurora T
Sep 28, 2020
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"I was back in work today after the latest round of government restrictions were announced. I work one day a week for a mental health charity, an admin job that I started in July...
Connie G
Sep 28, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "I keep a pack of disposeable ones in the car for those moments when one of us forgets their mask...
May I
Sep 28, 2020
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"so I've currently been dealing with anti socail neighbours it's been so bad that my 4 year old was terrified, this caused me to lose my temper a little bit after the police refused to turn up to an urgent response for nearly 56 hours. in which time I have broken 3 bones in my hand as I lost the plot when they kept telling me my child wasn't important enough to respond for...
Enzo J
Sep 27, 2020
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"How can the government know the true effects of CoVid and lockdown without questioning the future generation Not enough has been invested in how this massive change has affected childrens self esteem, their confidence and their personality. No-one knows how much CoVid has affected the children who are the future...
Charlotte P
Sep 26, 2020
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""Will Santa still come this year mummy". My 6 year old son asked me today...
Charlotte P
Sep 26, 2020
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"My daughter's biggest concern is another lockdown. She's 11...
Charlotte P
Sep 26, 2020
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"My son is 6 and from the eyes of an innocent his biggest worry and difference this year due to CoVid and 1 he cried so much about, was that he can't trick or treat on Halloween. Oh through the eyes of an innocent little child...
Charlotte P
Sep 26, 2020
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"I am really concerned about the fact the government are not pumping money into Life coaching classes or Councelling for young children affected by the realities of CoVid. It is a disgrace that Boris states he is worried about the long term mental health issues of children but is doing nothing about it...
Charlotte P
Sep 26, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "I've 2 children a 6 year old boy and an 11 year old girl...
Charlotte P
Sep 26, 2020
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"Realised this morning as I was doing the laundry how normal this sight has become..."
Rosie J
Sep 26, 2020
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"i just wanted to say the COVIDREALITIES has been a mechanism of support for myself at a time when i really have been at my lowest (august) and without the covid realities listening to my voice and others alike,i personally believe i may have become more unwell,its helped release some of the stress and more importantly the mental stress as well as the uncertainty's we all currently face, i would say the anxiety and panic attacks aren't the best brought on by the current situation of the welfare system,something i have had to battle with through the pandemic something as a parent you find yourself hiding from the on lookers (people around you) in my case my daughter she sees me as her super hero someone strong and with no worries when inside at times its a different story.at present all is calm in my mind but one thing is approaching which is Christmas and we all know this is going to be a challenging one a very different one indeed we may and may not get tied up in our busy lives. so i take this opportunity to thank everyone at covid realities and JRF for doing everything you do not just for me for everyone you do an amazing job ,i cannot thank you enough wishing all health and happiness Neil, Abbie, Rachel #TheBoyds "...
Ted S
Sep 25, 2020
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"interesting read https://www.ippr.org/files/2020-09/child-poverty-and-devolution-sep20.pdf"
Ted S
Sep 25, 2020
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"oh the joys (not) of universal credit my older daughter moved back in end of august she just qualified as a nurse,so they are deducting £75.00 from the rent fine with that i noticed they had given me £864 for the month so deductions are £85.00 for the advance and another £39 for a previous overpayment matter which was been payed to Moorcroft group debt recovery £1 month ,but now they decided to reclaim this way at £39 a month so i sent a message (is there anyway the reductions can be reduced my energy bills are rising already i cant make it through the month without food bank its causing me to stress please can this be looked at) reply Unfortunately the repayment amount of any advances you have had can't be changed as you agreed you could afford the amount when you took the advance. As you are also having other deductions taken you can call 0800 916 0647 to find out more about your debt repayments and ask if they can be reduced. so i have rang them and there reply was i would have to prove hardship i asked how am i supposed to do that she could not advise on how to do this i said would my bank statement do as it will show i already borrowing by the 14th of every month she could not answer on how to prove hard ship???????"...
Ted S
Sep 25, 2020
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"My husband is facing fresh job insecurity. His sector is still not allowed to open so has no work for the foreseeable future...
Rosie J
Sep 25, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "We all happily wear masks...
Rosie J
Sep 25, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "I am fearful that my childminding business will be closed for numerous occasions throughout the winter because of COVID and worry about the financial aspect as I’m a single parent with a mortgage and bills to pay, let alone mouths to feed."...
Tilly A
Sep 24, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "ive worn one in supermarkets from the beginning i used to get some weird looks in lidl ,there was a time i attended a walk in with the daughter aged 6 then i put one on her for the fear of catching something she was fine and understood,her sister is a nurse so maybe she has a better understanding but its not uncommon now .school has introduced wearing them at drop off and pick up,not sure if that was due to an email i sent to school around wearing them with people outside your household or the lack of it."...
Ted S
Sep 24, 2020
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"This last two weeks have felt really strange , being child free for the first time in 6 months is strange. It’s really odd how you get used to living safe in your little family bubble Then boom the children go back to school , the house is trashed from 6 months of staying home and the anxiety of Covid has quickly crept up. I think personally in lots of ways it’s easier having the children home ......
Teddie G
Sep 24, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "Masks! Having 4 children with additional needs who are exempt from wearing a mask it is very confusing with the new rules and especially now they are saying passengers in taxis have to wear them it’s unclear the rules around those who are exempt. I personally find masks claustrophobic they make me touch my face more , panic and make me feel very awkward when talking to others."...
Teddie G
Sep 24, 2020
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"Since the announcement of further pro-longed restrictions I am feeling down. I’m trying to pinpoint exactly what it is that is getting me down and quite simply it’s not being allowed to see friends and family...
Connie G
Sep 23, 2020
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"Did anyone else watch PMQs today (23/9)? I don't have a life as you may have guessed but - our PM was asked about extending the furlough scheme, the support for self-employed workers and the "uplift to UC and extending it to legacy benefits". The bit in quotes relates to the first increase in Universal Credit (generally) for a long time - years...
Syeda F
Sep 23, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "I must admit I like masks...
Syeda F
Sep 23, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "Getting used to wearing masks, but I have to remember to take them with me...
Alfred N
Sep 23, 2020
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Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "Thankfully my children are not required to wear masks...
Nellie K
Sep 23, 2020
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Q10. How are you finding the latest lockdown restrictions?: "The new restrictions are unlikely to impact us...
Aurora T
Sep 22, 2020
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Q10. How are you finding the latest lockdown restrictions?: "Honestly, I acted as if the first lockdown was still in place...
Victoria B
Sep 22, 2020
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"I am really worried we will be back in lockdown soon - I was just starting to feel comfortable outside again. A friend of my sisters works within the government has been warned to take essential things from work to ensure they can work from home by the end of September...
Destiny K
Sep 21, 2020
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Q10. How are you finding the latest lockdown restrictions?: "Everything is so vague and confusing...
Nellie K
Sep 21, 2020
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"The new restrictions were announced this week which don’t make much difference to us as we’ve had local restrictions since end of July. However, it still has brought up a raft of feelings to add to the overwhelming sense of frustration...
Connie G
Sep 19, 2020
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"what I'm fearing most currently is how my child's going to stay safe in school with 90+ children mixing in the playground and 30 per class with no masks being used children at my child's school are still encouraged to hold hands and when asked if I may put a ask on my child at first they refused and said its not allowed??? my child barely sleeps due to the council using the flat above me for temporary housing and the tenants put there make noise and fight at all hours of the day and night, I am really worried because of this she might catch covid because she's got a compromised immune system due to exhaustion and no one is helping it seems and the housing group who rent to the tenants upstairs are refusing to do anything about my complaints to them which includes criminal damage done by their tenants and all of this my child is forced to go through as we live under them with no help from the council or the school I'm scared about sending my child anywhere with no mask why is it we can't socialise in groups of more than 6 and must wear mask if our children. our babies are going to school mixing with 90+ children and are told not to wear a mask do our children not matter??? mine means everything to me and I cannot get over how much disregard for their safety the government have shown "...
Enzo J
Sep 17, 2020
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"Son is back at school, in year 11. Daughter about to head off to university. Worried sick in case she gets ill. How do I get her home? "
Barb I
Sep 16, 2020
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"The Covid secure changes to my daughters Reception class have impacted negatively on my my mental health. They’ve gone completely overboard (other local schools have kept their provision the same) and made it look like a Year 1 classroom...
Nellie K
Sep 11, 2020
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"So playgroups and soft play seem to be beginning to open up which is great....if you have the money. All our free/low-cost playgroups are still closed. The toddler classes are open, but they’re at least £5 a session! Our usual playgroup is going to open, and it’s normally pretty reasonable at £2.50...
Nellie K
Sep 9, 2020
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"There’s a lot of talk at the moment about the £20 uplift being removed/continued. For me it feels like small potatoes...
Nellie K
Sep 9, 2020
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"just a quick one submitted a question to prime ministers q&a why did rishi sunak tell self employed people to claim universal credit without the proper advice in place to be given ie:the loss of tax credit and working tax credit why was transitional protection not applied as in the migration of legacy benefits why were agents not advising correctly,why was the extra £20 on hb and tax credits and universal credit information not available until April 6th with those applied with help from social landlord Gentoo i wouldn't have suffered hardships i have with no way back what happened to you will not be left behind,you have not been forgotten #covidrealities https://www.gov.uk/ask"
Ted S
Sep 8, 2020
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"Trying to keep getting out and about with a trip to the local park and play area only for it to be cut short after a child was showing COVID-19 symptoms and their parents admitting they were supposed to be isolating. Kinda annoying as we are sticking to the guidelines but there are too many people not doing so...
Destiny K
Sep 8, 2020
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"I have managed to make it to the gym. Wow...
Georgie O
Sep 8, 2020
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"Covid and the subsequent lockdown has caused considerable anxiety for my daughter who is struggling to go back to school and return to her usual routine. She wants to come home and continue with remote learning, which is detrimental to her social development...
Gabriel C
Sep 8, 2020
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"Had family visiting from London for the week which has been both chaotic yet enjoyable as we find our feet during this new reality COVID has brought us. I hope the days of running about parks continue as these are the days I enjoy most now."...
Destiny K
Sep 7, 2020
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"I feel lucky when it comes to the home ed part, I've home educated my son for nearly 2 years now. Seen lots of parents stressing over it and I just want to tell them not to worry...
Dot P
Sep 4, 2020
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"I've been back as self employed working from home now just 1 week. will have my declaration to submit to UC in the next few days and already im seeing differences in what they allow as an expense and what the gov website allows...
Teddy W
Sep 2, 2020
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"Hi. This isn't so much about me...
Georgie O
Sep 2, 2020
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"I can honestly say this has been one of my weeks from hell. The main problem for me has been that the relationship with my 22-year-old has deteriorated...
Meg T
Aug 29, 2020
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"It's a shame how people with a learning disability or physical etc have been seen as second citizens and left to one side. I bealive some areas of the councils have been seeing around seeing if everyone is ok...
Georgie O
Aug 26, 2020
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"We're board, fed up and it's way to busy out there for vanribal people. School may start soon (possibly) and we have on idea whats happening and when. Seasonal items are comming into the shops and this ring bells for more money to be exspected to me spend, more shopping, and busier crows outside...
Georgie O
Aug 26, 2020
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"Feeling very anxious sending daughter back school , Now the days getting closer . Am terrified watching the new awful ...
Jasmine W
Aug 25, 2020
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"My youngest son is about to start 6th form so no uniform but smart suit, trousers, shoes etc. We had to go and get him stuff today...
Betty P
Aug 25, 2020
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"so i asked universal credit to let me amend my income and outgoings after speaking with hmrc a full day i waited,anyway i reported i needed to change the entries as to what hmrc said i really dont have a clue with this i had an accountant for this and they are it feels like they avoiding my question adding to the stress and another thing checking my payments they are deducting something else not sure if i can ring the number given,wonder if it was tax credits over payment they said £254 now this was incurred because i got a demand to submit my account to them in MAY now given i didnt have £150 to pay accountant this wasnt done so they went by there calculations (everyone else has until january 2021 for the self assesment for 2019/2020 for tax credits demand it in may sure this hole is getting deeper"
Ted S
Aug 25, 2020
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"well worked up today where to start went to get my bloods done at doctors something i put off during past 3 months just keeping away from surgery really anyway anxiety kicked right in almost been sick leaving house got there walked from car over road say like 50 mtrs out of breath as per when i get like this anyway nurse talking blood called the doctor which was on call examination followed by an ecg in surgery doctor agreed its anxiety and this will be addressed thursday during appointment call in a way theres no way i could have explained some things on the phone my appointment was just medication review so zoom session i may have to end if they ring around 2:50pm.things have changed in the house this week my older daughter rachel has moved back home she has witnesed the anxiety and now comes the informing all releavent people,when i couldnt even pick the phone up past 6 months suppose its fear of outcomes look at what happened in march plunged into a situation i know nothing about how to go about things dont want to get deeper into debt,with this system its getting to a point its all most like a job and taking time away from abbie the future doesnt look bright school shoes ive had to get on installments for now a neighbour asked if i was all done for uniforms yesterday i said no her reply was what the hell you were all in before us and the 6 weeks last year,Rachel my oldest suggested we went to adventure park together as i said i felt guilty on abbie as we are normally off out everywhere but its been very different lately,so my to do list for today is written lets see how i get on"
Ted S
Aug 25, 2020
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"My ex allowed my children to have contact with his partner who had been tested and was awaiting results. The results were positive and now my kids have to isolate and I can’t work during this time...
Danni M
Aug 24, 2020
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"have alsorts going on in my head today was looking on twitter for citizen advice number and came across this https://cpag.org.uk/sites/default/files/files/policypost/CPAG-mind-the-gaps-briefing-20-August.pdf this report mentions myself"
Ted S
Aug 24, 2020
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"I’ve really let the tidiness of the house go significantly downhill - there are toys everywhere. I kinda feel like Covid has started to grind on my family; my daughter is easily bored and I’m fed up...
Destiny K
Aug 23, 2020
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"A main CoVid reality foe me this summer affected my children and I and it involved day trips. for the last few years a wonderful support group have been taking my 2 children on day trips to the beach, parks, caves and indoor play areas...
Charlotte P
Aug 23, 2020
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"Universal Credit are hounding me to get a job after a lot of years of not having one. I am a qualified teacher and I know I have skills beyond that if I choose an assistant job rather than the pressures of a teacher...
Charlotte P
Aug 22, 2020
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"I am so grateful for the days with better weather as it opens up so much more things for us to do! We took a short drive to Craigtoun Country Park and just having green space to let my kid run about and enjoy nature... it’s just amazing...
Destiny K
Aug 22, 2020
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"Lockdown has been a very difficult time. My low wage has ment that I'm struggling most weeks to feed the girls...
Beth J
Aug 22, 2020
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"The wet weather is so difficult when trying to entertain a toddler, especially as no indoor play centres are open. Trying to work out different things to do to give some variance in activities but not forking out tons of money."...
Destiny K
Aug 21, 2020
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"Chatting to two ladies who’s children receive free school lunches at secondary school. The half price, Eat Out To Help Out offer has confused the computers in Aberdeenshire Council...
Alex R
Aug 21, 2020
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"Received a lovely card from Geoff yesterday, Thankyou its always nice to get something from a stranger. whilst waiting on my first UC payment i had been advised i could apply for discretionary support, i was awarded £500 for myself and my child for food only they wouldnt allow for rent debts due to no income or any other costs...
Teddy W
Aug 20, 2020
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"Well we buried my grandad and it was awful and lovely all at the same time. What a rollercoaster of emotions this whole experience has been. The flowers were beautiful and I would never regret spending the money on them even though they were more than I could afford. I am going to pick some of the flowers to dry and keep...
Gracie H
Aug 20, 2020
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"me high point of day didn't last i put me last 10 quid on electric yesterday never arrived on smart meter British gas online chat no help looks like afternoon on phone to bank then ring them too"
Ted S
Aug 20, 2020
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"The local council have decided to waste council tax payers money by placing cones up every road in town centre to allow pedestrians extra room to pass queues into shops. The queues are spilling onto the extra social distancing area on the roads...
Alex R
Aug 20, 2020
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"Panic attacks are taking over. I receive a lot of advice about looking after myself as I need to be well for my family. Yet what is causing he stress is caused by the government’s and LA decisions on not chasing up child maintenance payments and withdrawing the free school lunch payments...
Alex R
Aug 20, 2020
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"Schools are back in Scotland, my child isn’t. My daughter is 14 and hasn’t stepped inside the school since a a bout of unresolved bullying and her mental breakdown in May 2019...
Alex R
Aug 20, 2020
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"ive added photos today from during lock down and after and today which is a high point today we came 5th in give it a grow competition ran by local housing landlord ,to be honest its been the stress relief tending to them although i did put irrigation system in to spend more time with abbie"
Ted S
Aug 20, 2020
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"Previously, I was in receipt of ESA. It was unilaterally stopped, following an assessment of my mental health by a physiotherapist! Usually, you receive something while you appeal the decision but I could not supply doctors' notes as my health records are not private - they belong the the secretary of state for health and it was astonishingly simple for my son's father to apply to the family court to release them to a forensic psychologist who had a field day! Thereafter, I resolved not to seek further treatment and add to those records...
Sally B
Aug 20, 2020
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"As I'm having a horrible week. My Daughter is on the very beginning of the pathway as she ticks the boxes of Asperguse and ADHD...
Georgie O
Aug 19, 2020
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"Exhausted really tired this week. Just tired from 6 months of looking after 3 kids aged 7-11 , twenty-four hours a day seven days a week whilst schools closed without a single break as their dad no longer able (domestic violence previously) it’s tiring my days start at 7am and end between 11pm and midnight when they finally all get to sleep ...
Elizabeth A
Aug 19, 2020
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"Even though the education minister for Northern Ireland requested a full return of pupils to schools my 2 are still only in part time. This was a personal decision their individual schools made...
Charlotte P
Aug 17, 2020
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"Our local playground has opened. It has made such a big difference...
Nellie K
Aug 14, 2020
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"Still working from home with a 4 year old only child to look after. The strain of this can get draining as you are constantly interupted by child who is feeling bored and ignored...
Olivia-rose M
Aug 13, 2020
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"Hi this is my first diary entry. I have had a look around the site and a couple of days to think about it...
Syeda F
Aug 12, 2020
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"I feel like, because we’re on benefits we don’t matter as much. I’ve already had a moan about not being able to use the HealthyStart vouchers online - forcing us into shops or having to forfeit them...
Nellie K
Aug 12, 2020
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"As it’s getting closer to schools opening I’m Sitting thinking and wondering how they think people manage who are just over the threshold for things like free school meals , it’s ok them giving families working tax credit which equates to in our case £17 per week but When my 5 kids are at school it’s costing over £50 in school lunches so for my family we are better off financially when the children are home as I can bulk buy and feed them on a smaller budget plus the added help of our community food banks. I saw advertised about uniform grants and thought ‘oh great we must be able to apply’ WRONG!!!! No yet Again because of the working tax credit ....... Then I’m thinking well are the kids going to be going back, if so how long for with the uncertainty of the virus.........
Teddie G
Aug 12, 2020
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"My hopes and fears, i dont know if i have any hopes at this stage my mind is bogged down with worry about my finances and keeping my child safe. I have a vision for next year but if i end up in a spiral of debt it drags you down...
Teddy W
Aug 11, 2020
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"Its about a week now since i started this diary of sorts. Today i had a phone call from the discretionary grant application, because i was honest and said i had some of wages left i cant get anything even though its left there to pay upcoming bills...
Teddy W
Aug 11, 2020
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"I had to complete my final year of an undergraduate degree in lockdown while juggling home learning with my child. The university staff were quite understanding, but some of my course mates were far less than sympathetic...
Tilly B
Aug 11, 2020
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"My son is autistic and so, his interests are very narrow. He wanted to go to our nearest beach, as we live on the coast...
Tilly B
Aug 11, 2020
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"I've had a great week this week. CoVid has shown me how generous people are...
Charlotte P
Aug 11, 2020
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"5 weeks is a long wait for 2 weeks benefit. knowing when i get that il already owe nearly 800 in rent because of the way my payments worked out...
Teddy W
Aug 10, 2020
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"looking through various entries im seeing so many able to change their suppliers etc. i live in an area were we dont have that choice...
Teddy W
Aug 10, 2020
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"Sitting down today after spending last week signing onto Universal credit trying to budget what i have left of my last months wages. Not getting any income now until the 9th September i need to stretch this a lot further then normally and i'm minus my WTC support which always covered my rent...
Teddy W
Aug 10, 2020
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"In the space of a week I have lost a tooth, a contract worth £600 (not so much lost as just dismissed). Our contributions as a service for a project we have been working on for 20 weeks suddenly ended...
Che G
Aug 10, 2020
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"I wish people would stop critiquing me on the fact my two year old isn’t wearing a mask - she’s exempt! Have I got her masks? Yes, of course! Will she wear one? Not a chance. She doesn’t understand what’s happening! I can’t leave her at home as I’m a single parent and my Mum works! What am I supposed to do? "...
Destiny K
Aug 10, 2020
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"It has been a long week. We have had birthdays this week...
Dotty G
Aug 8, 2020
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"My grandad died. It’s been awful...
Gracie H
Aug 6, 2020
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"My 2 year old pushed the tv off the sideboard. It’s broken beyond repair."...
Nellie K
Aug 5, 2020
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"I feel really lonely, I've had little contact with anyone other than my children and it's starting to really get to me. The prospect of this for the foreseeable future is terrifying...
Dot P
Aug 4, 2020
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"Another hungry day. I'm thankful I can make bread as that's all I've been eating, just so my children don't go without...
Dot P
Aug 4, 2020
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"Today i had my first UC interview. Signed on Yesterday...
Teddy W
Aug 4, 2020
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"Just put the weekly food shop order through - £90 for a family of 4. Some weeks, no matter how hard I try, I can’t get it anywhere near our £50 budget."...
Nellie K
Aug 3, 2020
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"My anxiety has been really spiking this week. I spoke to the doctor on Thursday and he has prescribed me some medication. It was worryingly easy to get a prescription for tablets - therapy wasn’t even mentioned...
Nellie K
Aug 1, 2020
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"It’s so frustrating not being able to use Healthy Start vouchers online. I’ve not used any since the start of lockdown and they have been going to waste. It’s not felt safe to take 2 children shopping, and it works out cheaper and safer for us to shop online...
Nellie K
Aug 1, 2020
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"So Bradford has gone back into local lockdown. Everyone I speak to understands why, but it doesn’t stop us being annoyed about it...
Nellie K
Aug 1, 2020
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"Well after 46 minutes on hold to the Department of Work & Pension's Personal Independence Payment enquiry line, I managed to get get through to a lovely operative who is sending me out a review form. My award was due to end in 2027 - but I just can't manage any more, so I've put my big girl pants on, taken a deep breath & am going for it to see if I can get extra help & my motability car back...
Meg T
Jul 31, 2020
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"I get paid tomorrow. I'm so excited I could cry...
Victoria B
Jul 30, 2020
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"so sunday i read something energy companies will help if your struggling British gas prepayment customer i am i went online chat i asked for help as i needed electric and gas i asked for 10 pound on each till thursday he said what can i pay back weekly i told him considering my universal credit ran out week before £1 week this wasnt accepted long story short there weekly recovery rate is£3.65 ,i'm a man i got so emotional doing this this is why i havent picked up the phone explaining my situation is building up i can feel emotions writing this so god knows what i'd be like on phone it's so hard getting the advice online the bits of information coming out now rather than before have got my head mashed"
Ted S
Jul 29, 2020
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"Yesterday was very emotional. I had a friendly phone call from an old family friend...
Victoria B
Jul 26, 2020
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"online calculators why am i getting different amounts am i getting enough or to much heads spinning round in circles"
Ted S
Jul 26, 2020
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"re school dinners in brief I was getting the meals for child but some reason I was told to re apply I did same time as UC however I did not get anything for 5 weeks 8th may I got one was first. whole system was hit and miss i am a single dad their was mothers getting food parcels as well as vouchers i never got as many vouchers as mothers overall i had good view of school before this i just felt forgotten compared to theirs especially when they send an attendance women round every 2 weeks to wave at child from the window not one parent ive spoken too had this women calling round,i felt a little picked on considering i wasn't getting anything a parcel a voucher for first 5 weeks i had some extra Xmas money put away and used that but what if i didn't ,i felt very alone and searching for correct advice has been areal nightmare late nights then homeschooling and stresses of self employed carry on and no information cant cope on this universal credit god help me in the winter when cold weather comes cant get to end of month now pre payment british gas"...
Ted S
Jul 26, 2020
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"One aspect of universal credit stress I didn't expect was the monthly routine of stress that quickly forms. I've been on universal credit for two payments thus far...
Victoria B
Jul 24, 2020
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"I don't want to go downstairs today, have to try and make something edible from ingredients kiddies dislike. Yesterday we ate like Kings, the local youth group dropped of tuna, sweetcorn, and cheese and wraps, it wasn't alot but we made warm tuna wraps from...
Victoria B
Jul 24, 2020
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"I cried like a baby yesterday. On Tuesday our local community center sent over some packs, with food and activities for the kiddies (they're sending another today which I'm anxiously keen on like a little schoolgirl lol)...
Victoria B
Jul 23, 2020
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"We rarely eat out and our treat is a shops meal deal. Tho we all need to feel real and have a treat out with others around...
Georgie O
Jul 23, 2020
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"Being a signal pearant is exstreamly testing at the moment. Reading all your post it is very clear we're not alone but almost a part of some secret society. Do you think a online video call chat group would help you not feel alone and get you your adult conversation? I'm lucky tho as a single mum I also have a friend to talk to and understand what is is like to also have a child with additional needs...
Georgie O
Jul 22, 2020
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"Hi. What can I say...
Georgie O
Jul 22, 2020
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"So sleepy, just constantly sleepy lately. I don't wanna clean anymore, or cook, or stress or paint or anything, just really wish I could have a nice long nap...
Victoria B
Jul 20, 2020
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"I lost my job months ago as my daughter became a school refuser and has high anxiety. I am now her full time carer waiting on official diagnoses of autism. I want to be working, I’m lonely at home...
Alex R
Jul 15, 2020
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"Have been receiving £50 a month from council for free school meal entitlement. Although my daughter has been home for a year and nothing was offered before lockdown. I actually accumulated £25 on the school lunch card which has not been spent due to daughter not attending school...
Alex R
Jul 15, 2020
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"I didn't want to get out of my bed today. I did, naturally, got kids to tend too so no choice really...
Victoria B
Jul 15, 2020
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"Just had a call from my surgeries asthma nurse, checking to see how I'm doing (as I've got asthma and am overweight). I explained that my asthma has gotten worse in lockdown and that I'm not sure how to access prescription services while on universal credit (I was told I'd need to apply for an exception card last time I ask, though that was precovid)...
Victoria B
Jul 14, 2020
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"Been reading the news this morning, going on about levels of unemployment and getting people back into work, etc. Nowhere does it mention how many jobs are actually available...
Victoria B
Jul 13, 2020
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"Another Monday morning. I keep making sure I remember the days...
Victoria B
Jul 13, 2020
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"Pleased to have received a little discount of £150 off my council tax due to the pandemic which will help. In my area if you are of working age whether or not you are on disability benefits & cannot work, you still have to pay - for me it is £500 per year, including a precept for adult social care which I need but don't actually receive as I wouldn't be considered disabled enough."...
Meg T
Jul 9, 2020
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"I am really upset about my middle son (21) having to go back to work in the pub kitchen now that social distancing has been relaxed by the Govt in England. There's no way that they can maintain social distancing in the kitchen & I am worried that he will bring COVID19 home & as a neurologically compromised person who has been adhering strictly to what I consider the "proper" guidance from the World Health Organisation that I will catch it...
Meg T
Jul 9, 2020
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"I went through the automation process of making the payment and got transferred to the credit card hardship department automatically. I wasn’t expecting that and guessed I couldn’t put it off any longer...
Zara R
Jun 22, 2020
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"Government decided to remove the minimum income floor in March which instantly increased my benefits by £214 (back to the amount of being unemployed and without any penalisation for my expenses). Also, the introduction of the school meal vouchers has meant an additional £60 a month...
Zara R
Jun 22, 2020
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"My food shop has gone up, previously I was likely to spend probably on average of £!00/wk. this week’s bill was £150 although that did include some £8 shorts for my son...
Zara R
Jun 22, 2020
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"I have noticed that not having shops to go to or having any activities available I did initially cut down on expenditure. However, the longer lockdown has gone on the need is now met by the wonders of the internet and the bits and bobs soon mount up without realising, £12 on a jigsaw, all the zoom karate lessons for my son £5 per week, zoom this and that, reading books, electricals, tv subscriptions."...
Zara R
Jun 22, 2020
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"I am, somewhat happy to report that as my dad and I have been experiencing some symptoms similar to that of Corona virus, we all had the test, thankfully we all came back negative. This is such a relief and I cannot express our joy and relief."...
Zara R
Jun 22, 2020
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"When the coronavirus hit, I was extremely worried as to how this would affect my already fragile financial situation as any spare money/income has been non-existent for some time now. I feared that food prices would become crippling and I was unsure how I would survive."...
Zara R
Jun 22, 2020
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"I realised home schooling has gone totally to pot.. I’ve lost the will! is anyone still doing this? Is it just me who is kidding myself that if I shout at my son enough he will just do it? Is this going to have a detrimental effect on his life?? I spoke to a friend who said her circle of friends have all given up...
Zara R
Jun 22, 2020
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"Since lockdown I have been caring more for my 87-year-old dad who has copd and who is having to self-isolate. He has to rent a property close by as I didn’t have the space for him to live with me."...
Zara R
Jun 22, 2020
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"I am constantly fighting with myself to keep my depression on an even keel mainly due to my financial situation and the constant battles I face being with employment and ever-changing income, outgoings and benefit system as a single parent. I have to remain positive or I would drown."...
Zara R
Jun 22, 2020
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"We always look forward to clapping on Thursday so think it’s our favourite day. Boys love it as they are downstairs as well a bit later...
Sarah D
Jun 22, 2020
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"Another week gone by already - tempus fugit as they say. The highlight of this forthcoming week was that, today, we had somewhere to go & something to do...
Steph D
Jun 22, 2020
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"Living through the pandemic has compounded those feelings of needing to be prepared, because if I don’t get things sorted, even though they will cope, I fear that the boys may not cope, but that’s my mothering instinct kicking in, I guess. I have no one else to rely on...
Steph D
Jun 22, 2020
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"I have had no support at all during the coronavirus, I could have taken a mortgage break but I felt nervous adding the extra interest."
Sarah D
Jun 22, 2020
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"We have both been at work today, my partner works in a supermarket but I am lucky I can work at home I like I am still working it keeps my head straight and fills me with sense of purpose."
Sarah D
Jun 22, 2020
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"I have learnt that I am completely a slave to work, I miss out on valuable ‘family time’ because I have to work full time and extra jobs to keep a roof over our head. Although this can’t change I hope my life can get simpler not buying to keep up with others or buying on credit just to be the same...
Sarah D
Jun 22, 2020
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"Arrived back home about 6pm. Made sure everyone was fed & watered whilst my son started drawing which kept him occupied for an hour or so...
Steph D
Jun 22, 2020
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"Today it was a warm mizzley day - grey & quite overcast. But still there were bright pops of colour from the bedding plants all over the park as they were coming into their best bloom, which was lovely to see...
Steph D
Jun 22, 2020
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"All our wages go on our bills and food don’t really have any spare especially since a lot of my extra duties, such as event work and coaching have stopped due to covid. I know I am lucky but its hard at the minute boys need bits for school, paper etc and would like to get some more reading books but prices have rocketed because everyone is at home...
Sarah D
Jun 22, 2020
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"As a lone parent for the past 15 years plus I’ve had no one to share the emotional load of parenting, nor care about how I’m doing as only a significant other would. The feelings of loneliness have been compounded by the pandemic...
Steph D
Jun 22, 2020
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"And I want to be fair on boys and don’t want them to get behind in school there is so much pressure on parents, I am really feeling that I feel like at the moment I am a mum, an employee, a cleaner, a cook, a teacher with zero time for me. I bet a lot of people feel like me."...
Sarah D
Jun 22, 2020
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"Old memories of being domestically abused have resurfaces - particularly that of control & coercion. My son’s Dad would lock me in the house to prevent me from leaving when I felt under threat from him...
Steph D
Jun 22, 2020
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"Life in our 10th week of lock down is very lonely and long. We spend all day every day at home alone...
Roisin G
Jun 22, 2020
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"As it's been a lock down and no school for almost for 4 months now. Home schooling is very difficult...
Sabira C
Jun 22, 2020
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"Hopes are there that once Covid 19 over there will be lots of jobs but this hope is not that high."
Sabira C
Jun 22, 2020
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"I have to do my shopping in small local shops so i can lock my children in the car and watch them. The butchers and petrol station does not have a massive variety prices are alot higher and smaller quantities so our budget which was over stretched before is not even enough to last a week."...
Roisin G
Jun 22, 2020
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"We spend so much more on electricity,food,gas as we are at home most of the time. We used to have lunch or dinner at my mums after i got the children from school...
Roisin G
Jun 22, 2020
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"My children have had no contact with there father since march as his partner is shielding. Also there father was made reduntant before the government introduced the furlough scheme...
Roisin G
Jun 22, 2020
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"Because of my anxiety and this situation makes me not sleep at all and then I am tired. Getting up late in the morning has no routine...
Sabira C
Jun 22, 2020
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"I myself as a single mum with two children, one which has sever special needs cannot take alot more of lock down. Mentally, physically and emotionally...
Roisin G
Jun 22, 2020
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"Struggling with food today though, my little boy who is five is always hungry so we are going through so much food it’s like after every meal he wants to eat again and the healthy stuff costs a lot. He would basically have a full punnet of strawberries every day...
Sarah D
Jun 22, 2020
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"We have had to support at all. I know there is help available from local charaties...
Roisin G
Jun 22, 2020
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"Our schools don’t seem to known what to do. I would hate that a teacher gets unwell because he / she is in a classroom for 14 days before summer holidays ! It just does not seem right."...
Olivia W
Jun 22, 2020
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"Certainty about my husbands work would at least enable us to plan for the immediate future. Even if it’s bad news and he is going to be made redundant we can at least then both look for other work that fits in with childcare."...
Melissa F
Jun 22, 2020
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"For us, like most people it’s been a combination of financial and practical worries . I know we are lucky as we have managed to get by on our savings and furlough, but the uncertainty is taking its toll a bit...
Melissa F
Jun 22, 2020
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"I feel if I took my daughter to school I would want to stay and volunteer to support them organise the children to keep two metres away."
Olivia W
Jun 22, 2020
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"Personally, the one thing that would help is clarity (not that easy to achieve I guess !). Clarity on when schools will fully reopen, and on whether my husband has a job to go back to."...
Melissa F
Jun 22, 2020
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"My main fear is that one of us gets Covid 19 badly, and my hope is that we don’t. My eldest daughter still has febrile convulsions when her temperature is high, I have had blood clots in the past, and it seems that anyone of us can get life threatening complications...
Melissa F
Jun 22, 2020
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"There is a constant worry about the future, combined with the feeling of failure about not doing anything well enough when you’re trying to be parent, teacher, keep the house in order etc. I do of course appreciate that a lot of people will be feeling like this and these are strange times and not permanent, and there are also lovely times with the kids just enjoying walks in nature and bike rides."...
Melissa F
Jun 22, 2020
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"The support we have received is from husband bring furloughed, the community cafe, with their food bags each week ( this really helps reduce the shopping bill), mortgage holiday, and personal loan holiday."
Melissa F
Jun 22, 2020
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"I hope my husbands work resumes because if our financial situation went back to normal it would remove one major worry. If this doesn’t happen I hope that we can find work alternatives between us that enable us to give our children a happy comfortable life."...
Melissa F
Jun 22, 2020
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"I would love support or space from my daughter same time to rest or just sleep because I am in pain it is so bad some days. I can’t get out of bed and stand up, I do exercises in bed before I can move."...
Olivia W
Jun 22, 2020
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"This is an experience why has been give to us. I feel we should all take this time to see what to really important to our families...
Olivia W
Jun 22, 2020
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"Moving forward, I wonder what the "new normal" will be. Many families will be looking forward to a day at the seaside when they reopen...
Jasmine J
Jun 22, 2020
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"Really overwhelmed that a food parcel arrived today from the children’s school. Lots of little treats as well as essentials...
Jenny Y
Jun 22, 2020
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"Managed a Sunday lunch difficult on a budget. Worried about money as it’s short until we get the voucher for lunch for school...
Jenny Y
Jun 22, 2020
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"We had to make the decision about whether or not to send our 11 year old son back to school in 10 days. It was a really hard decision...
Jasmine J
Jun 22, 2020
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"We been cycling,we been fly kites, placing our Hammac in the trees , l been teaching the children about the animals and the properties of same plants like eldely flowers, nettles , etc ( survival Skills with out technology) how to filtrate water etc we cook and we study online , we been shopping online or we been sharing shopping list with 3 families, if one went to Costco was getting goods for all 3 families."
Julie K
Jun 22, 2020
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"Been for our daily walk we’ve discovered lots of new pathways and fields to explore even found a bridge hidden in the woods that when we checked was a grade 2 listed one."
Jenny Y
Jun 22, 2020
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"My mental health has suffered as I have mild depression which I can usually manage fine with my medication, however feeling that I have no control over our circumstances and worries about the future are making it more difficult to deal with the day to day tasks such as keeping up with online learning from school. Melissa, Liverpool"...
Melissa F
Jun 22, 2020
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"Zoom has helped a lot as children done 2 times per week karate and my freedom meeting, ginger bread family , abc... school , family via zoom :)"...
Julie K
Jun 22, 2020
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"I'm worried about my job. The high street isn't going to be the same...
Jasmine J
Jun 22, 2020
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"I am worried about the amount of people I will be in contact with at work in June, for my children's sake."
Anna U
Jun 22, 2020
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"In my head I'm counting down 18 days til I get paid again. Waiting for universal credit is scary...
Holly W
Jun 22, 2020
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"Lockdown has a habit of getting the mind into repetitive "what if" narratives. What if we catch the virus? What if i get ill, who cares for my kids then? What if they get ill, will I be able to care for them? What if the virus never leaves, what if lockdown lasts years, what if they never find a vaccine, what if what if what if...
Holly W
Jun 22, 2020
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"My husband got paid for last week today, his first wages in over 4 weeks. As someone who has always worked, he's really hated not earning money, having to depend on Universal Credit and my furlough pay, all of which goes into my bank account...
Jasmine J
Jun 22, 2020
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"I'm worried about my job. The high street isn't going to be the same...
Jasmine J
Jun 22, 2020
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"Monday, we try to get a couple of hours of school work done on weekdays, but it's not always easy. The kids miss their friends, they are getting bored of doing everything on the computer...
Jasmine J
Jun 22, 2020
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"My husband was supposed to be at work today, a 12hr shift at Nestlé through an agency, but it was cancelled. Last week he got 1 out of 4 shifts cancelled...
Jasmine J
Jun 22, 2020
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"Since moving onto universal my nerves are a wreck, I can't focus on writing. A cold or virus is the lesser of my worries when any day I could be forced to put my children into school, left without money for food or housing or anything...
Holly W
Jun 22, 2020
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"Saturday, I got to see my parents for the first time since the lockdown started today. I walked round with the dog and stood under their 1st floor balcony...
Jasmine J
Jun 22, 2020
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"I’ve been out shopping without the kids; it was hectic, horrible and i don’t want to do it again. I’m not a paranoid person in terms of pandemics but it is not a nice environment for me to want to take my kids into, people are wearing masks, gloves, some people are adhering to social distancing, some people are not...
Angela M
Jun 22, 2020
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"Initially I was very worried about paying rent and my bills during this time as I always struggle and thought I would lose a huge part of my income, but I have had some furlough payments and my school wage is contracted."
Anna U
Jun 22, 2020
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"It would be interesting to see in the future where this goes in financial cost because my electric, my bills will increase and I’m yet to sit down and work that out, I don’t really want to yet which is probably how everyone else is feeling, burying their head under the covers."
Angela M
Jun 22, 2020
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"Big things are school lunch boxes. We are not on the voucher system...
Angela M
Jun 22, 2020
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"I currently work in a school with pupils with additional needs, a day nursery in the school holidays alongside a large farmshop/cafe weekends and any spare days. I have not been able to do any extra shifts like I would normally do as the latter two have been shut."...
Anna U
Jun 22, 2020
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"We haven’t been going out much. We have been using the car, which is my mum’s mobility car but walking down the street is not always comfortable to do so and I cannot pass this on and my mum is getting more and more anxious about getting this because she will not survive through it."...
Angela M
Jun 22, 2020
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"With the shopping because the announcements in Tesco’s are saying ‘shop for only what you need, get only what you need’ you’re also under stress straight away to just grab what you need off the shelf. What I found today is that the basic range is not always there, there are lots of empty spaces on the shelf so you have to grab what there is and some of those products you wouldn’t usually buy because, for me, it is usually a financial cost, I wouldn’t normally go for branded products because that soon escalates in cost."...
Angela M
Jun 22, 2020
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"I have to wait or just take stuff without looking at other alternatives. So my shopping costs have doubled or gone up by a third...
Angela M
Jun 22, 2020
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"It would be nice if energy companies asked us if we were OK. maybe the internet providers asked if we are OK and can they help? Maybe support by changing contracts temporarily, changing services...
Angela M
Jun 22, 2020
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"I worry about my parents who live separately, my father has continued working full time from home or on his own with the stress of the business currently and for the future but is also completely isolated."
Anna U
Jun 22, 2020
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"I have been filled with extra fear because of my ethnicity and I hope we all appreciate that we need to go back out there with extra caution."
Amber G
Jun 22, 2020
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"Generally life has been quiet in my household (with my 17 year old daughter), though full of worries about the whole situation and our safety."
Amber G
Jun 22, 2020
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"As for the future, I am wondering whether life will be back to normal. I wonder when I will feel ready to go out with my friends like we used to do...
Amber G
Jun 22, 2020
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"I really struggled to get shopping delivery online and I was was not keen on going out myself. I walked to Sainsbury’s (was too scared to get on a bus or a taxi) but didn’t get a lot...
Amber G
Jun 22, 2020
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