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People's experiences of COVID-19 so far

How has your daily parenting been affected by lockdown, and how are you coping with any changes?: "The longer lockdown goes on, the less Im coping. The lack of support before Covid is less...
Alex R
Jan 19, 2021
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"I went to collect the food "hamper" that is supposed to replaced 5 days of hot cooked free school meals. Last week the food hampers were labelled woefully inadequate and promises were made to include more food. Well I have even less food than last week...
Callie I
Jan 19, 2021
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"I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve written a diary entry. What a month it’s been...
Paige E
Jan 19, 2021
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"Losing hope every day as long as bullies rule the country."
Alex R
Jan 19, 2021
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"Woke up early on time this morning to have a shower and speak to my Therapist. Waited for the Zoom invite-nothing...
Angie K
Jan 18, 2021
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"friday i left my contact details on council covid help page asking for help with a reference for foodbank and told them i needed help with gas and electric whilst home schooling they rang me today gave me foodbank reference number and sent a text for a paypoint for £36 for gas and electric which i am grateful "
Ted S
Jan 18, 2021
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How has your daily parenting been affected by lockdown, and how are you coping with any changes?: "Parenting has been really hard as the children don't want to do school work they use any excuse not to do it and a lot of the times it turns into arguments"
David P
Jan 18, 2021
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"Getting pretty worried about the £20 cut. I know I've not felt the benefit of having the extra £20 but by the time they cut it is also when my advance repayments stop, I was looking forward to getting a debt paid off and having a little extra money to pay towards kids, who will soon need new shoes again cos they didn't stop growing in lockdown. Why can't they let us have a £500 bonus (which I'd use to pay off creditors like studio -usefuk for buying clothes for kids on a monthly repayment but still debt I wish I'd not had to take out) but also keep the £20per week...
Victoria B
Jan 18, 2021
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How has your daily parenting been affected by lockdown, and how are you coping with any changes?: "My mental health has taken a steep downward turn in recent months, combined with hyper kids in small confines and less distractions, has definitely lead to a change in routine and parenting needs. I'm both more snappy, due to personal grumpiness, and more open to listening to children's needs...
Victoria B
Jan 18, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "This 3rd Lockdown has definitely meant uncertainty about everything. The only thing we can hold on to is our sanity and gratefulness that we got to see the year 2021...
Angie K
Jan 18, 2021
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"Another cold and lonely day indoors, thank heavens we now have reliable wifi so my daughter can keep up to date with her school work and keep in contact with friends."
Erik J
Jan 17, 2021
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "I’m part of a community Association and we’ve worked tirelessly for the last 10 months to get food to people ...... My family have not had to rely thankfully on help for food, but have taken real pride in the fact that through lots of hard work, begging, networking and just learning to be cheeky and ask we have been able to help with food parcels and food stalls for the elderly, vulnerable and young families where we live 😊"
Teddie G
Jan 17, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "This lock down has got to be the most important yet to stop the spread, But to me it’s caused burnout, anxiety and being paranoid about catching the virus. It’s confusing that places are open, there’s cars and people on the streets but there’s more people known to me contracting the virus ...... but it seems no one is taking the rules seriously. For the first time in 10 months I’m frightened of the unknown, of the virus and of the impact it’s having mentally on everyone."...
Teddie G
Jan 17, 2021
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"I’ve not been here for a while, I’ve been super busy in the run up to Christmas collecting and distributing food to those on my estate who need it, Myself and fellow volunteers were in our community centre until 11.30pm on Christmas Eve, we was lucky to get enough food donated to share out , surprising to us lots came and filled their bags it was so lovely to see happy faces...... The eye opener for myself was after everyone had gone , we had put a message out on Facebook saying food was still available and we would be in the centre for a while still...
Teddie G
Jan 17, 2021
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How has your daily parenting been affected by lockdown, and how are you coping with any changes?: "Trying to parent 5 children of which 4 have additional needs all different and all having their own challenges is hard, add to this lockdown, changes in routine, sometimes no routine and then add on winter it’s impossible. This lock down 3 has triggered more parent anxiety than ever before , the turmoil in my head of do I send my children to school ( 3 have EHCP’s and one a my support plan) one night only getting two hours sleep after having a battle with myself on what to do for the best educationally , socially wise for the children. Seeing more and more people contract COVID and the newspaper reporting that our estate has one of the highest rates add to this the news someone nearby passed away I find the whole situation more frightening than ever before .....my children sense my anxieties and thrive from them creating behaviour that’s negative and realising that the on an off routine of the last 10 months is impacting mentally on us all."
Teddie G
Jan 16, 2021
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"When someone born into great wealth has no concept of how those on low incomes survive. Rhey need to go and try to find out to empathise. But bullies will keep on bullying the less fortunate to keep them in a custome there re used to."...
Alex R
Jan 16, 2021
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How has your daily parenting been affected by lockdown, and how are you coping with any changes?: "More love but that’s come after lots of frustrating, sad and quite frankly chaotic days. My children are 10 and 3 both dealing with this pandemic amazingly...
Lulu K
Jan 16, 2021
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "I have had to shop faster and not smarter-as you never know when things are going to be out of stock. Just like other low income households, you cannot shop around for deals more, so you focus more on if the certain weight or volume of a product is better value to get in a bigger size, in order for it to go further in your meal plan for the kids...
Angie K
Jan 16, 2021
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"You know you are in a different era when like this week I shared the good news with my loved ones that my Son is starting pre-school next week..Their response? Are you sure about that?!"
Franky D
Jan 16, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "It doesn't mean much for us except that we're each more worn out and less motivated to even pretend things are normal. Kids play in the garden when they can, or distroy the house accidentally through boredom while inside...
Victoria B
Jan 15, 2021
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What are your reflections from a year like no other?: "I had hoped that the pandemic would trigger some real changes, more empathy and more support for low income families. But if anything it's shown me that while more people do care and have empathy, it's not enough unless the people in power do...
Victoria B
Jan 15, 2021
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"Tried cheering myself up today with painting. Kiddies had fun...
Victoria B
Jan 15, 2021
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How has your daily parenting been affected by lockdown, and how are you coping with any changes?: "Oh my goodness I am so glad that you have asked this question this week. I was about to go on a write a diary entry on this subject anyway as today we have had some melt downs in our family...
Howie P
Jan 15, 2021
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How has your daily parenting been affected by lockdown, and how are you coping with any changes?: "Myself and children are really struggling with this, I’m not trained to be a teacher and sadly as much as work is being sent home for the kids we are not being told the techniques the schools are using to teach certain things. I’m pretty sure I’ve confused the kids more than helped them...
Lexie G
Jan 15, 2021
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"This virus and all the issues it has and is still causing is becoming too much. My husband lost his job we went nearly 9 weeks trying to survive as a family of 6 on £60 per week, I tried desperately not to get into debt and for the most part I think I did ok...
Lexie G
Jan 15, 2021
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"finding it hard to concentrate on abbies work timetable today just put the emergency on gas and electric turned all trv's off in house apart from living room she said she was cold i'm sitting in dinning room scanning her work in with a hoodie on as its single glazed window in here so its cold school issued £12 voucher on wednesday for this week though last week there was nothing ? in two minds whether to ring local advice place see if i can get some help from foodbank its only the 15th dont get paid till 30th...... "...
Ted S
Jan 15, 2021
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"Thats all our children are. Faceless statistics....
Alex R
Jan 15, 2021
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"Nicola Sturgeon withdrawing a roll put of vaccines in Scotland. English news says now can have 2 doses out of a vaccine trial! Unsure if vaccine protects against other varients of Covid. New varient coming from Brazil so not allowing flights from Portugal and Cape Verde .....somebody please get an atlas out for Boris! "
Alex R
Jan 14, 2021
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"Women are more likely to be working key worker jobs, in supermarkets, in hospitals, cleaners ....the children are allowed to be looked after by childminders but cannot visit family. "...
Alex R
Jan 14, 2021
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"Weekly check in from SEN teacher from school. She said I must try and persuade my daughter to engage with online studies. I dont get paid to do a teachers job..."...
Alex R
Jan 14, 2021
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"The reality of the new lockdown is really dawning on me now. Initially as I had just been working non-stop to catch up from lack of income in the last lockdown and through different tiers and restrictions, I was initially only thinking about getting a rest! Now, I am beginning to wonder how we will cope financially and if it means that I am on a covid round about of no work no money and then a desperate iron man marathon to catch up...
Howie P
Jan 14, 2021
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What are your reflections from a year like no other?: "I think this personally has been a really really hard year for me. I'm for all my family...
Dorothy T
Jan 14, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "The new doctor means that my daughter's going to lose that I have to lose killer until it reopens. My son goes to a special school so that the minute has scale has dad opened...
Dorothy T
Jan 14, 2021
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How have you been managing with the additional costs of winter?: "Interesting hard. It's definitely getting colder...
Dorothy T
Jan 14, 2021
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"Turned cold again and more snow. No sign of the cold weather payment from DWP...
Alex R
Jan 13, 2021
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"Prisoners are treated better than children in the UK."
Alex R
Jan 13, 2021
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"I am fortunate enough to be receiving direct payments from council for free school meals. After 1st lockdown, a group of parents including myself requested that the council would consider changing their policy and support pupilsin receipt of FSM and out of school due to severe anxiety or other reasons to continue to receive payments...
Alex R
Jan 12, 2021
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"ive given up waiting for anything from the school just spent my last £20 on food i dint get paid until 30th gas and electric is pre payment "
Ted S
Jan 12, 2021
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"Tearing out my hair. We’re in the second week and am worried again about the extra costs of lockdown...
Aurora T
Jan 12, 2021
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"There will always be mental health issues .as long as there are those who are wealthy and in power looking doen on tje working class"
Alex R
Jan 12, 2021
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"I have the red mist this morning! Discovering that some people have been able to save during this pandemic was a blow and a shock this week. But I am totally floored by the fact that some companies have been giving families only about £5 worth of food when they are allocated £30, meaning, like we all know deep down, that some companies have actually made a choice to profit from those struggling with poverty...
Howie P
Jan 12, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "Lonliness isolation feeling resentful to the propoganda on tv 24/7 No statistics on how many covid cases were for v elderly. No statistics for how many pass away from Heart Disease or Cancer. No statistics for flu...
Alex R
Jan 11, 2021
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"It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s winter! Not only is it winter but it’s a lockdown winter. I’m trying to keep my mind together whilst trying to teach 4 kids in different age groups things I’m not even sure I understand anymore! They can’t go out to play as the weather is atrocious!! We all have cabin fever setting in...
Lexie G
Jan 11, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "The new lockdown means more meals to find to keep them full, more stress of trying to become one teacher between 4 kids all in different age groups, just more worry"
Lexie G
Jan 11, 2021
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"after the stress of today finally got round to making a call to local money matters team there systems are offline so looks like another sleepless night and ive just realised i aint took me medications today 10 pills in total thats just on a morning best take them now "
Ted S
Jan 11, 2021
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"The UK Gov need to sort themsleves out. Abusers are using this situation to their advantage "...
Alex R
Jan 11, 2021
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"Tories using the pandemic as an excuse for Brexit. "...
Alex R
Jan 11, 2021
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"another thought during first lockdown i had some women from supposedly school attendance coming to door in her car which then abbie had to wave at the window ( i had a feeling of been singled out) even though i took her work out she did not want to see it second lockdown did not see her third lockdown have not seen her so i was right in the first "
Ted S
Jan 11, 2021
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"while am here school have timetable every task completed got to be photo sent asap throughout the day or scanned in so they can check the online learning side of things some how there is two ways to look at this make sure they doing it and parents are making them do it or check there work or even to show Ofsted they have involvement even so thats added pressure on parents and time consuming when ya sitting worrying about keeping this house warm along with the previous post sorting documents and making onine calls i re3ally am in panic "
Ted S
Jan 11, 2021
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"just a quick one heard nothing from school in relation to vouchers or packed lunches or food parcel since last post Jacket potato and beans again then i was awarded LCWRA higher rate in october took a little advice on when this should be expect and if backdated from 27th august last night i read that before they pay out any backdated owed they pass it to debt management first YES its fair to say i did not sleep all night not one bit and anxiety is through the roof and off the map panic attacks YES.... i already wrote to these in november they sent letter saying not enough information i sent them bank statements with letter bottom line is LCWRA back date should be £340 a month think from 27th august may be £1700 if passed to debt management i will get ZERO UPDATE WHEN IVE CALMED DOWN "...
Ted S
Jan 11, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "It was not really a shock to go back into lockdown as the cases in the area of London we live in has very high numbers of cases. I am terrified of what the future holds I am a single father trying hard to support myself and a 14 year old daughter on a very low income with no financial help from my ex partner...
Erik J
Jan 11, 2021
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"What a start to the new year. Another lockdown with cases going higher than before...
Erik J
Jan 11, 2021
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"Sleepless night with anxiety. Tear streaming doen my face this morning. This Corona madness needs to stop now. Stop the media's daily count and scaremoungerieng...
Alex R
Jan 11, 2021
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"benefits i got my UC on Friday it will be gone tomorrow paying of my direct debits i cannot cancel. then i have to live on anything i get paid which isnt much and wont be until Friday at least...
Teddy W
Jan 10, 2021
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"Today as i sit and prepare for our first full week of home schooling alongside me being a registered childminder the feeling of dread looms high. I have £6 in my electric meter, i have 0 money to top it up, i have no coal for the fire and im burning my home heating oil to keep us warm, a source i try not to use all day because i cant just buy£20 of oil there is a minimum order and its usually £100...
Teddy W
Jan 10, 2021
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What are your reflections from a year like no other?: "i dont think i even want to reflect on 2020. its depressing...
Teddy W
Jan 10, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "ive just done a video of how i'm feeling this week and exasperated doesn't come close. im tryin to get to the bottom og my own health issues and i can't get a gp...
Teddy W
Jan 10, 2021
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"Temperatures have risen again to highs of 6° Snow has melted but no sign cold weather payment from the DWP as mentioned in media after a week of freezing temps."
Alex R
Jan 10, 2021
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"Another day, another letter from CMS suggesting I contact my violent ex to discuss maintenance"
Alex R
Jan 10, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "My and my daughters mental health are probably the worst hit by this lockdown. My youngest can still go to daycare 2 days a week (although I am concerned about the safety of this with the rising cases in our area)...
Nellie K
Jan 9, 2021
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Have you had to change your plans because of the announcements?: "We’d already decided that we thought the Christmas bubbles were ridiculous so had decided to spend Christmas at home. Keeping the older people in our family safe was much more important to us...
Nellie K
Jan 9, 2021
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How have you been managing with the additional costs of winter?: "We’re really struggling. I’ve just changed my energy supplier purely so I can apply for a Warm Homes Discount...
Nellie K
Jan 9, 2021
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"Am so tired just being in the house it's boring. This lockdown should end already...
Deb L
Jan 8, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "This is certainly a most trying moment, with the latest lockdown in NI just as we were expecting children to be back in school. With children in school there's a little ease on expenses, I can live on one meal a day but with kids home there's more consumption of basically everything and this means that I will continue to stretch the budget further...
Trisha A
Jan 8, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "No huge change for me as am working as a nurse, but I am having to send my kids to their Dad for homeschool so he has now put in a child maintenance claim for that time 🙈. So that has put me out of pocket. I have managed to get a 2nd job as a COVID vaccinator but doesn’t put any more money in my pocket as just reduces my UC...
Danni M
Jan 8, 2021
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"conflicting messages from school this week tuesday Dear parent, if you would like a food parcel every two weeks while your child is home learning please let the school know today either by phone or email. Thanks so i rang them yes please heard nothing thursday We will be issuing FSM vouchers from next week instead of food parcels...
Ted S
Jan 8, 2021
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"My biggest worry right now is the mental health of my children. They are online looking at a screen for too long everyday...
Howie P
Jan 8, 2021
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Have you had to change your plans because of the announcements?: "No, had a great time with family and friends. Went to a couple of parties...
Dot P
Jan 7, 2021
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"No replies to my enquires from.The Child Maintenance Service to all these messages I sent. Never a prioity"
Alex R
Jan 7, 2021
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"Minus 15 tonight according to weather forecast. No offer of extra payments to cover costs of heating which was offered in 1st lockdown."
Alex R
Jan 7, 2021
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"Sneezing and runny nose. No cough no tight chest no Covid Yet I wore my mask and washed my hands and santised....."...
Alex R
Jan 7, 2021
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"just a thought school teacher message on class dojo can parents upload photographs off the days school work completed to ensure engagement is this the governments way of checking up i find it a bit annoying to be honest we did very well last lockdowns i make sure work is done not only are we a full time teacher we must do a daily report on the other hand it shows how well we do do it UP YOURS gavin, BORIS sorry about this bit"
Ted S
Jan 7, 2021
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""as for coping me and daughter will do it with ease we did well on last lock down hopes and fear... hopes are to get through the winter months without so much worries fears.....
Ted S
Jan 7, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "as for coping me and daughter will do it with ease we did well on last lock down hopes and fear... hopes are to get through the winter months without so much worries fears... are to be overloaded with more and more needed onto prepayment meter march 2020 lock down was easier i had a reserve this year its January its colder colder than last year year i did a sheet the other day comparing what i spent 2019 /2020onto the prepayment meter lets see what this month brings the government havent factored in gas ,electric, Home schooling maintaining a 21c through the day can be expensive if Daughter was at school i wouldnt have heating on until 20 mins before she was due home.. school sent msg out about food parcels for this week i confirmed by phone heard nothing all week txt this morning saying its vouchers nxt week so i emailed them the following Good morning just to make you aware Daughter did not receive the food parcel this week I did telephone But received no further information ,however due to the governments such short notice I can understand how this may have been over looked and I can manage this week. Also thank you very much for the xmas eve bag you gave Abbie I did not look in it straight away and was blown away by the generosity And I did fill up a little thank you can the government not put pressure on British gas to hurry the warm home discounts up ,from memory i think they pay them in march"
Ted S
Jan 7, 2021
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"I feel like there’s nothing to look forward to anymore. It’s not worth planning anything because the chances are everything will get cancelled anyway...
Rosie J
Jan 7, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "The new lockdown brings a real mixed bag for our family. My ASD daughter (14) is relieved that she doesn’t have to face attending school...
Rosie J
Jan 7, 2021
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"Mum of 3, 2 of them are over 18, one is 13. I've home Ed my youngest for 2 yrs now so the school issue hasnt affected us...
Dot P
Jan 7, 2021
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"Found some sane people in my area so looking forwards to meeting them. My 13yr old (home Ed for 2 yrs) wants to watch the sunrise tomorrow so looks like I'm getting up early and going to the park! We're learning about what our body organs do this week...
Dot P
Jan 7, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "I'm not shoocked that we are in lockdown as I think I saw that coming. It does mean that I can't work so financially everything is unknown again, right after Christmas when finances are often a bit sketchy...
Howie P
Jan 7, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "Worrying about cost of keeping heating on. Its minus 4 just now and due to drop to minus 13 tonight."...
Alex R
Jan 6, 2021
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"School closures make not much of a difference to my daughter and myself. School failed her SEN needs long before Corona virus in 2020. There was a lack of support for her mental health and now she is less prioity for mental health support because of the demand to support children during this pandemic. There are many families finding out how we have been treated. Never a prioity "...
Alex R
Jan 6, 2021
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"Feeling positive... ❤ & hugs to anyone who is not.....
Gracie L
Jan 6, 2021
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"Applied for a job. Its the end of an era for me of being self-employed and positive about running my life my way...
Che G
Jan 6, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "Nothing really changed for us this end, just the reality that our hospitality business really has gone now. In a way this has inspired me to finally admit that it's over and apply for work...
Che G
Jan 6, 2021
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"New year, new lockdown, new anxieties. I’m so angry that almost a year on we’re in a worse situation in Cornwall now than we were in March 2020...
May I
Jan 6, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "This new lockdown has brought uncertainty and anxiety for 2 of my children who were due to take BTEC exams in the next couple of weeks. At least this has been resolved today...
May I
Jan 6, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "Well.....happy new lockdown!!! I have mixed feelings about the lockdown. It was definitely needed; it was long overdue...
Connie G
Jan 6, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "Great question. Where to start? For me, my wife is about to head out on placement as a student nurse for 8 weeks in the middle of this lockdown...
Peter S
Jan 6, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "Ahh announcement of lockdown just came after children been to school one day. Kids were excited about going to school and when on Monday night announcement came, we were in shock...
Milly U
Jan 6, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "They’re still trying to decide in Northern Ireland what they’re going to do. Seems to be less and less people here paying attention to the lockdown and that’s what is keeping it spreading I think...
Paige E
Jan 6, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "I’m honestly not surprised by the lockdown. Looking back it was a long time coming...
Aurora T
Jan 6, 2021
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"So glad my son is home Ed. Our lives have stayed pretty much the same over the last year, other than I'm not working as much...
Dot P
Jan 6, 2021
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What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "I have never and will never comply to this absolute debacle of a mess of restrictions. So lock down for us means it's really quiet as we go about our everyday lives."...
Dot P
Jan 6, 2021
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"Today is the first official day of home schooling. The children are currently watching tv...
Connie G
Jan 6, 2021
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What are your reflections from a year like no other?: "My thoughts on 2020 are not all negative....but I will start with those! I have felt all the emotions throughout the year, witnessing the joke of a government continually make mistakes, not care about people, do what it likes for the sole purpose of making money (putting the economy before people) and I have felt incredibly powerless watching this happen...I liken it to witnessing a car crash....you see it happening, almost in slow motion but you are unable to do anything and have to simply watch and deal with the consequences. I have cried over the fact that this country seems to care more about the economy than it does people. I’ve witnessed racism, ableism and sexism, particularly across social media which I have had to limit my usage of (no bad thing there!). I have tried to embrace the positives but it is with shaky hands and an anxious heart I do this with some....I left a bullying workplace job and was fortunate to land another one within a month....a new job in the middle of a pandemic, working from home, great! And for the most part it is great...
Connie G
Jan 6, 2021
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What are your reflections from a year like no other?: "I have tried to reframe 2020 as an adventure, in this way we would expect there to be some difficulties and even some disaster but that overall, overcoming these obstacles is a challenge and that ultimately we will feel great when we have survived it and achieved success. I know everyone can't view the year as adventure if they lost someone to covid or lost their home or job, it may have just flattened them...
Howie P
Jan 5, 2021
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"2nd full lockdown in Scotland from midnight tonight intil 1st Feb I am in fear for my child's mental health. "...
Alex R
Jan 4, 2021
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"Another lockdown here in Scotland... I’m honestly so fed up with it even though I think it’s the best move! My Mum is still going to be working meaning it’s still a high risk in our household.....
Destiny K
Jan 4, 2021
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"Just chatted with neighbour, in our bubble. We, both households, need to self isolate. They're awaiting testing as their little one has some symptoms...
Victoria B
Jan 3, 2021
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"Anxiety stressed Now talk of complete lockdown on news. Yet Boris J saying schools are safe...
Alex R
Jan 3, 2021
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"Another cold day Feeling guilty about putting heating on. Bedding to wash. Need heating on to dry the bedding before putting back on beds. Its sleet outside and the paths are an ice rink...
Alex R
Jan 3, 2021
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"Boredom setting in for men with the New Year blues and no pubs to go to.due to tier 4 Its 2nd Jan and had 4 old flames flicker a wee light through mesenger. I was burnt before and rather feel the cold than used to entertain them. Staying strong and focused.. Wonder how far down the list I was in their little black books."
Alex R
Jan 2, 2021
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"Got out for a walk today to break the day up. Its 2° and the wind was biting even though I was wrapped up with hat scarf and boots. Nowhere to go to shelter from the cold...
Alex R
Jan 2, 2021
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"I broke the rules today. Or rather I didn't stop my kids from breaking the rules...
Victoria B
Jan 2, 2021
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What are your reflections from a year like no other?: "Well this year has been an absolute rollercoaster. It is the year that I finally seeked and received mental health treatment, it’s still a work in progress but I’m proud of my bravery...
Danni M
Jan 1, 2021
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What are your reflections from a year like no other?: "2020 has been similar to last few years for my daughter and myself. Isolated, lonely, not prioity when it comes to housing, income and care. No garden to sit out on sunny days. No support to get shopping Only people who asked how we were feeling were paid to do so over the phone."...
Alex R
Jan 1, 2021
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"The conditions the council think my child and myself are worth living in at £600 a month"
Alex R
Jan 1, 2021
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What are your reflections from a year like no other?: "Theres been ups and downs. Theres been highs and lows. Theres been a sense of community coming together to offer support. Theres been isolated times when I didnt get to see my family friends and even though I have had my 2 children I still felt very much alone. This group helped me to connect with others and gave me support when I felt low. However NOTHING could have prepared me for contracting CoVid just 2 days before Christmas and turning my life upside down. I was so ill my children were sourced out to family and friends...
Charlotte P
Dec 31, 2020
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" Hogmany 2020 Not any different to any other night this year or the previous years. Isolated #autsimawareness"
Alex R
Dec 31, 2020
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What are your reflections from a year like no other?: "i found it difficult at the beginning of lockdown in NI in March with limited technology and no wifi to do the home schooling. The lack of resources and the school my children attended not being very accommodating I found it very stressful and sometimes difficult to cope with...
Charlotte P
Dec 31, 2020
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"Well I was NOT expecting that my CoVid reality for my 1st EVER CoVid Christmas was to have contracted CoVid. I havent seen my 7 year old son from Dec 18th and I havent seen my 11 year old daughter since Dec 23rd when my test came back positive...
Charlotte P
Dec 31, 2020
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"I'm answering Ruth's question about are my children going back to school? According to the two schools they go to (we have a 3 tier system here, so one is in middle school, the other in high school - they are in years 8 and 9) my girls will not return until 18th Jan and there will be home schooling before then. Neither coped very well in the last Lockdown with their schooling - the good weather didn't help either...
Syeda F
Dec 31, 2020
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"I am struggling today, in a low mood and just been moved from tier 2 to tier 3, so in a matter of weeks we have gone from tier 1 to 3. People are being so uncaring about this part of the world everywhere is full and it's like the world is ending."...
David P
Dec 31, 2020
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What are your reflections from a year like no other?: "My biggest reflection for the year is to not take things for granted, appreciate people more and have a better understanding of what you have got and not what you don't have."
David P
Dec 31, 2020
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What are your reflections from a year like no other?: "I really do not want to look back on this year, ever again. It has felt like we are living in a vacuum, which would in practice probably be the safest thing to do. I've used this word too much this year, and nearly always in the Covid Zoom meetings - but it has been a year of confliction...
Syeda F
Dec 31, 2020
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"My child has not been in school since June 2019. Unable to accommodate her SEN and no other secondary schoolin the area...
Alex R
Dec 31, 2020
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"My grandaughter is 2 today. Cannot visit her because of teir 4 restrictions. "...
Alex R
Dec 30, 2020
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"Really struggling this week emotionally. Since Christmas eve I've just been burnt out emotionally...
Victoria B
Dec 30, 2020
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Have you had to change your plans because of the announcements?: "I'm pretty lucky in that I have no family I'm close too, so I didn't need to worry about plans changing as plan would be to spend Christmas with just kiddies and me regardless of the virus or not. However, my kiddies are social creatures, so we'd normally have groups and parties and activities and adventures but those are out this year...
Victoria B
Dec 30, 2020
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"I just feel really down and my anxiety is getting worse as I’m more scared to go out I thought I was starting to deal with Covid but now I feel Iv gone back to square one and I feel so angry "
Olivia-rose B
Dec 29, 2020
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"Universal Credit has put us into debt as we are paid in arrears. I’ve been in my overdraft ever since...
Aurora T
Dec 29, 2020
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Have you had to change your plans because of the announcements?: "We live day by day. It is hard to plan anything in advance...
Aurora T
Dec 29, 2020
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"What a different Christmas this has been. Living with my daughter atm so making Christmas dinner in her house wasn't easy...
Paige E
Dec 27, 2020
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"Teir 4 Boxing day. Didnt bother to dress myself...
Alex R
Dec 27, 2020
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"Thank goodness the Christmas day farce is over. My daughter spent it in her room avoiding me...
Alex R
Dec 27, 2020
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"Snowing today. So pretty yet so cold. "...
Alex R
Dec 24, 2020
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Have you had to change your plans because of the announcements?: "Yes plans have had to change this year we normally have my husbands grandma and my mother over for Christmas Day as both live alone but the restrictions in my area mean that isn’t possible. Absolutely heartbreaking knowing they will be home alone."...
Lexie G
Dec 24, 2020
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"The dreaded Xmas eve. Couldn’t afford Xmas eve boxes so I’m gutted!! Screw you UC and COVID!! My wider family seem to not understand it’s like I’m fighting to keep my head above the mud puddle that’s pulling me down and they just expect normality from me and I just haven’t got it too give...
Lexie G
Dec 24, 2020
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Have you had to change your plans because of the announcements?: "Xmas day plans remain the same as always, staying at home! But sadly I won’t be seeing my sister and nephew. I’m still functioning but I’m feeling so ground down with negativity and helplessness that I can’t look forward to 2021 at the moment...
Connie G
Dec 23, 2020
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Have you had to change your plans because of the announcements?: "We are islolated anyway with lack of family support and no friends. It wont make much of a difference to us."
Alex R
Dec 23, 2020
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Have you had to change your plans because of the announcements?: "Christmas has been quiet for myself and my daughter now for a few years as there is just the two of us. This year however is unlike any other apart from the lack of money and relying on a food bank in order to be able to feed ourselves my daughter is now unable to see her friends or engage with local church groups that she has enjoyed attending for a number of years...
Erik J
Dec 23, 2020
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How have you been managing with the additional costs of winter?: "Honestly, we’ve been struggling. As my Mum works, we don’t get the fuel allowance meaning we’ve had to scrimp our other expenses to put more towards heating the house!"...
Destiny K
Dec 22, 2020
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Have you had to change your plans because of the announcements?: "I currently reside with my Mum so we will have one and other on Christmas regardless of the changes. Sadly, my sister and brother-in-law will not be coming up from London although due to him needing chemotherapy rather than COVID-19 for a change! Kinda lucky they hadn’t paid all the money for coming to us as they would have been out of pocket."...
Destiny K
Dec 22, 2020
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"Got my vouchers for taking part in COVID realities so went out and tried to get some Christmas presents and got nothing. Home with all my vouchers and no presents...
Paige E
Dec 22, 2020
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Have you had to change your plans because of the announcements?: "I’m very lucky. As a single parent key worker I am in an extended household with my parents so we are continuing our plans as they did not involve anyone else."...
Danni M
Dec 22, 2020
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Have you had to change your plans because of the announcements?: "Yes, we were going to one of my sister's in South Glos. to see her, husband, kids & our mum & dad for tea on Boxing Day, but no loner going (or our parents who live in Sidmouth, Devon) due to the restrictions...having to swap presents in motorway car parks...
Paris M
Dec 22, 2020
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"I'll write properly about my Christmas plans and how they've changed...but just a small note, an observation that I've had while cooking this afternoon. So I have a cooker, its one of those double cooker, big fan one at the bottom and a small electric one on top...wel for about 4 years the big bottom oven hasn't worked at all...
Callie I
Dec 22, 2020
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How have you been managing with the additional costs of winter?: "Our gas and electricity is on a fixed monthly bill. It does not fluctuate and I believe we’re fortunate not to have a top up prepayment meter. I have always bought clothing slightly bigger for my eldest boy...
Aurora T
Dec 21, 2020
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How have you been managing with the additional costs of winter?: "With help. During the summer I'd put extra money on the meter to try and give me some leeway, but it's been so cold that that was used up by early Dec. I am only still able to use the heating because I was sent some Xmas money from a friend that I spent on heating, giving us enough to get through Dec...
Victoria B
Dec 21, 2020
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"Last night 19/12/2020 The Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced from Boxing Day that all main land Scotland will go into full lockdown for 3 weeks. I felt anxiety rise. After a long sleep, It came to me, Nicola and local coincils knew this would happen in advance...
Alex R
Dec 20, 2020
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"just thinking of the stress i put myself through this time last year making sure everything was perfect for xmas eve ,xmas day then all the other things like high energy bills etc which may have lead to my heart attack in january this year i pushed myself to the max and it came to the end of December it took its toll and this was when i was in work and getting legacy benefits topping me up, this year i am getting universal credit are things going to be any better i doubt it i've just put the emergency on the electric dont get paid until 30th,ive got £30 in vouchers can i make a xmas dinner from that and the rest of the month in food from that???? Thursday i was in tears when letter from dwp came refusing my application for pip assessor stated i did not seem breathless (yet in same week i had an episode i was so out of breath the paramedics took me to A&E) I'm so confused with there process one month before i had a telephone call and hey awarded me the higher rate of limited capability for work but the next phone call assessment they turned me down also received a letter back from debt management refusing me any leeway after i wrote to them explaining my hardship use of food banks even sent two bank statements yet this is not enough "
Ted S
Dec 19, 2020
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How have you been managing with the additional costs of winter?: "Fortunately, I replaced my 15 year old boiler 4 years ago, with help from a government grant, although I had to contribute £250 towards the cost. The boiler saved me around 20% on fuel costs, per annum. I have thermostats for controlling temperatures in rooms, and close curtains when it gets dark, to keep in heat. I changed energy suppliers in March, saving around £30 per month. That was a huge help in our budget...
Barb I
Dec 19, 2020
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How have you been managing with the additional costs of winter?: "Im not able to keep heating on for long. Extra costs due to home schooling due to school unable to accomodate my SEN child, and library closed leaves me little choice but to stay home."...
Alex R
Dec 19, 2020
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"Woken at 5 am by a fight outside my flat. A group of 4 lads coming home from somewhere...
Alex R
Dec 19, 2020
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How have you been managing with the additional costs of winter?: "Im really not managing. Im spiralling into tons of debt as I don't have any where near enough to make ends meet, everything costs more now, food is so expensive...
Callie I
Dec 18, 2020
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"7 days until christmas. Fortunately my daughter has now finished school without any problems but the covid cases are rising sharply in all areas and it looks like there could be another lockdown coming in the new year...
Erik J
Dec 18, 2020
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How have you been managing with the additional costs of winter?: "I have been managing ok but with a constant feeling of anxiety. I received a warm front payment for the first time in my life and this was really appreciated...
Connie G
Dec 18, 2020
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How have you been managing with the additional costs of winter?: "My boiler often cuts out due to low pressure and I have to restart it. I don't have the money to keep having it fixed or even replaced...
Lizzie W
Dec 18, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "I have made a real effort to go for more walks so I can see friends, even when the weather is awful."
Danni M
Dec 18, 2020
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How have you been managing with the additional costs of winter?: "I have been lucky enough to be given the warm home discount of £140 this year. Otherwise I turn off the heating when my children are not here...
Danni M
Dec 18, 2020
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"Difficult when politicians who decide what you are worth as a zingle parent family."
Alex R
Dec 18, 2020
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"does anyone else find it difficult to get their child to sleep because they are too interested in missing out on something mine never wants to sleep "
Enzo J
Dec 18, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "I do all the shopping for my household and my mother's we were getting help for her but finding it hard to continue it because they are now charging for the service and we don't have a cheque book with the bank accounts we holdsofindingit hard to figure out how to pay for the service"
Enzo J
Dec 18, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "I'd say I have definitely spent more, trying to keep the children entertained plus printing ink and paper for home learning."
Lizzie W
Dec 17, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "Not really, there are not really any green areas around here for my children to play. We played a lot in the garden in summer but not now"...
Lizzie W
Dec 17, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "The vouchers are great, but when your a single Mum isolating it's very difficult to use them as they can't be used online."
Lizzie W
Dec 17, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "Vouchers are a great help, but I'm a single parent currently isolating and they can't be used for online shopping. This leaves me stuck with higher food bills, very little delivery slots available and vouchers that I can't spend."...
Liza A
Dec 17, 2020
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"Received £100 from Scottish Gov for Xmas. Tempted to buy something extra for my daughter...
Alex R
Dec 17, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "I have bad anxiety so just before the first lockdown I felt I could start trying to go out then lockdown happened and know I’m to scared to go out and if I do I have to have someone with me and then it’s only to get food in"
Olivia-rose B
Dec 17, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "I didn’t know about the vouchers over the Christmas till someone said to me about it I sent an email to mulberry place but haven’t heard back so I’m not sure what I do they have really helped me and my children over lockdown and we would of been really stuck for food if we didn’t have them so I’m very grateful for the vouchers I got over the summer break"
Olivia-rose B
Dec 17, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "Not in general but my amazing OT has arranged for a Christmas hamper from a local charity so we will have a Christmas lunch. They will provide turkey, veg, coffee and mince pies so we will have a main course and pudding well the children will at least depending on the quantities we get (and I mean that with the upmost respect and thankfulness) as long as there is enough for the kids that’s all that matters too me...
Lexie G
Dec 17, 2020
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"I’ve been poorly the last few days and it’s getting worse. I’ve had to submit and get a test for covid 🤞🏼 All is clear...
Lexie G
Dec 17, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "I'm so glad this issue has been addressed. I would have really struggled without the vouchers during the holidays...
Aurora T
Dec 16, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "We are involved in picking up donated supermarket food to use in my work. We know that we work with children and families who have food shortages and I can't always factor in the cost of providing extra and so we have been utilising surplus food for a few years...
Howie P
Dec 16, 2020
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"The kids finished school today but I still have some way to go until I can get a Christmas rest. The panic to catch up financially after lockdowns, still hasn't ended and of course there's the extra expense of Christmas to consider, which I haven't prepared for yet...
Howie P
Dec 16, 2020
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"Food. Food...
Victoria B
Dec 16, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "Lately we've been spending alot more time in the front garden. The children enjoy seeing other people in passing and I get little chats with neighbours...
Victoria B
Dec 15, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "We had access too food bank early in the year, but the mouldy bread makes me reluctant to use that service again. However, our local community center, where my kids would normally go for youth club, have been sending out weekly bags of crafts and fruits for the kids, sometimes with baking activity ingredients and the odd food item (bread, often out of date but still use able if creative, lots of bread n butter pudding lately lol)...
Victoria B
Dec 15, 2020
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"Had so many ups and downs since my last diary entry. Almost felt like quitting entirely last week, not covid realities, just life in general (not in a suicidal type way, more in a 'I've got no energy left for anything anymore' type way). So, some highlights: - our town did a santa drive by thing, was a wee walk away so we got all dressed up in our holiday best and took a torch...
Victoria B
Dec 15, 2020
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"Been out trying to get a few Christmas presents in now the shops have opened again. Finding having to wear a mask is giving me anxiety and feel like I can’t breath properly...
Paige E
Dec 15, 2020
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"Just listened to the link you posted for the radio 4 segment. Beautifully put together with words from Ruth and diary accounts from Dorothy...
Connie G
Dec 15, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "This is making me so upset. I got in touch with school last week and they were still waiting on the council for information. The school sent out a mass message today saying that anyone who feels they need help with food over the holidays should email them for a food parcel...
Nellie K
Dec 15, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "No I am aware of food banks.I walk to them and feel the humilation knowing the father of my child is living in luxury as a businessman taking his pick from takeway menus or eating out to help out. Not a penny for our child...
Alex R
Dec 14, 2020
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"What a wonderful surprise Kingston carers network has just delivered a surprise christmas box for my daughter, beautifully put together with sweets, chocolates, body lotions and crafts. My daughter with be over the moon...
Erik J
Dec 14, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "Hi as a single parent I had been struggling to buy food for myself and my daughter since my partner had left a couple of years ago but have always been to embarrassed to apply for free school meals and still do not receive them. However when the first lockdown started things got even worse as the shops were virtually empty and as I have other health conditions I was afraid to leave home...
Erik J
Dec 13, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "One meal per day Drink a lot of tea Aldi is only place we go Xmas is off This is Covid Reality 9 long months What a joy to be self employed!"
Che G
Dec 12, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "Yes I am getting help. I’m getting food parcels from my local community centre and drop offs from my local one parent family Scotland worker...
Danni M
Dec 12, 2020
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"I have felt like the announcement of the vaccine being rolled out is the light at the end of the tunnel. It means my grandad will be getting one soon (he is priority) and hopefully that means I’ll be able to see him soon. However, over a week later, it feels like the vaccine news is now overshadowed by the impending Xmas celebrations being a cause for Jan & Feb lockdowns...
Connie G
Dec 12, 2020
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Are you getting help with accessing food?: "I’m luckily not in the situation where I would need help but many of the local food larders have been supporting low income families which I think is great."
Destiny K
Dec 11, 2020
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"So the vaccine has been given to the first so many in the UK and I’m feeling somewhat hopeful that this may be the first step to helping us gain some normality. I’m not gonna lie, I’m nervous too of side effects and such but I’m also smart enough to know it’s likely to be fine as it has been heavily funded and assessed...
Destiny K
Dec 11, 2020
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"On social media is tells me that ASDA are providing free food at lunchrimes for children to either sit in or takeaway. The nearest ASDA store is 15 miles away. It would cost me £12 on the bus return to collect a free meal for my child."...
Alex R
Dec 11, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "Where do you go with no car and no money to spend when its cold, dark and it rains constantly?"
Alex R
Dec 11, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "during he first lockdown me and daughter went to a local spot called cox green built dens done some exploring sadly this current lockdown i havent been to well,since september ive been in pain and only found out yesterday it was kidney stones"
Ted S
Dec 11, 2020
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"I am not feeling good this morning, I have been unable to buy a christmas jumper for my daughter to wear to school today. she was clearly feeling left out this morning on her way to school...
Erik J
Dec 11, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "We are now self-isolating after a positive result for my middle daughter, we got the result the day after the test, but my daughter went to a walk in test centre. Am finding it hard to coupe locked up again with my daughters at home, one of which has special needs, but the local community leader runs a food bank which i used to help at, and has helped stock our cupboards up again. The hardest thing I find is home schooling, keeping the house tidy and my self sane, lifes hard enough as a single father but in lock downs its made even harder"
Charlie B
Dec 10, 2020
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"Deposit required for dance competition next November. £40 Its 2 weeks til Christmas...
Alex R
Dec 10, 2020
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"It’s a few days now since the vaccinations have been being administered and I’m in a state of worry! Do my family and I have it? We know it’s helps protect but so little is known about the actual length of protection and the possible side effects! Drugs take so long to be developed normally so that they can ensure it is safe and the negative affects are minimal. What happens if we have massive issues after having it?? Look what happened with Distaval (thalidomide) feeling very confused, anxious and sleep deprived."...
Lexie G
Dec 10, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "No I am in an area where COVID is still quite prevalent so have tried to stay in as much as possible. I think for me as I am disabled I didn’t go out much before COVID so the not going out doesn’t affect me the same as others."...
Lexie G
Dec 10, 2020
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"Another service pulled back as I am not using it as I should be. Yet not allowed to due to covid restrictions. Now my weekly phonecalls to check on my mental health is gone."...
Alex R
Dec 9, 2020
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"I dont feel enjoyment any more. Just bumbling through each day. "...
Alex R
Dec 9, 2020
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"Big uproar about Prunce William and Kate crossing the border into Scotland when there is a blanket ban on travelling unnecessarily. The claim for work..... I am not a fan of royalty...
Alex R
Dec 9, 2020
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"Brexit....Covid....next something to affect us all beginning with D...with thanks to the greedy politicians."
Alex R
Dec 9, 2020
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What are you having deducted and what impact is it having?: "We are having our housing benefit decreased due to an income rise yet our income is lower than it’s ever been"
Lola P
Dec 9, 2020
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"This has probably been one of the worst weeks of 2020 so far, the realisation that Xmas is only two weeks away and I can’t afford it, just managed to do a food shop today which will hopefully see us through till Xmas at a push and the children won’t be getting what they wanted from Santa, the bills aren’t going to be covered and to add insult to injury I worked out our tight income has taken a hit of £8,699 so far this year so no wonder we can’t make ends meet. Feeling rather tired and fustrated to say the least "...
Lola P
Dec 9, 2020
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"Are 7 year olds going through puberty now or is it the lack of peer socializing due to the restrictions? I'm getting adolescent attitudes from a 7 year old. "...
Trisha A
Dec 9, 2020
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"My thoughts on the first day of vaccines. It will be a long time before I am eligible so I’m not too concerned about it, and I don’t think they’re vaccinating children. I will be glad once my parents have had it because then we will be able to see them, and hug them, and they can help with childcare."...
Nellie K
Dec 9, 2020
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"So hurray for the huge u-turn on providing free school meals over the holidays, but it’s now 1.5 weeks away and I have no information regarding how to access them. School is waiting on the council, and the council haven’t released any info yet...
Nellie K
Dec 9, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "I really thought my answer would be yes, but in actual fact we have been outdoors less since the start of the pandemic than we were before. Before the pandemic my daughter attended an entirely outdoor forest school nursery, and when she wasn’t there we would often be outdoors at the park, in the woods, and local (and further afield) outdoor areas. In the first lockdown my daughters forest school closed...
Nellie K
Dec 9, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "I’ve been outside less. Aside from walking to the shop and taking the kids to school I’ve been working from home and it just feels relentless...
Rosie J
Dec 9, 2020
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"This has been a tough week mentally. University assignment deadlines are looming and no face to face contact with tutors or peers makes it more stressful and lonely...
Rosie J
Dec 9, 2020
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"First day of vaccines given today. Im not interested. I only had 1 flu vaccine in last 10 years and that was the year I had flu...
Alex R
Dec 8, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "For me its had the reverse affect, am in the medium risk group, and I've noticed that since September I've hidden away more, and the start after the first lockdown I was helping at my local food bank and in August I was out and about a fair bit, taking advantage of the eat out help out, but since the weathers turned, the nights are drawing in ever so much quicker, ive found my self hiding away at home, not going out and trying to send my middle daughter out food shopping for me while I hide away. This is affecting my mental health and I do seem to be in that vicious circle of ground hog day"
Charlie B
Dec 8, 2020
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"Been feeling low and missing my parents group at school, getting involved and helping the school and just having that connected and support, well today was the school play for ks3, and normally were all be in the hall id be running a stall or helping with raffle for parents group, bit this year has been sooooooo crazy with covid and I thought we won't get a play, the school said its going to be over zoom, and I just thought this won't be the same, ohhh boy how wrong was I. I was just blown away by the amount of work and care that went into each classes show, the feeling that I was back apart if the school again, and just to see the lower years having a great time, the teachers and class support workers all getting involved it was amazing and it really lifed my spirits its just what I needed. I just can't wait to be back helping at the school, as a special needs secondary school they need all the help support and fundraising we do for them, and this pandemic has just shown me how much I appreciate of a hard work and dedication of the school and how much I absolutely love that dedicatingn my time to them, I hope to be back there soon, so my depression lifts "
Charlie B
Dec 8, 2020
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"This year has flown by and Christmas is here even quicker this year. I’m usually so well organised...
Paige E
Dec 8, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "The beginning of the first lockdown the weather was amazing so I spent a lot of time in the sun. Then as the weight piled on I started to go walking round some of the nature trails where I live...
Paige E
Dec 8, 2020
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"It’s starting to get really cold now so I’m worried about trying to heat the place aswell as buy food. Should I do a quick blast of the fire or put the heat on for an hour...
Paige E
Dec 8, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "During the warmer summer months, we were going on daily walks which allowed us to embrace nature and the beautiful country I live in. Sadly, the same can’t be said for these colder winter months as we’ve stayed in a lot more due to the wet and cold weather."...
Destiny K
Dec 8, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "As winter arrived and weather is cold and wet, we are at home more. I do not drive which is restricting...
Alex R
Dec 7, 2020
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"Wet and cold day. Monday blues. Feeling lonely, isolated...
Alex R
Dec 7, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "To be honest, no. I have been going to work as usual, the kids have been going to school...
Cara F
Dec 7, 2020
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"As we approach Christmas and New Year I am becoming more anxious for families on low incomes making it through the Brexit stuff in January. There does not seem to be any great mainstream discussion reaching people about how they might prepare for a delay in some food and products reaching us or for a massive rise in prices of certain food etc...
Howie P
Dec 7, 2020
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"Barely slept last night. Very cold and arguing with myself about whether should put heating on or not. Stressed about the cost of having heating on."...
Alex R
Dec 7, 2020
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"Man at door asking why I havent got a TV Liscence. I burst into tears. Quick enough to send a man to collect for tv liscence payments yet Ive waited 10 years for a child maintenance payment for my child. "...
Alex R
Dec 6, 2020
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"A quick Covid Reality for today. I read my gas & electricity meters as requested & submitted the readings...
Meg T
Dec 5, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "Me & my 15 year old love getting out & about in the great outdoors. As we home educate it's one of our go to activities as part of my son's interest-led curriculum...
Meg T
Dec 5, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "We walk a lot. My children go to school just over a mile and half away...
Aurora T
Dec 5, 2020
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"The mass consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday has just passed. My vacuum cleaner is 17 years old...
Aurora T
Dec 5, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "Its been somewhat better since being back at work and being able to go to the shops etc again now we're out of the 2nd lockdown, ended 2 days ago, and my child has finished isolating. Even though everything isn't back to 'normal' in relation to being able to attend social events/places, we still had fun because today, we had snow falling!! So, after finishing work and my child finishing school, it was nice building a snowman together...
Thea P
Dec 4, 2020
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"A good week this week, back at work now after being unable to attend due to childcare issues relating to covid. But a good week back nonetheless...
Thea P
Dec 4, 2020
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"Its snowing but not lying on the ground. Its dark and the lights and heating are on. Im consious of the cost . If my daughter was at school, I would switch all off and wear my coat."
Alex R
Dec 4, 2020
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"One of the best things about the lockdown and the months of pandemic is my 2 youngest children have become so amazingly tight amd close. They are really there for one another, playing and entertaining each other amd supporting each other through difficult months...
Callie I
Dec 4, 2020
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"I don't think I have ever felt as anxious about Christmas as I do this year...the whole thing, the lack of family, the lack of my children's dad, the complete lack of money...the whole thing is so much pressure just on me...its over walking and I do feel a lot of anxiety."
Callie I
Dec 4, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "During the first lockdown we could only really walk around our village. We do live in a rural area and are a bit in the middle of nowhere but what seems like green space is actually farmers fields and not accesible...
Howie P
Dec 4, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "Hiya, I am very aware of what is happening in the world due to covid and I am unable to go outside as much as I would like to except for doing school runs, getting shopping etc. I am avoiding going out for recreational purposes as I am aware that people are not happy at the moment and people are more aggravated with little things I had the 2 finger salute the other day just because I pulled away from the post office in my car and pulled into the lane toward my local shop...
David P
Dec 3, 2020
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"I suffer from fibromyalgia and the lockdown definitely impacted on it. Being stuck in the house made my pains worse but my mental health suffered too and one definitely makes the other one worse...
Paige E
Dec 3, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "During lockdown I was able to take my daughter with autism out more. We went to the beach which is near by where she felt safe as we were the only ones there...
Alex R
Dec 3, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "I recieve UC and didnt even realise i had got the £20 uplift. Its not alot...
Dorothy T
Dec 3, 2020
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"My son tested positive for covid-19 on Tuesday. This is only day 3 off our isolation...
Dorothy T
Dec 3, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "we are lucky in some ways as we live in a largely built up area but there is a large area of open space including woodland within a short walk. but unfortunately for me I suffer from mental health issues, I find it very difficult being around other people which was fine before lockdown as some of the lanes were very quiet...
Erik J
Dec 3, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "before covid I was barely at home me and my daughter were always out and about we spent probably one day a week where we was at home for the entire day since covid I am still out and about a little bit more than most because I am an unpaid carer but not nearly as much as I used to be I try to go places with my daughter but it ends up being short lived because for some reason when we go somewhere that is basically empty people see us and I believe they start to think we'll if they are there we can be there and then it starts to get a little bit too crowded for comform so we end up leaving earlier than we initially planned but where we can't stay outside much I have purchased play mats and large exercise mats so me Nd my child can do out daily exercise while at home when we're not doing the school runs and when it's the weekend so we are at least getting exercise"
Enzo J
Dec 3, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "Hi Mike Hope this answer isn't too late. I know I have been spending less on things such as petrol, and going out...
Syeda F
Dec 3, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "Hi Nik The short answer to your question is no - we have not been able to get out more than usual. And this is affecting us...
Syeda F
Dec 3, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "Hi have just been able to listen to the question of the week. For me I have definitely been spending more...
Paige E
Dec 3, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "No I haven't been able to go outside as usual, it's cold plus it's getting dark soon. And with the lockdown there is not much to do out there...
Deb L
Dec 3, 2020
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Have you been able to get outside more than usual?: "I have worn the path dry from my house to the park and back, wish I was young enough to play on the swings but hey ..."
Che G
Dec 3, 2020
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"Feeling anxious and worried that Christmas is going to be whitewash this year. The kids don’t have a lot, I’ve not got any “Christmas” food/treats in and to be honest my mental health is suffering...
Lexie G
Dec 2, 2020
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"Weather forecast says minus 4 tonight and minus 8 tomorrow night. Being cold is tiring."
Alex R
Dec 2, 2020
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"I am fed up sitting here freezing to death in my home, I am unable to afford to put the heating on and my daughter will be home from school soon. I find it so hard to find the money for gas/electric that I have to do the washing up with cold water and have already started to get chillblains."...
Erik J
Dec 2, 2020
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"havent been here in a while. just done a few wee recordings for bbc radio 4 on Uc...
Teddy W
Dec 2, 2020
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"My girl is 9 so still believes in santa. Dont we all...
Teddy W
Dec 2, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "I dont have much to spend!!! by the time i pay my bills i have nothing left. i havent bought myself or my child any clothes from last year, they are a luxury...
Teddy W
Dec 2, 2020
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"So here we are in the new tier 3. My daughter had work lined up for December which has now been cancelled and she still can’t go back to her job in a pub so I need to carry on paying her phone contract for her...
Rosie J
Dec 2, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "Ive spent more then I would, not just on weekly food bill because of the children being home, but online shopping as ive got no shops to visit and no job I needed some thing to fill the void"
Charlie B
Dec 1, 2020
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"Well am not much for diary keeping, in fact am not very good at remembering to post in here, and my ADHD makes me forget most day to day things but here it goes. So the day before the lockdown 2.0 is lifted, ive not been affected as I've just used amazon for every thing this year and tesco for others bits n bobs, ive properly spent more on Christmas this year due to lockdown and not being able to visit shops and find the best deals, but am happy ive done it all. My only fear is that our buses will be over crowded again, even though TFL has set limits on the number of people aloud on board, I do get scared when there are people not sitted and windows are closed, it sets of my anxiety and I seem to be hating crowds again, thats probably my undiagnosed autism kicking in. Life goes on and ill get to spend two days with my family soon, with my eldest daughter coming home from uni in a tier 3 area"
Charlie B
Dec 1, 2020
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"I’ve just been rechecking my energy to see if I can better deal, and move to a company with Warm Home Discount (fingers crossed I get moved across and can access the discount). Our energy bill has increased massively...
Nellie K
Dec 1, 2020
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"Passed exhaustion. Constantly feel like Im trying to keep head above water to pay the bills and a food shop. "
Alex R
Dec 1, 2020
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"I’m so cross with my daughters school. They do absolutely zero to stop children with less money feel othered...
Nellie K
Dec 1, 2020
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"My sons lovely nursery have their staff training coming up at the end of December. Their focus is wellbeing...
Nellie K
Dec 1, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "I love this question because I think the assumption is that spending has gone down. But that’s coming from the perspective of people who have disposable income...
Nellie K
Dec 1, 2020
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"I am on my way to home bargains and B&M now to try and get some food. I literally have no food what so ever in my house...
Paige E
Dec 1, 2020
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"Wrong perceptions! I am a community activist have been since the age of 15 ( now 41) I do work in my community the vice chair of the community Association and also a school governor. Since the start of the pandemic we have been super busy with food surplus, and food hamper deliveries at the time thinking it would not be for long how wrong were we. Every day nearly something crops up and we’ve not had a full weekend off since March .....if I’m honest we are exhausted but won’t quit as our community needs us. I’ve come Across many people and families over the years heard all the usual perceptions people have But lately I’ve discovered that one perception a lot have is the thought that people from other countries are given everything, housing, handouts , money ect This perception , stigma or whatever it is called is totally and utterly wrong! And here is how I know. Just over a year ago our estate manager brought a family who had been given a flat on the estate to our community hub, The family were very isolated especially the mum who had not long before had come from Gambia .... we have helped the family lots and through the hub I’ve become very good friends with the mum. I’ve learnt about their culture , how very different it is to ours but have loved learning from them and teaching them our English ways. The mum struggles with money and just recently I found out they do not get any tax credits / universal credit...
Teddie G
Dec 1, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "Spending halted for a while, just bought one weekly shop, but once everywhere opened we have spent more."
Teddie G
Dec 1, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "My spending has changed as I am having to do more online. Sometimes this works out cheaper sometimes more expensive...
Danni M
Nov 30, 2020
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"Had to take my daughter to an outpatients appointment with her surgeon today. For this we have to travel for an hour by train...
Rosie J
Nov 30, 2020
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"A bit of positive news for a.change. "
Alex R
Nov 30, 2020
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"'Christmas is here!!' Is the mantra of the moment.. I have to be careful not to tag my child along to the shops else she'll want those toys so conspicuously displayed...
Trisha A
Nov 30, 2020
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"The government don't see the worth of single parent families. #fixthecms"
Alex R
Nov 30, 2020
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"I do not understand greed of the wealthy, who do not help those who are struggling through no fault of their own."
Alex R
Nov 30, 2020
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"Today is a good day. Pay day. Couldn't sleep last night, maybe an hour of two, been up since about three ish...
Victoria B
Nov 30, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "My spending currently has increased. These increases are largely to do with education and technology...
Howie P
Nov 30, 2020
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"So excited and anxious for tomorrow. Checked my bank and the payment is pending, so I know it'll be there...
Victoria B
Nov 29, 2020
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"Cold again tonight. Forecast for snow, next few days. I hate winter...
Alex R
Nov 29, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "I can relate to both parts of this video! Initially in the first couple of months of the original lockdown, I spent a lot less. I wasn’t buying fuel that often as the car wasn’t being used...
Connie G
Nov 29, 2020
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"Things are finally settling down financially but my husband is very irritable. The slightest thing is making him grumpy, this isn’t much fun for me or the kids...
Lexie G
Nov 29, 2020
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"Social media is full of people putting Cmas lights and inflateables up outside their homes. To brighten up 2020. "Come on Lets all do it!" They àre exclaiming...
Alex R
Nov 28, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "More spent on gas and electricity as at home more."
Alex R
Nov 28, 2020
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"Feeling a bit useless today. Having no feeling in one arm and hand, I struggle doing certain things...
Thea P
Nov 28, 2020
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"Due to having no Wifi my daughter and son could not do their google classroom. My daughter missed out on so much Maths she is now behind in her new school...
Charlotte P
Nov 28, 2020
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"I am worried the £20 uplift will stop and I rely on it so much. I have so many new expenses since my daughter started secondary school...
Charlotte P
Nov 28, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "Since CoVid hit I have been spending more money on gas and electric. With the restrictions oveewhelming ny 6 year son I had no choice but to shop locally as he cannot deal with crowds...
Charlotte P
Nov 28, 2020
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"this lockdown prevents a lot of things from happening but I'm having to look after my mum and she's going through stuff with a company that she plays on where she's won a few thousand pound they are refusing to payout till she provides information and even after saying the document of her birth certificate will be enough with her marriage certificate they are now telling her to provide more knowing that she's a disabled house bound elderly lady and doesn't have the documents and can't even get the documents they are demanding she provides she's being messed about and my mind is being overloaded because now I'm not dealing with her account and the company in questionn because I'm her carer and she's my mum the company in question has made her very unhappy and in turn this is making me unhappy I don't like hearing my mum crying and telling meshes had to spend even more money getting the information she's being asked for to be asked for more she has already wasted £100 pound getting information for the site that they said is acceptable then in the next breath saying its not enough it's making my mind blow I'm learning how to legally take on the company and sending out reguests for documents I believe companies are using this lo k down to take advantage of people and take their money but not give a thing in return and the gambling companies I believe are all trying to scam their most vulnerable players out of large amounts of money coz that's how they are coming across "
Enzo J
Nov 28, 2020
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"my daughter has been starting to become very confident and has started to climb unassisted this is a great moment for not only myself but for her also she's been a very worried child about safety and used to get very scared even with me by her side but the other day I watched her climb the tallest climbing wall she's seen I was so proud of her my brave little lady "
Enzo J
Nov 28, 2020
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"the wait to hear about the £20 increase is a bit daunting I'm not getting enough money as it is and having an extra 80 taken is going to make my finances take a turn for the worst seeing as the cost of living has basically doubled since the first lock down and benefits have risen by the smallest amount it's not even enough to notice universal credit pays less than the benefits I was on previously as it is, only changed as the online calculator suggested I would be getting nearly £110 more than they actually are paying me "
Enzo J
Nov 28, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "Soending more on food shopping as unable to secure home delivery slots from large out of town supermarkets. The local shops are expensive and do not have same variety of food to purchase. Had to resort to extreme of ordering sensitive toothpaste from Ebay at 3 times the cost + delivery charge...
Alex R
Nov 28, 2020
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"Temperature minus 3 this morning. Oh to have the luxury to afford to keep heating on all night. "...
Alex R
Nov 28, 2020
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"My child returned to school 2 days ago after having to isolate for 14 days due to the school bubble being in contact with a positive covid case. In school for 1 day and school called me at work saying he had a cough and they were worried...
Thea P
Nov 27, 2020
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"Worrying about how I can keep afloat financially when my childs school has to close due to covid or the bubble he is in, has to isolate. Since September my son has had to isolate twice due to coming into contact with someone with covid in his school bubble...
Thea P
Nov 27, 2020
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"Four weeks until Christmas today. I feel lucky in some ways as my daughter has been able to attend school every week since they went back after lockdown, there has been a few covid cases at the school but not fortunately in her year group, Hopefully this will continue until the Christmas break as I feel her education is important coming up to her exams next year."...
Erik J
Nov 27, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "My spending has changed since the start of covid. I have a very limited amount to start with, With my daughter being away from school there was certainly a jump in the amount of electricity that we used...
Erik J
Nov 27, 2020
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"Am a single mum covid have been challenging for me things are difficult for me only surviving with £39 a week can't afford to buy healthy meals and access to buy toys for baby even warm clothes life it's difficult "
Jay R
Nov 27, 2020
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"If only the same urgency was used to ensure all the unpaid child maintenance was recovered to keep children out of poverty. "
Alex R
Nov 27, 2020
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"Saw this online today. Wanted to share, powerful quote for why poverty is unjust and unfair...
Victoria B
Nov 27, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "We’ve definitely been spending more on food. Particularly when the children are spending time off school due to school enforced quarantine...
Aurora T
Nov 27, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "My spending has changed so much. Yet what comes through the door as physical products seems to have lessened...
Victoria B
Nov 27, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "Our spending has fluctuated. We aren’t spending as much on diesel for the car, as we can’t see my partner’s family, who don’t live locally. We have spent much more on energy in the home, as we’ve been effectively grounded! My son wasn’t in school for several months, and that meant more x box use, laptop use and we couldn’t use the vouchers that replaced free school meals as they weren’t recognised online, by supermarkets. And, on top of that our food bill rocketed as I was shielding, and the only online shop we could obtain was at Sainsbury’s, where we normally shop in Aldi and the local Co Op...
Barb I
Nov 27, 2020
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What's happened to your spending since Covid hit?: "My spending has increased due to covid, our food bills have gone up due to our children being unable to go out they are eating more due to boredom. My eldest son who is autistic is eating more due to stress...
David P
Nov 27, 2020
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"Batteries. Sodding, effing, cussworthy beeping batteries...
Victoria B
Nov 27, 2020
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"Sunak is a beep. He's trying to save face and stay popular (probably cos he wants to replace Boris in the next year or two) and is promising to not fall back onto austerity yet he's neglecting that for the poorest of socetity, austerity is already our daily lives...
Victoria B
Nov 27, 2020
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"What a horrible world we live in. The greedy and selfish wealthy make decisions on our worth. They lie and manipulate to make us believe there is no funds available to give pay rises...
Alex R
Nov 27, 2020
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"Did not sleep well, even with medication. Head and neck hurts. Its cold...
Alex R
Nov 27, 2020
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"Neck and head sore with hunching up shoulders which i do when its cold. Heating is on but watching the cost. I live near the library where its warm. Its still closed due to Covid."...
Alex R
Nov 26, 2020
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What are you having deducted and what impact is it having?: "I have over half of my.benefit deducted from my universal credit for god knows what I receive 630 to last entire month bills included and it's just not manageable"
Claire M
Nov 26, 2020
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"Money is a major issue at the moment any work my partner had who was an odd job man casual work has completely dried up and im now struggling with everything feeding my kids clothing them haven't had new shoes for over 7 months ones I'm wearing have holes in I can't go out in the rain in them because I can't afford to buy more I've had to resort to using food banks regularly to help me.manage just the everyday tasks of feeding my children it's ridiculous "
Claire M
Nov 26, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "Covoid has effected my mental health in a bad way I seem to spend my entire life worrying about everything how I'm going to manage money wise how I'm going to entertain my two young children while I can't take them any where I'm lonely and even though I was quite isolates before all of this I'm now completely.isolated from everyone bar my partner and kids I care about I've not been able to see my older son for over 9 months because my mum has to shield and that's where he lives so that's absolutely ruined my life"
Claire M
Nov 26, 2020
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"Early this morning, little lady came to me for cuddles in bed. She had her wee thinking frown on so I could tell she wanted to chat about something...
Victoria B
Nov 26, 2020
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"We had to test my youngest again (3rd time in 3 months) so we’re self-isolating as a family. School sent work for my daughter to do, but we couldn’t access it as my husband uses the computer for his work...
Nellie K
Nov 26, 2020
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"Initially I was worried about the new lockdown restrictions but now when it’s near to ease up again I am getting concerned about how there will be long queues again will result in increase in numbers. 😢"...
Milly U
Nov 26, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "Hugely. My brain simply can’t function the same way anymore...
Nellie K
Nov 26, 2020
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"COVID life is not easy. It has made me a lot more anxious and worried about daily things...
Milly U
Nov 26, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "I have been struggling with mental health issues from years. Even when the children were born I had severe post natal depression, when kids started growing up I started joining different activities and groups for the sake of my and my family,s mental health...
Milly U
Nov 26, 2020
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How have the new rules affected you?: "Struggling to cope"
Charlotte P
Nov 26, 2020
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How have the new rules affected you?: "Not coping well. want thinga to go back to normal. My daughter has just started her 1st year of secondary school and shes not going in full time until after halloween break and even then its all in limbo as to whether she will return to full hours...
Charlotte P
Nov 26, 2020
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"My friend joined CoVid Realities yesterday. I honestly dont know what I would have done without her during CoVid...
Charlotte P
Nov 26, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "I feel CoVid19 has greatly affected my mental health almost more than the 5 year court battle I have recently come out of. I have a very challenging 7 year old boy who never stops...
Charlotte P
Nov 26, 2020
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"Having a bit of a grey day today. After months without a fridge I was bought one by a family member who has recently reconnected with me...
Charlotte P
Nov 26, 2020
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"Basically what Sarah D said 5 months ago, but add in having to suspend MSc studies to care for my husband while he had long COVID for 11 weeks end March to roughly end June & constantly washing hands & disinfecting surfaces so I didn’t catch it (3 health conditions, including asthma) and our five year old didn’t catch it. He did, 2 weeks in May...
Paris M
Nov 26, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "Well it was all-consuming. I was caring for my husband (a primary teacher) who developed COVID-19 on 30th March and suffered with long COVID for 11 weeks, trying (unsuccessfully) to home-school our five year old son, while stringently distancing from my retail job (I have 3 health conditions, so am clinically vulnerable) and working my Community Council clerk/RFO job from home...
Paris M
Nov 26, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "It’s impacted me dramatically, I planned out a suicide attempt but luckily I cried out for help before I went through with it. Too much weight on my shoulders and no where to turn"...
Lola P
Nov 25, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "Covid has affected many people in different ways but mines has been my mental health and was upd on my antidepressants, I had been training and due to lockdown was doing zoom training but wasn't the same, it was soo hard not seeing me and my chum who put me into this have been eachothers rock as we are now in our own bubble, our kids are soo close aswell and if it wasn't for all of us being a bubble the kids have been affected and need stability and structure, this 2nd lockdown scares me as I'm afraid it might last longer and my mental health is affected again like the 1st lockdown."
Patsy J
Nov 25, 2020
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"Got a letter after being bankrupt 12 yrs about dept owed to different bank society and sky looking money from way bk then and I've done my penance, I'm a single parent and class myself as the working poor as I am working to pay out, rent is high and income low,also through covid like alot of people my mental health has been affected due to lockdown, I need stability and structure."
Patsy J
Nov 25, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "How Covid-19 has impacted my mental health. I don’t know if I have any health to worry about"...
Patsy A
Nov 25, 2020
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"The Universal Credit monthly cycle of torture: Relief - when you check your statement and know how much you're getting in however many days. Joy (tinged with shame at being so happy for something you know won't last long enough, but one good day is better than none right) when you get paid. Anxiety - over paying bills, making it stench, is it enough for this, can I manage to get the kids that, I need to save, I can't, did I pay everything, have we got enough food, what about this, what about that. Stress - when it inevitably runs out, no matter how careful you are, maybe one week, maybe two, maybe three, but eventually they'll be £0 in the bank and days to count til the next payday. Fear - what if I've done something wrong, what if I've not done enough, what if I'm sanctioned, what if they take extra debts out, what if there's an emergency. What if they don't pay me next month. Shame - for being in this position, for being unable to make the money stretch, everyone else seems to manage why can't I (when deep in shame its easy to remember others probably think you're managing while they're hiding that they're not), am I a bad person/parent (common thought when the poor are often blamed for being poor, unjustly I might add)...
Victoria B
Nov 25, 2020
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"So before covid my husband was employed, we were still low income and with 4 growing boys money doesn’t stretch far but we were managing then halfway through covid my husband was made redundant. We asked for help with regards to what to do next and a lovely local charity helped apply for benefits sadly some of the information the lady gave us was inaccurate she thought there would be a run on of child tax credit for 2 weeks which would help us while we waited the 6 weeks for UC to decide if we qualified for it, there is no run on so for the last few weeks we have lived on £68 child benefit a week...
Lexie G
Nov 25, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "I’m struggling my mental health isn’t good at the best of times but I’m in a constant state of worry and anxiety."
Lexie G
Nov 25, 2020
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"Mentally exhausted "
Alex R
Nov 25, 2020
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"So, this afternoon I got a phone call from a friend, who's like a grandma to me and my kids, she's known me since I was a child and is extremely important to me. We love each other dearly. We talk for nearly three hours, mostly about family and politics, religion/philosophy (she's religious, I'm philosophous lol)...
Victoria B
Nov 24, 2020
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"This is a day to celebrate in Scotland "
Alex R
Nov 24, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "That's a great question and timely - half way through the second Lockdown. I do always try to look on the bright side of things, but this is getting much harder...
Syeda F
Nov 24, 2020
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"Had an important letter to post today. Main post office closed down end of March when Covid restrictions began. Walked for nearly an hour in the rain to sub post office at other end of town, situated in a petrol station to.fi d it was closed for half day as only one royal mail staff works there and she needs to have time off. Walked back home in rain( no bus service near this destination) Importnat letter still not sent. I could have scanned and sent letter by email but library has been closed since end of March. Despite numerous calls for anothe rpost office to open to allow access for disabled and elderly...
Alex R
Nov 24, 2020
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"Been a difficult week, more confusion with regards covid and the children. Its getting more stressful with the children not understanding all that is going on...
David P
Nov 24, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "Hello, my name is Maria and my mental health was never really great to begin with for many different reasons. But since living in the pandemic without the lock downs and many restrictions, it's definitely deteriorated...
Dorothy T
Nov 24, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "yes i believe it has. i dont socialise much anyway but not seeing all my family and being couped up more with my child on our own is stressful...
Teddy W
Nov 24, 2020
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"My kids aren't getting very much this year for xmas. I dont have the money and there is nothing much they really really need...
Dorothy T
Nov 24, 2020
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"normally i would have started buying in August this year i havent been able to . im distracted and cant afford much ...
Teddy W
Nov 24, 2020
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"My son is off school today waiting on a boy in his class being tested. My daughter got sent home from school with a sore throat...
Dorothy T
Nov 24, 2020
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"I’m struggling with how little money I have this year for Christmas presents. I know I should be thankful that we’re all here and none of us have suffered the physical affects of covid but I’ve really suffered from the mental affects...
Paige E
Nov 24, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "Its impacted the services I use, therefore I am without support."
Alex R
Nov 24, 2020
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"Its a man's world ...... Earn more.......
Alex R
Nov 24, 2020
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What are you having deducted and what impact is it having?: "No tho I was when I moved into Universal credit and I had no money for four plus weeks. I had to cut all my bill and outgoing ASAP...
Georgie O
Nov 23, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "Not in a great way to be honist. I have been exstra frustrated due to the nature of the stop and start and thoses that do not adhear to the rules when you are out."...
Georgie O
Nov 23, 2020
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"It has been a very tricky few weeks. Usually stuff is tricky just for a few days or maybe a week but I must say the challenges just keep coming...
Howie P
Nov 23, 2020
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"Today I went to my Monday voluntary job. With the restrictions getting tougher from end of this week I'll only be back there in the middle of December...
Trisha A
Nov 23, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "I'm more anxious and easily irritable. I find myself more worried than I normally would."...
Trisha A
Nov 23, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "Everyday is the same. Nowhere to go...
Deb L
Nov 23, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "Yes. I want to say no, to say I've been made stronger or that I'm resilient, etc...
Victoria B
Nov 22, 2020
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What are you having deducted and what impact is it having?: "I'm currently deducted over £100 per month. Leaving £1207 each month...
Victoria B
Nov 22, 2020
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"Why do small minds get jobs with big salaries and treat those on lower incomes as if they are worth less?"
Alex R
Nov 22, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "I don’t think there’s just one answer to this question and it can change several times a day. One thing I know is that I miss physical contact with people much more than I would. I’m not a touchy feely person on the whole...
May I
Nov 22, 2020
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"The stables on outskirts of town are asking for volunteers age 14 + with some experince to help out on a Saturday. Horses are something both my daughter and myself love. There is no bus stop near the stables, I dont drive due to seizures, after ex banged my head off concrete steps 10 years ago...
Alex R
Nov 22, 2020
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"Why is the government thinking of relaxing rules over christmas, caseswill go up again and we will end up in another lockdown putting even more strain on people trying to survive on a low income while keeping themselves and family members safe. It just does not make sense to me."...
Erik J
Nov 22, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "It has really affected my mental health. I was having a few difficulties pre COVID but the lockdown just made them even harder and I actually ended up in my local mental health crisis unit with suicidal thoughts, was diagnosed with depression, commenced on anti depressants and referred for counselling. So even though it accelerated a deterioration in my mental health it also forced me to get professional help which was completely invaluable...
Danni M
Nov 21, 2020
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"Lovely day Went for a solo walk around the harbour and along the beach. Lots of couples and and families out walking...
Alex R
Nov 21, 2020
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"Why is it on the run up to Christmas, old flames come out of of their caves and randomly contact you via messenger? A relationship isnt just for Christmas "
Alex R
Nov 21, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "Its been very hard one self and my children, I have one daughter in uni at Leicester (DMU) and although the uni has been amazing, the whole town has been a high risk town, where as London were i live, is generally two weeks ahead and much safer. Not being able to travel to see family has been very hard, and I've found my mental health go up and down in huge spikes"
Charlie B
Nov 21, 2020
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"Feeling exhausted. Mentally drained. Body is sore...
Alex R
Nov 21, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "Great Question. I am hanging in there...
Howie P
Nov 21, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "I think my mental health is affected by Covid , it’s certainly affected my mums mental health she will now not go out al all I can count on one hand the amount of times she has left the house since March this then adds further stress to my sister and myself who care for her. My 16 year old autistic daughter has also suffered more with her mental health and Covid has sent her anxiety through the roof the added stress of little routine doesn’t help and this then impacts on the whole household."...
Teddie G
Nov 21, 2020
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"Where has the last year gone?. I received the tv licence bill today that I had completely forgot about."...
Erik J
Nov 20, 2020
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"The UC system is so unequal and unjust. I have had four emails this week telling me to check my UC account...
Victoria B
Nov 20, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "Talking on my experience Covid really makes me feel awful and depressed sometimes. Having no relatives or someone to rely isn't easy especially with a wee one"...
Emy J
Nov 20, 2020
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How has COVID-19 impacted your mental health?: "I’ve been so pleased with myself at how I’ve coped throughout the whole pandemic, but this week has felt a bit like “the shit has hit the fan” and there’s nothing major to report. I am simply fed up...
Connie G
Nov 20, 2020
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"Welcome to memorable year 2020, A year that will I never forget. A year with depression and sadness...
Emy J
Nov 20, 2020
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"My 13 year old child with SEND has had another week off school due staff shortages meaning their year bubble had to close. Was dreading it but she’s been amazing at doing her school work at home...
Rosie J
Nov 20, 2020
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"It's all happening today. Another Covid Reality for me is that because of Ragnar's vet bill, I was unable to pay my car insurance & internet payments when they fell due this week...
Meg T
Nov 20, 2020
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"Ta dah! Success! I managed to secure a Xmas delivery slot. The great thing is you can just secure it with 1 item in the basket - so I've chucked in our Xmas dinner & checked out...
Meg T
Nov 20, 2020
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"I must be bonkers. It's 6.30, Friday morning & I'm sat at my keyboard waiting for the Tesco Home Delivery slots - or what's left of them to open for the Christmas week shopping slots...
Meg T
Nov 20, 2020
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"Temperature in weather has taken a huge dip. Stress levels up about putting heating on...
Alex R
Nov 19, 2020
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"On paper what should be paid ...15% of monthly wage In reality, nothing is paid. Why childrenof single parents live in poverty and this is before the excuse of Covid. #FixtheCMS "
Alex R
Nov 19, 2020
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What are your (and your kids') experiences of masks, and the rules around them?: "me and my child wear masks when we go out my child is 4 and she listens better than most adults when it comes to putting them on and taking them off and disposing of them properly she keeps it on and doesn't touch her face she washing her hands or sanitizes her hands before and after taking them off as do I only downfall is she's not allowed to wear one at school because she's only 4 which is out of order"
Enzo J
Nov 19, 2020
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"having issues at my child's school the other day I turned up to find her in only her tshirt and her tights I had to get her dressed outside the school was very unsettling and no one had any answers for me, not only that's she get her lunch taken from her if she don't eat it quick enough but she only eats slowly because they had the ordasity to comment on the way she was eating which also stopped her from eating for nearly a week, when I finally got it out of her why she wasn't eating I told her that there's nothing wrong with the way she eats and pulled the teacher who said it to her up the very next day which I don't think she liked very much coz now she won't even talk to me (good thing she ain't my child's keyworker I'd never get told anything, not like I do anyways I have to find out from my child) we had school photos taken the other day which I was appalled by the photos looked like the photographer couldn't be bothered my chid was squinting in one of them like she had been blinded before hand and the other she had her eyes closed probably from being blinded and they want £30+ for the photos??? when I asked why they was so badly taken they didn't even seem to care and just said no one else has said anything even though I've asked all the parents in the class and from others as they are friends of mine from before my child started there and all of them appart from 3 or 4 said they didn't like them and that they wasn't going to be paying for them my child looked disappointed with them which made me quite upset I don't know what this school is thinking but it making me feel uneasy sending her to school as I don't think she's being looked after at all coz these are only a few of the things troubling me about this as they've made several mistakes which they haven't answered when I've called it into question. even the head teacher doesn't seem to care at all about any of it "...
Enzo J
Nov 19, 2020
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How has the extra £20 a week helped?: "don't even think I get the extra 20 a week"
Enzo J
Nov 19, 2020
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How have you been managing in self-isolation?: "I'm finding it quiet lonely and a little stressful when my daughter is at school as can't do anything else and there's no where to go as every where is shut and my mother is shielding and there's been a few covid cases at the school so can't go near my mother just in case coz don't want her getting it"
Enzo J
Nov 19, 2020
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"My mum has to isolate as 3 of her collegues tested positive for CoVid. She is a key worker...
Charlotte P
Nov 19, 2020
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"In Northern Ireland we still have restrictions on public transport. My daughter started secondary school in August and whilst we have had a few glitches we have managed...
Charlotte P
Nov 19, 2020
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What are you having deducted and what impact is it having?: "Yes I have deductions taken. Ive have some prosponements on my advance repayments and then I have 1 small loan out that wont ve paid back until Feb 2021...
Charlotte P
Nov 19, 2020
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"Lockdown Losing my son to the streets Missing my niece growing up Being so poor you lose all motivation To believe life will get better Then Feeling guilty all the time Knowing Aldi's top 6 Eating one meal a day Sleeping a lot Staying awake a lot "
Che G
Nov 18, 2020
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"The area I live in is still in tier 2 .... a plus to living in an area led by Conservatives."...
Alex R
Nov 18, 2020
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"Started an online course to improve my mental well-being. To be completely honest - being taken out of poverty would be the biggest burden lifted already...
Aurora T
Nov 18, 2020
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"so its been a while since i wrote in the diary. i got a fit note from my doctor for UC so they don't expect me to look for a 40 hour job now...
Teddy W
Nov 17, 2020
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What are you having deducted and what impact is it having?: "yes i have other debts, i only pay the minimum repayments. hoping things will improve as time goes on and i can afford to repay them off eventually."...
Teddy W
Nov 17, 2020
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"I think I have noticed a general down turn in mood with people. It seems that this latest lockdown although not as lengthy as the last is having a significant effect psychologically...
Howie P
Nov 17, 2020
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"Its anti bullying week Media full of advice how to taxkle bullies. How about school staff adhering to the anti bullying policies instead of denying any bullying in thr school to protect the reputation. My daughter is more calmer out of the eneviroment, but Im left to pick up the peices."...
Alex R
Nov 17, 2020
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"Lying in bed Tummy rumbling Started to wait and see if daughter leaves food on plate and finish it off to save money. We finished her plate tonight...
Alex R
Nov 16, 2020
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"Checked bank account, no child maintenance paid again. The CMS have failed to contact me within the 7 days as they said they would. He owns a business...
Alex R
Nov 16, 2020
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"The Council has put up the street Xmas lights. Adverts on tv, radio and social media for gifts to buy. Anxiety is rising from the pit of my stomach...
Alex R
Nov 16, 2020
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What are you having deducted and what impact is it having?: "Yes, I am in many forms of debt! I have been for some time, since separating from my husband 10 years ago but as a self employed single parent this has been an impossible spiral to get out of. Since Covid and lockdown it has become harder as I couldn't work from March-Sept due to covid and lockdown and now we are in a 2nd lockdown and some work is cancelled again...
Howie P
Nov 16, 2020
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"Monday blues. My 14yr old daughter who was coping well recently had a meltdown as I attempted to introduce social skills by prompting her to pay for goods in shops...
Alex R
Nov 16, 2020
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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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"Spot the difference. What is essential and what is luxury in a food bank. Guess which foodbank is having money thrown at it and which one is struggling to fill its shelves."...
Alex R
Nov 15, 2020
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"Online dating app is interesting. A lot of married men or in a relationship. Many men wanting to meet up for sex. Why pay a prostitiute when you can risk your health and your relationship with your family for free sex with a stranger? Still men out there want their cake and eat it. I may be single and broke but Im not that desperate. I hope I never do get to that stage. "
Alex R
Nov 14, 2020
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"10 years and no matter how many councelling sessions I attend, I am still affected, because my child is struggling because the Government allow domestic abuse to continue #fixthecms"
Alex R
Nov 14, 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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How are you finding the project so far?: "Life has been a bit of a whirlwind of late so I feel like I’ve neglected my diary a little bit. To be honest it kept slipping my mind, so please do carry on with the email nudges...
Nellie K
Oct 21, 2020
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"One child is under quarantine since a member of his school bubble has tested positive. Thankfully the other child is old enough to navigate the school run alone...
Aurora T
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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"Went to see if the playground was open this morning. It wasn’t...
Nellie K
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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