James

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“I’m 27 years old and live in a one bedroom flat.  I am currently receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance.  I am looking for a full-time job as a means to pay my bills and support myself but my long-term goal is to undergo full training to become a housing support worker.

I have a seven year old daughter who comes and stays with me alternate weekends.  I don’t receive any money for my daughter so most times I find myself going without a meal so she can eat when she’s in my care.  I find it extremely hard living on benefits and have found myself in some desperate situations, especially since having to pay towards Council Tax.

I don’t believe anyone would choose to live on benefits (why would anyone want to suffer and struggle like me).  In the future, I look forward to supporting myself and maybe one day being able to go to bed with a full tummy, no stress or worry about money / debt and a smile on my face. “