Well my recent means test just shows that the system , as if we didn't already know is absolutly corrupt.
I know of people that are unemployed for years and getting the full dole , and have no intention of returning to work. Also plenty of people who are working and signing also.
I was made let go from my Private sector job last November (2008), a salary of €32,000 gross I also had a brevement in the family around the same time and had to wait 15 weeks to receive my jobseekers benefit.
My wife works in the private sector also and had a wage of €33,000 gross per 48 hour week.
I received my jobseekers benefit of €204.30 and like most other people was able to survive with the Loans, Mortgage and household bills, despite having €22,000 less in income.
I have made approximatly 200 applications for work since i was let go. I received a letter from social welfare to advise me that I am being means tested. While I am married My wife and I have single persons tax allowance as we were earning similar money , there was no point in obtaining married allowance.
I received my means test and the social welfare have awarded me an allowance of €5.90 per week. This is a 96% decrease. They do not take into account your outgoings.
Considering my wifes wage , as such pays the bills and mortgage and so on , we were living on my JSB , where as now €5.90 per week would not even pay the esb bill in the month.
In the past 2 years, we had to pay the 1% levy , while I was working and my Wife had another 1% in April , a 7% pay cut and now a 96% decrease in the allowance, which makes it near impossible to pay the mortgage. so from a personal income of €32,000 Gross , has now dropped to €306.80 per year. How can anybody survive on this??
Thanks for reading my rant , But if there is anyone that can advise me or tell what I can do , would be muchly appriciated.
At least Ive my health, Happy Christmas to all!!