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Have you ever got to the point where you think 'it is just not worth it, anymore'?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by albertdog, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. I am sorry to sound so pathetic but I am beginning to feel this way. I have been out of work for over a year now, following a serious accident two years ago. Have joined over two dozen teaching agencies but nothing to speak of, made over 300 applications but nothing. I am over-qualified and too old at 61. Teachers' Pensions have been trying to sort out my pension for nearly a year but no good news yet. My injuries from the accident land me in the twilight zone between too disabled for JSA but not disabled enough for incapacity benefit, so income zero.
    Tried all other avenues of employment of which i can think, both paid and voluntary, but nothing. Ironically, I have a some money in compensation for injuries but not in a form I can spend, only invest; which means practically nothing in terms of income generation at today's interest rates.
    Where can I go from here?
  2. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Afraid I've no idea (or I'd be doing it too!) but didn't want to read & run.
    Keep trying to be positive ((albertdog)) x
    (I'm sure you've already tried, Associate Tutor/Lecturer jobs in Uni, Jobs in Museums, Mad Science Clubs etc...?)
  3. bnm


    It must have been a terrible couple of years for you.
    I think you should pat yourself on the back for keeping on going.
    Sorry, no practical advice.
  4. Could the Citizens Advice Bureau help? Surely you should be eligible for something?

    I really do sympathise, by the way. Times are terrible. Supply work has disappeared round my way. And few jobs in my subject.
  5. moonpenny

    moonpenny Occasional commenter

    You don't sound pathetic at all. Have you thought about retraining so that you could do more flexible work?
    I worked with a 67 year old woman who has lost her husband and was doing a conselling degree and was using her grief and all the things she had been throughin her life as a driving force to help other people in a similar situation.
  6. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

  7. Sorry to hear you're having such a tough time. Is there any scope for you advertising to offer private tuition in your subject area or have you explored that already?
  8. PlymouthMaid

    PlymouthMaid Occasional commenter

    Albertdog, i have seen several of your posts recently and you do seem to be having a rough time. I think it is hard for older people generally to get back into the workplace and teaching has to be one of the worst. Private tuition could definitely be a way to earn some cash although it will never be a huge wage. Could you learn to embrace an early retirement? I realise that money is a huge issue but if you can find a way to live with what you have it may help to take the mental pressure of constant job hunting away which must be very depressing.
  9. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I too have no useful advice, but do feel for you.
    Have you tried asking your doctor why you won't qualify for disability allowance? It's not great but it might be something. Can't understand how they can let you live off nothing in our so-called civilised country!
    There's nothing worse than having time on one's handsto make thing worse too!
    People give loads of advice- I know poeple keep telling me 'Have you tried . . . .? Well, yes,of course!
    Keep your chin up and keep knocking on doors albertdog.
  10. Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I have tried the avenue of private tuition, as I have said on another forum: I spent quite a bit on publicity to this end, but got no response at all. If i could get my pension, I would be able to retire, but this is proving very difficult to sort out. The sticking point seems to be that ILEA did not pass on all its information to the Teachers' Pensions people. I could get a pension but it would be counted without the seventeen years that I worked for ILEA. Apparently, I cannot accept a pension based on my other service while the matter is sorted out: once I have accepted a pension offer, that is it! I am on my third 'senior person' at TP, who is 'definitely going to get this sorted out'. I do not hold out much hope, as I have had this twice before only to be told that, since they cannot find ILEA's records, there is nothing that can be done.
    Retraining, I have found out, needs money, which I do not have.
  11. I have appealed the disability allowance versus JSA but after nearly a year, there is no resolution yet. Periodically, I get asked to go to see 'someone (usually at a goodly distance) who asks me the same questions and then passes me on to someone else. The fact that I have nothing on which to live cuts no ice with anyone.
  12. anon468

    anon468 New commenter

    Albert, I'm truly sorry you're having such a rotten time of it at the moment (I have read a lot of your other threads).
    I'm not a teacher (flunked out of my PGCE - long story), so I don't feel I can adequately advise you, but I think you are definitely getting a very raw deal here. Can you maybe get union help, or even legal help in an effort to get this sorted out?
    Maybe your cause is something that a journalist might be interested in taking up?
    Don't know if you're a hugs kind of person, but I'm sending you one anyway.
  13. Albert, if you have kept your monthly salary payslips from your ILEA emplyment you can use these as evidence of the pension entitlement. Maybe they are up in the loft somewhere?
  14. This may sound rather pathetic but what about volunteering say just one morning a week.It imposes the need to be up and ready and ensures you are mixing with others. In my experience you tend to meet nice people.
  15. Andy_91

    Andy_91 New commenter

    This sort of log-jam is something MPs are usually good at sorting out or putting rockets under backsides. Collect all your documentation and go to a surgery.
  16. Definitely recommended. Stops them spending too much time with their expenses as well!
  17. I don't think its as simple as that, as it isn't the TPS who have made the error, but rather an education authority which was abolished in the 1980s. It was up to the ILEA to inform the the TPS. They didn't. But they were abolished by Thatcher in the 80s. You need some way of proving that you did pay the pension contributions. Just proving you worked for them isn't necessarily enough, as you have to prove you were contributing the pension. This is why you are always advised to keep salary pay slips, as they are evidence that you have been contributing to the pension, if there is a debate over records. Maybe the successor education authourities to the ILEA can help, if any of the ILEA's records were passed to them?
  18. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    True, they do so like to be seen to 'be doing well' for their constituents. Worth a try.
    Hug here too! [​IMG]
  19. i know someone in a similar position - has been refused benefits because doesn't meet the criteria for disability even though he has two large open wounds on his feet that won't heal, has had joints fused surgically because the joints had collapsed, can't raise either arm above shoulder level, can't walk more than about 10 foot, survives by taking pain killers every four hours but is still in pain, but could pick up something off the floor from sitting down position (after four attempts and 10 minutes after asked) so apparently was fit for work.

    the local MP is now involved!

    hope it gets sorted for you soon
  20. Do you mind me asking what specialist subject you are Albertdog? It might help some of us to be creative or to think of something you might not have considered-just a thought.

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