To be honest, I wasn’t really in any fit state to do any paid work when I first retired. I was still quite depressed. I never rang TPS but did apply for ESA to give me some ‘breathing space’ and keep my NI contributions up to date. Almost a year down the line and I am past the stage where I am interested in doing any tutoring. I do some voluntary work but if I look for any paid work in the future it will be nothing to do with education. I am past that point in my life. It’s time to do something new. My IHR was approved just before Christmas (literally got the letter on 23rd of December last year) and nothing could then be done until the start of term. My employers had to then confirm my leaving date (31st December). I received my first payment at the beginning of February but my lump sum was delayed due to ‘human error’ until March.