(I have taken the liberty of reposting this letter, which I found on the Unemployed teachers site, as it struck me to the heart.) My husband and I are in our late fifties, and we have both been out of work for about a year. We have tried absolutely everything to got other work, but with no success. Our mortage is paid off and we have no debts, fortunately. Our combined JSA is £102 per week. We try to cover the essential bills, but cutting back on eveything else. We have not had the central heating on since last Spring. We only use electricity very sparingly: we save on washing by wearing thick track suits, which are also warm to wear. We use very little gas for cooking as we have hardly anything to cook. Everything saleable has gone. We have the house on the market since last autumn but nobody has been to view yet. Perhaps I am just feeling 'down', which I certainly am. We have gone past the point of going on 'coin hunts' hoping to find some forgotten loose change. Very often, we will be down to a few coppers, not enough to buy anything. For two or three days each week, the cupboard is literally bare and there is nothing to eat. It reminds me of watching Sam, all those years ago.