Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Your job is next to go.

Life on the dole in Henley-on-Thames

As redundancy washes away her affluent lifestyle, Julie Salt describes her first grim experiences of the Jobcentre. "Until recently, we were a family of five living in Henley-on-Thames [a rather posh part of the southeast with very expensive property!] with the security of a good salary and an affluent lifestyle. But my husband's redundancy from his job as director of an internet travel company has jolted us rudely out of our complacency. Like many of the 5,000 people who became unemployed yesterday, we fear losing everything. We are surviving, with a spending freeze on our lives, but we are rapidly realising how the economic structure that let us live like kings was a castle built on sand." [Part 1 of a 3-part series, links below the fold.]

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13 thoughts on “Your job is next to go.

  • Telegraph: Jobless from Henley-on-Thames, part II
    Telegraph: Life on the dole in Henley-on-Thames, part III

    To summarise, this lady has three kids and a mortgage. The family has Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance but the terms require them to sign on the dole in order to claim. She’s finally discovering all the indignities that the lower classes have to endure, such as two-hour interviews at the jobcentre where the coffee table is screwed to the floor to prevent it being used as a weapon.


    “If someone such as my husband – who was always at the office – can lose his job, what hope is there for the rest of you?”

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  • what make her think because she comes from henley on thames they are any better than the rest of us typical of the upper middle class

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  • Henley-on-Thames is of course home to The Henley Royal Northerner Show. The video below should give you an idea of the kind of people who live there.

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  • That mutt should help her shift an extra couple of copies of the big issue.

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  • The Job Centre and the Department of Works and Pensions are both draconian intimmidating bullies of the worse possible kind. They are the instruments behind the spun caring facade of NU Labour. Nu Labour have been expecting marches and protests since Northern Rock went to the wall. This is why they have recently started to issue 10,000 stun guns to the police. 50,000 volts will kill anyone if they have cardiac problems or a pacemaker fitted. It could also cause the victims Assemblage Point as well causing permenant depression or worse.

    If you intend to go on any of the protest marches that will occur next year, Be Sure to wrap your chest area up in several layers of aluminum cooking foil.

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  • SorryError: Assemblage Point to drop into the liver area….

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  • With a hair do like that, you’d think the dog was her son or daughter.

    Sign on, stop being such a snob and get used to it !

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  • it’s no surprise he was always in the office! That’s what he told you love….

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  • I’ve had experience of the Job Centre under New Labour, albeit about 5 years ago. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful or respectful, despite the fact that a small percentage of the ‘clients’ they have to deal with on a daily basis are an absolute waste of space, who would turn anyone into a misanthropic cynic. Contrast this with my mid-1980s experiences with the same service run under the Tories: staff inculcated into believing that everyone who has to sign on should be treated as vermin (I remember one friendly counter clerk who used to say ‘hello, my friend, how are you doing?’ to people he was serving, was suspended from work for ‘fraternising’) and regularly going AWOL from their desks, for a laugh, just to see how agitated a state they could get members of the public into. These people are lucky: they’re not going to be ideologcally treated like dirt. By the way, nice to see the ‘white-collar’ professions, like banking and finance suffering for a change. Maybe Alan Bleasdale should dust down his typewriter and write ‘Boys From The Green Stuff’.

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  • l live 3 miles from Henley and try hard to avoid the place. Was there last week though and overheard a conversation between a shopkeeper and an estate agent who has 4 new commercial premises to let because all 4 businesses went bust in one week about a fortnight ago.

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  • “…economic structure that let us live like kings..”

    The (unemployment) lifestyle article. It does raise the interesting question about the value and worth of an individual’s contribution to society. It seems that the jobs that fed the consumer maw were the ones that allowed the occupants to “live like kings”. Remember the fuss about the firemen’s strike a few years ago when they asked for £30K? Who really deserves to live like a king? (Apart from the Queen.)

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  • I think she is a snobby little twa***. People who work in the JobCentre are 10 times better than her. At least they try to help people to get back to work. Who does she think she is, because her husband was a director of an internet travel agency, big deal.
    People like her dont deserve any help.She does have a bit of an attitude problem, looking down on others all the time. Does she expect the red carpet treatment cos her husband used to pay a lot of taxes. So does everyone else.
    How does she expect the redundancy insurance to start paying out without knowing they are clocking at the Jobcenter. I think it will do these guys a lot of good, to realise redundancy can happen to anybody and realise that they are lucky to live in a country like the UK looking to help people back into work at the taxpayers expense (as of course they wont pay tax anymore, but get the benefits paid by others).

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  • Good grief!! My heart bleeds for her. Welcome to the real world love. Nowhere in the article do I read that she works herself. Oh, to be living the life of Riley on a partners director salary. Stop winging and get a job down your local Asda.

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