Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Your job is next to go.
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.]