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"my recent post and a comment from another user has made me realise that self care is so important.

I wanted to start a thread in the Health and Wellbeing section of the boards about self care.

Self care is provided by you, for you

I know a lot of us are struggling at the moment with different aspects of our own lives, and sometimes we get so lost in these we forget to take time for ourselves. This tread is, a Reminder to you to take time out for yourself during the difficult times.

down in the comments I would really love for people to share ideas and tips about self- care. to remind ourselves and others in the community.

My way of self care when i recognise ( or someone recognises i have neglected myself) is:

Take a walk and admire whats around me ( take as long as needed)
treat myself to a bath with a bathbomb and bubbles ( bubbles are important)
make a hot drink and just sit down with a film.

Please feel free to share your ideas!

The Mix have a guide to self-care which you can find here."
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Partner can't sign on / claim JSA because of my 16k job - is that right?

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  • Partner can't sign on / claim JSA because of my 16k job - is that right?

    As the title suggests, I'm in a bit of a pickle - to put it lightly!

    I live with my partner in a small flat which we pay half the rent for each, bills are our own concern but we try to split things 50/50.

    I work on a permanent basis earning 16k annually

    My partner has just graduated from University but the jobs market in her field is tough. She's tried freelancing and a few other things but hasn't yet found a "proper" job - she is trying to find work though.

    However, we're hard up at the moment and finally swallowed our pride and got her to go and see about signing on - only to be told that she can't!

    Why? Because I have a job that pays 16,000 a year.

    I'm here to ask if that's right and if there's anything that can be done about it. My partner and I are not married nor legally joined in any way - there is no arrangement where I give her money on a formal basis. So I'm wondering on what grounds I am expected to support both of us - especially as I've not been asked any details about my own income or means by the JSA agency.

    If anyone has any experience or advice in this situation - I'd welcome it. I know her finding work is the best possible idea but being realistic, she hasn't got a job and I can't support us both in the long term on my own salary.

    Thanks!

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    no, its quite right. If you live together as a couple, it makes no difference if youre married or not. If one is out of work, the other is expected to support them.
    She will either need to look for a job outside of her chosen field, or youll need to live seperatly if you cant support her.

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    • #3
      I had this problem, effectively, if you're living together as if you were married (in a civil partnership) then you might as well be. The first place I can think of to go for some help and advice would be you're local CAB.
      "We're Starfleet officers, weird is part of the job." (Capt. Janeway)

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      • #4
        Welcome to the boards and thanks for posting your query.

        As Fiend_85 and SuzyCreamcheese have mentioned, your income will be relevant to your partner's claim for JSA. For more information check out the Gov.UK pages about JSA eligibility - https://www.gov.uk/jobseekers-allowance/eligibility

        You may also like to use the Benefits adviser service which checks which benefits you and your partner may be entitled to - https://www.gov.uk/benefits-adviser
        Maybe you'd be eligible for other benefits that would help you both financially right now.

        Hope this helps and good luck to your partner in finding a job. She may find the articles on TheSite's work guide useful - http://www.thesite.org/workandstudy/gettingajob

        How to be a woman, Caitlin Moran, 2011. Ebury Press.

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