I'm a JSA Claimant

Now working part-time, volunteers part-time. Cares what happens to UK society full-time

About me

On Twitter I call myself @imajsaclaimant, although some call me by the nickname Claimy. I remain anonymous because I live in a small town in a Tory/LibDem area and some of the views I share would not be welcome in the community I live in. Also, being a claimant I not only have to see DWP staff in the jobcentre I see them when shopping and in social situations. If I were ever to need their services again I would be in trouble.

I’m also working part-time and get some support for my housing. I campaign with Unite Community, Peoples Assembly and the local Trades Council. I volunteer my time helping people learn how to use the internet and share my experiences of the welfare system with people who have been sanctioned. I try to use common sense in a system that often doesn’t have any. I also tweet… a lot!

You can email me at: imajsaclaimant@gmail.com


7 comments on “About me

    November 21, 2014

    Hiya I’d like to make contact with you – I’m from BBC Panorama – looking in to sanctions – toby.sealey@bbc.co.uk

  2. Andria Marsh
    January 5, 2017

    Is it common for disability assessment ppl to casually call 21hrs before an ESA interview and cancel because ‘your file hasn’t arrived’?
    It was already postponed last month because they didn’t receive my GP’s letter requesting arrangement of transport for me in time.
    As someone suffering acute depression my entire existence has been focused on this interview that usually leaves me in a sobbing mess. It’s dominated my life for the last 12 weeks…I opted out of Christmas, isolating myself because I’m so anxious. The thought of waiting another month makes me feel seriously suicidal.

    • imajsaclaimant
      January 5, 2017

      Hi Aisha,

      I’m sorry to hear you are struggling. I’m not an expert but from what I have learnt it is common for them to cancel assessments on different pretexts. They do not take account of the anxiety it causes and that is why it is so important for you to have support through this difficult period. I would suggest CAB or similar charities, plus family and friends if possible. You could also ring your doctor. I have been in a similar position of isolation and I know it is easier to shut yourself off to the world as a coping mechanism, but it can also be very harmful. That is why I urge you to reach out.

      I am friends with Disabled people against cuts and they have a large community on facebook where you can ask questions and receive online support. The group is closed which offers a small amount of privacy


      If you don’t like Facebook you can contact them via their website here: http://dpac.uk.net/contact/

      There are many people who have been through what you are going through now, so you don’t need to do this on your own.

      Solidarity x

  3. Anonymous
    January 29, 2017

    Is there any way to contact you?
    Maybe an inbox?
    Can’t find one here or on twitter I’d like to share something x
    I’ll provide an email but I’d likeep you to delete it as I’d also like to remain anonymous.

  4. Anonymous
    January 29, 2017

    Is there any way to contact you?
    Maybe an inbox?
    Can’t find one here or on twitter I’d like to share something x
    I’ll provide an email but I’d likeep you to delete it as I’d also like to remain anonymous.
    Brief description of my story.
    I work part time I’m a single mum of two primary aged boys.
    The company I work for has so many diabolical policies such as you can only take two weeks of your holiday between April and the end of September. Meaning I have to miss out easter and may half term and squeeze just two weeks of summer with my boys. In December we are not allowed any holiday at all. So knowing I was pregnant my boss arranged a little time around Christmas that I could have off via rota non paid. I was happy with this.
    That was until the start of January I startedto have a miscarriage. I obviously needed a couple of weeks off because I was devastated. My x the father ofyou children and I had been trying to rekindle our relationship.
    I then found out that because of my leave of absence in December I had not made enough on average to meet the miminum required for sick pay. That’s two weeks of no pay.
    I’m not only heartbroken but now have to worry about how to feed my children. It’s fairly disgusting to say the least.
    I honestly don’t around 30 hours a week most weeks and if the average had been over a 12 month period I’d have been well over the average required. So let it be known to everyone out there. £112 is average over the last 8 weeks is needed before SSP will get paid.
    I think it’s disgraceful my average came to £109.98 I’d had cut my hours one week because of morning sickness.
    Over a 12 month period my average would have been £156.27
    It’s not like I’m on the highest of wage already.
    I’m now a working person who is wondering how I’m going to pay everything this month. When I do I’ll probably have no money left for food and for the first time ever I’ll probably find myself at a food bank.
    It’s so unfair. I work so hard only to be poor.

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