As I blogged last month, I thought that I should be entitled to Widowed Parent's Allowance but it seemed to be taking for ever to come through. I knew that the FH had paid the requisite amount of NI, or so I believed anyway, and couldn't see what the delay was.
I phoned up again last week, and at last someone could explain: there can't be an account open connected to my NI number for WPA whilst there is an account open on the FH's NI number for Old Age Pension, as our NI numbers are connected to one another because we were married......so the OAP account had got to be closed down before the WPA account could be opened.
These things take time........I was trying very hard to be patient, but I really wanted to KNOW!
And, at last, on Monday, a brown envelope turned up, to tell me that yes, I am entitled to WPA whilst the YFG is here and I get Child Benefit for her. WPA is not a fortune, but it makes a heck of a difference in our circumstances. It gives me three years of leeway in being able to be here for the YFG when she gets home from school, of not having to take just any job that I can find. It means that I can be very careful with cash and probably only work part time, so that I don't have to leave her to go and work very odd shifts in Tesco - I have looked on the jobsearch websites and some Tesco [and other supermarkets, for that matter] jobs ARE rather odd shift patterns!
We won't be able to afford foreign holidays, we won't eat out and we won't be wearing the latest fashions. We'll be careful with our money, as usual, and we'll get by. We will probably be able to stay in this house for a while longer, which gives me more time to get the FH's workshop sorted out and the house smartened up for viewings.
I have applied for a couple of jobs this week. I shall keep looking :)
A bit of progress on the latest picture.
7 hours ago