The older i get, the more annoyed i become. So much so that quite often i feel an uncontrollable urge sit on the side of the M6, drop kicking townies into the oncoming traffic.
I earn a good salary, i'm no Donald Trump but i've got all the niceties in life you'd want. I'm able to support my wife (currently unemployed) and son without much of a problem.
I have however encountered a rather irritating problem.
My wife is a primary school teacher, she had to leave her job because we moved for my work. Since my son was born she has gotten statutory maternity pay of £125 a week, it wasn't much but it was still £500 a month.
This stopped last week, quite a sizable amount is now missing from our income. It will partly be replaced by JSA, but that is only £86 a week.
My wife had two job interviews last week, both offered one day after another. She wasn't successful (very close) at obtaining a position, but rome wasn't built in a day and we hope it's just a matter of time.
In order to attend these interviews it was:
- Full day childcare for 2 days: £65
- Taxis to and from the interviews on both days: £40
So £105 for just two interviews.
Single parents get free childcare in these instances and commuting costs.
Where is our help? I'm not able to take off work at such short notice. Especially at this time of year, so it's unfair to think the other parent will always be around to elevate the cost of childcare.
Imagine if she has 4 interviews in a month, that's £210 a month.
There just doesnt seem to be much help and support for the middle class when theyre in a bad position.
Perhaps if my wife tattoos our sons name on her arm, walks into the job centre with a limp and says innit every after sentence wed have more luck.