Diary Thursday 19th January 2017

Photo taken by me – my 2017 Diary
Preston, England
January 20, 2017 5:29am CST
Signing on welfare day on a very cold morning. This can be quite an interrogation into my job search activity but today it went quickly as their computer system was acting up and they were running late so I was signed through promptly. A check on my bank showed that my finances are lower than expected but not too critical. I returned to the flat to rest and catch up on my writings for the remainder of the day. Arthur Chappell
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@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Jan
well glad the welfare thing came and went fast
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• Preston, England
20 Jan
@Jessicalynnt until the next one on February 2nd yes
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• Centralia, Missouri
20 Jan
@arthurchappell well at least it is income!
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• Preston, England
25 Jan
@Jessicalynnt yes every penny counts
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@LadyDuck (122114)
• Switzerland
20 Jan
I am glad it was not too long, at least they replied pretty quickly.
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@JudyEv (101136)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jan
At least they didn't keep you hanging around for ages. Have you given your next public talk yet?
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@atoz1to10 (6898)
• Australia
20 Jan
Sorry to ask but what is welfare day? And hope you feel much better when you get home.
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• Preston, England
20 Jan
@atoz1to10 welfare days are days when I have mandatory appointments with the people who pay my unemployment benefits - I have to prove i have spent enough time looking for work since my previous appointments or they could reduce or even stop my payments so it is a very stressful meeting, usually every two weeks
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@atoz1to10 (6898)
• Australia
20 Jan
@arthurchappell Thanks for explaining to me. Do they make it harder for you over there? It is getting harder for Australian people now...
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• Preston, England
20 Jan
yes it feels like a tightening thumbscrew and government cutbacks make it worse @atoz1to10
• Bournemouth, England
24 Jan
Interrogating a guy in his fifties in January over job searches: a bit pathetic.
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• Preston, England
24 Jan
@asfarasiknow especially as I have to fill in a daily job search log they access from their website whenever they want anyway - they don't actually need to see me at all
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@Corbin5 (81712)
• United States
20 Jan
Glad the welfare day went by quickly!!! Whew! Also good to hear your fiances have not reached the critical stage. Been there before!
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• Preston, England
23 Jan
@Corbin5 February will be a critical month as they will adjust my welfare because of the work I had before Christmas with the money due to me at the end of this month
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@teamfreak16 (36587)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
20 Jan
Hope your finances work out.
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• Preston, England
24 Jan
@teamfreak16 i'll be ok this month - they may deduct a lot froom me over February though to cover the earnings I had before Xmas though that is mostly spent now as the temporary work hours were severely reduced due to limited work coming in and over-staffing
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@Telynor (1142)
• United States
20 Jan
I'm sorry to hear of your financial troubles. That is always miserable to go through -- I am on SSD (Social Security Disability) here in the States, and we haven't seen an increase in over three years, but the prices of things keep soaring.
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@FayeHazel (11791)
• United States
20 Jan
That's always a not-fun surprise... when your funds are lower than you thought. Hope you're doing alright...
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@celticeagle (114484)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Jan
Glad it went well. My bank balance is low too. Hope the rest of the month goes by quickly.
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@Asylum (47287)
• Manchester, England
20 Jan
It is disgraceful to demand job search information from someone like yourself who has already demonstrated a desire to work.
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@Rollo1 (16725)
• Boston, Massachusetts
20 Jan
Three cheers for malfunctioning computer systems - sometimes they work in our favor.
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