I have so much to tell you. I am exhausted. The bottom line is I am working 5 days a week and am in fact worse off. I resigned on Monday and told them I will continue to work for as long as it takes them to find someone to replace me but have asked them to only pay me 2 days a week and I will work 5 days as I am better off 2 days.
Desperate to talk to you but each night I run around and before in know it, its really late. I basically eat my lunch and keep working and by the time I get home I run around and fall into bed about 12 or 1am.
I have another huge day tomorrow but will try to ring you tomorrow night or Friday to organise to get together. Will try to give you a quick buzz tomorrow from work (very hard talking at work even for a minute - I nick into the toilet and ring on my mobile) and see if we can set something up.
Its 12.30 and I will be up at 5.40am. What a nightmare.
Look forward to speaking to you soon
I receive a Carers Allowance for the boys and Parenting Payment. Because I am in Department of Housing, when I took on this recent job my rent almost trippled. This explains the figures in my email. The Department of Housing has recently bought in new reforms. I have always paid 25% of anything I receive (parenting payment, family tax, child support, interest on savings, etc). Now you have to pay 30% if you earn over a certain amount and this then becomes a sliding scale upwards until you pay full rent.
When I took the job I believed I would be getting $28,536.80 per year. My rent went from $107.08 per week to $234.99 per week. After starting the job I found out that in fact my wage would be $37,526.32 per year. I was so excited, $9,000 a year more !! After applying the formula I soon found out that my rent went up to $267.03 per week and I lost my Parenting Payment completely - the extra $9000 per year equated to an extra $30 per week BUT with the extra rent and loss of benefits I was in reality worse off with the $9000 extra.
I have a friend who also has a child with Autism and is in Dept of Housing and who has recently started working. She is on Carers Payment and is at the moment deciding wether to continue with her job or to resign. Basically if you are in our situation it is almost impossible to get ahead or improve your situation. I will discuss this with her and feel she would also be happy to share her situation with you.