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Fear for future

I don’t have no man problems or anything like that. As a matter of fact, me and my boyfriend have a very good relationship, and we have been together for 16 years. The reason for this email is that I just want to let the politicians know that a lot of people out here are depending on them to do the right thing.

I have not been working for the last two years, and it has put a strain on our finances. My husband has to pay all the bills and I know he is feeling it. On the other hand, being at home has made our family stronger because I can give lot more attention to my children, there is something to eat on the table when they get home and they are doing better at school because I help them with homework and to manage their time.

I think too that because I use a lot of my time growing vegetable in the backyard, my children have a better appreciation for helping themselves and also there are some things we don’t have to get from the supermarket.

But I have to tell you that I am very nervous right now. My boyfriend works at the Transport Board and every time we talk I can see he is worried about being laid off or only working three days a week. I know we will be able to eat and keep the children in good health, but if we lose that steady income the mortgage is going to be a big problem. We won’t be able to pay it.

I know we are not the only people with this worry so my point is that I want the Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister to know our survival is in their hands. This is nothing to make sport about or to play politics with. I don’t know what we would do if we lose our home.

I just hope that the Government understand this, that is all.

Frightened Mother

Since Yuh Asked, FM, I have to say that you have stated your position very clearly. I don’t think that anyone reading this would be in any doubt about your concerns. And I appreciate and understand what you are saying because sometimes it is easy to get the feeling that some politicians don’t understand the pressure people are feeling.

The way you have put it, the members of the Government would have to recognise that it is not about numbers and arguments, but about real people and real lives.

I congratulate you on turning your job loss into something positive and making sure that your children understand that they have to learn how to help themselves. Perhaps your being at home is much more a blessing than you may believe, because if perchance your partner is affected by a cutback you already have a start on the family earning its own income.

Now would be a good time to sit down and look at all the options for expanding your backyard farming or seeing how you can otherwise earn additional income, before any more pressure comes.

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