Some more comments came in after I last replied....from Goldensunflower, Jules, Tracy and Anonymous, thank you all. Anonymous (welcome, any chance of a first name....or something to call you by? Doesn't have to be your real name, of course) suggested I try Jobseekers Allowance - I'm not eligible for that, unfortunately, but thank you for the help.
I've also had some more comments, which aren't being published - I think you'll see why when I tell you what they were.
Somebody has said that it's the likes of them paying taxes that enables us to claim benefits and puts food in our mouths, presumably they consider us to be scroungers. How offensive is that?! (and how wrong!). My husband started work in the 1960s, the day after his 15th birthday, and carried on working without any breaks in employment until he retired last year at the age of 66 - over a year past his official retirement date. He paid high taxes and NI all his life, I also worked full time for most of my life from the age of 18 (with no breaks to have children, seeing as I don't have any). So any benefits we get and food we put in our mouths are paid for by US and OUR employment history!! Neither of us has EVER claimed ANY benefits before now.
We didn't even claim these benefits we get now, initially, for the simple reason that we didn't know we were entitled to them - it was pointed out to us by somebody official, who suggested we apply.
I'm getting a bit tired of having people who don't even know me making judgemental, offensive, uninformed and totally wrong comments. If they carry on, I WILL name and shame them. If you don't like what I say on my blog, then don't read it - simples!
I'm also getting fed up with 2 particular people always assuming that whenever I write something negative or moaning, it's always about them! I do know more than 2 people, my blog posts are not always about or directed to just them, and if they think I ONLY write about them, then that says more about them and their self-obsession than it does me!