Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Jobless son won't pay his way

Fiona Caine is here to help if you have a relationship, sexual, marriage or family problem.

My son is 45 years old and has been unemployed for the last six years since he was made redundant.

I’m 76 years old and my husband is 74. Our son has been living with us over these past few years. He’s been living on his savings, which are now running out, so for the past two years he’s made no contribution towards the household.

He owes us hundreds of pounds, which we can ill afford, but he still won’t apply for unemployment benefit. Surely he’s entitled to something, so is there any way we could force him to apply? AK

FIONA SAYS: EXPLAIN THE FINANCIAL BURDEN

I am sure there are benefits he would be entitled to, but unless he applies, he will never receive them.

At 45 he’s too old for you to force him to do anything he doesn’t want to do, but as he’s worked in the past, he’s only going to be applying for what he’s entitled to.

Try to get him to understand that you are suffering financially.

If he realises this, it might encourage him to do something in his own right.

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