I barely know anything about this, so it is possible that I'm missing on a few bits of information, but essentially this is how it stands:
My brother went to university.
He got his degree, left, and while he tried to get a job he went to see people about getting his job-seeker's allowance (henceforth the JSA).
They told him that he was not eligible to receive the JSA, as he had over a certain amount in his account.
He then used said money, mostly given to him by our parents, to pay off the rest of the tuition fees.
He let the people know about the change in his financial situation, and he signed on every week and showed proof of him searching for jobs - he's applied to lots of jobs, had a few interviews, and everyone's rejected him so far. Not because he's a bad candidate, but because there are better ones who have experience out there. Of course, he can't get experience until he has a job, and he can't get a job until he has experience.
Weeks. And weeks. Go by. He continues searching, and volunteers at Oxfam twice a week.
Today, I came home, sat down and watched him play videogames for a little while (I was pooped after my M1 retake), before going upstairs.
Later my mum came to talk to me (I'd been crying before my exam on the phone to her).
She apologised for not coming up straight away, but my brother had understandably wanted to talk to her about his day.
Did he tell you? No, he didn't say anything to me, Mummy.
The people who do the JSA have told him that he cannot have the JSA.
BECAUSE HE PAID OFF HIS STUDENT LOAN.
Apparently, he didn't have to pay off the student loan. And because he did, then he must OBVIOUSLY be able to pay for his living too. Because it's INCONCEIVABLE that he comes from a middle-class family who is able to pay his fees for him and then let him pay them back gradually, without interest.
And it sounds like it's an indefinite situation.
WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE.
THE ONLY REASON I'M NOT DOWN THERE HITTING SOMEONE IS BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHO TO BLAME.
And my mummy prides me on being her Rational Little Being, and it wouldn't do anything apart from make me feel better.
BUT FOR FUCK'S SAKE. I LOVE MY BROTHER AND I HATE HIM BEING TAKEN FOR A RIDE LIKE THIS.
If this comes up on the news or something, guys, it might well be my mum who kicked up the fuss.
The Mechanics 1 retake went okay. I spent all of last week relearning the material, did really well in some past papers, took TWO days away to do other work, then FAILED another paper, did another paper the next day and did fine, as well as get some help from someone who's written a book on mechanics for physics, and then all this morning I FAILED and FAILED nearly every bloody question. Texted my mum just to vent a little (I wasn't exactly angry or upset, I just wanted to make the statement) and then she called me back and I started crying (not that she could hear, I was in the common room and I'm good at controlling my voice). Went into the exam, did the paper with 20mins to spare, went over it and picked up three major mistakes and corrected them. I'll find out how I did in March.
Art's a bitch. Music's pretty bitchy. Maths is a bitch.
Sorry for the swearing guys, but this has really pissed me off.
Love and prayers,