Happy New Year to everyone :)
I received a lovely message on the 1st January from Pôle Emploi informing me that as of the 28th January 2013, I was no longer entitled to unemployment benefit. Happy New Year to Me! Especially as they found a way to pinch 78 days of my entitlement from me!!!
So I now have to fill in a form to ask for the Allocation Solidarité Sécifique aka ASS. The problem is that they require 10 years work history with proof of employment if one has been overseas. My proof of UK employment, (which was basically one company) is currently in a small box, among many others, in my sister's attic, in Northamptonshire.
I have all of my tax forms and code notices and I can probably get my old employer to supply me with an equivalent of the "Certificat de Travail" that they want as proof.
I have worked for 10 years in France and have all the paperwork, but not consecutively so it doesn't count.
Has anyone had any experience of this or know of anything that I could do to make the process simpler?
The annoying part is that I only need to benefit from this for 3 weeks before I will be starting my new job. I did think about getting some interim work and avoiding the whole palava but I need to be on-site at the hotel during the day for the workmen and the repairs that are being done, not to mention the 72 rooms that I need to clean and all the carpets that need shampooing once the electricty is up and running.
Thanks in advance for any advice :)