Hi, I hope some knowledgable people can help me with a bit of advice on my situation. I need to leave my job this summer to look after my mother. She had a very serious debilitating illness a few months ago and is being looked after at home. There is no good outcome to this, it's a permanent thing. She's totally dependent and things are very tough. My sister is helping my Dad look after her now Monday to Friday and I go home every weekend to take over. My sister plans to start a training course in the autumn. So this means I need to take her place at home and give up my job. It's a very full-on situation, but this is how it has to be, for as long as necessary. So, my question is - will I get the dole if I give up work voluntarily? I heard the relevant tax year for 2009 is 2007. I was travelling for a good bit of 2007 and probably only worked 5 months of it. But since then I've been working full time. Plus I've worked pretty much continuously since leaving college over 10 years ago. Will they allow me to claim? Oh by the way I won't get the carer's allowance because my Dad is claiming that, but it takes way more than one person to look after my mom. Thanks for your help.