A DISABLED Mum says she “can’t survive” after going onto Universal Credit and has been forced to food banks after losing hundreds of pounds.
Debbie Clark, 42, from Pontypool, who struggles with fibromyalgia, basin and PTSD says she’s struggled given she went onto a new flagship advantages complement progressing this year.
She’s in change around £800 on her residence alone, with debts into a thousands, and has had a conflict to keep her disabilities payments too.
Debbie, who lives in Pontypool with her 3 kids, told The Sun Online: “Since we went onto Universal Credit in Feb it’s been so hard.
“I’ve wished we wasn’t here anymore since we can’t give my kids a poetic comfortable residence with food.
“I’ve been by so most already. That should have been a happily ever after.”
The DWP has now offering Debbie a some-more docile package so she can compensate behind her debts over a longer period – after being approached by The Sun Online. That will save her around £80 a month.
She’s only one of hundreds who explain they have struggled on a new advantages system, Universal Credit, that rolls 6 payments into one.
It’s being put in place opposite a nation now, yet is set to send existent advantages claimants starting from subsequent year.
In final week’s Budget a Chancellor announced that operative people on Universal Credit would be means to acquire £630 some-more – yet assistance isn’t set to come in for months, and other changes for years.
Debbie was forced to make a explain for Universal Credit when her PIP disabilities payments were stopped – even yet she appealed a preference and won.
Since she initial done a explain underneath a new complement progressing this year Debbie’s had to go to food banks several times since “we can’t survive”.
And she’s been forced to request for discretionary payments to get income to compensate her bills.
“It’s crazy, it’s creation me even some-more ill,” she added.
“I hatred it, there should be another way. If you’re in difficulty we have to go vagrant to food banks and friends for money.
“My neighbour and I, who is also on her possess with kids, are pity divert and sugarine for tea.
“All my income goes on a house, food, gas and electric, with not adequate to compensate a rest. It’s not right.”
She now gets around £750 a month, for a simple Universal Credit entitlement, support for her children. Her carer’s stipend and her £350 PIP disabilities income are paid on top, yet some get deducted from her benefits.
Universal Credit was forced to compensate her behind additional in dual instalments as good – since of errors they got wrong in a system.
But she was forced to take out £1,200 in allege loans to keep her going and compensate bills while watchful for her initial remuneration – that took weeks to arrive.
Her repayments were £116 each month yet will now be around £30 after assistance from The Sun.
And Debbie’s also had another bit of good news – she’s been means to be paid fortnightly now rather than monthly so she can improved conduct her budget.
Debbie says she was removing during slightest £1,600 a month underneath a aged advantages system, and now has to cope with distant less.
But a DWP pronounced a reason for a change was she was removing paid some advantages before that she was no longer entitled to.
“I haven’t got a idea what I’ll do about Christmas,” she added.
“I only wish to have a happy day for us all.
“And of march it’s removing colder too, I’m dreading it yet there’s zero we can do about it.
“It’s only not removing any improved – all we wish in life is to be happy.”
A DWP orator said: “All payments due to Ms Clark have now been made, and she is now receiving some-more on Universal Credit than on a aged system.”
This week it was reported that a nine-year-old lady asked for a pursuit to assistance feed her family after Universal Credit left her Dad skint.
But afterwards officials pronounced it was too late to throw a new programme wholly – notwithstanding all a problems that it’s had.
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