A safety net for us all

Many people need welfare just to make ends meet

Rob

‘A few years ago, my wife was diagnosed with an illness that left her in a wheelchair. It turned our world upside down. She became too ill to work and was experiencing a lot of pain. Of course, I didn’t think twice about taking time off to look after her.

‘Unfortunately, my employer wasn’t very understanding, even giving me a written warning. I knew then that I needed to leave. I found a job at a much more understanding company with an excellent carers policy, but unfortunately I had to take a pay cut.

‘There’s no way I would’ve been able to make this move without housing benefit and working tax credits to top up my pay. That financial support has enabled me to balance a job with caring for my wife – it’s been a lifeline.

‘My wife also claims disability living allowance, which pays for items like her wheelchair and things like hand splints. Without this support, she’d be stuck indoors – benefits have given her back her independence.’

It may not be perfect – but it’s vital

Without things like tax credits and housing benefit, many of us couldn’t get by each month. Because even working all the hours you can doesn’t guarantee you enough to pay the bills.

That’s why we’re campaigning to protect our welfare safety net from further government cuts. And we want improve it so that people can live well – paying their day-to-day bills without struggling.

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