A safety net for us all

Many people need welfare just to make ends meet

Anne, Nottingham

‘I was working full-time when I was diagnosed with a life-changing illness. I had to give up my job and now I receive housing benefits and disability living allowance. They make all the difference.

‘I wouldn’t be able to leave the house without benefits – I’d just be trapped indoors. The money is spent on essential equipment like my wheelchair, special cutlery and items like talking clocks and talking scales.

‘As a result, I’m able to live more independently and have a better quality of life. I can volunteer in the community and help out other disabled people – things that I do to pay back society. My life would be a lot smaller without benefits.

‘Thanks to housing benefit, my husband has also been able to take a lower paid job with an employer who understands his caring responsibilities. Without this support, my husband and I would’ve gone under.’

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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