A safety net for us all

Many people need welfare just to make ends meet

Debbie, 29

‘I was homeless in my early 20s. My marriage broke down, and I wasn’t able to pay the rent on my own. My son and I had no other option but to move into my Nanna’s front room for six weeks.

‘Just when I was about to give up and go to the hostel, a private landlord offered me a place. I wouldn’t have got it without benefits. I honestly thought my son and I would end up on the streets.

‘When I needed a helping hand, housing benefit, working tax credits and council tax credits were there. I’m now doing a plumbing course and I’ve already got a placement with a local firm – I can’t wait to start.

‘It’s because of benefits that I’m able to provide a home for my child. They’ve kept me afloat while I get back on my feet.’

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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