A safety net for us all

Many people need welfare just to make ends meet

Sarah, 40

‘After leaving a toxic marriage, I was juggling two or three jobs at a time while trying to look after my young son. He was going through a really bad time, and needed me to be there for him.

‘I never imagine I’d be claiming benefits, but without them, me and my son wouldn’t be where we are today. I got lucky, and found a decent flat for us both – but even though I was working, without housing benefit, I wouldn’t have been able to make the move. We would have ended up on the streets.

'I left school at 16 and have always worked. I didn’t choose to be on benefits, but they’ve allowed me to get through a really difficult time. I’m proud to provide a home for my son. I’m now working full time, and he’s doing really well at college.

‘That’s why I’m supporting Shelter’s campaign to protect and improve the welfare system. It may not be perfect, but it’s vital that it’s there to help people when they’re going through a tough time.’

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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