I work on the minimum wage and my rent is over £400 a month. I don’t qualify for any help from Universal Credits as they deem my income too high. If I choose not to work I would get over £200 income per week. This would be £78 welfare, rent paid £100, and council tax paid £25. I would also get free dental treatment and my prescriptions paid.

Last year I had to have a week off work due to illness. I received just £30 SSP for this week. I had to use a food bank in order to pay my bills. The last thing a person who is ill needs is to be worrying about how they will pay their rent and other bills, this can cause further illness. Reports show that some of the poorest in the UK are those of us who work.

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