Shannon Brown, 25, says she will likely be in debt as a result of the cut and will struggle to feed and clothe her children if her payments are cut
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A mum-of-five on Universal Credit has said she doesn’t know how her family will survive a £20 cut to her payments.
Shannon Brown, 25, says she will likely be in debt as a result of the cut and will struggle to feed and clothe her children.
She said: “I have been using the money to pay for bills and other necessities and now that they’re taking it away, I am going to be in so much debt just so I can support my family. It is out of order.
“It is cruel to people who have kids that are living off the minimum amount they give you.”
Shannon, from Hull, said it is a lot harder on her financially now that her son is a toddler, as the cost of necessities for the family has gone up with more food, shoes and clothes, reports Hull Live.
She is also pregnant with another child and worries about how she would be able to support all of them with a reduction in her benefits.
“They are taking £87 off me, it may not seem like a lot to some people but to me, it makes a big difference,” she said.
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“It is not fair what they have done, a lot of people are going to suffer because of that.”
The increase was introduced in April 2020 to help people cope with the Covid pandemic.
It will be withdrawn between early October and early November as ministers say society is returning to normal after Covid.
However, critics say the biggest overnight benefit cut since the Second World War will hit millions just as furlough ends.
John Ainley, 62, said he was made redundant from work in October 2019 and has had to rely on benefits ever since. He gets £63 a week which he says is not enough to live off on.
He said: “The first thing I do when I get the money is pay my rent because I don’t want to get evicted. So I only eat a couple of times a week, and now they are taking £20 from that.
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“It is just mad, I’ll probably have to be outside begging now.”
Another man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he was let go from work at the beginning of the pandemic and has actively been looking for work since.
He said he and his wife are both unemployed so he has to spend 12 hours a day looking for jobs for both of them.