Teddy W on 28 January 2021
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Q. Are you currently receiving Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit?
Yes, I am receiving UC or WTC
Q. What difference to your life has the extra £20 per week made, and what difference would it make if it was taken away?
I haven't felt a big. big impact from the 20-pound uplift because when I was moved from Working Tax Credits to Universal Credits, my income has more or less stayed the same so that level of support hasn´t went up a great amount considering I'm getting help with rent etcetera now. However to take that 100 pound away is the difference between heating the house or not. It's the difference between having the internet on, so my child can home school or not. It's the difference in having electric and food in the house or not. It's quite simple. It's a choice between paying for something or not paying for something. It could drag me further into debt. The effect that would have on me personally is stress, more stress and it in turn impacts on my physical and mental health. I already have been contacting my doctor throughout covid and I'm getting nowhere with them and my health is deteriorating even worse on the strain and stress of home school and worrying about money day in day out. It's just exhausting. Its tiring now. But I can't give up because I have a child to look after. But I don't know what I'd do if I was on my own.
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