In recent months, i has been uncovering the impact the Government’s move to universal credit is having on Britons across the country. Many are suffering from long-term disabilities, yet now face cut to welfare payments that are threatening their health, and often their lives.
These include Sarah Brown*, a young mother living in the East Midlands who is entirely reliant on benefits due to being a full time carer for her disabled husband.
However, she has just been informed that almost all her payments – totalling £1,200 – are being cut, because her renewal form was returned a day late. Below, she tells her story.
A few years ago, not long after the birth of our child, an accident left my husband permanently disabled. His healthcare needs are so demanding that I had to leave work to become his full time carer, and now we are now entirely reliant on the benefits system to survive.
Our lives have been devastated by the accident, in which James* was not at fault. He can only leave the house with the aid of a mobility car paid for through a Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which is our only means of getting the four to six medical appointments he has to go to per week.