Carer explains how he is £300 better off despite stopping Carer's Allowance claim

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Carer explains how he is £300 better off despite stopping Carer's Allowance claim

The recent graduate, who is in her twenties, said prior to accessing the benefit support, her family depended on her student overdraft to pay for e

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The recent graduate, who is in her twenties, said prior to accessing the benefit support, her family depended on her student overdraft to pay for essential bills.

While not a carer in the traditional sense, for a period of time the young woman was the main financial lifeline and means of support.

She said: “Personally, I haven’t accessed Universal Credit but my mum and sister did. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Universal Credit I don’t where we’d be. Our [payment] paid for all our rent, so it goes a long way.

“Although, let’s say we got paid £1,300. Our rent was £1,000 and then we have extra bills, including council tax, phones, energy. We’ve not much left so it’s making that money stretch.

“We were fortunate we could get something. Otherwise, we’d have been on the streets.”



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