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Mum Paid £6 On Universal Credit- And Given Leaflet On How To Budget

November 21, 2018

A mum who was paid just £6 in Universal Credit was handed a leaflet on how to budget, her daughter has said.

Vonny LeClerc, of Edinburgh, shared a heartbreaking story of her mother’s apparent experience with the controversial Universal Credit sheme.

According to the journalist from Edinburgh, her 55-year-old mum was reduced to tears after receiving the shockingly low benefit payment.

And she claims that she was handed a leaflet on how to budget the £6 for the remainder of the month.

The Daily Record reports that Vonny decided to launch a GoFundMe asking the public to show their support for her mum, and within 21 hours her modest goal of £100 was completely smashed – raising more than £6000 from over 500 generous donors.

She says that her mum has been left “broken” by Universal Credit – which she claims left her having to rely on her daughters to buy her food.

Vonny claims that she was handed a leaflet on how to budget the £6 for the remainder of the month (Image: GoFundMe)

On the GoFundMe page, Vonny wrote: “Here’s the reality of universal credit: my mother is 55. She’s worked all her life. She was attacked in her care job months ago and now has a serious back injury and her doctor will not let her go back to work.

“She’s had to apply for UC. She got her first payment today: £6.

“The woman in the job centre told her to cancel her life and house insurance, even though she has cancelled everything including TV license, phone, internet, and bills. She tried to give my mum a leaflet on how to budget £6 for the month.

“My mum burst into tears, and told the woman it was insulting, and left. She’s now sitting at home with no telly, no internet, nothing but the four walls to look at. No so she can get out of her rural village. Her grown daughters are having to buy her food.”

“My mum burst into tears, and told the woman it was insulting, and left. She’s now sitting at home with no telly, no internet, nothing but the four walls to look at. No fuel so she can get out of her rural village. Her grown daughters are having to buy her food.”

She continued: “She’s going to fall into arrears with all her bills. She cannot work right now. She can’t even get out to socialise and see her family. Can’t afford the heating. She is broken.

“My mother is a proud woman and would never ask for help, so I am doing it on her behalf. If you can spare £1 right now it would make all the difference to her until I can help her get this met sorted.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

The post clearly pulled on the heartstrings of different members of the public, with hundreds coming together in a bid to help out and commenting messages of support.

Replying to the fundraiser, Gary Edwards said: “This is what happens when people help each other. Best wishes to your mum”.

Simon McCleary added: “Worryingly sad times… hope mum’s situation gets sorted!”

And another, who just left the initials E.B, said: “I’m so angry for the two of you that this happened. Sending all the best to you and your mother.

“Sorry I can’t donate more but glad to see so many are.”

A DWP spokesperson said: “Universal Credit replaces an out-of-date, complex benefits system that discouraged people moving into work.

“We’re committed to ensuring people get the support they need and the latest figures show 83% of Universal Credit claimants are satisfied with the system.”

“Scotland has significant welfare powers, including to top-up existing benefits, pay discretionary payments and create entirely new benefits altogether.”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2018 10:00 am

    Reblogged this on michaelsnaith.

  2. ian minton permalink
    November 21, 2018 7:23 pm

    the govermant dont give a dam about the poor they want us dead its all part of the new world order cant you see that we need to get rid of them all

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