A mother was reduced to tears after she was left with just 74p to feed her young daughter for six days when a Universal Credit payment she was expecting failed to go into her bank account.Is this another case of the State screwing up?
Mel Whitchurch, 35, and her partner Chris Steer, 39, who live in Preston Road in Brighton, were yesterday desperately rummaging through their home to find things to sell to pay for food for their five-year-old daughter Cheyenne.Hmmm....
Mel, who has back problems and can’t walk, and Chris, who has been signed off work with mental health problems, jointly claim Universal Credit, the new benefit for working age people that replaces six benefits and merges them into one payment.*Sympathy draining away*
The couple recently arranged to split their monthly payments into two per month – and although Mel says the Department of Work and Pensions told them the payments would be made “fortnightly”, the DWP says the arrangement is for “bi-monthly” payments.Errr, OK, help me out here...
“They told me it was my problem and they put the phone down on me,” said Mel, who has been on benefits for 11 years and has no savings.
“They just don’t care. I hate them.”Really? It's their fault you can't budget?
Also worried about paying bills, Mel became distraught when she told how Cheyenne would be the only child unable to take a snack with her when she returns to school on Monday after half-term.Oh, woe! Woe! WOE!!!
When The Argus spoke to Mel yesterday, a friend had just brought the family two pizzas to keep them going. But after that they only had a few tins of food to last until next Wednesday.The 'friend' didn't think to buy fresh produce, I note...
This month, the family has received an additional £150 from the DWP to buy a new washing machine, which they have now bought.OK, that's it. That did it. As it clearly did for the readers.
They don't even get the tiny violin, it's wasted on the scrounging layabouts!