Anxious mum can’t afford kids’ bus fare to school after £20 Universal Credit cut

A mum has decided to stop giving her children money for the bus following the £20 Universal Credit cut, in order to ensure she makes ends meet.

Cayleigh Davies, 29, is one of millions of people who will be £80 a month worse off following the government’s decision to cut the welfare payment.

The mum-of-two said the extra £20 per week was hugely important to her and her two kids, aged 10 and 11, the Daily Mirror reports.

She said: "Things are already hard and we just about get by and that £20 extra we got made such a difference.”

"I honestly don't know what I'm going to cut back on – probably the children's bus fares as it isn't too far for them to walk to school."

As well as the income reduction, the prospect of spiralling utility prices is causing big headaches for some people.

Tom Trigger, aged 29, now has his first home after a lifetime of living with his parents.

"I've only been in my own place for three weeks so am dreading my first gas and electricity bill as I've been reading about how much they've shot up," he said.

"Luckily, I work as a welder, but my girlfriend is a teacher who's on Universal Credit and that's just been reduced by £20 a week.

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"But I'm not that worried about rising bills yet because I don't know any different.

"Ask me in a month though and I may tell you something different."

Mum-of-four Michelle Bridge, 45, runs the Community Social Hub in the Woodrow Centre in Redditch, Worcestershire, providing cheap food for struggling families.

Since opening on September 10, it has seen 723 households use it – equating to 2,028 people.

Michelle fully expects that number to shoot up over the winter.

"Lots of people were just about managing before the pandemic, and then that happened and their lives fell apart," she said.

"People lost their jobs, relationships broke down because of lockdown, people had more babies and money got tight."

The club is in a shop unit in the Woodrow Centre and operates by people paying £1 per year membership fees.

For that, they get a £3 food parcel, comprising food essentials, or they can buy food like bread for 30p, a big packet of porridge oats for 50p, as well as other food and toiletries for a fraction of the price they'd normally pay in a supermarket.

"It will get worse over winter as energy bills go up and people realise they haven't got enough money to buy food," Michelle said.

"Then there's the ending of that extra £20 a week they got on Universal Credit – that will hit people really hard as they've become reliant on over the last 18 months.

"But we are here and will remain here for those who really need us."

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