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Life on Universal Credit at Christmas 07 Dec 2018 08:09 #11881

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Life on Universal Credit at Christmas: I have to save sugar packets from cafes to put in my daughter’s stocking

A mother explains how she is trying to make Christmas special for her disabled daughter despite having to sell her belongings

In a new series, i reveals how the controversial Universal Credit system is affecting the lives of people up and down the UK through emotional and financial stress. This week, a claimant who wishes to remain anonymous has written about Christmas and Universal Credit. I cannot take my daughter to see the lights. There will be no ice-skating or pantomimes. No events. Christmas will be very limited for my family this year. I have been making decorations from old bottles and food containers I’ve found. I hope to get a tree branch to use as the Christmas tree. For my daughter’s stocking I have some free sugar packets from a cafe and sweets people have given to me. I’ve kept things like shampoo, pens and little items from charity shops, too. I have made tiny books for my daughter. I hope our little fairy lights last the season before the batteries die. Batteries are expensive.

Making my own crackers I’m going to make my own Christmas crackers and put free items I got from freebie sites such as samples of face cream and tiny bottles of perfume inside. My landlady gave me used wrapping paper and old toilet rolls which I will use to make the crackers. I have a few things for the Christmas meal such as a box of tasty cheese crackers that a lady gave me because she doesn’t like them, so that was lucky for us. We had to leave everything behind when we moved town to get more support for my disabled daughter. I couldn’t afford a removal van or to post our belongings. We only came with a suitcase of clothes and school stuff.

Read more at: inews.co.uk/opinion/universal-credit-christmas-dwp-stocking-daughter/
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