I borrowed money from my mum to buy food’: life on universal credit

Recipients are falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing some to rely on food banks. Here are your stories

Thousands receiving universal credit are facing debt, rent arrears and eviction, it has been claimed. Politicians and landlords have warned that the rules requiring claimants to wait at least six weeks for a first benefit payment mean many are going without basic living essentials and, in some cases, turning to loan sharks or food banks for help.

Ministers are being urged to slow the national rollout and increase support for vulnerable claimants. We asked for your stories of accessing the new benefit system.

Read those stories here: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/08/i-borrowed-money-from-my-mum-to-buy-food-life-on-universal-credit

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