I've worked hard all my life, but I'm currently a single parent supporting two young boys. My rent each month is £1,400 and I receive £473 in housing benefit every two weeks. So each month I am over £400 short.
Even though I work part-time, I can't meet my outgoings and every month I become more and more in debt. I really don't know what to do about it. I can't turn it around.
I've gone from £1,500 on my credit card to £2,400 in 4 months. It's not like I'm splurging, but I have to pay the rent, and buy enough for me and my kids to get by.
I didn't plan for this life. I don't want to end up being a poster girl for homelessness. I'm tired of struggling. This is not what I wanted my life to be.
Cuts to housing benefit are forcing people into homelessness. A million households in Britain could be at risk of homelessness by 2020, unless a freeze on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) – a type of housing benefit – is lifted.
Join me in signing Shelter's petition demanding the Chancellor unfreezes LHA payments in the Autumn Budget.