Dear Mr. Cameron,
I just wanted to write you this little note to say thank you. Thank you for making things so hard for all us working parents, everyone who gets up every day and does an honest days work. Remember us? The people who pay our taxes, who help keep this countries economy going, who keep this country ticking over daily? Yes those people. Every last one of us
Especially people like me, those of us on low incomes who rely on certain benefits to help us pay our bills, to meet our basic needs, to be able to feed and clothe our families. Have you given a thought to us at all, if not let me fill you in on what it is like to be living one bill away from financial ruin.
I have to claim certain benefits to help me survive, I don’t like it and I’m not proud of it but to actually see my daughter growing up, as it is just me and her I think this is the least she deserves don’t you? To have me at home more than at work? To not be passed from pillar to post everyday not knowing when she is next seeing her mum, would you do that to your children?
This week I had an assessment of my wages and due to the fact that I recently received an small extra amount in my wages, I have been penalised. This payment occurs at most 4 times a year, 4 times and the total amount is still probably less than you spend on meal out. But to me, to me it has cost me a damn sight more than I receive. The impact of this being so much more than just receiving a little extra in my wages, to me it was the difference between just about surviving and now being forced to live below the poverty line.
I never thought I would end up like this, living in poverty but that is exactly where I am. Yes there are possibly things I could do to improve my situation, I could get my TV and broadband disconnected but my argument is why should I? I don’t smoke, never done drugs and very rarely drink, I wouldn’t be able to afford a night out even if I wanted one! I work really hard for my wages so I think I deserve a little treat don’t you I’m not asking for much I don’t think.
But the sad thing is, these so called luxuries will probably have to go? Why? Let me tell you, they have to go because I actually have the audacity to work for a living. For attempting to be an honest, hard working member of society. And I have to pay my own bills, council, tax, rent, gas, electric, water rates etc of which it seems you are doing absolutely nothing to help us combat the issue of sky high prices, have you ever had to decide between heating and eating it’s not a desirable situation let me tell you. The worst thing though is I am not alone here, I am not the only one who has had to make this choice and I find it absolutely disgusting that people have to live this in this country and I would hope you do too.
This month I have to find money to buy my daughter new school uniforms for September but you know what the funny thing is, there is NO money left? Why? Well since my benefits were reduced and I have to find an extra £100 a month just to keep a roof over our heads, I’m just not sure how or even if I can find that money. I mean I suppose I could do some extra hours in work but seeing as a small increase in my wages was what got me here in the first place it’s kind of made me a bit wary of doing this for fear off being plunged even more into the red so to speak.
If I was unemployed, I would be able to access a wide range of benefits including interest free loans to help me cover these costs but I don’t qualify. I can’t even get free school milk or meals for my daughter at school despite changes to conditions and the fact that as a single working parent I actually take home less, yes less money than someone in my situation who is unemployed. How on earth can you justify this? People are being rewarded for doing absolutely nothing yet the people who need it, the ones to are genuinely struggling to make ends meet, the working class citizens, are being denied these small gestures as the myth that you are better when you work is still be bandied about by people like you who simply have lost touch with those us living in this situation.
So, a few things there for you to think about whilst you’re on your annual summer holiday this year Mr. Cameron, a summer holiday I can’t afford to take by the way thanks to recent fines introduced for taking children out of school during term time thus being forced to pay astronomical prices way outside my budget (just to let you know my daughter holds an almost perfect 100% attendance record despite the fact I work higher than most kids in the school in fact).
I personally would to see a change in this, as would every other person living on or just below the poverty line, but I’m not holding my breath maybe I should start as these days I can’t even afford to breathe!
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