Disabled mum faces eviction after Universal Credit left her unable to pay rent

A disabled single mum says she is on the brink of homelessness after Universal Credit left her unable to pay rent.

Claire Wilkinson says she has been stung by the benefit cap, brought in by the coalition government in 2010 and faces legal eviction from her home because of her wrangle with the benefits system that forced her into rent arrears.

The cap, designed to curb abuse of the system, puts limits on the amount households can claim each year but lone females with at least one child make up over 85 per cent of all those who have had their benefits curbed, reports Plymouth Live.

Claire says it was never made clear to her how much she was ever entitled to – and her nightmare wrangle with the system compromised her mental health.

The single mum claims she never got anywhere near the limit set for single parents.

"I was hit by the benefit cap, hugely," Claire said. "I didn’t get anywhere near the full amount, that’s for sure.

"It was made even worse considering I didn’t know how to actually claim the benefit.

"Now, I’m being evicted from my home and being taken to court."

Claire says her 20-year-old son has managed to find a room in Plymouth to rent. But she’s terrified about what might happen to her.

She said: "I am physically ill. I have vertigo, anxiety and depression and stress.

"I have nowhere to go; I’m going to be made homeless with all my stuff."

Claire also blasted ‘trolls’ who rant that people in her situation should just get a job.

"I am disabled, I can barely move my head and get out of bed some days, so I can’t work," she said.

"It’s easy to say to someone, get a job. I used to say that when I was working. But now I know what it’s like when you’re in a desperate situation.

"You understand how the other half live."

In a statement, a DWP spokesman said:   “The benefit cap sets a fair limit to what people can expect to get from the welfare system.”

For more information on the benefit cap – you can use this Benefit Cap calculator

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