Families have told of their experiences on Universal Credit

Universal Credit in Crisis: These people want you to hear their stories of life on the problem benefit before it is rolled-out even further

Universal Credit is still pushing tens of thousands of people into destitution just weeks before its roll-out continues.

Families have told how they spiralled into debt after being shifted onto Universal Credit while, across the UK, information uncovered by JPIMedia Investigations reveals how more and more people are being forced into financial turmoil. Read their full stories, and the DWP's response, here, here and here.

Barry Graham, 46, considered killing himself after he was moved onto Universal Credit just days before Christmas, leaving him unable to buy gifts for his children or put food on the table for seven weeks.

1. Dad considered killing himself after being left without cash days before Christmas

Barry Graham, 46, considered killing himself after he was moved onto Universal Credit just days before Christmas, leaving him unable to buy gifts for his children or put food on the table for seven weeks.
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Savannagh Burke, 21, goes without food in order to feed her baby son because she is barely managing, after going from working three jobs to struggling in two years.

2. Student skipped meals to feed baby son

Savannagh Burke, 21, goes without food in order to feed her baby son because she is barely managing, after going from working three jobs to struggling in two years.
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Mum-of-two Shelley Murphy, 33, spiralled into rent arrears of 2,500 after going without a benefits payment from January to March, and said her monthly sum of 560.45 doesnt cover the 629 rent.

3. Mum feels pressured to quit uni after being threatened with eviction

Mum-of-two Shelley Murphy, 33, spiralled into rent arrears of 2,500 after going without a benefits payment from January to March, and said her monthly sum of 560.45 doesnt cover the 629 rent.
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Chris Bloy, 42, found himself thousands of pounds in rent arrears after having his benefits unfairly cut back. But instead of evicting him, his landlord helped him fight back.

4. Landlord helped tenant fight back against Universal Credit

Chris Bloy, 42, found himself thousands of pounds in rent arrears after having his benefits unfairly cut back. But instead of evicting him, his landlord helped him fight back.
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