Mine’s a double – Yet another challenge and kick in the teeth 

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I am a single parent with twin boys. I don’t receive any financial support or any other input from the boys’ dad or his family. I am about to begin work two and half days so that we can afford to rent our own two bed house in the local town.

Since having the twins, and finding myself alone as a parent, I chose to move in with my extended family as I was financially stuck. I am a professional, and have previously paid high tax as I was a high earner. I never complained about paying my taxes and I still lived comfortably. Since my situation changed, and I found myself providing for two infants and myself, I have struggled to adjust. However, I have been able to manage, and now we are just about covering our rent, bills, food and childcare needs, but this is with the help…

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‘Wes We Can’ : The Tax Credit Debate – A Local Perspective

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Last month, a number of the Redbridge Gingerbread group met with Wes Streeting, the Labour MP for Ilford North, one of 4 Redbridge constituencies. The meeting came at the end of an exciting week in politics. Days earlier, the House of Lords had voted for a motion which would delay George Osborne’s planned tax credit cuts for three years, and the chancellor had been sent back to the drawing board amid cries of a constitutional crisis. Whatever your view on the House of Lords and whether such a move was justified, it made for the biggest news story of the week and single parents (who will be worse off) were arguably at the heart of the debate.

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And that’s where they should have been – as Heidi Allen MP said in her maiden speech during the debate, this is not merely a matter of numbers on a spreadsheet; tax credit claimants are real…

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‘Circumstances beyond our control’

Unfair Tax cuts to people who need it the most.

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I have always worked Taken with Lumia Selfiefull-time up until I had my son at age 32. I was made homeless when he was barely eight months old when my marriage broke down as a result of domestic abuse. We spent a year living in a women’s refuge before being allocated a three bed flat in an undesirable area.

My ex-husband changed the locks so I was unable to access any of my white goods or furniture from our previous home. The only belongings I received were the ones he chose to return to me. I had to run up debts in order to furnish our new home, which was literally an empty shell in need of total redecoration, carpets, furniture etc. He fought me for two years through the courts to gain overnight access to my son. He ended up paying the minimum of child support through the Child Support Agency.

I spent…

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Life on the edge (of insanity)

It is hard. And cutting tax credits is not fair.

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About me

My name is Ayse and I live in Hertfordshire. I am 34 years old and I’ve been a single mum to my gorgeous 5 year old boy since he was 5 months old. He is truly the light of my life and his smile is what keeps me going during these tough times.

When my son was born, I found myself faced with the prospect of being a single parent. I gave up a successful career as an IT trainer for a law firm to be a stay-at-home mum. I worked very long hours in the City of London, and I knew that with the commute I would never get any quality time with him during his precious first few years.

Starting my own business

We lived close to the bread line for most of the time. My amazing mum helped us get by. As well as financial…

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