Now I won’t be pe­nalised when I do work

Daily Express - - THE BUDGET 2018 -

SIN­GLE mum Chloe Wood said the in­crease in work al­lowance for those on Uni­ver­sal Credit was “fan­tas­tic” news.

She lives with her chil­dren, Mia, seven, and Theo, five, in Nor­folk, where the sys­tem is cur­rently be­ing rolled out.

Chloe, 25, who earns a small in­come as a free­lance writer, said: “This will al­low me to take on slightly more self­em­ployed free­lance work with­out wor­ry­ing about risk­ing my other in­come forms.

“As a sin­gle par­ent, I want to bet­ter my­self and be able to pro­vide a bet­ter life for my chil­dren. It’s not easy be­ing a sin­gle par­ent – ev­ery penny is vi­tal. Be­fore, it felt like those try­ing to pro­vide for their fam­i­lies were be­ing pe­nalised.”

She ex­plained: “Be­fore, a work­ing per­son could have had less in­come than a per­son on ben­e­fits. There­fore it seemed point­less to gain em­ploy­ment.

“Now we have more free­dom to bet­ter our­selves.”

Chloe, whose an­nual in­come is around £12,500, lives in a two-bed hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion prop­erty cost­ing £406 a month.

Although she still has reser­va­tions about Uni­ver­sal Credit she said to­day’s an­nounce­ments were a “fan­tas­tic step for­ward”.

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