Government urgently needs to change the system so that benefits are there to protect us from poverty and help us stay afloat - Mind

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20th May 2019

Every week we at Mind hear from people with mental health problems who are struggling to cope the combined impact of having their benefits frozen for years on end, cuts to financial support for disabled people, and the five week wait for Universal Credit

Ayaz Manji, Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer at Mind, said:                                         

“No one should be going hungry – but, sadly, we’re not surprised to hear that tens of thousands of families are struggling to put food on the table.

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“Poverty not only affects physical health, but has huge ramifications on mental health too. The stress of being unable to provide for yourself and your family with one of your most basic needs – food – can lead to problems like depression and anxiety, or make the situation worse if you’re already living with a mental health condition.

“Every week we hear from people with mental health problems who are struggling to cope the combined impact of having their benefits frozen for years on end, cuts to financial support for disabled people, and the five week wait for Universal Credit. The Government urgently needs to change the system so that benefits are there to protect us from poverty and help us stay afloat.”