The simple act of offering my phone to constituents is politics on the front line, and I won't turn anyone away who needs help and support. The Governments' refusal to scrap this charge shows their lack of understanding of the everyday lives and hardships of those who are struggling on their new benefit service. I hope that elected representatives across the country can do the same as I have and offer their phone up for free to contact the Universal Credit helpline. If Theresa May won't make seeking help free, then until we make her change her mind on this, and on Universal Credit in general, we should do what little things we can to help people in need.
People come to the foodbank because they cannot afford to feed their families and may have been sanctioned or suffered from the benefit cap and welfare reform. Others simply cannot feed their family on the income of low wages and inadequate help from the Government. That is an absolute disgrace and something I will spend my time here fighting.
11/07/2017 11:23 BST
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