A nurse claims she has been pressured to skip meals to be certain her younger son doesn’t go hungry after being left with just 44p a month to live off.
Kimberley Davison, 30, says she works all of the hours she can however nonetheless struggles to make ends meet.
She has now described how the fixed budgeting and stress has affected her psychological well being.
‘It’s like a battle to survive each month,’ the mum-of-one mentioned.
‘I work all of the hours I can and do everything possible to support my family, but it’s nonetheless not sufficient.’
Kimberley, from Hebburn close to Gateshead, is employed by a personal company on a zero hours contract and picks up weekend shifts when her baby is with his father.
She says it’s the one method she might proceed working as she can not afford any further childcare after shedding her mum and stepdad to most cancers again when she was a pupil.
Despite assist being out there via the federal government, the mum-of-one claims she nonetheless wouldn’t have the ability to tackle full 12-hour weekday shifts as it’s solely supplied between 7am and 6pm.
‘It’s tough to work in the course of the week as I can solely work half-days and hospitals don’t really need these shifts,’ Kimberley added.
By doing two weekend shifts whereas her baby is with his dad she can earn round £950 every month on prime of her £45 weekly Child Tax Credit.
A debt company labored out that when Kimberley solely does two shifts a week she is left with just 44p a month after important outgoings.
Those embody £400 hire, £89 council tax and £100 for gasoline and electrical energy.
She additionally has to foot Royal College of Nursing union membership, TV licence, telephone and bank card funds as properly as £45 for college meals and £18 for journey to and from work.
Kimberley mentioned: ‘I especially struggle during the six weeks school holiday, it’s horrendous.
‘The cost of food and new school uniform is so expensive.’
She mentioned she has been visiting a ‘Grub Club’ foodbank in the course of the college holidays which she described as being ‘a massive relief’.
‘There’s not a lot you are able to do with 44p, so this takes the strain off me,’ she added.