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Margo Laird.

Recently, This Writer has been seeing a lot of comments from people in Scotland claiming that the situation there is not as bad as in the rest of the UK.

It seems this may not be accurate:

A woman has been relying on handouts from family members after having her benefits sanctioned for the last year.

Margo Laird, from Tollcross in Glasgow, had her benefits halted as she couldn’t attend Jobcentre interviews because of illness.

She believed she didn’t need to attend because her GP said she was not fit for work and posted sick lines to the Jobcentre.

Margo has received no payments of her Universal Credit benefit since January and has been dependent of support from her family.

Local foodbanks have been giving her emergency food aid and local psychiatric services are also giving her help.

Tollcross Housing Association is owed £900 as a result, because while her housing benefit has been re-instated the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will not clear the arrears.

Source: Sanctioned woman goes for a year without money – Third Force News

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