Thrive Teesside’s Tracey Herrington speaks to Mike Brown from Gazette Live about the £20 Universal Credit increase and the importance this has for families all across Teesside.

“The extra £20 might have helped people put the heating on. We help lots of people who would resist putting the gas or electricity on during the day while the kids were at school, but now they’re having to find money for heating, to cook food, to plug in laptops if they’re lucky enough to have one, or pay for data or internet costs.

“Without the extra support people are going to be in a very, very difficult situation – even worse than they are now.”

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