Sharon and Ruth have worked all their lives but when illness and disability strike they both turn to the benefit system for help. As the government prepares to move disabled claimants onto Universal Credit, we bring you two more stories of people struggling to get the help they need.

Main presenter: Helen Clapp
Editing and production: Helen Clapp
Music and sound design: Michael Edwards

Organisations and Reports mentioned in the podcast:

Zacchaeus 2000 (Z2K)

Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

Welfare conditionality project


If you’ve been affected by any of the issues mentioned in this episode, get help and information here:

St Paul’s Money Advice Centre:

Islington People’s Rights:


Zacchaeus 2000 (Z2K):

Citizens Advice:

Cardinal Hume Centre

Advice Services Alliance

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