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My name is Alex Tiffin, I’m 30 years old and I live in a Culbokie in the Scottish Highlands.
I write about politics and social issues facing people in the UK. Occasionally I’ll do something entirely random but equally as interesting. (I hope)
I am currently on the UK government’s “flagship” welfare reform benefit; Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment as I have several complex health conditions.
I started documenting my experience after I posted a tweet outlining the harsh reality of life on benefits.
This got picked up very quickly and I soon found myself being asked to write more about my experiences.
Day (1) update of a #UniversalCredit sufferer
Got my fortnightly £92 today
TV licence £12
Baby milk £9.50
Electric & Gas £30
Money left for 2 weeks = £10.50
— Alex Tiffin (@RespectIsVital) May 4, 2018
I share my message in the best way I know; very direct, with irrefutable evidence to back up my claims., otherwise what’s the point?
When I originally began writing, I thought that I was an anomaly in the system however, I have now discovered that Universal Credit is failing tens of thousands of people, especially the sick and disabled.
Two people who’ve been integral in motivating me are Hugh Grant and Peter Stefanovic.
They have helped me set up and share my message.
Of course my social media followers now play an integral part. I’ve made too many friends to list.
Due to my very low income I had to rely on foodbanks to get by. As I couldn’t afford to give anything back to them physically I decided to start the #FoodBankChallenge.
If you can, please make a donation to your local foodbank as they are under so much pressure because of this government’s policies.
I aim to highlight the failures of Universal Credit and explain in depth the struggles people have faced since it has been rolled out and make people realise that, despite the government’s stance that it’s changing lives for the better, it’s not.
I hope you enjoy reading my content as much as I enjoy writing it.
Please contact me for any media enquiries.
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