Former midwife reveals torment left nine weeks without Universal Credit

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The mum who’s paid 40% tax all her life can’t afford to buy a gravestone for her husband and daughter’s grave

A former midwife who is grieving over the loss of her daughter and husband said she is “hanging on by her fingertips” as she is now in her ninth week of not receiving Universal Credit.

Mary Van Der Merwe, 49, who has lived in Burscough for 19 years, has received one emergency payment of £274.20 in eight weeks after the documents she provided to get the Universal Credit, which she is entitled to, “got lost.”

However, Mary’s situation is more complex as she is grieving the loss of her nine-year-old daughter Esme who died in January this year after suffering with a rare brain disorder, Rett Syndrome. This required Mary and her late husband Pieter who worked as a pharmaceutical manager, giving up work to provide their daughter with…

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